Portland OR weather folks just said 148 days of rain since the beginning of October. Bit higher here in the Mt Saint Helens foot-valley, so add 20 more days for ~168 for me. AND last September just before the the official annual rain year start was the rainiest on record. Record rains and days in Sept, Dec, Jan, Feb and will be now April ending. Decades average here is 88 inches annually. “Bad” years (too dry) are at 44 inches and, too damn wet at over 122 inches. Ha! Locals measuring over 122 inches in the last 210 days so far. 155 more days to go for an annual total.
Anyhow. In the few not raining half day sun breaks I am now up to my third lawn mowing. Grasses are begin growing.
Flowering tree blooms, Easter lilly’s, spring crocus’s, rising mole hills, paired up birds all say Spring is here.
Ha! Just give me two days not-raining, drying out and I can till in first pass the garden plot.
Finnaly get solid 60F and 70F days and I can cut back the wood heating. I used up a whole 250 count box of matches by the end of Feb (two months early) this heating year.
250 count wooden box of matches is my best personal good/bad year benchmark. Actual wood fuel used varies too much for guidelines by the overall temperate differentials outside/inside that I’ve had to maintain. Wife and godchildren; verses just wool’s wearing me, and the fur coated dogs.
J-I-C Steve Unruh