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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Summer in the City

posted by on June 3 at 19:19 PM


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It's amazing, really.

And to think, I was in Las Vegas two days ago and bitching about the heat.

Posted by Abby | June 3, 2008 7:23 PM

eat the oxtail if you're still at quinn's, it's a-maz-ing.

Posted by skye | June 3, 2008 7:28 PM

Dan, Summer in Seattle starts on July 5th.

Posted by Deacon Seattle | June 3, 2008 7:31 PM

April showers bring June showers.

It's not summer yet, and it's ALWAYS like this in June. We get some fantastic early spring weather, then June is heavy rain and weird humidity, and then on July 5th summer begins.

Posted by Fnarf | June 3, 2008 7:32 PM

I like it.

Posted by Jerod | June 3, 2008 7:44 PM

I hate it. Bitter, bitter h8.


Posted by Donolectic | June 3, 2008 7:44 PM

I'm dying for some light, some sunlight. I was in Vermont this weekend and it was humid and warm and the sun came out and I was in a college town and there were half-naked frat boys everywhere and I'm ready to move.

Which should delight the haters, but please note: I've been ready to move for 15 years now. If I may paraphrase a great lady: The kid won't leave without me. I won't leave the boyfriend. And the boyfriend will never leave.

Posted by Dan Savage | June 3, 2008 7:49 PM

Summer begins with the Blue Angels! whoops.

Posted by brickey | June 3, 2008 7:51 PM

You have to be fucked in the head to like this place.

Posted by A Non Imus | June 3, 2008 7:52 PM

Why do we live here? Oh yeah - cuz it's soooo beautiful on a warm & sunny day. A day or two of sunshine and I forget about days like today.

Posted by MexMan | June 3, 2008 7:57 PM

Dan, go back to Vermont in February and tell us how you like it.

BTW, it's currently 58 degrees and raining in Burlington.

Posted by Fnarf | June 3, 2008 8:00 PM

The rain makes my veggie garden burst into leaf. My bamboo shoots are huge and the S.E. Asians come by to get a few shoots for eating. Yeah by the end of May with the gray and cold I'm ready to jump off some bridge, but then the sun comes out for a day or two and I'm okay again. And all this moisture is so good for the complexion.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | June 3, 2008 8:03 PM

This is why I love Seattle.

Posted by Giffy | June 3, 2008 8:04 PM

This is stupid.

Posted by Whack | June 3, 2008 8:05 PM

We'll see another blast of greenery and flowers in short order.

What I like about this kind of rain is that that whiff of ocean -- if you're in the zone -- ends up getting tucked up in there and it smells supreme.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | June 3, 2008 8:09 PM

Rain isn't uncommon anywhere in the summer in North America.

At least we're not fighting with golf-ball sized hail and funnel clouds like the poor folks in D.C.

Posted by mackro mackro | June 3, 2008 8:14 PM

And yeah, Seattle's colloquial summer isn't until July 5th (although we've had dry July 4ths for quita a run so far.)

Summer doesn't begin *anywhere* for the northern hemisphere until June 21st/22nd, though.

Posted by mackro mackro | June 3, 2008 8:16 PM

After five years here, I honestly fucking love this weather. Nothing better than home through Sea-Tac to cool, wet air. My dry skin clears up and my allergies get better.

Nice Queen Mum quote, D.

Posted by Big Sven | June 3, 2008 8:17 PM

I luv it! Makes me want to smoke a giant joint.

Posted by Lil Puffy | June 3, 2008 8:22 PM

This is the kind of rain I love brother!

Posted by Cale | June 3, 2008 8:22 PM

Dan I loved the QM, and your quote was so apt :-)

My Armani raincoat proved it was all style and all function tonight kids, and thank Christ for that.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 3, 2008 8:25 PM

1 inch so far today in my backyard rain gauge. Which means I don't have to water the berries this week.

Posted by Greg Barnes | June 3, 2008 8:29 PM

@22 -- I hope "berries" is safe-speak for some fine-ass skunk that'll be hitting the streets later this summer.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 3, 2008 8:31 PM

I just wiped out on my scooter for the first time on my way home from work this evening, so I'm a teensy bit less enthused by today's weather than a PNW native would normally be. But yeah, my garden and the new patch of grass - of the lawn variety - is really loving it, so that's some consolation.

Posted by COMTE | June 3, 2008 8:41 PM
Rain isn't uncommon anywhere in the summer in North America.
Yes it is. Here. It rains less in the summer in Seattle than any major city in the US or Canada. But it's not summer yet.
Posted by Fnarf | June 3, 2008 10:02 PM

I miss it!

