Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fresh Western Washington Warm Weather Humble Bragging While Texas Braces For Another Arctic Blast

With yet one more bout of freezing rain scheduled to arrive in North Texas today, I found fresh weather humble bragging in my email this morning, from Spencer Jack's dad, my favorite nephew Jason.

Email subject line: Warm winter bringing out the tulips early at Skagit Valley Tulip Festival | Weather Blog | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News

The email had a link to a KOMO TV News story, screencapped above, and below, about Western Washington's balmy winter and the early blooming of flowers which usually wait for the arrival of Spring, flowers such as daffodils, which you see above, currently blooming in the Skagit Valley, and tulips, which you see below, currently blooming in the Skagit Valley.

Below are four paragraphs from the KOMO TV News online article about the tulip's blooming and Western Washington's balmy winter.

Walk around the Puget Sound area and you'll notice trees starting to bloom and perhaps the whirr of a lawn mower or two, even though winter still had a solid 3-4 weeks left in its reign. 

Seattle finished up February as the warmest on record, on the heels of a very warm January (and record-warm December) as well, and the early spring-time weather has in tandem brought out the first signs of spring.

That applies to the tulips and flowers that normally bloom in April for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. With the warm winter this year, they too are getting a bit of a head start. 

"The warm temperatures have definitely affected the bloom time of the tulips," said Jeannette DeGoede with Tulip Town.

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a month long event, with staging locations all over the valley, places like Tulip Town and Roozengarde.

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival attracts over a million Tulip Tourists to the valley every year. These are real tourists, not imaginary tourists of the six million sort Fort Worth propagandists claim visit downtown Fort Worth annually.

The Tulip Traffic is a jammed up nightmare at times, though I understand efforts have been successful on mitigating that problem since the last time I experienced the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, back in 1998.

So, people in Western Washington are mowing their lawns and seeing colorful blooms sprouting out of the ground, while here in the formerly warm South, a new cold front is blowing in.

With snow again predicted....


Steve A said...

It was 52F and sunny today in Ocean Shores. I expect to have to mow the lawn later this week.

Durango said...

Less than half your 52, at 25, this morning in the D/FW zone, Steve A. With a thick coating of snow and ice.