Its spring in Seattle and its snowing. Not enough to cause the usual panic but enough that our Metro bus service warned of impending doom.
I don’t mind as I’d rather walk the dogs in the snow than the rain. We don’t get as soggy as quickly in the snow. The daffodils and camellias are blooming, which just doesn’t feel right with the snow. I can actually see blue sky among the clouds now but it’s still spitting a few snowflakes, too.
Alberto, an engineer where I work part time, grew up in the Alps. He says it’s not right. You shouldn’t have thunder, lightning and snow. While trying to get his car out during another big snowstorm a couple years ago, he experienced all 3 at once. It’s unnatural but it’s the Puget Sound convergence zone.
You see, the winds can’t go through the Olympic Mountains so it goes around them, north and south. Once around the mountains, the winds turn back north and south and meet. That meeting causes all sorts of commotion, thunder, lightning, pouring rain and pouring snow. Yes, the snow here is so wet it’s like someone turned a giant snocone upside down over us. Certain areas north of Seattle are almost always in the convergence zone like Edmonds or Everett. The weather outside the convergence zone is calmed even sunny at times. You can drive north in the sunshine just outside of Seattle and suddenly its pouring rain within 15 minutes as you hit Edmonds. The convergence zone moves too. The weather can be sunny in Seattle and in 30 minutes its pouring rain or snowing. Jack and I usually look at one another when this happens and say, Oh shoot, the convergence zone moved south. We also say, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes and it will change. Of course, the change might not be for the better.
Do you live in a convergence zone? Tell me your story, I’d love to hear it.