By Nancy Covert
Jan. 1: Cloudy, showers
Jan. 2: Early snow showers
Jan. 11: Cloudy all day
Jan. 29: Cloudy; then clear after 3 p.m.
Jan. 31: Partly Cloudy
Feb. 4: Foggy, clearing to sunshine and blue skies
The above excerpts‚Äîwith the exception of the last entry‚Äîare from a Journal of Weather Observations, kept by Steilacoom’s “Weather Observer” Milt Davidson.
Davidson’s who’s been keeping track of area weather for almost four decades, started his record keeping while working for Seattle’s Parks Department.
Born and raised in Steilacoom, Davidson and his wife, Susanne, now live in the house where Milt was born in Tacoma and raised in Steilacoom by his parents, Clyde and Clenda Davidson.
He’s the local “weather observer”‚Äî”I don’t predict weather,” he stresses, even though some people ask him how the weather will be for some special event they’ve planned.
“I merely report what I see,” he adds, as he collects information from a device that transfers data from a collection point to his computer. That information is then sent to a regional weather data recording office in Colorado.
Besides keeping busy year-round on Weather Observing duties, he and his wife maintain the magnificent gardens that surround their historic 1858 home. Milt also serves on the Town Council.
A few more weather statistics from his record book:
Dec. 2008 was the coldest December “since 1990” when he began collecting local data. Total snowfall for the month was 17.0 inches, with 3.8 inches falling in a 24-hour period. December’s highest temperature was 57¬? on Dec. 1, with a low of 20¬? on Dec. 20. The average monthly temperature was 38.6¬?
January’s highest temperature was 55¬? on Jan. 6, and 26¬? on Jan. 26. On Jan. 7, he recorded 3.91inches of precipitation, while total snowfall for the month measured 1.3 inches.
Davidson’s month weather report is posted at the kiosk on Lafayette St., next to the Bair Store.
Davidson’s information also is used by the Town of Steilacoom Public Works Department. For more information about how it’s used contact Terry Huber or Mark Burlingame at 581-1912.