I took these pictures on my morning commute in the order I present them below. Notice the clouds slowly creeping in.
Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland, about 6:45 am.
David E. Brink Park, Kirkland, about 7:00 am.
Mercer Island, about 7:40 am.
Seattle end of the I-90 bridge, about 8:00 am.
OK, this last one would have been awesome -- the Cascades off to the left, Mt. Rainier dead ahead, possibly some sailboats out there -- except that by the time I got across the bridge, dark ominous clouds had rolled right in and hidden all those pretty views. Instead, I saw an increasing number of bicyclists in neon yellow rain jackets, always a good predictor of rain.
Fortunately, rain doesn't deter Seattle bike commuters. We may come out in droves for the gorgeous, sunny weather that has blessed the region lately, but precipitation and cloudy conditions won't stop us. We just turn on those blinking lights, slap some more reflective tape everywhere, and don our bright-colored waterproof jackets. Autumn, come on -- make our day. We're ready.
Note: The above post was written August 26. The commute on August 31 threw down the gauntlet, presaging the weather to come.