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A White Christmas For The Pacific Northwest!

A White Christmas For The Pacific Northwest!

WE DID IT! In an event that far exceeded my expectations, Western Washington and even parts of Western Oregon saw their first White Christmas since 2008. Our storm made landfall further south than modeled, leading to colder conditions throughout the area and snow instead of rain for many locales. As expected, snow accumulations varied dramatically with elevation – my house near sea level has snow-free roads, but snow was sticking to the roads above 300 feet and I even saw…

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Could We Have A White Christmas?

Could We Have A White Christmas?

I’ve been taking a well-needed vacation from weather blogging and have been spending some wonderful time with family and friends up in Seattle for the holidays. But with rumors of a White Christmas reverberating from Westlake Center to Sea-Tac Airport, I thought I’d weigh in on the potential for some lowland snow on the 24th and the 25th. A note about lowland snow in Western Washington Even though the average low temperature for this time of the year is only…

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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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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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Massive Snowstorm in Southern OR/Northern CA, Seattle Weekend Snow Chances Slim

Massive Snowstorm in Southern OR/Northern CA, Seattle Weekend Snow Chances Slim

While we’ve been cool and dry here in Western Washington over the past few days, areas of Southern Oregon and Northern California have been getting absolutely pummeled with snow! With modified arctic air already in place, a system that was still strengthening as it made landfall stormed ashore the Oregon/California border last night and dropped over a foot of snow over much of Southern OR/Northern CA, both east and west of the Cascade crest. The water vapor satellite image below…

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New Year’s Snow Update

New Year’s Snow Update

I’ve been posting relatively brief “Snupdates” on WeatherTogether’s Facebook Page tonight, but I’m seeing some interesting new developments on radar and thought I’d write a more in depth blog post about what I’m seeing and it’s consequences for snow to ring in the New Year. Let’s start by looking at the current radar image. This is actually a pretty incredible shot. It appears to be a convergence zone, but something is different. Convergence zones only exist in the Puget Sound region,…

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Spotty New Year’s Snow, Bigger Event Late Next Week?

Spotty New Year’s Snow, Bigger Event Late Next Week?

New model runs are coming in as we speak, and they show a similar scenario for late New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day. Next week still looks like the coldest in several years, and there is low confidence in a moderate-to-major snowstorm on Friday, with model solutions agreeing on bringing a system into the area while cold air is still in place but varying greatly on the details. We could see even more snow the week beyond, but there’s very low…

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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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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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