Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Most of the Puget Sound area will remain dry today. The area of high pressure moving east of the mountains. The blue skies this morning will give way to clouds if you are not already under them. Rain? Sure. On the coast today and later tonight into tomorrow :)
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Two words, east wind. That is the discussion amongst the meteorologists in Western Washington. When we have an east wind going it gets breezy in the Cascade Foothills and the temperatures will rise due to the sinking and compressing of air rolling down the Cascades.
So how warm will we get? Upper 60s to low 70s! Record territory. We'll be sun drenched for sure today... the next 30 to 100 days... well we dial into fall and rain drenched is on the other end.
Friday, September 30, 2011
RAIN. The cool air made it over with a burst of thunder and a short shower. Warm air rises; and with cooler air above and warm air near the surface, the warm air rising upwards, in order to moderate the temps, creates more clouds and once those clouds are saturated... rain! So the temperature reading will be lower than 70(F) but it will still feel like 70(F) with muggy conditions and a slim chance of T-showers and brief periods of rain. After the air above and below mixes enough and moderates that's when the rain stops; perhaps in the next few hours.
The showers are mainly around Seattle eastward, with a few heavy T-showers east of Tacoma (the red blob) and south of Olympia.
The first rule of thumb before forecasting is... to look outside! And, with that note looking outside I did. Tilting my head to the north... blue skies, to the south... pockets of clouds moving in from the southwest. Very interesting. So here is the visible satellite image painting just that. Mostly blue and a few thin clouds north of Kent and scattered clouds south of Kent.(As of 10:30am PDT)
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
After tomorrow's (Thursday 09/29) gorgeous day, these beautiful sunsets on a clear day will become far and few between; our nights are getting longer and the air cooler. Before you know it we will have some snow in the picture :)
Thursday, August 11, 2011
The bite of today is more or less of the same with most of us on the west side of the Cascades under the clouds. But if you look closely it a little bluish; with thinner clouds, heck, we might be sunny by noon! Since today is the perfect day, we'll go for a high of 75.
Copy and paste today for Saturday and Sunday, oh and we can't forget Friday... erase a little of the morning clouds and we have temperatures soaring into the mid 70s... oh my.
Now where did I get my title? Right.. with the few days of August left and a plain July the chances for hot days, i.e. days in the upper 80s and above are dwindling. With that said we might have a hot shot next weekend, Aug 20, 21. For four days a model painted one day of upper 80s and squeezed out a day in the low 90s. Those days are quite a ways away. So don't bet on it; considering this weekend looked more like this Friday yesterday, and today the weekend looks more like today. I feel a bit confused so I hope you get the last sentence.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Tim will be out with his gang for another game of dodgeball tonight. Where people sweat, grunt, and get dirty. The sun is setting earlier, at 8:42pm, so a sunny first half with temps around the 60s and then a cool, refreshing second half under the Denny lights. But, the cool air won't deter them because their adrenaline is flowing after being hit in the head and determination kicks in to smash their opponent and run them down to the ground. Today's high temperature for Seattle, 75. As of now there are clouds when you look out the window; they are quickly burning off leaving us with blue skies by this afternoon.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
It's 2pm ... where's the sun Jim? It took a minute okay? The clouds started to break up around 2pm today in South King County and now as of 4:30pm most places that were under the clouds this morning in Western Washington is enjoying the sunshine with the exception of the Cascade Foothills, so give it another minute.
With the sun out temperatures are hovering around either side of 70 degrees F, I'm sweating in the Auburn Supermall parking lot. Time for me to catch some indoor mall AC :) Make it an awesome Sunday.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Canoozing is a go go tomorrow as it will be the better half of this weekend.
Monday, July 25, 2011
I haven't used this in a while. The showers are a bit heavy and are mainly concentrated around the Central Sound this morning.
Considering how cool and cloudy we have been Seattle is still below normal for July when it comes to rain measured in the rain gauge... but that will change today; we need to cover .07 inches of rain. Expect showers, some rumbles of thunder, and even some peeks of sun in between the clouds and showers.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
After what seems like weeks of uncharacteristic summer weather, and another week of it; people are feeling the summer blues but are seeing grey. My friends and family are asking me when summer is going start or when we will feel the heat. On our way to Red Mango today Pat and I noticed people are still bundled with jackets and hoods, rain boots, and lugging around umbrellas. Summer much? more like Autumn. We used the car's heater on our way back to simulate summer and complement our cold frozen yogurt and smoothies.
Let's reflect on July for the last five years by numbers to see if we actually are lacking heat this year. It was only two weekends ago that we had a stretch of 80 degree weather, which seems like eternity for some folks :)
These numbers were recorded at Seatac Airport and retrieved from the National Weather Service.
Year Days >= 80 degrees Average High Days w/Precip
2010 10 74.9 7
2009 18 81.0 5
2008 9 74.9 6
2007 10 77.4 9
2006 12 78.1 7
So far this July...
