Puget Sound Convergence Zone

Have you heard of the Puget Sound Convergence Zone?

 Northwest winds in the upper atmosphere are split by the Olympic Mountains…

…then re-converge over Puget Sound, just north of Seattle, where we live.  This causes updrafts, which can lead to “more active weather.”

Like rain, even when it’s sunny in Seattle.

Or snow, when a few miles south or even just down the hill, there is none.

I don’t mind. When the temperature dips below freezing, our fuchsia baskets come live in our purple bathtub.

The hummingbirds are always happy when the flowers come back from their holiday, especially when so many of their local diners close for the winter.

Our house is also a convergence zone, with kids blowing in like the Chinook Winds, to warm up the house from the inside out.

This last week we had long lost cousins dropping in.

Not to mention other friends and relatives with whom we broke bread, shared the glow of the twinkle lights…

…and saved the world.

Wherever you are, no matter what weather Ma Nature throws at you…

…you can always create your own little weather system.


All words and images c2014 Naomi Baltuck.

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  1. Meg says:

    The Weather Bureau unfortunately can’t measure how warm the hearts are in any region. You all have created a real lovin’ centre there and reminded me to pay attention to my own, instead of checking the Brisbane Weather website for storms. Thank you dear friend.

    1. Dear Meg,
      I don’t have to check the thermostat to know that the hearts at your house are toasty warm! Thinking of you, missing you, and looking forward to the next visit.

  2. Mary Brugh says:

    You have a home of warmth!

    1. Dear Mary,
      Friends like you bring so much of that warmth into our household. I remember the music and stories you have brought into our house, at New Year’s Eve parties and storytelling gatherings. I hope you are well, and I wish you happy holidays.

  3. scillagrace says:

    Driving home from the grocery store, I looked up to see a perfectly round, ice-blue December moon, crystal clear behind some smoky clouds. Cold can be beautiful!

    1. Indeed it can! But it is nice to have a cozy warm house to retreat to when the toes start to tingle. Wishing you wintry beauty and a warm hearth!

      1. scillagrace says:

        Thanks! (Truth be told, I dream about having a home with an actual fireplace, like I had growing up…I adore wood smoke!)

  4. I love that your house is a point of convergence, of course we already knew that. Fantastic pictures and heartwarming ‘stories’, Naomi. ❤

    1. Dear Tess,
      Thanks so much for your thoughtful words and, as always, your kind encouragement.

      1. You are welcome–double! 😀

  5. Letizia says:

    How charming! You are so right, we create our own weather systems. I love all your photos but the fuchsias in the tub had me giggling.

    1. Thank you, Letizia! The fuchsias are infrequent guests–and they bring their own little eco-system with them. When they are living in our bathtub, we often have to escort uninvited octopeds out the front door.

  6. Carol says:

    Wherever loved ones are, be they humanoid or furry, the climate is perfect.

    Sent from my iPad


    1. You are SO RIGHT! Thank you for sharing that very important truth, Carol.

  7. Naomi says:

    What a nice idea. I love the purple bathtub, and what a great picture of your husband and daughter hugging- I love how you can see the happy slits of her eyes. 🙂

    1. Hi Naomi,
      Thanks for the visit, and for sharing your thoughts on this post. I do love the way Bea smiles with her eyes.

  8. dogear6 says:

    I loved the storyline! Very creative and a great framework for letting us enjoy the warmth and love of your family. Ya’ did good!!


  9. Ana Lora says:

    Sweet! Ana Lora

  10. raptekar says:

    No one is more hospitable than Naomi. Love and warmth and honest, heartfelt feelings just oooooooze forth from your being. I love your purple tub and caring, nurturing nature for plants in the winter.

    1. Dear Richard,
      As always, you are so generous in your response! Thanks for the visit and for taking the time to comment!

  11. Awww, sweet Naomi….thanks for warming my heart with your family and friends. (I am listening to the rain on our windows as I write this,thinking we should rest well tonite! ) Wonderful pics!!! ♡

    1. Dear Paula,
      I think that you bring your own sunshine wherever you go. Thank you for sharing your warmth!

  12. Great photos, Naomi! Love the family shots and the hummie!

    1. Hi Jill,
      Thank you for your visit and your very kind comment. I have never heard the word “hummie” for hummingbird before, and I just love it!

