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Weatherwatch: October 2009

OCTOBER By Bill Biddle September 2009 is just about in the annals of time as you read this October Weatherwatch. And what a month September was! The Wolf Creek weather station reported a high of 100 degrees and a low of 32 degrees with a precipitation of .63 inches. This is a late summer classic...

Weatherwatch: September 2009

SEPTEMBER SONG By Bill Biddle   Oh, it’s a long, long while from May to December, But the days grow short when you reach September. When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame, One hasn’t got time for the waiting game.   These opening days of September will seem more like a continuation of...

Weatherwatch: August 2009

AUGUST By Bill Biddle Rejoice! ye fields, rejoice! and wave with gold, When August round her precious gifts is flinging; Lo: the crushed wain is slowly homeward rolled: The sunburnt reapers jocund lays are singing.   John Ruskin wrote this in the mid-1800s. Somehow or other he must have read the July Weatherwatch. He caught...

Weatherwatch: July 2009

JULY By Bill Biddle There is a saying that the Methow Valley has two seasons: Winter and the Fourth of July. Weatherwatch concurs. The Wolf Creek weather station had winter-like temperatures in the low 40s in the early morning hours of the last Monday in June. Snow still speckles the slopes of Gardner Mountain, vast...

Weatherwatch: June 2009

JUNE By Bill Biddle   Sumer is icumen in, Lhude sing cuccu! Ah, June is bustin’ out all over, all over the meadow and the hill. What mellifluous sound comes from just saying the word and savoring its sense The northern hemisphere springs to life with the high sun, the long days and melting snow...

Weatherwatch: May 2009

MAY By Bill Biddle   “The new-born May, As cradled yet in April’s lap she lay. Born in yon blaze of orient sky, Sweet May! Thy radiant form unfold, Unclose thy blue voluptuous eye, And wave thy shadowy locks of gold.”   What a panegyric to our Methow May that is before us! Erasmus Darwin...

Weatherwatch: April 2009

APRIL By Bill Biddle “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” Quick – before you read the next sentence, who wrote that opening line in what famous book? (And this is not an April Fool!) George Orwell in Nineteen Eighty-Four, which he wrote in 1947. The first half of...

Weatherwatch: March 2009

MARCH By Bill Biddle Weatherwatch will start this March column with a discussion of the windstorm that hit the valley during the last week of February. What a blast from the north! Highly unusual, too, for such a norther to descend during a Methow winter. Weatherwatch had to scurry through his logbooks and manuals to...

Weatherwatch: February 2009

FEBRUARY By Bill Biddle “Welcome in the winter light!” This is a steal (with the last word changed from “night” to “light”) from the title of the winter forecast published 10 weeks ago in the Methow Valley Winter Guide. At that time, the valley was getting ready for five months of “winter night.” However, now...

Weatherwatch: January 2009

JANUARY By Bill Biddle Whoopee! Snow lovers unite – 17 inches more at the Wolf Creek weather station (Okanogan 25 in the Spokane weather reporting system) from Sunday night’s “spotty snow showers” as forecast by KOZI on Sunday afternoon. At the same time, the National Weather Service was warning of 16 to 18 inches on...