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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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Windstorm Review

Windstorm Review

This storm lived up to the hype, delivering a strong blow to the coast and lesser but still damaging winds inland, particularly the Puget Sound. Fellow WeatherTogether blogger Brie Hawkins of Little Bear Creek Weather lost her power in Woodinville Washington, and as of 5 pm PST, approximately 110,000 people in Western Washington had lost power, with at least 25,000 in Oregon. Let’s start by taking a look at some of the peak gusts around the region. This map by no…

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Serious Windstorm for the Coast and Moderate Inland Windstorm Today

Serious Windstorm for the Coast and Moderate Inland Windstorm Today

I just got back from a weekend vacation at my uncle’s place in Pacific City, Oregon, but how I wish I could stay just one more night! Why, you may ask? The first significant windstorm of the 2017-2018 storm season is predicted to bring fierce winds to the coast Monday with 20-30 foot waves. Thankfully for a weather nerd like me, Portland is still predicted to get a pretty substantial blow today. There’s nothing that warms my heart quite like…

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Everything You Need To Know About Atmospheric Rivers

Everything You Need To Know About Atmospheric Rivers

With a strong atmospheric river underway, I thought I’d take some time to delve a little deeper into these phenomena. In this blog, I’ll cover the basic characteristics of an atmospheric river, how these atmospheric rivers form, and a brief summary of how they relate to the Earth’s heat budget. Throughout the blog, I’ll use two of the largest atmospheric rivers of the past decade – the November 6-7 atmospheric river and the December 2-3 “Great Coastal Gale” (one of…

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First Storm of the Season Comes Through, But An Even Stronger One Looms

First Storm of the Season Comes Through, But An Even Stronger One Looms

Our first respectable storm of the season drenched Western Washington and Oregon with heavy rain on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing an inch of rain to many places in the lowlands and several inches in the mountains. Over the past 24 hours, the rain has primarily been concentrated over SW Washington and NW Oregon as a juicy cold front/atmospheric river has slowly sagged southward, bringing nearly an inch of rain to the Portland metro area and over 4 inches to the…

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Ahh… Much Calmer Weather On The Way

Ahh… Much Calmer Weather On The Way

After dealing with lowland snow Sunday/Monday, heavy rain Wednesday/Thursday, and a minor windstorm today, Pacific Northwesterners will finally get a much-deserved respite from the wacky weather we’ve witnessed recently. Today’s winds were caused by a degrading 999 mb cyclone making landfall on the Olympic Peninsula. As is typical, the strongest gusts were in the mountains, along the coast, and in the North Interior. Many places in the Seattle metro area peaked in the mid 40s, still plenty windy. Further south,…

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Snow Much Less Likely For Portland, More Likely For Seattle

Snow Much Less Likely For Portland, More Likely For Seattle

Tonight’s model runs are in, and every model has shifted the plume of moisture I was talking about in last night’s blog slightly further north. Now, it appears as though Portland will be too warm for snow, while Seattle will see several inches of extremely wet, gloppy snow that may have trouble sticking at the lowest elevations. Let’s start by looking at current conditions around the Pacific Northwest. As you can see, temperatures are still quite mild around the Portland…

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Freezing Rain, Flooding, and Avalanches – Oh My!

Freezing Rain, Flooding, and Avalanches – Oh My!

I apologize for not posting as much as I would like recently! I’ve been very busy tweaking the site and preparing for WeatherTogether’s booth at WeatherFest, which is part of the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) annual conference. As luck would have it, the AMS conference is in Seattle this winter, so it definitely made sense to do something there! WeatherFest is an open-floor exhibit featuring a variety of different local weather organizations and booths. I’ll be working alongside Brie Hawkins…

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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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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.