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A Rainy, Pacific Northwest Day

Updated on July 29, 2021
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Poetry is one of Lori's favorite ways to share memories, to express feelings, and share what inspires her, so others might be inspired.

Lake Union in Seattle on a stormy day.
Lake Union in Seattle on a stormy day. | Source

Pacific Northwest Climate and Fickle Weather Residents

The Pacific Northwest is a profoundly beautiful state. I live in the country on the Key Peninsula. Washington is well-known for its copious rainfall. Why do I live here, you might wonder? I love the green, I love the beautiful mossy forests, the beautiful state parks, and spectacular flowers, tulip fields in Skagit County, the Puget Sound that wends its way through the whole western Washington region. We do get a lot of sun as well and on a clear day, Mount Rainier is awe inspiring. There are other large mountains also - Mount Baker, Mount St. Helen's, Mount Olympus to name some of the larger ones.

The Olympic mountain range has some of the rawest and most lush forests in the state. It's a hiker's paradise. The Cascade mountains, where Mount Rainier resides, is stunning as well. We wouldn't have any of this beauty if we did not have such a copious amount of rain.

I perceive Washingtonians to be very fickle about the weather. All through the rainy season, we gripe, gripe, gripe about the overcast days, drizzly days, and rainy days. People love and hate the snow. We are always saying things like "I can't wait until summer and the warm weather." Summer comes and when it gets up to 80 degrees everyone is moaning and whining about how hot it is and they can't wait for it to cool down. The temp goes down to 70 and some are complaining it's not hot enough. As for summer, here is what you will hear from many Washingtonians - "Overcast and rain last through July fourth, then summer weather starts." More often than not, it's true. So we don't get excited about June. Summer weather starts most often in July, which is my birthday month.

Fall and spring are much better tolerated because they bring us beauty despite the advent of more rain.

We consider the Pacific Northwest to be of moderate climate. We get much less snow compared to the midwest and east coast states, and summer temperatures are moderate. Ninety degrees is exceptionally hot on the western side. Eastern Washington gets more snow and hotter drier climate.

I will sing Washington State praises until the day I die.


However, I must be honest and say when the rain and storms persist for weeks at a stretch, or it's just a day of copious precipitation and wind, it can bring people into a state of gloom. So on this momentous, melancholic, rainy day, I have put my feelings down in a poem. If you live in the Pacific Northwest you will totally get it.

Rainy Day Lamentation

Time seems old and listless

when I look out my window pane,

dotted with crystal rain beads

that stream like blood from a vein.

The gray of the world yawns morose,

the cold reflects no one cares,

The people I see through the glass

seem unhappy and full of despair.

Time seems old and listless when I look out my window pane.
Time seems old and listless when I look out my window pane. | Source

Nothing has changed at all

since yesterday's showery day,

but the gloom of the steel sky

sucks the life out of my today.

My spirit is sluggish and sad,

sullen, profoundly downcast,

and I ask myself why even bother

when I know the storm will outlast.

I sigh and lament

that weather reporters are liars,

because all I hear in the streets

is the slushy whoosh of the tires.

Dampness and sogginess rule,

for how many days, can't recall.

My life has become a tempest

as I live from squall to squall.

Slushy whoosh of tires in the rain. Yuk!
Slushy whoosh of tires in the rain. Yuk!

At night when I crawl into bed,

my linens and blankets are soaked,

with moisture and melancholy

that wrap around me like a cloak.

A chill seeps into my body

through muscle, tissue and bone,

and I think of moving away,

but here's all I've ever known.

What do you think about the rain of the Pacific Northwest?

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© 2017 Lori Colbo


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    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      2 years ago from United States

      Hi Mark, ditto for me. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Mark Tulin 

      2 years ago from Palm Springs, California

      Love this one, Lori. It puts me in a cozy, dark mood. I enjoy the rain, but too much of it dampens my spirit.

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      Lori Colbo 

      3 years ago from United States

      Hi R

      Talloni, you can enjoy time with a little grandchild just about anywhere. Thanks for stopping by.

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      3 years ago

      Knowing something of the climate I find your poem quite understandable. :-) The area is amazing and the rains, often slushy, are part of why. Rain or shine, though, I love being in the PNW, for some of my grands live there. :) When our first grandson was tiny I remember trying to find my way into an unfamiliar church building in the dark. Holding his little hand on one side and an umbrella in the other we splish-splashed around until we made it! If it hadn't been that a service was beginning I would have just continued enjoying the time with him (but we would have gotten too cold). :)

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      Lori Colbo 

      4 years ago from United States

      Hi Demas,

      When it rains here, it pours and it can truly bring you down. But there are times when I love it. I can't think of anything lovelier than a summer rainstorm, but that's because it has a beautiful sound, cools the hot air, and doesn't return for the next month. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      If rain can make a "God joyous" poet sulk, it is too much rain!

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your poem contains some interesting and very effective imagery. I live in the Pacific Northwest and understand your feelings about rain! As you say, though, the green scenery is lovely, and the sunny days are very nice. I wouldn't want to move away from the area, despite the rain.

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      Lori Colbo 

      4 years ago from United States

      Thanks Missy.

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      Missy Smith 

      4 years ago from Florida

      The rain can make a person feel gloomy if it lasts more than a day. I don't know if I could live in the Pacific Northwest. Your poem was really great though! The rain certainly was a successful motivator for some very thought-provoking words. Great job!

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      Lori Colbo 

      4 years ago from United States

      Hi Bill, I had hoped you'd find this and comment since we both are native Washingtonians. Twice in the last week when i was out driving there was brilliant sun, rain, sleet, hail, drizzle and then through the same cycle. That means it's spring time. I hope you and Bev have a good season of gardening and such. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great images in this poem, Lori, and since I live in the Pacific Northwest, I felt, and understood, every line of the poem. It has been a wet one for sure but, like you said, it's all worth it.

      blessings always

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      Lori Colbo 

      4 years ago from United States

      Dora, I like rain actually, to an extent but day after day deluge I can very much do without. Thanks for the visit.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I love rain and if it doesn't flood I think I'll enjoy it anywhere. Thanks for the lovely poem (lament), for the pictures and for information on rains in the Pacific Northwest.

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      Lori Colbo 

      4 years ago from United States

      Dear Bill - Big Time!!!

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      William Kovacic 

      4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Your imagery is great in this one, Lori. I temporarily forgot the sun is shining in Pennsylvania - are you jealous?

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I love to visit but yikes. Wonderful poem. California is just "no longer in drought conditions".

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      No doubt about it, you have seen more than your fair share of rain this year! Well crafted Lori!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      Wonderful read this morning Lori. Beautifully written. Jamie

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      4 years ago

      Vivid imagery. Felt as if I was there. While climate change has made obvious changes to our climate, it is rare, but it has happened where, for at least 21 consecutive days we had grey grey horrible overcast days. I got cabin fever. I was about to climb the walls. It was horrible. Weather would be something I would consider seriously if I was to relocate.


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