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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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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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First Snow of the Season for the Lower Passes

First Snow of the Season for the Lower Passes

We got a taste of winter in mid-September, when an unseasonably cool upper-level trough dropped several inches of the white stuff to Timberline, Paradise Ranger Station, and many other locations in the Cascades above 5,500 feet. But an even chillier upper-level trough is currently over the area and will direct cool, moist and unstable air into the region as it moves east, bringing up to a foot of snow to Snoqualmie Pass and much, much more in the higher elevations…

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First Snow of the Season for the Cascades

First Snow of the Season for the Cascades

FINALLY! It’s one thing to be overjoyed at the first stormy forecast of autumn, but to actually see the moderate rain, gusty winds, and even the mountain snow associated with it is nothing short of wonderful. And believe it or not, another storm is right on its heels! Let’s just cut to the chase and take a look at some webcams from around the Pacific Northwest. You can find these webcams and a few more on our Washington Cascades webcam…

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March: A Surprisingly Snowy Month For The Mountains

March: A Surprisingly Snowy Month For The Mountains

Not many people know that March, on average, is nearly as snowy as February for most of the Cascades and Olympics. Snoqualmie Pass, for example, averages 72 inches for February vs 71.7 inches for March. Yes, March does have an unfair advantage in terms of length, but with days rapidly becoming longer, storms becoming weaker, and the famous cold east-pass flow becoming much less of a factor as the Columbia Basin warms, how is it that March and February are…

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An Overview Of Seattle’s Crazy Snowstorm!

An Overview Of Seattle’s Crazy Snowstorm!

Before I explain Seattle’s crazy weather on Monday, I must apologize for not keeping you updated on the situation throughout the day and night! Since I’ve moved down to Portland, I’ve definitely been more out-of-touch with Seattle weather. Still, that’s no excuse for at least writing a post-storm blog about the insane and unexpected thundersnow that Seattle saw! On Monday, two convergence zones formed over the Central Puget Sound area, one in the early morning and one in the afternoon….

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Snow in Seattle Metro This Morning

Snow in Seattle Metro This Morning

Folks in the Seattle metro were treated to some snow this morning as a convergence zone formed over the area! This zone was hinted at by last night’s high-resolution UW WRF-GFS, but the timing was off – the WRF-GFS had the zone occurring slightly later and further to the NE than the zone actually was. The radar earlier this morning shows the zone right over Seattle.   With temperatures very close to freezing, the snow was heavy and wet, with…

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Chance Of Snow On Foothills Tonight

Chance Of Snow On Foothills Tonight

My personal “line in the sand” past which lowland snow events become more and more unlikely is Valentine’s Day. After Valentine’s Day, longer days and higher sun angles make cold temperatures at the surface much harder to come by, even if temperatures in the upper atmosphere are just as cold as they were in January. But on rare occasions, if the air is cold enough and there is some moisture around, we can still see lowland snow after the 14th…

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