Seattle is having one of the worst early springs on record. Thanks to La Nina, we have had a very wet and very cool spring with nearly every day below average temperatures. To be fair, the cold, wet weather is slightly better than the dry, hot weather which is resulting in wildfires in the south, also thanks to La Nina. Fortunately, our local weather genius, Cliff Mass, tells us that La Nina is finally starting to go away, but not without keeping us cool and wet for another month. A week ago we had huge thunder and lightning storms and some surrounding areas even got snow. Since January we have had 50mph windstorms which regularly result in spotty power outages, heavy rains with flooding and landslides, snow, several hail storms and unusually cold temperatures. February was the 7th coldest month in record since 1948 but at the same time, drier than normal. Early in March we had so much rain during a two week period it equaled the amount we usually get in one month. Last winter in Seattle, we saw no snow on the ground, not even once. This winter we had several bouts of snow, once so dramatic buses got stuck going up hills.
All this weather is bound to impact the local plants and wildlife. Since my initial Tree Year post in January, I’ve been walking past my trees daily, watching them, hoping for some sign of life. Until this past week, there had been none. Walking daily in constant rain and drizzle makes standing outside looking at trees quite unpleasant after a while. It makes taking pictures even more challenging. There have also been few neighborhood birds singing or pollinators buzzing around. The dreary, never-ending winter weather really seems to get all of life down including humans, wildlife and plants.