Archive for October, 2012

Something Wicked This Way Comes: Sandy to Slam East Coast

Filed in Wind Posted on October 28, 2012 6:57 pm by 0 Comments
Something Wicked This Way Comes: Sandy to Slam East Coast

We could get over two inches of rain by the end of Halloween.

In other words, one-fourth of what will inundate Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. in the same time span.

While damp even by Seattle standards, our upcoming soggy stretch—heavy rain tonight into Monday, and another inch of rain on Tuesday—is small potatoes compared to the devastating storm set to cripple the Eastern Seaboard tomorrow through Wednesday.

With an astonishingly deep low pressure for an East Coast hurricane—which translates to an incredibly wide area of strong winds extending out from the storm’s center—and copious bands of heavy rain, Hurricane Sandy truly is an unprecedented storm for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Forecast to roar ashore in southern New Jersey as a hurricane Monday night, Sandy is expected to unleash nearly ten inches of rain in places like Atlantic City, N.J., Dover, Del., and Maryland’s Eastern Shore as it slowly moves inland. Hurricane-force wind gusts, reaching over 80 mph, are also likely.
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Shorts to Shovels: Denver’s Wild Weather

Filed in Cold Weather Posted on October 24, 2012 3:08 pm by 0 Comments
Shorts to Shovels: Denver’s Wild Weather

Imagine going from sunny and 70-something one day to snow and 30 degrees the next. Or vice versa.

In Seattle, either is impossible. In Denver, both happen several times a year.

Thanks to its mile-high elevation and considerable distance from large bodies of water—the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico are each over 1,000 miles away—Denver is often subject to dramatic temperature swings, especially in the fall and spring. These wild fluctuations in the mercury can either raise or lower the Mile High City’s temperature by 50 degrees in just 24 hours’ time.
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Seattle’s Rainiest Day

Filed in Weather Records Posted on October 21, 2012 4:10 pm by 5 Comments
Seattle’s Rainiest Day

Sure, it rained yesterday, and sure, it rained pretty hard in some spots. Boeing Field, after all, saw .18 inches from a midday thunderstorm, and heavy showers pounded areas north of Everett as a strong line of storms—including a waterspout by Whidbey Island—moved through.

Compared to what fell from the sky nine years earlier, however, yesterday’s downpours were mere sprinkles.

Torrential rains swept through Seattle on Oct. 20, 2003, making for the wettest day in the city’s history. 5.02 inches of rain was measured in the gauge at Sea-Tac Airport, shattering the previous daily rainfall record of 3.41 inches from Nov. 20, 1959. The mark for the most rainfall in a 24-hour period was also easily broken, with the 3.74 inches that fell from Oct. 5-6, 1981 well over an inch shy of the October ‘03 deluge.
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Colder Weather Closing In

Filed in Cold Weather Posted on October 18, 2012 7:19 pm by 0 Comments
Colder Weather Closing In

It’s only mid-October, but by this weekend, it’ll feel like mid-November.

Much colder air will invade Western Washington beginning Saturday, dropping our high temperatures to around 50 degrees—a mark not usually reached in Seattle until just before Thanksgiving.

The air will feel especially brisk when contrasted with today’s highs, which hit the mid 60s as warm air ahead of the rain boosted temperatures to above normal. Now, with precipitation falling throughout the metro area, we’ve cooled into the upper 50s—just the beginning of our downward trend in temperature.
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Monday Afternoon Soaker

Filed in Rain Posted on October 14, 2012 8:28 pm by 0 Comments
Monday Afternoon Soaker

At least it won’t rain all day.

Another slug of moisture is set to drench Seattle tomorrow, but not before 12 hours of dryness ensues.

Cloudy but rain-free skies are in store for the first half of Monday, with the steady precipitation we’ve seen most of today tapering off by midnight. The Monday morning commute should be solidly dry across all of Western Washington, with even the beleaguered coast (Quillayute Airport near Forks has seen over five inches of rain since Friday) catching a break.
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Record Dryness Winding Down

Filed in Rain Posted on October 10, 2012 2:53 pm by 0 Comments
Record Dryness Winding Down

Last year, we kicked off October with 11 straight days of rain.

This year, things couldn’t have begun on a more different note.

With no rain expected until Friday, the first 11 days of the month will go down as completely dry—Seattle’s driest start to October since 1991, when rain held off until the 16th of the month. In addition, the lack of any moisture today means that at day’s end, we’ll have only seen .03 inches of precipitation since July 23—making for the driest 80 days on record.

Soak it up now, because by this weekend, we’ll be drenched.
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