Seattle’s Warmest January Ever

I see reports that the first half of January was the warmest such period in Seattle history (records go back to 1890). The average daily temperature for the first 16 days of the month was 51.8; the normal average is 42! Last year it was 45.

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Cannon Beach Overnight

As a birthday gift to my sister, we did a short overnight trip to Tillamook and Cannon Beach; her first visit to Oregon. We stayed at the Hallmark Resort in Canon Beach.

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Record Cold-Already

According the the NWS, it was a very chilly day:

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Craters of the Moon

On our way to Utah, we decided to include Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho. It’s a pretty remote spot and isn’t on the way to anywhere else so this seemed like our only opportunity to visit. “Weirdly beautiful” describes it for me.cotm_05373

US Route 20 heading east from Boise was an astoundingly stark setting.cotm_05422


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It’s not going to be THAT much…. maybe a little more than 0.1 inches, but the showers Sunday and today are the first meaningful rainfall since April 14th. That’s 150 days!

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Terribe Air

smokey_sun_1013601Worst Seattle air ever! This is the sun around 4:00 pm.


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Bear Visit


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