Serendipity Day

** Mount Rainier

** Is your society contributing to the WSGS blog?

** “Weather Forecasting Game to End in N.W.”

** Snoqualmie Pass closed for 30 days???



Did you know that the highest point in Washington is our Mount Rainier. This peak was named for Peter Rainier (1741-1808), a British soldier who fought AGAINST us in the Revolutionary War. Anybody but me wonder why HIS name was chosen for this majestic mountain?????


Most genealogical societies within our region do submit information to us about their upcoming meetings, seminars, workshops, etc. Does yours? If you are a regular reader of this blog, have you noticed posts about your society’s doings? Perhaps you might ought to ask your Board about this? Why turn down such wonderful free publicity???


On September 22, 1947, this article appeared in the Tacoma News Tribune: “Harried, heckled and much maligned meteorologists along the Puget Sound who have borne the brunt of long-range weather miscalculations for lo! these many years are breathing great sighs of relief.

The head men in the weather bureau in Washington, D.C., announced that its new forecast center at Seattle would probably begin operations about Nov. 1st.

This means that the Pacific Northwest will not have to depend henceforth on San Francisco for its long-range forecasts, which has been the case for more than the 35 years Tacoma Observer Ross O. miller has been in the service.

Miller, who has always felt that the San Francisco forecasts were not any too accurate for Puget Sound if only because of the distance involved, sees a definite improvement in the business of weather prediction with the advent of the new center in Seattle.

“Puget Sound weather has always been difficult to forecast at best,” Miller pointed out. “The state is too big for accuracy in the blanket predictions that have been coming from the Bay City.”


According to a Seattle newspaper for November 23, 1959: “Snoqualmie Pass, the state’s major 4-lane route through the Cascades, will be closed for a minimum of 30 days (and could be up to a year) due to the rampaging south fork of the Snoqualmie River.”  Can you imagine that happening today??? Right before Thanksgiving?????? 



One comment on “Serendipity Day

  1. Patty Olsen says:

    That’s why the local Native Americans among others want the name to revert to their name of Mt Tahoma!

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