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The Pacific Northwest made the national news today. I was listening to the radio, network news, and one of the major stories, right after a piece describing the heat wave in other parts of the nation, was a story that involved the lousy year we are having in western Washington.
If you live on the west side of the mountains, nobody has to tell you, or remind you, of the cold year we are having. In the course of doing home inspections, many a week, I have only taken my sweatshirt off two or three times. And, unusual, my wife and I have not run a fan to cool the house even ONE DAY this year. No need to, everyone is sleeping with blankets on.
We residents know this, in our heart of hearts, but the low temperatures were confirmed by KOMO news in Seattle. They define pleasant summer temperatures, not unreasonable for this region, as any days, or should I say hours, where the temperature was 80 degrees F or higher.
If you live here, this is no big shocker: This year, if you added together all "minutes" where the temperature was a minimum of 80 degrees F, then you have a total of 78 minutes of summer.
If you are mathematically challenged, then you need to know that 78 minutes is one hour and 18 minutes. Up here in Bellingham, the days are getting shorter and, the past few days, we are seeing more rain. So that 78 minutes might be just as good as it gets, and it was not that good.
If you click on the TV below, you will see a live performance of one of the greatest, and most popular ever, of the warm weather songs. This Mungo Jerry goodtime tune made us all happy back in 1970, when the weather knew how to cooperate.
Check out "This Day In History" -- music and vintage television from the 1950's through the 1980's. I enjoy writing these articles because they take me back to my days in radio broadcasting. Click on Elvis' gold record, below, to revisit those golden hits of yesteryear.
Steven L. Smith, King of the House Home Inspection, provides information for real estate buyers, sellers and real estate industry professionals.
Blog posts emphasize issues commonly found in Bellingham, WA and Whatcom County. Smith is Washington State Licensed Home inspector #207, a state licensed structural pest inspector and one of the most experienced inspectors in the northwest corner of the Pacific Northwest.
Steven L. Smith is lead instructor of home inspection at Bellingham Technical College and teaches classes for Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Steve was a two-term member of the state licensing board.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.