THE REAL FORKS: We’re Not Kidding, It Rains A LOT!

By Christy Rasmussen-Ford


My husband lived on the East Coast for most of his life, but he did spend some time at Ft. Lewis when he was in the Army.


When we discussed moving back to Forks, I warned him over and over again about the weather. I didn’t want him to be shocked by the amount of rain and darkness.


He always said, “I lived there. I know that it rains a lot. I like the rain.”


Who likes the rain? Not me.


So we moved to Forks and I waited for him to admit that he was wrong.


The Seattle area has a reputation around the world for having a lot of rain, but they have nothing on Forks.


We have rain. They have occasional drizzles.


Mother Nature did not disappoint once we arrived in Forks. It rained for the first three weeks we were here.


He said, “You weren’t kidding! It rains a lot!”


I’m going to go ahead and accept this as his admission that he was wrong. He had no idea how much it rained here.


Only people who have been here for any length of time truly appreciate the amount of rain we get.


People passing through think they know, but they don’t.


I met a family last weekend who were all irritated that it was raining on their vacation.


Dear people mad about the rain ruining your plans, the whole rain forest thing isn’t for jokes.


We’re not kidding. It rains a lot.


When you plan an outdoors event here, you are betting against the house. If you bet against the house, please know that you will rarely win. If you choose to bet against the house, that’s on you, but I suggest having a back-up plan.


The odds are stacked against your plans of a sunny outcome.


Sarah Acuna-Brown and Chris Fletcher were married outside on a recent weekend.


They planned their outdoors wedding on the last full weekend of Forks hoping for sun.


In their defense, this was probably one of the best bets for sun in Forks.


August is a pretty dry month.


However, Mother Nature is a jerk.


It was hot the week before and then drizzly the day of their wedding.


Such is life in Forks. Always nice the day before.


Thankfully for Mrs. and Mr. Fletcher, I heard that rain on the day of the wedding is good luck for a marriage.


It probably has something to do with one well never drying up, causing showers to be impossible and both parties becoming so stinky that neither can stand the other.


I could be wrong though.


Either way, if rain on a wedding day is good luck, there should probably never be a divorce here, except for those who got married out of town, myself included.




So to everyone who is new here or passing through or even old-timers who just haven’t been paying attention, it really does rain that much here.


It rains every day, all day, 363 days a year‚ except for the day before your outdoors birthday party, barbecue, garage sale and especially wedding.


But at least a wet wedding day ensures a long marriage‚ ruined hair and smeared make-up, but a long marriage none the less.

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