  13. That’s very interesting about your weather.
    Where I live, it’s a bit of a micro-climate, in that we’re protected by some of the gales and bad weather from the southwest by huge cliffs. But also, sometimes it can be raining in our garden and sunny five minutes’ walk away, or visa versa. Weather is fascinating.

    1. Hi Sarah,
      Weather IS very interesting. Sometimes I wonder how prehistoric must have perceived it. There are “pourquoi stories” that explain natural phenomena. It is so cool when the old folk tales tell a story to describe a natural phenomenon, for instance the origin of Puget Sound and why we have a wet and a dry side of the mountains here, and a very explanation is hidden in the layers of the story that actually just puts a face on the scientific explanation.

  14. I don’t think we have a convergence zone in the U.P., but where I live we have lake effect snow, rain and warmer or cooler temperatures than elsewhere in the region, depending on the season. We are too distant and off the beaten path from most loved ones for our home to be a convergence zone of the heart. What a sweet concept!

    1. Hi Lee,
      I wouldn’t have thought about a Lake Effect, but it makes perfect sense. You and Mark have each other, which also counts, and now you have Rachel’s family too! And when the grandkids come for one of their visits, you surely have a Category 5 convergence zone of the heart!
      Last Halloween I found myself without either kid at home, so I determined to make my own weather system with friends. I threw a costume party and it was great to know that I wasn’t dependent upon family alone to create a convergence zone. I do confess to catching Con on her way back up to Juneau after her trip to Romania, but the party was already in the works.

  15. a heartwarming convergence.

  16. Dearest Naomi… you make me realize that we have not put away our citrus jet (lemons, arancine, kumquat…)
    The other night the hot air, perhaps coming from the south, reported the mercury to 12 degrees celsius at 10:00 PM… and it’s already December 7th, so it’s very abnormal at our latitude!
    For plants, this is not good… camellias are in part flourished again because of the heat. Many other plants have not entirely lost their leaves, this is abnormal too. The climate is driven crazy and I think that at this rate the damage will be even more serious… I remember the flooding of the lake last month. Anyhow, I wish you great hollidays 🙂 claudine

    1. Dear Claudine,
      I am certain our weather is becoming more and more affected by major and global climate change. I hope your camellias survive!
      Happy holidays to you and your beautiful family too!

  17. socialbridge says:

    This is just gorgeous, Naomi. Love the style of presentation ~ flows so beautifully.

  18. Thank you, Jean, for the visit and for sharing your lovely comment. I had a lot of fun with this post.

  19. Madhu says:

    That is the most original and heartwarming interpretation of convergence I have seen so far! 🙂

    1. Hi Madhu,
      Thank you so much!

  20. Roy McCarthy says:

    Nice set of pics Naomi – you really are a close-knit family aren’t you? Hope you all have a great holiday – still a way to go though.
    And your own micro-climate – it must drive the weather forecasters mad 🙂

    1. Hi Roy,
      Thanks so much for making me smile. Yes, I’m sure the forecasters have given up hope of predicting what’s going to happen on our little street or at least at our house. We are a close family. In our family we love each other very much, but I’m extremely grateful for the friendship and mutual enjoyment we share, which is different from love. We like spending time together and are interested in so many of the same things.
      Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  21. Canyon Williams says:

    really great writing – Canyon

    1. Hi Canyon,
      Thanks for the visit, and for taking the time to comment It’s always good to hear from you!

  22. pattisj says:

    Happy to see so much warmth converging on your little space. 🙂

    1. Dear Patti,
      Thanks for bringing a little more warmth into my space with your visit! It is always so good to hear from you. Best wishes!

  23. Thank you for connecting this post to my weekly photo challenge this week. Such wonderful photos and great information about the weather in your area as well as a lovely look into family life.
    Best wishes,

    1. Hi Hugh, Thanks for the kind word. Your blog is interesting, and it’s always fun to discover a new photo challenge. I look forward to seeing more of your blog.

  24. Shirley Routliffe says:

    I love the idea of making our own weather… and convergence…great themes…Love your pictures and I am putting more lights up in the house this year – – Molly is loving it! I have told her about all the lights in your house year round. So I am on the lookout for special lights something different!
    Love to you

    1. Hi Shirley,
      I’m so glad to hear it! That warm glow helps make for a cozy nest. This year I suppose am compensating for the darkness looming out there in the world, and really cutting loose with the Twinkle. Enjoy making magic with Molly! She’ll be all grown up before you know it.

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