Archive for December, 2011

Dry and Cold for New Year’s Eve

Filed in Cold Weather Posted on December 30, 2011 6:42 pm by 0 Comments
Dry and Cold for New Year’s Eve

Ever since the rains arrived this week (unfashionably late notwithstanding), it’s been incredibly mild across the metro area.

Temperatures have held steady in the 40s and 50s since Tuesday began, thanks to a warm southwesterly wind that’s been around for the greater part of the week. This past Monday has actually been the only day in the past week to see a below-normal high temperature (42 degrees). Every other day, beginning with last Friday, has seen highs above normal–a big difference from the cold temperatures we experienced earlier this month.
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Soaking Rain Tomorrow Night

Filed in Rain Posted on December 26, 2011 9:51 pm by 0 Comments
Soaking Rain Tomorrow Night

Yesterday’s rain failed to live up to its promise, with only .03″ of rain recorded at SeaTac Airport. (This after projections of 0.50.”) The winds, of course, were another story, with gusts reaching 53 mph at the airport, and well above 50 mph at several other locations.

Interestingly, wind models from Saturday showed little potential for strong winds, which is why the National Weather Service didn’t have the Puget Sound area under any type of wind warning until 12:30 p.m. or so. By then, of course, the damage had been done. At least the strong winds weren’t accompanied by driving rain…that would have really made matters worse.
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The Rains a Cometh

Filed in Rain Posted on December 24, 2011 11:51 am by 0 Comments
The Rains a Cometh

After weeks on end of morning fog, afternoon sun, and below-normal temperatures, the weather pattern around here is finally beginning to change.

This morning’s rain–while very light–is certainly a harbinger of things to come. By next weekend, we will have been pounded with several days of active weather, including moderate- to-heavy rainfall and gusty southerly winds.

Our run at the record for the driest December ever is almost certain to come up short, as steady rains are expected across the metro area about once every 36 hours or so through the 31st. Through yesterday, SeaTac had only received 0.27″ of rain this month–an amount that will likely double by the end of Christmas Day, and triple by Monday night. I’m sure 1978, the king of all dry Decembers, with only 1.37″ of rain the entire month, is breathing easy today!
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Warmest Day in Three Weeks

Filed in Weather Records Posted on December 17, 2011 1:43 pm by 0 Comments
Warmest Day in Three Weeks

Yesterday, the mercury at SeaTac topped out at 49 degrees, making it the warmest day since Nov. 27, when we hit a whopping 56 degrees. (That was also back in another era, when it could be counted on to rain every other day or so.) Friday’s high temperature also means that it only took half of December for Seattle to finally reach or exceed its average high (which is 46 degrees for this time of year).

To date, this remains one of the coldest Decembers on record for Seattle, which is actually pretty shocking, considering there’s been no lowland snow or arctic air invasions whatsoever this month. The average temperature for December so far? 36.5 degrees, which is 4.5 degrees below normal, and only 1.3 degrees warmer than our coldest December ever (1990, when we actually had quite a bit of snow in Puget Sound).
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Moving Into Record Territory

Filed in Fog, La Nina, Sun, Weather Records Posted on December 14, 2011 10:40 pm by 0 Comments
Moving Into Record Territory

With December nearly halfway over, our rainfall total for the month stands at .03″–an amount so meager that even July or August would cringe. (But hey, that’s a three-fold increase since Sunday.)

By this point in the month, we should have recorded close to 2.50″ of rain, yet dribs and drabs of moisture are all we’ve managed to collect in the rain gauge. Suddenly, as the midpoint of the month approaches, so does the realization that this December could be record-setting in regards to rain–more specifically, the lack thereof.
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Rain Chances Fizzling

Filed in La Nina, Rain, Sun Posted on December 10, 2011 9:58 am by 0 Comments
Rain Chances Fizzling

I joked in a posting on Thursday about how today was going to easily become the wettest day of the month, considering that we only needed .02″ of rain to make that a reality (Dec. 2, at  .01″, is the date to beat). Now, two days later, I’m not so sure we’ll even get .02″ in the rain bucket. Talk about flip-flopping!
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