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You can thank me for this

Well, don’t thank me, personally. I’m not responsible (and if I were I assure you I’d have arranged events quite differently).

But the Pacific Northwest is having its coldest winter in 32 years. Seattle’s winter, more pleasant than ours, has been classified as “severe” by the official classifiers. Where I live we’ve had an unprecedented (in my memory) eight snow days. (Compare that with zero snow the last two years and no more than five snows in the previously most-rotten winter.) And no matter how much we west-of-the-Cascades weaklings whine, the fact is that it’s the hardy east-of-mountain dwellers who’ve really suffered.

So why should you thank us, here in the NorthWet? Because as you sit there basking in the unprecedented warmth of wherever you are (assuming you’re in the U.S., which I know not everybody is), we are the only thing standing between you and the you-know-whos wringing their hands over yet another “warmest winter on record.”

We. Just us. We’re saving you from that. So think of us as we huddle in the icy rain and be grateful.


  1. larryarnold
    larryarnold March 13, 2017 8:26 am

    Thank you for taking the – uh – bullet.

    We’ve been cooler and wetter also, but that means temperatures in the 60s and drizzle more than once a fortnight.

  2. Claire
    Claire March 13, 2017 8:51 am

    larryarnold — I feel for you. I truly do. Your Texan sufferings pierce my heart.

  3. Joel
    Joel March 13, 2017 11:13 am

    Shirtsleeve weather through much of February and (so far) all of March. I’m already eying the sacks of potting soil at the feed store. Thanks, Claire! Keep up the good work.

  4. Claire
    Claire March 13, 2017 12:42 pm

    I hate you, Joel.

    That’s why I occasionally send you those knock-a-body-on-its-butt winds. And that slicker-than-owl-shit mud.

    You’re welcome.

  5. revjen45
    revjen45 March 14, 2017 10:56 am

    My Schadenfreude regarding the weather in the Communist East is boundless.
    We note that the storm was ignored until it got to Libland.

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