Friday, December 26, 2008
Temperatures have only slowly warmed, but now most locations have temperatures in the mid to upper 30s and have switched to rain (see map for current temps..the top left number at each of the weather stations). You will also see the strong southeasterlies over NW Washington and the central WA coast....interestingly enough these winds are forced by the Olympics (my book has a whole section on this). Slow warm up is good....minimizes the chances for local flooding. The air will warm up overnight and by the morning serious melting should be occurring.
We have a serious rainshadow going on now from Seattle northward. Another good thing that will work against urban flooding. The model's suggested this and they were right.
With large amounts of snow in the mountains, I90 is now closed for avalanche work.
Books Now Available Locally Again: Several you have been unable to get my weather book...but now supplies from the new printing are coming in to town. University Book Store in Seattle received hundreds of copies today and are available for either in store purchase or mail order. More coming this week. Other local book stores should be getting more as well before the week is up.
Posted by Cliff Mass at 10:15 PM