By Bill Sheets Herald Writer
EVERETT — Not everyone enjoying the sun at Legion Park on Tuesday knew the clouds were expected to move in Wednesday, but at first glance it sure seemed that way.
Most of the parking spaces at the scenic overlook were full, with some people out on the lawn and others lounging in their cars with the windows open.
“It’s supposed to be the last day (for sun), so we thought we’d take advantage of it,” said Sonny Snider of Everett, who was visiting the park with Jill Waters. Their female pit bull, Baby, rolled in the grass nearby.
“She’s the reason we’re here,” he said.
Each of the first seven days in February in the Puget Sound region were at least partly clear, if not completely sunny, said Johnny Burg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.
The last solidly cloudy day was Jan. 31, he said. On Feb. 3, the temperature at the Weather Service’s office in Sand Point hit a record high for that location of 62 degrees, Burg said.
A weak cloud system was forecast to move in Tuesday night, bringing with it a 40 percent chance of rain on Wednesday and a high of 52.
Another weak system is expected to move in on Thursday, Burg said. None of the systems is expected to bring heavy or prolonged rain, but the pattern through the weekend will be more typical of this time of year in the Northwest, he said — cloudy with sprinkles or showers.
Ossha Williams of Marysville didn’t know about the forecast when she went to the scenic overlook on Tuesday.
Williams’ friend, Victoria Negron, captured her on video doing Zumba moves with the water and Olympic Mountains in the background. Williams is a Zumba instructor in Everett and plans to start a website.
“It’s beautiful, it’s warm out here. I’m glad I came out,” she said after hearing about the forecast.
Debra VanHooser of Lake Stevens took her grandson, Alick, 4, to the Legion Park playground on Tuesday because she knew it was supposed to be the last sunny day for a while, she said.
She was philosophical about the expected change in the weather.
“We can’t ask for too much,” she said. “It’s February.”
Bill Sheets: 425-339-3439; firstname.lastname@example.org.