Up here at the Central Library science desk, weather conversations are often much more than small talk. Patrons often want to know how their perceptions match available data, and recently it’s been all about fat raindrops and heavy coats. Has this winter really been unusual? Our research says yes. Seattle has just experienced the coldest winter in 32 years, as explained by Q13. Cliff Mass reports that we received a year’s worth of rain in five months.
The Emerald City is in a streak of several days of sunny weather. There’s excitement in the voices of the television and radio weather people as they say “no precipitation in the forecast for the next few days, actually many days!” Another barometer is the warmer-than-warm feeling when one opens the door of a car that’s been parked for awhile during the day or gets on a bus that has “not so great” air conditioning. Yet, the best are the smiles of people walking around Seattle in mid-to-late July. I am a weather freak so am thrilled to share some of my favorite daily sites for information, along with some books of equal excitement. Continue reading “… good ol’ summer time in Seattle!”
Normally we don’t write about new books that are already slammed with holds and Cliff Mass’ new book,The Weather of the Pacific Northwest, certainly fits that description with over 300 holds on it already.
But the weather outside is frightful…well, at least unusual. Since I’ve been glued to his weather blog over the weekend, I thought you might enjoy reading it while you’re waiting for his book or for the streets to clear. Professor Cliff Mass works at U-Dub, is a regular on KUOW and his blog is perfect reading for this wild winter weather we’re having.
As a native Seattleite, I’ve been blessed my entire life with our four seasons, umpteen varieties of rain, and countless beautiful days (no matter what kind of weather we’re having). Recently someone asked me about a particular bit of weather lore, and this led me on a quest to find out more not just about our weather, but about our particular ecosystem here in the Pacific Northwest. Here are some of my finds.
Trees of Seattle by Arthur Lee Jacobson
We have an amazing variety of trees here in Seattle; look around, especially in the fall or spring when trees are in leaf or showing off their branches. Jacobson’s book (in two editions) provides an excellent field guide to trees all around the city, with notable examples given special mention.
The Street-Smart Naturalist by David B. Williams
This book is by and for the all-around naturalist. Williams returned to Seattle after his health forced him to leave Utah; his return prompted him to find out more about his native place, and so he writes chapters about our eagle, goose, crow and insect populations, our trees and plants, and even our water and stone. Human history often figures in to his investigations, giving a deep view of our place here. Continue reading “Natural Seattle”