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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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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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Worst Is Over For Eagle Creek Fire, But Incoming Thunderstorms Could Start New Blazes

Worst Is Over For Eagle Creek Fire, But Incoming Thunderstorms Could Start New Blazes

With our record dry summer and the hottest August on record for many places around the Pacific Northwest, we’ve inevitably had an incredibly active fire season and the smokiest summer I can ever remember seeing west of the Cascade Crest. The latest major blaze – the Eagle Creek Fire – came uncomfortably close to home, resulting in mandatory evacuations as far west as Corbett. Strong easterly winds not only exacerbated fire conditions, they blew uncommonly thick smoke into Western Washington…

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At Last, Rain Is In The Forecast!

At Last, Rain Is In The Forecast!

It’s not much, and not everybody will get wet. But for the first time nearly two months, rain is in the forecast for parts of the Pacific Northwest! The summer of 2017 has been extraordinarily dry for the Pacific Northwest. Following a soaker on June 15 that dropped 0.42 inches at Portland and 1.05 inches at Sea-Tac airport, both places saw a few drips on the 16th and 17th (respectively) and have been bone-dry since. On Monday, Sea-Tac airport recorded their…

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Smoke Keeps a Lid On Record Highs

Smoke Keeps a Lid On Record Highs

Everything seemed right for record high temperatures at Portland. We had offshore winds to prevent any cooling from the Pacific Ocean and a massive ridge overhead with insanely warm temperatures aloft. But with extreme heat comes extreme fire danger, and fires have erupted over the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia over the past few days. Smoke from these fires decreases the amount of solar radiation that can reach the surface. Solar radiation is expressed as units of power per unit…

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Record Heat on Tap + Thursday HVC Kitchen Forecast

Record Heat on Tap + Thursday HVC Kitchen Forecast

This past Sunday, I headed up to Hidden Valley Camp, an old-school summer camp in the Cascade foothills of Snohomish County, WA for “Visitor’s Day,” a day where families of campers and other visitors can visit the camp and interact with campers and staff. I’m a longtime former HVC camper, camper-leader, and staff member (baker and group counselor), and over my years at HVC, I developed a reputation as a weather forecaster, so many of my visitor’s day conversations revolved…

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Wildfires Rage On In California and British Columbia

Wildfires Rage On In California and British Columbia

It’s been a boring past few weeks for Pacific Northwest weather bloggers. Portland, Seattle, and many other places around the Pacific Northwest have now gone a month without any measurable precipitation. For much of the past month, a large ridge of high pressure has been plopped right over us, shunting the storm track to the north and keeping us warmer and much drier than normal. When we get an extended period of warmer and drier-than-normal weather in the summer, it…

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Record Heat Today, Much Cooler Tomorrow

Record Heat Today, Much Cooler Tomorrow

The first major heat wave of the year is living up to the hype! Portland and Salem hit 98 and 101 respectively yesterday, and today, they simply switched highs. According to Mike Newman (a fellow weather buff from the Portland area), today’s high of 101 at the Portland Int’l Airport was just 1 degree below the all-time June high of 102. Thankfully, temperatures will come crashing back down to Earth for everyone west of the Cascades tomorrow courtesy of a…

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Record Heat This Weekend?

Record Heat This Weekend?

By now, I’m sure most of you have heard about the record heat in California and the Desert Southwest. On Sunday, San Francisco obliterated its previous heat record of 86 degrees with an unbelievable 97-degree high, and yesterday, Palm Springs reached an egg-frying 122 degrees! Phoenix even had to cancel nearly 50 flights yesterday due to the heat. So far, the Pacific Northwest has escaped this record-breaking heat wave. But that will change this weekend! The chart above shows the…

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Beautiful Memorial Day Weekend On Tap!

Beautiful Memorial Day Weekend On Tap!

What a beautiful day it is today! With a strong ridge of high pressure centered just off our coast, we have bluebird skies, light winds, and very warm temperatures, with many places around the Portland metro area making it into the 80s! This ridge will move right over us for Memorial Day weekend, meaning our sunniest and warmest days of May are still to come! One of my all-time favorite charts for forecasting temperatures is a spaghetti plot showing the…

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