Snowing in Portland!

Snowing in Portland!

This will just be a quickie, as I’m getting up early tomorrow to go skiing at Mt. Hood Meadows. But after getting scattered, non-sticking snow showers for much of the day, the Portland metro area is finally seeing a decent shot of lowland snow as a weak band of showers swings through the area! Here’s a picture I took around 9:30 pm outside my home in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Portland. I believe our elevation is approximately 200′. We had…

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No Snow for NW Washington Sunday morning :(

No Snow for NW Washington Sunday morning :(

This will be a brief post, I just wanted to let folks know that our chances of snow for San Juan/Whatcom Counties Sunday morning have dramatically decreased due to our shortwave taking a more southerly track. Compare tonight’s run to last night’s run and notice how far south the low has shifted. As a result, we won’t have the combination of near-freezing temperatures and moisture necessary for sea-level snowfall. Last night’s run: Tonight’s run: There is still a slight chance…

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Lowland Snow for NW Washington on Sunday?

Lowland Snow for NW Washington on Sunday?

Thanks to an atmospheric river last Sunday that brought flooding to many rivers flowing off the Olympics and Washington Cascades and a strong ridge just offshore for the first half of this week, we’ve had mild temperatures to begin February. Temperatures have been particularly warm east of the Cascade crest – in fact, Walla Walla didn’t dip below their average high temperature for this time of the year until February 9th. Fellow WeatherTogether blogger Karl Bonner of The Dalles, Oregon,…

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Mountain Snow Continues To Pile Up

Mountain Snow Continues To Pile Up

It has been a wonderful past few days for mountain snowfall, and we have gobs of additional snow on the way this week! I was skiing in Whistler from the 14th through the 18th, and although the first two days were sunny and the third was rainy, the 17th and 18th had heavy snow all day long. Though the alpine lifts were closed due to high avalanche danger and blizzard conditions, we were able to find some incredible powder stashes…

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Wind, Rain, Mountain Snow, and Big Waves this Week!

Wind, Rain, Mountain Snow, and Big Waves this Week!

After a brief break this weekend, the coming week will feature the classic quadfecta of winter weather: rain, wind, mountain snow, and big waves on the coast. As far as mountain snow goes, I couldn’t be happier, as I’m heading up to Whistler tomorrow and am looking forward to a snowy week up there. And with colossal waves off the coast, Mavericks, a big-wave surf break off Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay, California, may get the green light on…

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Entering a More Active Pattern

Entering a More Active Pattern

I’m back! I apologize for the unannounced blogging hiatus – the truth is that I’ve been a tad burnt out lately. Interestingly, I don’t think it has as much to do with work as much as my commute to and from work, which is a bike ride that has been completely dark for the past 2-3 months. I love winter for a variety of reasons – the storms, the snow, the skiing, the holiday season – but as I’ve grown…

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A White Christmas For The Pacific Northwest!

A White Christmas For The Pacific Northwest!

WE DID IT! In an event that far exceeded my expectations, Western Washington and even parts of Western Oregon saw their first White Christmas since 2008. Our storm made landfall further south than modeled, leading to colder conditions throughout the area and snow instead of rain for many locales. As expected, snow accumulations varied dramatically with elevation – my house near sea level has snow-free roads, but snow was sticking to the roads above 300 feet and I even saw…

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Could We Have A White Christmas?

Could We Have A White Christmas?

I’ve been taking a well-needed vacation from weather blogging and have been spending some wonderful time with family and friends up in Seattle for the holidays. But with rumors of a White Christmas reverberating from Westlake Center to Sea-Tac Airport, I thought I’d weigh in on the potential for some lowland snow on the 24th and the 25th. A note about lowland snow in Western Washington Even though the average low temperature for this time of the year is only…

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McRidge – The End Is Near

McRidge – The End Is Near

It’s been five days since my initial post, which, despite describing the most boring weather feature in existence, actually became my most-viewed post ever with over 1,000 views this week! That’s because Scott Sistek, a University of Washington meteorology grad who works for KOMO as a content writer/off-air meteorologist, was generous enough to share my blog on his Facebook Page. Scott is a huge reason why KOMO’s forecast team is so darn good, as he is able to explain pretty…

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Death Ridge To Kill All Interesting Weather For Next 10 Days

Death Ridge To Kill All Interesting Weather For Next 10 Days

The title reads like an Onion article, but it’s true. A massive ridge of high pressure will move into western North America today and stay there for the foreseeable future, putting an abrupt end to our normally stormy weather. In the summer, such a ridge would give us extreme warmth, and this ridge will indeed send freezing levels skyrocketing to over 10,000 feet. Unfortunately, because the surface emits more radiation at this time of the year than it receives from…

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