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Entering a More Active Pattern

Entering a More Active Pattern

I’m back! I apologize for the unannounced blogging hiatus – the truth is that I’ve been a tad burnt out lately. Interestingly, I don’t think it has as much to do with work as much as my commute to and from work, which is a bike ride that has been completely dark for the past 2-3 months. I love winter for a variety of reasons – the storms, the snow, the skiing, the holiday season – but as I’ve grown…

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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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Quick Update on Tomorrow’s Storm

Quick Update on Tomorrow’s Storm

Today was just a prelude to the stormy weekend ahead, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t exciting! A cool and unstable air mass poured into the region, bringing brief but heavy showers to the lowlands and heavy snow in the mountains above 5,000 feet. The satellite picture taken this afternoon by NASA’s polar-orbiting TERRA satellite shows how efficient the mountains are at enhancing precipitation during this setup. Paradise at Mt. Rainier National Park lived up to its name today! This…

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Warm, Wet, and Windy Weather Next Week

Warm, Wet, and Windy Weather Next Week

A major pattern change is in store for us next week. After dealing with very cold temperatures and heaps of snow for those lucky folks in Portland, we will see temperatures in the 50s, snow levels above 7000 feet, and very heavy rain as an atmospheric river plows through the Pacific Northwest. There is still a significant amount of model disagreement at this time, but minor flooding is possible over regions of Washington and especially Oregon next week. Let’s start by…

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Yet Another Pattern Change Update

Yet Another Pattern Change Update

I must admit, it’s a little difficult coming up with varying titles for your blogs when you are simply blogging about the same thing. It’s not as difficult as forecasting snow in Seattle, but it’s definitely up there. Models are still adamant with a major pattern change beginning Saturday evening as a deep upper-level-low drops down from the NNW. But before going any further, I want to touch on what I mean when I say an “upper level-low” vs. a…

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Confidence Building In A Major Arctic Outbreak

Confidence Building In A Major Arctic Outbreak

Well, another day has passed, and my confidence is building that we will see a major and prolonged arctic outbreak for the first half of January. We’ve got a lot to talk about, so let’s get right to it. In my blog post last night, I talked about a massive ridge of high pressure centered near the International Date Line that would move east over the next couple days and eventually stall near 150 W as a very persistent “Rex…

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Extremely Heavy Snow In The Mountains This Week

Extremely Heavy Snow In The Mountains This Week

After a few days of chilly and slightly unsettled conditions, stormy weather has once again returned to the Pacific Northwest. And with our latest system, the big story is snow in the mountains. Winter storm warnings are in effect for the Olympics and Cascades, with storm totals of 1-2 feet over the Olympics and 2-4 feet among Western Slopes of the Cascades by Wednesday morning expected. The Eastern Slopes of the Cascades will see slightly less; 1-2 feet along peaks,…

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Warmer and Wetter Weather On The Way

Warmer and Wetter Weather On The Way

After two weeks of subfreezing temperatures, snowfall, and even sleet and freezing rain for folks living in Bellingham and near the Columbia River Gorge, a major pattern change towards warmer and wetter weather is in store for us. Although I like the cold (and LOVE the snow that sometimes comes with it), I’m excited to transition back to a much more active pattern that promises to bring gobs of snow to the mountains, heavy rain to the lowlands, and blustery winds just about everywhere.

Thursday Snow Review

Thursday Snow Review

We did it! After suffering through a completely snowless 2015 and a very wimpy 2014, we finally got a widespread lowland snow event for Western Washington and Northwest Oregon. And it’s not over yet… snow is still falling in the foothills and further north in Skagit and Whatcom counties where temperatures are cooler. Let’s first start off with some awesome snow pictures from various viewers around the region. Washington Oregon: And here are snow totals from viewers. You can find…

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Very Heavy Snow In The Cascades

Very Heavy Snow In The Cascades

Snow is really coming down over the Cascades right now! Snoqualmie Pass is currently “chains required on all vehicles except all-wheel-drive,” and Stevens is only slightly better with chains required on trucks and traction tires required for all vehicles. And the top of Alpental looks downright stormy. As the radar below shows, a cold front is currently bringing rain from Olympia to Eugene with heavy snow in the mountains, but the Central Cascades are still getting hammered. This is because…

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