Think spring sunshine has finally taken hold in the Northwest? Think again. A deep, cold and unseasonably potent low-pressure system is forecast to drop south and east from northern British Columbia and position itself off the coast of northwestern Washington this week.
Now that your weatherperson has single-handedly derailed the ill-advised Rose Street reconfiguration plan with his hard-hitting commentary in last week’s column, he has been urged by many to tackle other thorny and long-unresolved issues that continue to pester the world: Concerns such as the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa, long-standing animosities in the Middle East and the stunning inability of home plate umpires to call balls and strikes in any consistent manner — the last of which is possibly the most annoying of all.
It was a perfect weekend in the Walla Walla Valley for just about any activity — and there were certainly many of them from which to choose: Spring Release, the season opener of two farmers markets, golf or tennis. Or a quiet stroll down Rose Street in the dappled shade provided by the stately sycamores that line that thoroughfare, several of which are scheduled to be reduced to sawdust if the current nonsensical ‘realignment’ plan for the street comes to fruition.
The Walla Walla Valley was treated to a foretaste of summer this past week as afternoon high temperatures on Friday touched the 80-degree mark. A general rejoicing could be heard throughout the land, and winter-weary citizens — both young and old — welcomed the warmth like a long-lost friend, which indeed it was.
Don’t let the door hit you, April bluster.
Proving once again the old adage “even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then,” your slightly vision-impaired forecaster appears to have stumbled upon a good-sized nut with his prediction/warning last week of a possible freeze event.
The normally staid Walla Walla Valley experienced a couple of wild weather days this past week. April kicked up its heels with a springtime smorgasbord that featured a severe thunderstorm on Thursday evening and heavy rain early Sunday morning, followed by a strong wind event during the day.
Your wandering weatherperson has returned from his pilgrimage to the East a few pounds heavier than he departed, with a renewed appreciation of his Maryland roots — particularly in the culinary realm. If there is anything better in this world than crab cakes and a hot corned beef sandwich on rye (with mustard, of course), your forecaster has yet to encounter them.
Your peripatetic weatherperson has hit the road in search of spring 2013, which has been missing in action over the past several days in southeastern Washington as well as many other parts of our great land.
A near-perfect weekend of mostly fair skies and mild temperatures segued into a wetter new week as increasing cloudiness and intermittent showers associated with a warm front moved through eastern Washington on Monday.