EVERETT — It has been a cold and dry beginning to November, the unofficial beginning to ChapStick season.
Over the past week, ice scrapers have made their fall debut and soccer parents have bundled up under thicker blankets.
Foggy mornings have given way to clear afternoons and there’s been some one-upmanship of who can post the most picturesque sunsets.
The stretch is on track to be the driest start for a Western Washington November since 2003, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.
Through Monday, Everett had seen not quite 1.7 inches of rain so far this month. By contrast, in the memorably wet, flood-heavy November of 2006, there already had been more than 11 inches.
Early November also has been on average about 4 degrees colder than other early Novembers, according to the weather service.
Lows in Everett are expected to continue dipping to 37 Thursday, 36 Friday and 34 on Saturday.
“We have had the high pressure over us for quite a few days,” meteorologist Jeff Michalski said. “It’s more like a dry cold air mass. It’s kind of bone-chilling.”
A change in the weather, albeit a temporary one, appears to be on the way.
Showers are expected to return to the area Tuesday afternoon and into Wednesday. By Friday another dry spell is forecast and should last through the weekend.
Then again, it is November. The eight to 14-day outlook suggests above-average rainfall for the middle of the month.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; firstname.lastname@example.org.