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"the largest maximum temperature anomaly on record..."
On Monday, Seattle experienced a stunning and unparalleled temperature extreme: the warmest daily temperature relative to normal conditions ever observed for any date since record keeping began at Seattle-Tacoma Airport (1948). Any date, any season, any year. Specifically, temperatures on Monday ...
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"discharge for the Okanogan, Stehekin, and Naches rivers--all are predicted to flood during the next few days."
The record breaking temperatures of the past few days and warmer than normal temperatures of this month have resulted in substantial melt of the formidable snowpack we started with on April 1. And the rivers are responding. To illustrate the snowmelt, here is the plot of snow water content at ...
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46.06ºN 118.32ºW
Above average temperatures. 
April photos. Balloon, park walks, Pacheco's pig is never there, house fire, patio, hail storm, curved eaves, diffused light, old brush
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My family visited the fair that day & the storm arrived with little warning. We had had lunch in the Space Needle hours earlier. The wind was strong enough that the elevator cables would pull the cars up—then as a gust fell away the cars would drop a few feet to a sudden stop. There was lots of screaming.. The largest crowd I've seen in complete panic surging to the exits—as dangerous as the storm itself..
We drove to Bellingham a day or two following the storm & devastation was widespread. My dad remarked, I remember, that it reminded him of the Battle of Luzon. I was then a small child & while I had heard my dad's WWII stories he had never before mentioned battle or combat. I would read years later that a typhoon struck soon after the landing at Luzon.
It was the greatest storm in my life. As memorable as hearing Mt. St. Helens explode (250 miles distant) & its ashfall aftermath; the Touchet River Flood of 1996.  I've always slept through (small) earthquakes. 
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46.06ºN 118.32ºW
Spring temps have jumped quickly into summer ranges. Today is to reach 80º with more next week.
The previous two years, 2014 & 2015, the lilacs were heavy with blooms. This year many lilacs have far fewer & many are very small. Yard projects in the neighborhood, plastic Flamingo reserve. &c
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Bird migration on radar
I have to admit I find bird migrations on radar quite fascinating, and last night was a wonderful example. It was a classic, with the skies filling with bird echoes right after sunset and then disappearing near sunrise. Let me show you. 7:30 PM last night (Wed). Not much. 9:30 PM that night.
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"a tension between the impulse to defer to corrections officers and the duty to care for inmates."
A very sad well-sourced article to recommend. 
Harriet Krzykowski, a former counsellor at the Dade Correctional Institution, faced retaliation after questioning inmate abuse. Credit Photograph by Elinor Carucci for The New Yorker
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Harrowing stuff.
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I've collected many photo files of gravestones of my ancestors. They've plenty other descendants, too. Dague, Vigneron, Bornstein, Houssman, Hoke
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"...we are talking about record territory for some days, with highs about 20-25F above normal."*
It looks like quite a few of you will experience 80F again during the next few days. Another major heat event is coming, with temperatures well into the 60s on Saturday, mid to upper 70s on Sunday, and even low 80s on Monday. As you know, I have a lot of respect for the forecasts from ...
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I've placed shade cloth over the south lights of my cottage to keep the IR out. 
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"The temperature observed today (16.5C)  is the warmest ever observed for ANY DATE between January 1 and April 24th."
Once in a while, I see something that is truly amazing. It's happened today. Here is a plot of the climatology of temperatures at the Quillayute, Washington radiosonde site, specifically, the temperature at 850 hPa, around 5000 ft. Today's temperature is shown by the silver dot.
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Temperatures today will reach into the low 70ºs F. It's been clear all week. The aviary pond is filled. Mowed yard several times. Container gardening. 
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I don't know? I've thought sod or seed would have gone down by now, too? They've cleaned old debris and I'm waiting for them to seed the bare spots, add some more shrubs. 
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Drought is the great enemy of human civilization. Presented here is a
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