Sunday, January 4, 2009

Transition is now occurring

Much of the region is transitioning to rain and strong winds from the south at 11 PM...raining in Olympia, Shelton, and Tacoma...and working its way northward. By 1 AM it will be over...as will the steady precipitation...

January 4th is the climatologically the coolest day of the year...its all up from here.....

24 comments:

JewelyaZ said...

Still snow in East Bellevue... I am desperate for you to be right about this one, as it sounds a lot of us are... we're all sick of our school-aged children! LOL

Karri said...

I am convinced that there is no way the Seattle Public Weather Wimps will have an on time start to school. Remember the day we had off with not a flake in sight?

Anonymous said...

Keep snowing!! We want it to keep snowing!! :)

You mean temperatures go up from now on? How very depressing news. :(

Anonymous said...

+1 for the wish to have the snow stick around :)

Anonymous said...

Still snowing lightly in Silverdale. We really got dumped on. At least 6-8 inches.

Horse 'n' Round said...
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Horse 'n' Round said...

It's looking like 4-6 inches (elev. 800 ft.) outside Duvall. I'm hoping you're right about the snow coming in!

Anonymous said...

"January 4th is the climatologically the coolest day of the year...its all up from here....."

but I like snow!
grrrrrr....

;-)

JewelyaZ said...

East Bellevue 1 am check-in (since I am up and working)... giant, and I mean GIANT, wet blobs of snow are falling from the trees to the deck. It sounds like big animals are running around in our backyard! Melting is happening quickly and the temperature is up to 35.1F. Breeze is up a little bit but it's not much more than a fresh breeze at this point, no real wind to speak of, which is good, because we'd lose tree limbs if it were windier.

No precip happening now, but I think we will be melted out completely by morning. As long as the school-administration folks wait to do their checking for road conditions until 3 or 4 am, we should be fine for school, I'm betting.

Isn't it fun to get it exactly right, Cliff? I love when everything lines up basically as predicted. :-)

Anonymous said...

Definitely could do with more snow. Its a very nice change.

Anonymous said...

Same here, big chunks of wet snow falling from the trees, make unusual sounds in the night ... it's stopped snowing/raining in the whole area it seems : http://tinyurl.com/seattleradar

I'm happy to not be the only one up at this time :)

CheesyPoofs said...

The City is using SALT!! Woo-Hoo!! It's warmed up here -- now 40.6F in Kirkland with a SE wind 11 gusting to around 15 with the barometer at 998MB. Use that SALT!!

CheesyPoofs said...

http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/seattle911/archives/158527.asp

Anonymous said...

It's 3:30am in Madrona--there's no rain, but still lots of snow on the streets and I can see a glaze of ice on the sidewalks. The commute today is going to be marvelous--no buses making it up the hills, so 30 blocks to walk again.

Anonymous said...

Pretty wet and holding at 36 degrees here in Winslow, with plenty of wet patches of slush on the walkways.

Anonymous said...

Melting rapidly in Lake Forest Park.
And thanks to Seattle for putting out salt to help it along.
Cliff should post a graph showing how much faster snow melts at 40 degrees when it has been salted.

still sprouting said...

Vashon had a major traffic mess coming off the ferry last night, dozens of cars spinning out all over the road, and very few ways to escape it (even those of us with 4wd had to wait or push cars out of the way). At least 4 inches of slippery stuff had fallen on the north end, and that was topped off with power outages all through the night (trees falling from the heavy weight on them). Lovely.

Seashore Dream said...

Yeah for normal Pacific Northwest Weather.... the 2-3 inches that fell is mostly gone.

.26 rain since midnight, 46F
Baromether 29.68 and rising.
Moclips (Grays Harbor) Washington

Anonymous Bosch said...

Cliff called it spot on, it is mostly melted here in Wallingford. I was under the impression that "new" policy was to only use salt for multi-day events, not a light sprinkling. I see that the public uproar has changed this. Apparently, Nickels doesn't "need a Weatherman to know which way the wind blows..."

Anonymous said...

Olalla: The warm is here...one pass through the 5-6" of snow in our culdesac leaves black tracks. The snow has mostly slid off the cars. Of course we had our obligatory three-hour power outage last night when a tree fell, probably weakened from the last siege.

- Pete

Anonymous said...

There are intelligent ways to use salt. Wise use depends on expected time until melt, temperature trajectory, etc. With rapid warming predicted by most everyone, last night's snow was likely not helped (nor were drivers) by the salt. Some of the more ardent pro-salt people on this blog may want to look into this matter if they want to justify their position.

Anonymous said...

I'm 100% with you, and I'm a salt proponent.

Last night's salt use was a CYA move. Anyone nicknamed "Salt Nick" is probably shaking in their shoes for their re-election (or lack of).

Anonymous said...

Now someone just has to tell the city of Seattle that salt isn't effective over 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The reason salt is used on snowy/icy roads is because the freezing point of salt water is closer to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, so adding salt to the snow/ice allows it to melt when it's between 20 and 32. When it's above 32 degrees though, there's no point in using salt. It cracked me up this morning to see the city using salt when it was 36-44 degrees, but was pretty sad all the same.

Anonymous said...

I want to thank Nickels for screwing up my car for no good reason. I'm sure the new car dealers support the use of salt....heavy and often.