Winter’s wacky weather won’t relent

Not even meteorologists know what’s going on with the weather this year, but they do know it’s wet, wet, wet.

During the most recent episode of rain in Bremerton, about 2 inches fell in the 18-hour period between 10 a.m. Monday and 4 a.m. Tuesday, according to Dustin Guy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.

All that water added up to trouble for local business owner Mary Schweiger, who owns the Dressing Room on Fifth Avenue.

About 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Schweiger arrived at her business to open up shop only to find a big, wet, messy surprise awaiting her. When she opened the door to her ballet apparel shop, she noticed it was very dark. The rain had leaked through the roof and blew the store’s fuses, causing complete darkness.

From inside her dark store, Schweiger heard rain falling inside the building, and looked up to the ceiling just in time to see some of her ceiling tiles disintegrate and fall to the floor.

“It’s the big panels that are in most offices downtown,” she said. “They swelled with water, bulged up, crumbled and fell to the floor. It’s not like it was heavy, it was just gross.”

In all, there was about 2 inches of water on the floor of her shop, and some merchandise, like dancing tights, may be damaged. She’s not sure what will happen with the merchandise, but if it is not too badly damaged, she is anticipating it will be marked down in price and sold.

In addition to merchandise being damaged, some store receipts also were damaged. The biggest inconvenience, however, is that the store’s dressing rooms were damaged, which Schweiger said is ironic.

“The dressing rooms aren’t usable. The Dressing Room has no dressing rooms,” she said.

She plans to maintain normal business hours.

Schweiger rents her store space from the Admiral Theatre, and she has been looking to relocate. She has 90 days to find a new location for her store because the theater is set to tear down her building for an expansion. Because of her short-term contract, Schweigert isn’t sure if the damage to her building will be fixed.

Schweigert said the theater is going to give her $20,000 to help with relocation costs.

As for the weather, that, too, is uncertain. Guy said this weekend should be dry but cold, with highs in the 40s, but what the weather actually will be is anybody’s guess.

“This year, the weather’s been up and down, topsy-turvy,” Guy said. “On Oct. 20, we broke records for rainfall. Earlier that month, it was in the 70s.”

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