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Broadcast weather reporting, too, distorts local circumstances with an overlay of expectations based on North America’s usual continental weather. It is not true that the only good day is a sunny day. I can’t complain too much: dramatic weather reports sensitize viewers to the realities of global warming, but, really, Northwest maritime climatic realities have their own special charms. No doubt weather patterns will evolve along with the rest of the planet’s.
The cold storms that hammered Seattle last week are money in the bank, building up the snow pack that is our water supply. Anything that makes the plants happy makes me happy. I don’t recall a season, ever, where most of the plants have not been happy. Sometimes they die of the cold, and sometimes they die of drought. Usually the ones that die are imports. From time to time, a strong wind prunes the trees, and all along, the plants maintain their essential forms. Accidents of weather accentuate the character of individual specimens.
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