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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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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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The Marine Pushes Of Summer

The Marine Pushes Of Summer

There’s a reason why very few people in the Pacific Northwest have air conditioning. For much of the summer, cool, marine air flows into Western Washington at night, keeping low temperatures in the 50s and preventing our residences from getting too hot. Of course, we have those periods in the summer when highs skyrocket into the 90s and even exceed 100 east of the Cascade crest, but these periods are few and far between; Seattle only averages two days over…

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Major Inversion

Major Inversion

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 11:37 am Right now, we have a pretty impressive inversion over our region. This was something I expected, and honestly, I was surprised that it was not stronger yesterday. It will weaken as the day goes on and the sun heats up the surface, but right now, it is quite striking.  Take a look at the temperature soundings from Sand Point below. You can see that temperatures approach 20 degrees Centigrade (68 degrees Fahrenheit!) a kilometer…

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The Death Ridge!

The Death Ridge!

Monday, February 8, 2016 4:59 p.m. We’ve seen our fair share of suffixes and nicknames for atmospheric and oceanic phenomena of all types these past two years. We had “The Blob,” a simple but very accurate designation given to a massive pool of warm water in the Northeast Pacific. We’re in the midst of the “Godzilla El Nino,” an El Nino truly monstrous in size and intensity. Just this past month, we had Snowzilla/Snowmageddon/Winter Storm Jonas, a blizzard that paralyzed…

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Stormy Week Ahead

Stormy Week Ahead

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 10:15 pm Hey everybody. Sorry for being absent for over a week. It’s been a crazy past eight days here in Charlie-town, and when you add that to the extraordinarily boring weather we’ve had, you nearly almost always end up with a blog drought. Thankfully, the drought ends now, as the first storm of many has just exited the region, and another is entering right now. But before we talk about our active week ahead, I’d…

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Snow Update

Snow Update

Thursday, January 19, 5:20 P.M. Hi everybody, this is just a quick update… the snow has stuck around longer than forecast, and freezing rain has mainly impacted areas south of Seattle, sparing the Seattle area itself. The snow has been going on all day here, and I’d say UW got about 2 inches out of this storm, maybe a little more. I’m actually expecting another inch or two before we are done, as the precipitation, after briefly dipping south, is…

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Air Quality

Air Quality

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 10:10 A.M. Queen Anne Hill looking downtown: KIRO7 webcam This has to be a lightning quick post, but that is ok because there is not much going on weather-wise right now. Take a look at the webcam above looking downtown. Look at all that gross haze! Ugh… I hate that type of weather.  Thankfully, you can escape this weather if you head up in elevation. It will also be warmer. Yesterday, Paradise, at 6,000 feet on…

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A Huge Inversion

A Huge Inversion

Monday, December 5, 2011 10:20 A.M. Hi everybody. Sorry for not writing the past few days, my computer has been at the shop and I haven’t had access to one. I am writing this post at the library and I need to be sitting down in a class in nine minutes, so this will be a very short post. Right now, we are under a gigantic inversion. Take a look at the temperatures taken from the Sand Point profiler at…

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High Pressure, Inversions, and Fog

High Pressure, Inversions, and Fog

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 10:59 P.M. Photo Credit: Kevin Ebi @ Living Wilderness The next week or beyond will be very boring and uneventful for meteorologists. The culprit? A HUGE ridge of high pressure off the Eastern Pacific. Take a look at the current atmospheric configuration from tonight’s 00z UW WRF-GFS run. Valid 10:00 pm PST Tue, 29 Nov 2011 – 6hr Fcst – UW 00z 36km WRF-GFS 1000-500mb thickness, SLP There is a very, very strong ridge of high…

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