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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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