Finally warm dry days are upon Seattle, just in time for the kids to go back to school. They must feel gypped. The month of June and a good part of July are cool, windy and rainy. Really too cool to jump into the lake for a swim or laze about outside. Here in the Pacific Northwest it seems the summer season goes from mid-July to October, when the clouds roll in once again.
Growing up here produces a hardy bunch who think nothing of playing baseball in the rain or going about their business in the rain without umbrellas. We have a fall festival at the foot of the Space Needle at the beginning of September named "Bumbershoot," another word for umbrella. It marks the end of summer, but it's not really the end, it's more like the middle. Maybe it marks the end of summer vacation for Seattle area school kids.
The ICE series of books take place on the northern edge of Washington, and the weather is a character in the stories. The swing between daylight sun and dark night is so wide up here - long, long days in the summer and very short days in the winter - sometimes it feels like we're in Alaska. Actually, we're not that far away.
So to all the Seattle school kids, I'm sorry. We adults are having a great time in the hot September sun, with empty beaches and parks. It's a perk of growing up around here. You'll get your chance, so ..... study hard. I'm off for a picnic by the lake.