As we enter into late July and early August here in Puget Sound country, we experience a phenomenon we call "nature's air conditioning".
You see, we sit on the shore of the large inland sea, or fjord, if you will, that is Puget Sound, and we are separated from the vast Pacific Ocean only by the Olympic Mountain Range.
All of that cold salt water creates our "marine climate".
And so, as the heat of mid summer starts to rise it does battle with the onshore flow of the prevailing westerly winds, and we get fog.
Every morning now we are waking up to cool temps and white sky. It's great for walking.
Yesterday it was still overcast as we boarded the light rail to attend a Sounders match at the stadium. The match started at 1:00 and the sky was just beginning to clear.
By half time, the sky over Elliot Bay was bright blue.
When the game ended at 3:00 the crowd streamed out of the stadium to enjoy a lovely late afternoon.
Today, as I type at 1:00 the sky has cleared and the temp has reached 67, heading for about 75.
Some people dislike our natural air conditioning, and I admit, waking to bright sunshine is a true pleasure around here, but we true North Westerners also enjoy the cooler temps, and I appreciate being able to exercise and work during cool mornings.
Of course there are some other unwelcome aspects of August here in our yard.
Since we water our yard and nobody around us does, by now the moles have fewer options for easy digging and finding tasty underground morsels. They come to the Reeder Restaurant, and as they tunnel just under the surface, the raccoons come at night and dig up the runs, also looking for goodies. The result is a mess, and one we will battle now until the fall rains.
But we live with it. Our garden takes on a less than perfect look now, and we put up with that too.
We do still have pretty.