- A word derived from the combination of June and January. Used to describe January like weather occurring during the month of June.
- A common description for summer weather in the Pacific North West.
Ah summertime in the PNW, when days at the beach require not a bathing suit, but rather, a hoodie and a hat. Beach blankets are not used for sitting upon, but to wrap yourself in. Dressing in appropriate layers is an art unto itself.
There have been hot and sunny days, evidenced by some new freckles on my nose. But the weather on this island is a fickle thing. Hot and sunny for a moment until damp clouds block the sun, chill the air.
This morning I woke to rain falling steady, trickling down my window panes. It started last night, a night warm enough for the window to be left wide open. We fell asleep listening to the drum of rainfall. One of life’s simple pleasures (one of mine, anyways).
The rain is slowing to a drip now. The treetops still shrouded in fog. The air feels flat, dense, and when I hold my hand outstretched dew settles on my skin. The sun, I know, is searching for a crack to begin warming the soil, the rooftops, but for now, a damp chill permeates. Our backyard Douglas fir is covered in the most beautiful bokeh of droplets. There is something about grey that is so beautiful, something about freshly washed air that smells so sweet, something about misty days that feel so calm. I stand outside and shiver slightly. I’m still in my pjs. Somewhere inside a mug of coffee with warmed coconut milk is cooling.
The sun is beginning to work through that layer of marine fog. I smell the salt in the air. The birds are starting to sing. The rooftops are steaming. I hear the city waking up; the hammering of the carpenter next door, the hum of buses and commuters on the main road. My coffee is cold.