The weather has turned bright and sunny after a prolonged period of rain in our little spot of the universe on the western side of the Cascades. Recently, a new rainfall record of 22.78 inches during the period from December 1, 2015 through February 19, 2016 was set at the SEATAC (Seattle-Tacoma) airport, breaking the old record set during the same time period in 1999. During the same period where we live (about 40 miles SW from SEATAC, we had 22.60 inches.
Why the difference…very simple, geography. Weather in the Puget Sound region is based on many factors based on where you live. We live about 35 miles from Mt. Rainier which has it’s own impact on local weather conditions. Also, the difference can be attributed to how we collect and measure rainfall vis-a-vis how it’s collected at SEATAC. Our system is very simple (a rain gauge system of an outer and inner tube) instead of a very complex system most likely used at SEATAC. The other consideration would be when it’s collected…we check the rain gauge every morning between 7 and 8 am and I suspect the SEATAC system is probably measured/collected at midnight of each day. We’re both consistent in our individual techniques.
I’ve been watching the pond just down the road recently for the right combination of weather, time and afternoon light and it all came together today. The weather was important as it had to be semi-sunny and had to be after a significant amount of rainfall so the water level in the pond would be high enough to “hide” the small island that anchored one end of the bridge. Not an impossible combination, but at the same time, not one to assume it would fall into place.
The interesting factor that I hadn’t considered was that the weather has been unusually warm this spring so the grass in the pond began to sprout which provided a nice foreground as part of the composition.
This is the second time I’ve posted the bridge image…the first was on December 15, 2015 titled “Black Oyster Mushrooms and Frozen Leaves“.
An Afternoon View of a Pond in Late Winter (Nikon Df)