Posted by: Dave Neads | October 31, 2009

Coastal Weather Invasion

Rain, heavy gray rain, coastal rain, falling through the milky fog rain, splattering on the dull lime yellow of dead willow leaves, bouncing high in the puddles.  Rain, thick and heavy, beating on the tin roof with a vengeance, bang, bang, bang..

This is not a vignette from some sodden West Coast cove, where the tide runs free and the foaming green rollers collide with misty headlands, booming far into the night. No, this scene takes place on the so-called rain shadow side of the Coast Mountains.  This end of the Ark is described as arid;  it is classified as a high, dry, cold climate–a Montane desert, according to those who know such things.  It is supposed to have about ten inches of rainfall a year, primarily coming as snow.

Well, we got some of that snow Wednesday night, about 4 inches.  But then came the rain, rain and more rain, the handiwork of this years’ El Nino, spreading its influence far inland.

We live on a hinge line between the weather generated by the Pacific Ocean and the continental expanse.  It is a tug of war.  Sometimes the massive interior high pushes far to the west, invading the coast, providing us with day after day of clear blue sky.

Other times the pushy ocean sends its wet armies into the interior, giving us a taste of rainforest living.

This coastal invasion has been happening a lot more lately as the ocean warms, causing the primal energy pattern in the system to shift, invading further inland.

So here we sit, with a few little snow patches bravely holding guard as the deluge continues, their fate sealed in the warmth of the ocean’s latest inland foray.

But after all, today is Hallowe’en, the time when ghosties and ghoulies emerge from vugular entombment to dance freely across the land. So maybe it is to be expected that the ghosts, formed millions of years ago when this land was the bottom of the ocean, should choose this time to come as pelting emissaries to remind it of its watery past.

Puddle and snow vertical


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