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November 2014

Archive for November, 2014

More Shadows

    The weather pattern looks to remain active this week and beyond, with rainy-but-not-too-wet systems passing through about once every three days. It’ll also get relatively warm and humid with lows temperatures near 50°F Tuesday through Thursday.   Not-too-wet certainly described this past weekend when strong rain shadowing provided lots of sun to the […]



  After two weeks meandering afar, the jet stream is about to whip back into place, aimed directly at us as, just as it’s supposed be at this time of year. The latest forecast shows six-straight days of rain, often steady, though never that intense. The mountains will also finally start to see accumulating snow. […]


Wettest Week of the Year?

    The somewhat “ridiculous” ridge that has kept us persistently sunny and cold is forecast to break down this week. Our old climatological friend, the Aluetian Low—the one that was obliterated by ex-Typhoon Nuri—received upper level reinforcement via Siberia over the weekend, and the jet stream is starting to respond.   The warm-up will be […]


Keeping the Chill

    If you can, check out the southern sky. See those clouds? That’s Portland and other places along the Columbia River getting snow, sleet, and freezing rain. That was supposed to be ours. Some of it, at least.   That old, typhoon-nudged mass of arctic air located way to our northeast turned out to […]


Taste of Winter

    An arctic air mass well to our northeast will provide strong Cascade gap winds, subfreezing temps, and a little mountain snow this week. This early taste of winter is being brought about by one of the strongest Pacific Ocean storms ever recorded. Ex-Super-Typhoon Nuri, which struck Japan last week, deepened so rapidly over […]


Atmospheric Vigor

  Above: post-frontal sun; post-frontal squall. Note Harborview’s flag.   A strong front passed through the region this morning. It was tied to a compact low pressure system that spun into Vancouver Island around midday. The front was quite striking on the radar, not to mention on the ground—two neighborhoods, Crown Hill and Magnuson Park, […]


Rain Shadows

    A strong storm currently centered over the Gulf of Alaska will provide our region with significant rainfall and wind today and tomorrow. However, due to the orientation of the system, not all locations will be affected equally. The Olympic Mountains are expected to shield the City and lowlands from heavy rainfall while the […]