Seattle shivers in the coldest average high temperature for the first half of April on record. But while some plants are way behind schedule, others, such as moss, are reveling in our cool, damp spring.
By Lynda V. Mapes Seattle Times staff reporter
That doesn't begin to say it: Seattle is shivering — enduring the coldest average high temperature for the first half of April on record at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. And there's no end in sight, the National Weather Service says.
The Februarylike weather has been sticking around, even as rainfall this month has come in at about 3 inches — more than what usually falls in all of April.
Blame it in part on the jet stream, parked to the south, bringing a cool western, northwesterly flow of air our way, and allowing disturbances to ride into the southern states, including deadly tornadoes in the Southeast.
For us, this weather is just a vector for spring fever, with warmer temperatures teasing us during brief sunbreaks amid implacable clouds.
It's all relative, of course. Our crummy spring is a glory for that signature denizen of Seattle: moss. The glorious green yang to our gloomy gray yin, moss is reveling in all this cool, moist weather.
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