Back-to-back 80-degree days are easy to take but hard to come by in the month of April! The good news is we did just that Sunday and Monday with highs in the lower 80s almost everywhere.There were many record highs around the Pacific Northwest. Along with the very warm temperatures were thunderstorms that moved up from the south. Most were concentrated east of the mountains but there were special weather statements issued for the west side as well. Late Monday there was a severe thunderstorm warning issued for Eugene, Ore. There was also a chance of a stray one over Clark County.You may have seen some of the thundery clouds during the day. Sunday evening lightning could be seen over Mount Hood. This resembles a summerlike pattern with lots of instability as the atmosphere heated up. At one time Monday, Oregon was the only state with severe thunderstorms occurring.We went from a wet and cold first half of April to now warmer and drier than normal. However, I hate to say: It will be much cooler and wetter than the past three nice weekends in a row that we have enjoyed. Showers, breezy and highs closer to average will rule the rest of the week. Some sun breaks as well.Can we make it four weekends in a row without the clouds and rain? Right now it wasn’t looking all that bad with maybe showers Saturday and dry Sunday. But that may change as it is still early in the week. Just keep the faith!
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with R.C. Hedreen Company for the operation of a Hyatt Regency hotel currently under development in Seattle, Washington. Expected to open in mid-2018, the premium, full service hotel will be located in Seattle’s Denny Triangle neighbourhood at eighth and ninth avenues between Stewart and Howell Streets in downtown Seattle.“Developing a Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Seattle is consistent with our company’s objective to grow strategically in gateway destinations where our guests want us to be, and to do so with great owners and developers like R.C. Hedreen Company,” said David Tarr, Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Development, Hyatt. “We look forward to offering our guests and Hyatt’s loyal group of meeting and event planners an outstanding new lodging option in the heart of this dynamic city.”Hyatt Regency Seattle is set to be the largest hotel in the Pacific Northwest, offering 1260 smartly designed guestrooms, more than 9000 square metres of flexible meeting and event facilities, multiple food and beverage outlets, and an expansive Regency Club lounge. The hotel will be located two blocks from the existing Washington State Convention Center and immediately adjacent to the proposed convention centre expansion, making Hyatt Regency Seattle an ideal base for convention attendees.“The construction and operation of Hyatt Regency Seattle is a major economic win for the entire Seattle area and Pacific Northwest region, creating jobs, revenue and a world-class hotel experience for travellers and meeting and event planners,” said Richard C. Hedreen, Chairman, R.C. Hedreen Company. “We are excited to bring a Hyatt Regency hotel to Seattle, and believe the globally recognised brand will resonate with the growing base of business and leisure travellers visiting the city.”Hyatt Regency Seattle will be located in the centre of Seattle and proximate to Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and the Seattle Aquarium, as well as Seattle’s Capitol Hill and Lake Union neighbourhoods, connecting guests to retail and dining, entertainment and night life venues.