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January 2015

Archive for January, 2015

David Foster Wallace, Solar Energy and Jobs

    “There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and […]


King Tides 2014-15, Take Two

  The second of three King Tide rounds arrives tomorrow morning. Predicted water levels will be at least a foot higher than average daily high tides (MHHW) each day through Monday. As always, or at least always has been, predicted water levels will be of only limited concern absent strong winds or low pressure, and […]


More Warm and Dry

    This winter’s dominant weather pattern will persist this week and beyond, keeping us mostly dry and relatively warm. Said pattern is defined by upper level high pressure in the vicinity of the Gulf of Alaska (see the animated red blob above indicating higher than normal pressure).   As we saw this weekend, in […]


Water Crises, Climate Change and Global Risks

    The World Economic Forum recently released its Global Risks 2015 report and once again water crises and climate change are in the top 5 list global risks in terms of impacts, with water crises #1 and failure of climate change adaptation #5. This is the tenth year the WEF has issued a global […]


Eroding Ridge

  The ridge of high pressure that has more or less been stuck over the west coast will continue to erode away this week. That will enable a few more frontal systems to make their way inland this week, and perhaps next week. With respect to our nearly bare mountains, hopefully they will arrive and […]



    Not much activity to discuss at the moment. A somewhat persistent ridge of high pressure is, if not outright blocking, then significantly weakening low pressure systems as they approach the region. Said regime is, of course, providing us with this fog and a little bit of, uh, olfactic dissonance.   SPU participated in […]


Mighty, Mighty Rain Shadow

    The warm front has passed and we’ve begun to dry out. Not that Seattle got that wet in the first place. While the region experienced one of its biggest events in a while, perhaps years, an incredible Olympic rain shadow centered right over Elliott Bay sheltered the City from rainfall amounts that would […]