Archive for January, 2012

January Rainfall: December, Times Three (Almost)

Filed in Rain Posted on January 30, 2012 9:39 pm by 0 Comments
January Rainfall: December, Times Three (Almost)

.10″

A tenth of an inch.

That’s all the rainfall we need between now and 11:59 p.m. tomorrow to officially make this month’s rainfall triple that of last December. Through yesterday, Seattle has recorded 6.62″ of rain–an inch above normal, and oh-so-close to three times December’s paltry 2.24″. (Edit: a brief look out the window, followed by a quick trip to the Seattle National Weather Service page, reveals that we’ve picked up .03″ in the past hour. Guess the rain has a vendetta against this blog…)
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Rain, Rain, Sun?

Filed in Fog, Rain, Sun Posted on January 28, 2012 6:37 pm by 0 Comments
Rain, Rain, Sun?

A thick blanket of gray clouds has hovered over Western Washington for much of the day, making the blue skies of yesterday a distant memory. Unfortunately, more gray is in store for the area tomorrow, and into the first part of next week, before we undergo a marked change in our weather midweek.

But first, enter the rain.
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Here Come the 50s

Filed in Rain Posted on January 23, 2012 3:12 pm by 0 Comments
Here Come the 50s

Ah, the 50s.

After spending more than two weeks with temperatures stuck in the 30s and 40s (not to mention lows in the mid-20s), Western Washington will finally return to the plus side of normal this week. Temperatures on Wednesday are expected to reach the 50-degree mark–two degrees above our average high of 48–for the first time since Jan. 8 (back when Seattle’s snowfall for the winter stood at zilch). Of course, to get to such a balmy threshold, we’ll have to bring back a familiar mid-winter friend: good old rain. (Didn’t we just spend all weekend with this chum?)
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More Snow This Winter in Seattle than New York and Boston…Combined!

Filed in Cold Weather, Snow Posted on January 18, 2012 5:46 pm by 0 Comments
More Snow This Winter in Seattle than New York and Boston…Combined!

While today’s snowfall was definitely less than originally predicted–the 6.8″ of snow measured at SeaTac Airport ┬átoday fell short of the eight-plus inches recorded downtown in December 1996–it was more than enough to allow Seattleites to claim bragging rights over their East Coast brethren in one important category: winter 2011-2012 snowfall.

That’s because, as of 5 p.m. today, Seattle has officially received more snowfall than Boston and New York combined this winter! That’s right, the Emerald City–constantly mocked by East Coasters whenever the topic of snow is broached–has seen 9.3″ of snow this winter, more than Boston (2.9″) and New York (2.9)” together.
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Biggest Snowstorm Since 1996 Headed for Seattle

Filed in Cold Weather, Ice, Snow Posted on January 16, 2012 10:27 pm by 1 Comment
Biggest Snowstorm Since 1996 Headed for Seattle

After several days of widely varying scenarios concerning Wednesday’s storm, forecast models have finally arrived at a general consensus regarding snowfall totals for Wednesday’s upcoming storm. Their prediction? Anywhere from 8 to 12 inches of heavy, wet snow–in other words, the definition of an epic snowstorm for Seattle.

The fun will begin shortly after midnight Wednesday morning, as a surface area of low pressure makes landfall around Astoria and heads northeast. As it does, cold air bottled up in British Columbia will flood southward into Western Washington, drawn toward the low like bees to honey. Simultaneously, moisture from the low’s associated front will stream northward, resulting in a collision between warm and cold that will make Wednesday the snowiest day in the Seattle area since Dec. 29, 1996.
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Snowy Stretch Through Midweek

Filed in Cold Weather, Snow, Weather Records Posted on January 15, 2012 7:48 pm by 0 Comments
Snowy Stretch Through Midweek

Clearly, Mother Nature must have a heart.

How else to explain this afternoon’s snowfall, which blanketed nearly all regions of the metro area that missed out on snow yesterday? From Downtown Seattle, where two inches of snow fell from the heavens (making this author’s prediction of no accumulating snow downtown outright laughable), to Burien, Renton, and Issaquah, where heavy snow whitened lawns that had been barren 24 hours earlier, Mother Nature made sure to spread the wealth. This, of course, came after an earlier bout of snow that gave roughly an inch of snow to many in the Seattle area, before the mid-morning melting commenced.

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