This has been the hottest, driest summer I have ever seen in western Washington. We are in a drought, another first for as long as I’ve lived here, and the ‘evergreen state’ is starting to look like its cousin to the south, much further south, like southern California without the sandy beaches. In a region where A/C is not the norm it has made for a very difficult season to get excited about making dinner as that is when it is generally hottest and the sun streams into our large front windows from about 2-7:00 in the evenings just in case we forgot that it was shining, yet again, in the city known for cloud-cover and rain. It is truly strange to see so much straw-colored grass where there has always been green. It’s playing tricks on my eyes and I have to remind myself that this is indeed, the greater Seattle area. This displaced feeling comes over me most often when at the off-leash area of Marymoor park and I find myself pulling out my phone camera to document the change in climate because, Toto, we’re right where we’ve always been, it’s the earth that is changing. This chamomile is thriving though:
There were actually clouds this day, but not many people. The boys thought the park looked ‘desolate’.
One word~ dry.
I’m curious if this trend will continue, and if so what it means for our parks and botanical gardens. Apparently the big botanical gardens are already contending with global climate change and having to rethink their gardens. I’m not surprised.
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It’ll be interesting to see how a strong El Nino impacts your area, and everywhere else it touches. That’s what we are experiencing down here in S. California, more rain, warmer temperatures. It’s coming from El Nino and the warming of the ocean, in addition to other factors like trade winds. I’m glad that the chamomile is doing well. For the past few weeks I’ve been drinking chamomile in the evenings to get through finals. ❤
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I’ve heard La Nina always follows El Nino with drought conditions but I have no idea how true that is. It’s been such a strange summer here.
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