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Flash Flood Watch issued July 22 at 7:01PM PDT until July 23 at 11:00PM PDT by NWS

...HEAVY RAINFALL MAY LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING ALONG THE EAST SLOPES OF THE NORTHERN CASCADES... .A BAND OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP IN THE CASCADES FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING INTO THE AFTERNOON. THIS BAND WILL ALSO CONTAIN SOME EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS WITH LOCALLY HEAVIER RAINFALL RATES THAT COULD LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING.

Overnight

Lo63° Scattered Showers

Wednesday

Hi75° Heavy Rain

Wednesday Night

Lo59° Heavy Rain

Thursday

Hi74° Breezy

Thursday Night

Lo59° Mostly Clear

Friday

Hi85° Sunny

Friday Night

Lo62° Mostly Clear

Saturday

Hi90° Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo67° Clear

Sunday

Hi95° Sunny

Celebration Week

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Dinner tonight: After a morning of gardening and later, after lunch, some errand-running, we were too tired to do anything fancy.

Dinner: first, the wine. Lest you get carried away with visions of the two of us staggering around , overcome with wine, allow me to disabuse you of this notion. We choose one wine for dinner, and that is it. For tonight we wanted to begin with one of our favorite local red wines which would complement our dinner of rack of lamb and polenta with portobello mushrooms and leeks, and decided on a 37 Cellars 2009 Petit Verdot. It didn't disappoint us, and added greatly to our enjoyment of dinner. Chuck and Frank make very nice wine; I could go on for hours about the 2009 Cab Sauv, which is like a trip to Wino Heaven.

After the main course we had a salad of mixed greens dressed with roasted walnut oil and white balsamic vinegar, and topped with our own freshly pickled beets, Roquefort cheese and toasted walnuts. As salad, especially a green one or one with a vinegar or other acidic ingredient, can ruin a good red wine, we have salad as a sort of "dessert", coming after the meal and wine are consumed.

Coming up: dinner with a Ryan Patrick Reserve Chardonnay, 2008.

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