Selasa, 05 April 2011

California Versus the Northwest

It is often true that California and the Northwest are often in contention for the wet stuff (and we usually win!). We have seen a number o...

Minggu, 03 April 2011

Radioactivity Measurements

During the past few days a great deal of information has come in about the amount of radiation reaching the U.S. from the Fukushima reactor...

Sabtu, 02 April 2011

Complaints

A lot of people have been complaining about our weather lately, some even going as far as preparing plaintive videos: The recent two weeks h...

Selasa, 29 Maret 2011

Atmospheric Rivers and Rainshadows

In past blogs I have talked about atmospheric rivers---plumes of moisture approaching our region that generally start in the tropic and subt...

Minggu, 27 Maret 2011

Visit to China, the Great Firewall, and An Amazing Jet

You might have noticed my blog decreased in frequency a bit during the past week and there were some issues with the graphics. The reason?.....

Jumat, 25 Maret 2011

Amazing Sierra Snows

Although the Cascade snowpack is roughly normal this year (which is low for a La Nina year in which we expect it to be above normal), the ce...

Rabu, 23 Maret 2011

Finally, A Warm Day

Today several locations in western Washington reached in the low 60s....in fact some surged into the mid-60s. Offshore flow helped....as air...

Selasa, 22 Maret 2011

California Gets Hits

You want intense weather? Then head down to California! With a high amplitude trough over the eastern Pacific, one system after another i...

Minggu, 20 Maret 2011

Changing Weather Pattern Reduces Radiation Risk, Brings Improved Weather

The large-scale weather pattern has shifted in a way that is going to give Seattle far better weather than southern California and protect...

Jumat, 18 Maret 2011

Latest On Japanese Radiation

There is still a huge amount of interest and publicity over the radiation emitted by the damaged Japanese reactors in Sendai and the potenti...

Selasa, 15 Maret 2011

Revenge of La Nina

Putting aside the cross-Pacific radiation issues for this blog ( again, absolutely no reason to be concerned here on the West Coast ), we ha...

Senin, 14 Maret 2011

The U.S. West Coast is NOT at Risk from Radiation

Today I got calls and emails from all sorts of folks, worrying about the Japanese radiation reaching the Northwest in dangerous quantities. ...

Minggu, 13 Maret 2011

Latest Pacific Trajectories From the Japanese Reactor and Amazing Rainshadow

A few people emailed me asking for update trajectories from the vicinity of the Japanese reactors. These trajectories use the NOAA Hysplit ...

Sabtu, 12 Maret 2011

Where would the radioactivity go?

Although any injections of radioactivity for the damaged Japanese reactors would be highly diffused, with very low concentrations, by the ti...

Jumat, 11 Maret 2011

Tsunami

A number of people emailed today about the tsunami, including their concerns about radioactivity from Japan reaching the Northwest. It turns...

Kamis, 10 Maret 2011

Good Blow

As advertised, we had a nice, little windstorm today. The satellite image at 10 AM was beautiful (see below). The low/trough was within t...

Rabu, 09 Maret 2011

Heavy Rain

Some amazing rain today...here is the radar image at 9:56 PM tonight...wow...lots of yellows--that is all heavy rain. It is pounding on my...

Selasa, 08 Maret 2011

Cold and Wind

Look at the temperatures over the past four weeks: Today, was the first day since mid-February that we reached the normal high....three we...

Minggu, 06 Maret 2011

Good News and Bad News

The good news for some is that there is little chance of lowland snow for the next week, which probably means we are out of the woods on tha...