Oh, it's been snowing. And now it is raining. What else is there to say? I hope to ride outside tomorrow...
The university was closed today. We had pretty good snowfall on Monday, and Monday night it was quite cold, well below freezing, and the roads were very unsafe. The university waited until 5 AM to cancel classes and close the university, but at least they did so.
Now, it looks like they won't close the university tomorrow, even though there has been minimal improvement to the roads. People (based on reading comments at the UW Alert page) seem upset by this. It's a curious problem. Someone, or some group, at the university has to decide whether or not to close the university when the weather is bad and conditions are excessively unsafe. But how to know how unsafe is too unsafe? What kind of input do they get? What methods do they use to make their decision? UW has a history of not closing even when city schools close, or when Metro shuts down or alters bus routes, and public transport becomes useless. But what would be a reasonable method for deciding whether or not to close a university?
I think I'm going to try to post something every day during November.
I'll start by saying that I think November is my least favorite month of the year. It seems the darkest, though December is darker. But December has Christmas, and the winter solstice, so that by the end of the month, the days are getting longer, while during the entire month of November the days get shorter. Too, in Seattle, it rains a lot in November: the average rainfall in November is second only to December.
The other thing that makes December tolerable is that I don't work so much in December. This year, I'm giving final exams on December 12, which I have to grade of course, but I won't have to teach until January 4. That makes bad weather and short days much more tolerable.
And January, while colder than December or November, is, you know, the new year. New quarter starts, days are getting longer: it's practically like spring, or at least pre-spring.
So November is often the low point, but that doesn't mean it is all that bad. I'm not expecting a horrible experience over the next 30 days, just a dark, wet, somewhat cold one.
There has been snow and raccoons.
We had a bit of rain early this week. This excellent site provides nice graphical data for Seattle weather. Here's what they show for the rain on Monday:
See that long straight steep section from 9:00 to past 17:00? 8 hours of continuous non-light rain.
I believe this included the rainiest 24 hours ever in Seattle. Compare this to what I believe was the previous record:
(Notice that the vertical scales are not the same.) Around our neighborhood things were just quite wet. Luckily, we've had no flooding or mudslides or any other horrors.
Monday was the only day of this quarter (which ends tomorrow) that Jenni and I took the bus to work instead of walking.