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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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A Very Stormy Tuesday!

A Very Stormy Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 10:34 am Things are really ramping up now throughout Western Washington. The all-important PDX-BLI gradient, which was forecast to max out at 14-18 hPa, is already at 18 hPa, and continues to slowly rise. There is a chance that the gradient could reach 19 hPa at some point today. Regardless of what it reaches, today will be the windiest day of the year so far for many people in Western Washington. However, I want to make…

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A Storm, and then Cold

A Storm, and then Cold

Monday, January 7, 2013 10:13 A.M. It’s refreshing to finally have another decent storm roll through the area. As I have stated many times on this blog, I vehemently dislike boring winter weather. Today’s the first day of winter quarter at the UW, and weather-wise, it’s off to a stellar start. We’ll see about otherwise… it looks like I’ll be working like a dog on my science and math classes again. Currently, not too much is going on. There is…

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One Storm Down, Another To Go

One Storm Down, Another To Go

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 9:23 A.M. The Pacific Northwest has seen incredible amounts of rain over the last 48 hours. A stationary front stalled over our region and directed relatively warm, moist air over our region, giving us heavy rain and strong winds, especially further south along the Oregon coast. In the lowlands, anywhere from 2-6 inches of rain fell. The Hood Canal area saw the heaviest rain, receiving up to 6 inches in spots from this storm. Even the…

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Tropical vs. Extratropical Cyclones

Tropical vs. Extratropical Cyclones

Thursday, September 15, 2011 4:05 P.M. I’m doing what would be Friday’s post today since I will hiking around Mt. Rainier tomorrow. We are now right at or just past the peak of hurricane season, and in a month or so, we should start seeing a more consistent flow of extratropical storms across the Pacific, and they will really ramp up in November. Hurricanes and extratropical cyclones may seem similar at face value; they both cause rain and wind. However,…

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Instability

Instability

November 7, 2009 7:16 P.M. What is instability? I often mention instability as the cause of post-frontal showers after the cold front of a storm system has passed in the PacNW, but what does it really mean for the atmosphere to be unstable? It means that the atmosphere has a steep temperature gradient. Our surface air is relatively mild; it comes straight off the Pacific Ocean in most cases after the passage of a cold front. However, the upper air…

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Quick Update On the Extended

Quick Update On the Extended

November 5, 20097:39 P.M. Hello fellow weather enthusiasts. Right now, the front is coming ashore, but we still have a steady rain and will have it until at least midnight, where it will then begin to taper off. I want to talk about the future though after giving such a thorough talk on this current system last night. After the cold front swings through, we will be under the influence of post-frontal showers. Since the flow will be westerly, the…

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Halloween Forecast!

Halloween Forecast!

October 29, 2009 9:40 P.M. People have been begging me to do a forecast for Halloween, so write a forecast I shall .The good news is that Halloween should be fairly dry! But there could be a couple showers roaming throughout the area. Let’s talk about the first event. Tomorrow is a very, very big day for my saxophone teacher, Steve Treseler. He is getting married! And, at this point, it looks like he will be under dry skies. After…

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