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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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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 Surprisingly Strong Springtime Storm

A Surprisingly Strong Springtime Storm

Hi everybody, I’m back after a brief break from blogging! I’ve been working like mad on finding out how to automatically upload some of the model charts I’ve created to the internet, and I broke new ground today and finally did it! This means that now, you’ll be able to view some of the latest model data on WeatherTogether. Granted, the collection of charts I have right now is rather miniscule, and it will likely stay that way for the…

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Ahh… Much Calmer Weather On The Way

Ahh… Much Calmer Weather On The Way

After dealing with lowland snow Sunday/Monday, heavy rain Wednesday/Thursday, and a minor windstorm today, Pacific Northwesterners will finally get a much-deserved respite from the wacky weather we’ve witnessed recently. Today’s winds were caused by a degrading 999 mb cyclone making landfall on the Olympic Peninsula. As is typical, the strongest gusts were in the mountains, along the coast, and in the North Interior. Many places in the Seattle metro area peaked in the mid 40s, still plenty windy. Further south,…

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Gusty East Winds and a Light Wintry Mix On Tap for Portland

Gusty East Winds and a Light Wintry Mix On Tap for Portland

I’ve been watching the potential for snow, sleet, and freezing rain in the Portland area Thursday night into Friday as a weak warm front runs into a cold air mass over the area. The front has trended weaker and weaker with recent model runs, so while some snow and freezing rain still appears possible, amounts are looking quite light. Even a little bit of snow and freezing rain can make for very slick roads, so exercise caution if you plan…

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Stormy Thanksgiving on Tap

Stormy Thanksgiving on Tap

Thanksgiving Week is, on average, the stormiest week of the year for the Pacific Northwest. And luckily for storm geeks and snow lovers across our region, Turkey Day 2016 will live up to its stormy reputation as a cyclone bringing strong winds, heavy rain, and heaps of mountain snow slams into the Pacific Northwest. That’s something to be thankful for! Let’s start out by taking a look at the watches, advisories, and warnings currently in effect for both Western Washington…

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A Review Of Saturday’s Lackluster Bluster

A Review Of Saturday’s Lackluster Bluster

It wasn’t the storm of the century. Heck, it wasn’t even the storm of the week. What was advertised to me one of the most destructive storms since the Great Hanukkah Eve Storm of 2006 was nothing more than a breezy day for most people around the Pacific Northwest. When the National Weather Service mentioned that this could be a storm that would “be long remembered,” this isn’t what they had in mind. The Lackluster Bluster is a perfect case-study…

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Tornadoes, Flooding, and Wind, Oh My!

Tornadoes, Flooding, and Wind, Oh My!

Good evening everybody! It was pretty darn blustery around the region today, and things will become even windier Saturday evening as one of the strongest storms since the tempestuous Hanukkah Eve Storm of 2006 roars through Western Washington. So far, the biggest weather story today are the two tornadoes that hit Manzanita and Oceanside on the Oregon Coast. Tornadoes are extremely rare around here, and when we do see them, they are generally very weak and thin, rarely exceeding EF-0…

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Major Windstorm On Saturday Looking More Likely

Major Windstorm On Saturday Looking More Likely

It now appears more likely than it did yesterday that the Puget Sound area will experience a major windstorm on Saturday. Before we get into Saturday though, let’s take a quick look at what’s happening right now. Heavy rain is currently falling throughout the Pacific Northwest. All of this rainfall is associated with a very moist atmospheric river plowing into the area driven by an intense 150+ knot jet stream off our coast. With such strong winds aloft, there has been…

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