2011 3 73.4 9
According to the Average High we are about 'average' for this corner of the Earth because each day we have been topping off in the low to mid 70s, but what we remember summer by is the stretches of hot weather, and well... sunshine. With only 3 days at 80 degrees or above this July and only 10 days left in the month, we will definitely be below normal compared to the last five years in that sense.
Good news though, there's a chance to tack on one day to the Days >=80 degrees column for 2011 and if we're lucky... two days. This weekend we'll be heatin' up!
This is the 500 mb heights forecast for 5pm PST today. mb is a measure of pressure, and the heights indicate how high from sea level is 500 mb measured. So the greater the heights the warmer the air since warmer air takes up more space. Notice how the Northwest is under a shade of red and in the U part of a wave. That signifies lower heights/thicknesses translating to cooler temperatures and the U part is a trough which spells clouds and precipitation.
Today looks gross outside but is drying out as the day goes on with the exception of the Convergence Zone. We'll all get some peeks of sun before sunset. The bite for tomorrow; after morning clouds high pressure begins to settle in for afternoon sunshine.
Drum roll please for this weekend. And, put on your thinking caps for outdoor activities. Sunny and sunny up and down Interstate 5 with temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s for the Seattle Area, low 70s near the Canadian border, and upper 80s around Portland for both Saturday and Sunday. That's all I have to write. What happens next is up to you :) I'll keep an eye on this 'heat wave' to see if it will fall apart when Saturday approaches.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Or shall I say grey starts! After enjoying the 80s (temps, not the time warp) the Northwest is in for a cool down. It is summer after all, so I hate to type unseasonably cool weather. The brightside of unseasonably cool translates to temps in upper 60s which is comfortable for most folks; just not summer like; jackets in the morning to deal with drizzle and that is peeled off in the afternoon for the partly sunny skies; an onion kind of day.
The summer pattern in our corner of the earth has the strong jet further north into Northern B.C. compared to winter with the jet aimed right at us. Instead of having storms come head on, they veer north. Leaving us with the driest season and morning clouds here and there. It's sagging a bit this week. So the effect? More morning clouds, drizzle, and a chance of showers north of Seattle.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
The system was literally in and out. We saw clouds roll in late last night, and some showers here and there this morning. The mighty summer sun will bust through the clouds this afternoon leaving us with mostly sunny skies lasting into next week. And, temps will be on the cooler side with a warm up through next week.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Finally congrats to my tennis man Novak Djokovic. I have been following his game in the early days when he wasn't a well received player because of "arrogance." I thought he was a young, confident player that is having fun with the game. Check out his hilarious impersonations of Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal from the 2007 US Open.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal has dominated the Number 1 spot since February of 2004 on the ATP World Tour. Djokovic cracked the top ten in April 2004 and has been bouncing between the Number 4, 3, and 2 spot since July of 2007. Tomorrow will be a battle at Wimbledon between the current Number 1, Rafael Nadal, and the future Number 1 player come Monday's new ranking. Please welcome the new World Number 1 Tennis Player Novak Djokovic.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Some woke up to clouds, some straight up sunshine. And for today and tomorrow everyone will catch some rays in the Pacific Northwest with temperatures ranging from the upper 60s near the coast, low 70s around the metro and mid 70s inland. Sunday... is down right cloudy. Monday dry, warm, and surprisingly nice for a July 4th, historically the wettest day in July for Seattlelites.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Mostly cloudy and showers is the theme for today and tomorrow as a system is moving towards British Columbia. The sun was out in the Green River Valley this morning and now this afternoon over Seattle north to Shoreline and east over Elliott Bay for beautiful outdoor pictures. If I had a boat this pocket of sunshine and breeze is great for sailing. Places near the Cascades are hogging all of the showers so far. Considering today was suppose to be more showery than tomorrow, I'm going with a bite of mostly cloudy and mainly dry with a few showers for tomorrow, the last day of June gloom.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The bite today cloudy skies and a fifty percent chance of rain, similar to Monday but less humid and cooler for the next couple of days. Enough about June, how about July 2011.
Monday, June 27, 2011
This one step out of my 22 years, 10 months, and 15 days of existence made me stop in my tracks. I did the scary movie pose where something or someone is coming but I am dead in my tracks... staring and screaming. Let me remind you I was sporting my flippy floppys and the sidewalks were wet. What did I step on??? My mind freaked out and I don't even remember too much of how or what happened. This is what's left of my shattered memory of this morning...My toes felt wet as a body was strewn across my big toe, I had orange goo and guts on my foot. From the pattern on the skin, I realized that..I stepped on a slug or shall I state stepped on and acrobatically burger flipped it onto my toes...how the heck did the body flip up and explode on top of my toe and foot? Just thinking about this makes my skin crawl.... after a moment of shock I gathered my marbles and walked five blocks to my final destination. Why didn't I go caveman and wipe off the slug juice with a leaf? I waited until I reached the restroom with running water.
