Summer Weather Musings

Summer Weather Musings

Seattle is not usually nice, but when it is...

One time, my mother told me a story about Seattle weather: when she first came to the United States and attended community college, she observed how the weather changed suddenly, not to mention that it rained a lot. The professor just mentioned, “Welcome to Seattle.” To this day, she still wonders about this, and even commented how, for nine months, Seattle is mostly “winter,” with its gray clouds and rain, and only three months of “summer."

Recently, I’ve observed a lot of these weather changes. During high school, it hailed, and then it was windy, before showing off some sun. My dad commented as “four seasons in one day.” And just recently, it happened again: it rained heavily one afternoon, and suddenly hailed a few seconds later. When I was at the library, I noticed the golden sun coming from the western window, surprising because of the darkened clouds early.

However, the changing weather patterns in Seattle is also something I I would sometimes forget: during my freshman year, I walked back to my dorm, and suddenly, it was raining. I was wearing a denim jacket because I thought it would be just cloudy. One person said that I shouldn’t have forgot...because this was Seattle.

And as I am writing this, the temperatures are hitting around 90 degrees, and to be honest, I like the weather, but this is the upper limits to being tolerable.

Yet two summers ago, visited New York City and Washington D.C. Both cities were nice to visit, but were just as hot, if not hotter, than Seattle is right now. Every day, I remember not only the pretty blue skies and blazing sunlight, but also the sticky humidity on my skin, and how it felt dragging myself, along with the family, through this. Fortunately, at night, the hotels were relatively air-conditioned, so I wouldn’t struggle with sleeping under blankets while hoping for ice all around me. I wasn’t looking forward to winter in those moments, but I know there’s a contrast between northeast summers and Seattle’s, which are milder. Though when it’s hot, it truly is cumbersome, even with a lemonade on the side.

After last fall’s exams, I went to Golden Gardens. It was dingy and gray, and extremely cold. When I tried to put my feet into the water, it was so freezing, I had to put my shoes back on. The rest of the experience wasn’t at all comfortable.

When I go back during the summer, it will be different. It will not only be significantly warmer, but also the skies will be a rich shade of azure; underneath it people will play volleyball during the day and sing around bonfires at night.

In those moments, it’s hard to remember that Seattle set another record on how wet it was, or that it snowed significantly for the first time in five years, leaving a bunch of school cancellations as a result. It’s hard to remember that for most of the year; even through spring, it lays under clouds of gray, sometimes impenetrable.

At the end of the day, I say cherish these few months because of that reason. There will be a day six months from now which the heat will be missed.

Cover Image Credit: Elda Mengisto

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Dear Mother Nature, We're Cold And Ready For Spring!

Where is spring and all the fun, warm weather activities it has to offer?


It begins to set at the same time of year, around the end of February, the overall frustration with the post-January, pre-spring winter blues. Mornings are dark and cold, nighttime starts at 4 p.m., and the motivation to do anything is just nonexistent. Which brings up the question of where is spring and all the fun, warm weather activities it has to offer?

Come December, the holiday season brings out the love of winter the strongest, everyone is merry, spending time with loved ones, ice skating, drinking hot cocoa, cuddling up to watch movies, and just overall taking advantage of the cold weather. However, the weeks following New Years is when the mood starts to change and happiness begins to plummet people seem to fall into a post-holiday funk and the cold weather sure as hell doesn't help. It seems like the month of January is centuries long, I don't know if it's because it has 31 days or if the cold weather somehow stretches out the month, but making it through January is an accomplishment in itself. January is basically Winter in its own, so when it ends, people are more than ready to shake off the snow and get into some warmer days.

Then, February second rolls around and people are eagerly scoping the news to watch a groundhog predict our fate as they anxiously hope for him to not see his shadow and an early spring arrives at last. At least that is what happened this year. It seems that year after year the groundhog sees his shadow, gets scared, sprints back into his hole and we are left with six more weeks of winter, but this year told a different tale. The groundhog saw his shadow and ultimately it was predicted for an early spring. This prediction alone has sparked warm weather anticipation epically. People went straight to online shopping for bathing suits and shorts, rather than sweaters and boots.

Now, it may just be Virginia's wishy-washy weather but I somehow believe mother nature is playing tricks on us. One day will be 65, the next will snow, the next will rain and be 42, and the next will be 75. I even think the early spring prediction made Valentine's day for singles a little more bearable, because the 15th, the day after Valentine's day, was sunny and in the 60s. So mother nature, when is the inconsistency going to stop?

I think I speak for most when I say that we are ready for some spring weather. Ready for no jackets, shorts, getting in your car without having to clear it off first, longer days, flowers in bloom, and baby animals running around. Not to mention actually enjoying walking places in the warm spring breeze, rather than speed walking bundled up in 5 layers with a wind-chill that chaps up your face. It's something about warm weather that just makes people nicer, and overall puts us in better moods. Even on my most stressful day, if I walk outside and its anywhere above 60 and sunny, I automatically feel at ease.

I am not asking to fast forward to summer I am just ready for some mood enhancing, sunny, spring weather to make its way on over and terminate the winter blues.

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