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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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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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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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Storm Season Begins This Week

Storm Season Begins This Week

One of my recent posts talked about how the transition to winter is quicker than the transition to spring. Though the post was concerned with temperature changes and had a global perspective, we in the Pacific Northwest tend to experience a particularly rapid pattern change as our summertime Eastern Pacific high disintegrates and strong zonal flow enters the area. And this coming week will be a textbook example of just how fast that change can be. A very strong, 165+ knot…

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Fall Arrives Next Monday

Fall Arrives Next Monday

I hope you can forgive me for the click-baity, questionably accurate title. From an astronomical perspective, autumn will begin on 1:02 pm PDT Friday, September 22, 2017, and meteorological fall officially began on September 1st. But after a record-smashing streak of drier and hotter-than-average weather, we’ll finally get our first true taste of autumn next Monday as a strong cold front swings through the area. We had some hors d’oeuvres to next Monday’s upcoming entree of liquid sunshine last Saturday,…

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Dry Streaks End Tonight!

Dry Streaks End Tonight!

FINALLY! After 56 days of no measurable precipitation for Seattle and 57 for Portland, both streaks will end tonight as a relatively strong front moves through the area. The front is associated with an upper-level trough/associated ~995 hPa surface low currently centered near Haida Gwaii. The water vapor imagery below looks more reminiscent of a wintertime system than something we’d see in August. The front is visible in even greater detail with our brand new GOES-16 satellite, which is still…

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At Last, Rain Is In The Forecast!

At Last, Rain Is In The Forecast!

It’s not much, and not everybody will get wet. But for the first time nearly two months, rain is in the forecast for parts of the Pacific Northwest! The summer of 2017 has been extraordinarily dry for the Pacific Northwest. Following a soaker on June 15 that dropped 0.42 inches at Portland and 1.05 inches at Sea-Tac airport, both places saw a few drips on the 16th and 17th (respectively) and have been bone-dry since. On Monday, Sea-Tac airport recorded their…

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Record Heat Today, Much Cooler Tomorrow

Record Heat Today, Much Cooler Tomorrow

The first major heat wave of the year is living up to the hype! Portland and Salem hit 98 and 101 respectively yesterday, and today, they simply switched highs. According to Mike Newman (a fellow weather buff from the Portland area), today’s high of 101 at the Portland Int’l Airport was just 1 degree below the all-time June high of 102. Thankfully, temperatures will come crashing back down to Earth for everyone west of the Cascades tomorrow courtesy of a…

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Get Ready For June Gloom!

Get Ready For June Gloom!

Sorry for the post hiatus folks! I just got back from a week-long trip with my folks to Cabo San Lucas and had a great time fishing, beach-combing, dancing, and eating all sorts of delicious food over there. We’ve had a pleasant start to June, and the past two days have been simply exceptional! Yesterday, Portland hit a high of 86 degrees under mostly sunny skies thanks to a strong ridge of high pressure centered over the Intermountain West. This…

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Why Has February Been So Wet?

Why Has February Been So Wet?

The 2016-2017 winter has been an extraordinarily wet winter for California, but Washington and Northern Oregon have actually been drier than normal for most of the winter. But with Seattle on track to break their all-time reocrd for monthly rainfall in February and Portland not too far behind, one wonders what is responsible for the sudden change in our weather. In this blog I’ll explain why we’ve transitioned to a warmer and wetter pattern, and take a look ahead through…

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