Posted by Risa | June 3, 2008 10:12 PM

Rainy introverted claustrophobic crap weather is why all the really icky serial killers come from Western Washington. The red and the gray.

Posted by Bob | June 3, 2008 10:51 PM

Fuck this bullshit weather. Talk about a depression session. It's like bloody November outside.

Posted by kerri harrop | June 3, 2008 10:53 PM

Summer in the City

means cleavage, cleavage, cleavage!

Posted by AT | June 3, 2008 11:40 PM


Sorry to hear that. You OK?

Just remember, there are two kinds of riders: people who have dropped their bikes, and people who are going to drop their bikes again.

Posted by Big Sven | June 3, 2008 11:47 PM

@16, @25 - San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego

Posted by Jeff | June 4, 2008 12:00 AM


Cryptic, but I think you're trying to say it doesn't rain in those places in June/Jul/Aug. In the case of LA and SD, largely true, in the case of SF, it may not often pour rain like today, but you do get a lot of damp gloomy days on their side of the Bay during Spring and Summer.

And hell, even scorching Phoenix gets Spring rain that makes today's standing water flood on SR 99 just north of the Battery Street Tunnel look like a kiddie pool....

Posted by Mr. X | June 4, 2008 2:37 AM

I lived in Memphis, TN for 13 years. It will be 90+ degrees (with oppressive humidity) every day from now until the end of Sept. You go from your air conditioned home, into your air conditioned car, to your air conditioned work.

I'll take a June fifties and rainy day in Seattle anytime.

Posted by Hot Stuff | June 4, 2008 7:58 AM

The marine layer in S.F. is half the reason to live there.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 4, 2008 8:50 AM

This is my kind of weather. I'll take cloudy, drizzly, and mid-50s over sunny, humid, and mid-90s any time. So will my wife, who gets a rash from that kind of heat.

Posted by Greg | June 4, 2008 9:06 AM

this year has been unusually cold late into spring - you may notice that the "typical" rhodedendron species are just now in full flower - about 2 weeks late.

but you could be in the stifling, humid, hot, flat, conservative, cultureless, boring south or midwest, so STFU & let it go.

Posted by max solomon | June 4, 2008 9:19 AM

I won't say what I think because you censor comments on SLOG.

Posted by Vince | June 4, 2008 9:33 AM

46 degrees this morning.

You call this summer?

I'll wait until the Fremont Solstice Parade - that's when Summer starts.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 4, 2008 9:39 AM

oh man the blue angels! I can't wait for that fiasco on the slog.

Posted by Rotten666 | June 4, 2008 10:12 AM

BigSven @30:

Thanks for the concern.

Yeah, okay, as is the bike, which suffered just a bit of scraped plastic. I managed to execute a nice six-point landing (both forearms, knees and toes - actually dented one of my steel-toed boots!). I've got a strawberry the size of a dollar pankcake on my left knee, with slightly smaller abrasions on both my elbows & forearms.

Fortunately, one of the advantages of dumping a scooter as opposed to a motorcycle is that generally you fall clear of the bike, so you don't have the additional injuries caused by having it fall on top of you.

The worst part was choosing between 1,000 Mg of Ibuprofen or two or three shots of whisky for pain maintenance. In the end I chose the Ibu.

Posted by COMTE | June 4, 2008 10:38 AM

Do people move to Phoenix and spend all their time complaining that it's hot? Do they move to Minneapolis and complain that it snows a lot in winter? (I suppose both of those are true - people are morons.) So why would anyone living in Seattle be surprised that the prevailing weather at any time of year can be cool and gray?

I have to go to Orlando next week, and I'm dreading it. Talk about a climate I never, ever want to live in - it's been mid-90s with 70% humidity and severe thunderstorms. Joy. I'll melt.

Posted by Geni | June 4, 2008 11:47 AM

No wonder I can't shake my cold!

Posted by ABM1964 | June 4, 2008 12:06 PM

And yet I had a lovely walk on the beach with my dog today, complete with sun breaks and a sweet smelling breeze. One of the things I love about Seattle are the tiny pockets of weather that can be different from one neighborhood to the next; almost microclimates. Yesterday it was the same thing. I took the dog down for a warm, partly sunny walk on the beach, then got in my car around 6 to head to the U District and see William Gibson read from Spook Country at U Bookstore. I could not believe how black and ominous the sky was driving I-5 into downtown.

After the reading, it was monsoon city. We were dripping wet by the time we got back to the car. Driving home, the further we got from downtown, the lighter the sky on the western horizon.

Hey Dan, I enjoyed seeing your guest spots on Bill Maher's show and wish he wasn't off the air till August because so much is happening right now and we won't get to hear his sardonic slant on it all!

Posted by Les | June 4, 2008 11:43 PM

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