The Pineapple Express

January 07, 2009  •  Leave a Comment
There is a misconception about our weather here in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, during our winter, lots of moisture falls from the sky. But, it doesn't just fall as 'rain'. Some days it drizzles. Other days are coated by a fine, persistent mist. Many days are soaked with mizzle (not quite mist, not quite drizzle). Some days are, indeed, rain. That stereotypical, monotonous pit-pat of water drops. Some days it mists, drizzles, mizzles, and rains in the same day. If we are lucky, there are sun-breaks in between. But, the granddaddy of our soggy weather is the Pineapple Express. A warm, moisture laden storm pushed up from Hawaii...


This winter's first Pineapple Express continues to unleash more rain than I have ever seen. Not quite a downpour rather a steady, hard continuous hosing. Continuous is bracketed not by hours but by days. They say this Hawaiian gift may deliver ~5 inches of rain here in the lowlands and 10-20 inches (of rain) in the mountains.

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