I tell myself now that the slug had already died and I happened to add insult to injury. And, instead of dying peaceful in someones garden the final resting spot was the sidewalk. This slug is being remembered and has left a legacy on this blog.
My mistake can be a lesson learned for others. Flip flops, Seattle weather, and wet sidewalks. The result.. wet toes, guts, and shock. Beware!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Length of Day 15h:59m:29s (provided from timeanddate.com)
Right on cue the sun is shining in the morning up and down the West Coast and will shine until the sunsets at 9:11pm! Forecasted high temps today are in the mid 70s for the Seattle Metro Area. Today's sunshine however is short lived as the clouds increase and temperatures dip through out the week; yep, below average, which average for this time of the year climbed to 72 degrees F. Tourists in the Northwest, this is a taste of summer because the "unofficial" start of of summer is July 5th. Scott Sistek at KOMO has kept up an odds it will rain chart, and for the past 117 years of record keeping July 4th is the wettest day of July for Seattle before trending dryer, with the driest period in Seattle from mid July to mid August.
I will be in Montreal for the next week. So the next update will be on Monday. Make it a great week.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Today will feature hit or miss showers decreasing by the time we head into the evening hours. So far SeaTac has recorded 0.26 inches of rain and here in the Udistrict 0.10 inches of rain. Hit or miss showers can really dump and soak a place for an hour or so in one area while a neighboring city would be sitting under dry, cloudy conditions.
I have two maps to show you from the NWS. Here is the forecast for today's high temps. 62 degrees F! That's 8 degrees below normal for this time of the year. And, look at our mountain ranges; parts of the Cascades and Olympics are below freezing for daytime high temps. The snow level is above pass elevations so driving will be fine today as in precipitation of the liquid kind; still be cautious though there's low lying fog, pockets of heavy rain, and mist.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Challah French Toast with Roasted Apricots and Honey-Vanilla Creme Fraiche a fancy name for a fancy breakfast with bacon. The sun was shining right above us as we all enjoyed this delicious treat outside. Yes, I love to brag every once in a while. And, guess what... I have the privilege of tasting everything on the blog pastryprose.blogspot.com.
With food aside, the weather in the Northwest; or shall I write, 'up and down the west coast' is still stuck in a lull. Californians are experiencing morning clouds and afternoon sun... they call it June gloom. We on the other hand are experiencing mostly cloudy skies, dry, with a few spot showers, and partial clearing in the afternoon sometimes. What would they call that? My best guess would be.. Winter.
The June 1st post touching upon the the below normal temperatures is holding true with temperatures running a few degrees below our normal of 69 degrees F for the next couple of days. The bite for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday... a strong push of marine air each day may squeeze out some showers along with cloudy skies, and if the layer isn't too thick we'll see a little sun in the afternoon.
We have some sun in spots and rain in a few locations right now and drizzle or light rain all around Western Washington this morning. This means two things. Our air is super moist and with the sun we have the potential of warming up the air near the surface. These two main ingredients causes instability and rain showers. Warm air near the ground wants to rise and cool off and when that happens convective clouds form. With super moist air the cloud is concentrated enough for rain showers to fall. So don't be surprised if you are caught under one. On a side note the familiar Puget Sound Convergence Zone has a chance of forming North of Seattle this evening. Where ever it drifts it will drop steady rain.
And, winds.. it is a bit breezy outside with winds gusting to 20 mph in the Central and South Puget Sound areas. This is because of a pressure gradient where the high pressure wants to go to the lower pressure, kind of like river water and a waterfall. The higher the water the greater the fall to the lower part of the river. The difference is about 2 hPa higher at the coast than the Puget Sound right now, translating the breezy winds from the southwest (true west winds are rare in the Puget Sound area because of the massive Olympic Mountains.)
Friday, June 10, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
I'm kind of a boring person, and people talk about weather when there is nothing else to talk about.... So what does that make of me? Especially since it's June time in Seattle... a very blah kind of month weatherwise. We are transitioning out of the active spring weather to more of a lull. Storm systems are weak and high pressure is not in full gear yet.
The influence for the next several days is our neighbor the Pacfic Ocean. With each morning we get a marine push. The larger the push, the thicker the clouds, the cooler we are and maybe we can squeeze out some rain. The lighter the push, the thinner the clouds, more sun in the afternoon leading to a warmer day. So high temperature wise will be bouncing on either side of normal which is 68 degrees f. To me that's borrrrriiinng.
The bites sunbreaks this afternoon to mostly sunny by 8pm, a weak push tomorrow, and a strong push on Friday.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
For food we ordered two pizzas; one pepperoni and one italian sausage and mushroom. The delightful thin crust treats came out hot and not too greasy. Pep was a little on the salty side but pair it with a beer or cocktail and it is phenomenal. If you like a little spice to your sausage, which I do, the italian sausage and mushroom was definitely a win. The draught beer for the both of us was Guinness Stout.
The total for tonight..$22.00 for two beers ($4 each), two pizzas ($6 each) and Seattle tax. This was my first time here and I would definitely come back to try new menu items.