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Author: Charlie Phillips

Charlie’s interest in atmospheric science was first sparked when he witnessed a massive desert thunderstorm at only 5 years of age. Since then, he has spent his life studying the natural world. He founded Weather Together in spring of 2016, and would LOVE to have you join him as a contributor!

During his free time, he enjoys playing saxophone, skiing, and long walks on the beach, especially if those beaches are full of clams. In fact, he loves geoducks almost as much as he loves the weather.

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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Advection Fog Over Lake Washington!

Advection Fog Over Lake Washington!

Folks west of the Cascade crest smashed record high temperatures today as a Pineapple Express continued to pump extremely warm and moist air originating from the Hawaiian Islands into the region. The fact that today was relatively calm and dry definitely helped, as we were able to get a little more solar insolation and didn’t have any winds aloft mixing cooler temperatures down to the surface. The chart below shows today’s maximum high temperatures. Sea-Tac hit 68 degrees today, crushing…

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Windstorm Review

Windstorm Review

This storm lived up to the hype, delivering a strong blow to the coast and lesser but still damaging winds inland, particularly the Puget Sound. Fellow WeatherTogether blogger Brie Hawkins of Little Bear Creek Weather lost her power in Woodinville Washington, and as of 5 pm PST, approximately 110,000 people in Western Washington had lost power, with at least 25,000 in Oregon. Let’s start by taking a look at some of the peak gusts around the region. This map by no…

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Serious Windstorm for the Coast and Moderate Inland Windstorm Today

Serious Windstorm for the Coast and Moderate Inland Windstorm Today

I just got back from a weekend vacation at my uncle’s place in Pacific City, Oregon, but how I wish I could stay just one more night! Why, you may ask? The first significant windstorm of the 2017-2018 storm season is predicted to bring fierce winds to the coast Monday with 20-30 foot waves. Thankfully for a weather nerd like me, Portland is still predicted to get a pretty substantial blow today. There’s nothing that warms my heart quite like…

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A Very Snowy Week Ahead for the Cascades

A Very Snowy Week Ahead for the Cascades

When I was little, I remember how the Summit at Snoqualmie would always put out a “Photo of the Day,” chronicling the weather conditions each day up on the mountain. Now, they have an Instagram and take photos whenever they feel like it, and while I guess it serves the same purpose as the “Photo of the Day,” it was always nice for each day to have it’s own special photo so that boring days wouldn’t feel left out. Now, it’s…

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Warmer Weather Returns

Warmer Weather Returns

It was a fringe event once again, but many places around Puget Sound saw a second lowland snow event yesterday morning and afternoon! It wasn’t as widespread as predicted due to the center of low pressure making landfall near Grays Harbor instead of the mouth of the Columbia, resulting in warmer easterly winds during the heavy rain overnight instead of colder northerlies. Nevertheless, as cooler air filled in behind the storm, rain turned to snow in many areas, particularly those…

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A Review of Thursday’s Snowstorm and a Forecast for Tonight

A Review of Thursday’s Snowstorm and a Forecast for Tonight

First off, I apologize for getting this out so late – I’ve been extraordinarily busy between the WeatherTogether/WeatherQuack merger and work. Trust me, I wanted nothing more than to give y’all a forecast for the November 3rd snow. But I’ll give you the next best thing – a review, and then a look forward to (well, actually, a look at, since it’s now occurring) the system tonight that will give us another shot at snow. But first – a note…

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Everything You Need To Know About Atmospheric Rivers

Everything You Need To Know About Atmospheric Rivers

With a strong atmospheric river underway, I thought I’d take some time to delve a little deeper into these phenomena. In this blog, I’ll cover the basic characteristics of an atmospheric river, how these atmospheric rivers form, and a brief summary of how they relate to the Earth’s heat budget. Throughout the blog, I’ll use two of the largest atmospheric rivers of the past decade – the November 6-7 atmospheric river and the December 2-3 “Great Coastal Gale” (one of…

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Quick Update on Tomorrow’s Storm

Quick Update on Tomorrow’s Storm

Today was just a prelude to the stormy weekend ahead, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t exciting! A cool and unstable air mass poured into the region, bringing brief but heavy showers to the lowlands and heavy snow in the mountains above 5,000 feet. The satellite picture taken this afternoon by NASA’s polar-orbiting TERRA satellite shows how efficient the mountains are at enhancing precipitation during this setup. Paradise at Mt. Rainier National Park lived up to its name today! This…

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