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Who Will Stop the Rain?

7 Apr


On days like this when the rain goes on and on, I wonder why people choose to live in a  rain forest.  This isn’t a nice, warm rain forest with jaguars, parrots and palm trees.  It’s a  gray land where frigid water falls from the sky and mud deepens with each day.   You have a green Christmas.  And Easter.  And Fourth of July.  This isn’t a warm, playful rain.  It’s serious rain with serious intentions.

If you have animals, they are under trees or shelter on some type of stone dust footing so they don’t disappear into the mud like their ice age ancestors did into the La Brae Tar Pits.

Ponds appear where no pond should be.  Like on the front lawn.  Today wind is tossing the torrents against my south-facing windows like some cosmic mop water being flung out the door.  I still need to clean my paddocks and stalls.  The horses are munching hay under cover, though being ponies, they’ll just go stand in the rain because they can.  With four inch long coats, the inner layer stays dry.  But no one would willingly pet a sopping wet pony who just rolled in the mud.  This is not a fluffy, cuddly rain.

I met someone who had moved here from North Dakota seeking a more temperate climate.  It was late December and had been raining since she arrived in fall.  She said she was always cold and wanted to know when the rain would stop.

That question usually results in a maniacal laugh by a native or naturalized citizen of the rain forest.  The answer is maybe July.  Maybe not.  Rain?  Stop?  Those words don’t go together.

This wild, beautiful land of flooding mountain rivers and mud-soaked lowlands, with giant evergreen trees and lawns that stay green in December, brings up mixed emotions even among those who love it.  “Rainbirds” head to Arizona in winter.  They come back to enjoy the few weeks of perfect weather that we all wait 9-11 months for.

So if you’d like to move to the Seattle area, I recommend south facing windows (to watch the rain), no houses on cliffs (google Whidbey Island landslide), an indoor arena if you have horses, indoor soccer if you want to play in winter, and lots and lots of waterproof clothes if your kids play softball.  Oh, and high ground to avoid flooding.  Shop for a house in winter so you know how much of your property will be covered by ponds and occupied by ducks in winter.