Friday, March 20, 2009

Weak Front

A weak front is moving through today...with good rainshadowing over Sequim and Port Townsend right now. It will move through this evening, with cooler air in its wake. Tomorrow should be mostly dry....which is unfortunate since I will be at the NW weather workshop all day tomorrow (info on this at right). Then another weak front Saturday night/Sunday AM, with a chance of showers on Sunday. Wish we had some exciting weather coming....nothing on the horizon.

23 comments:

TangJen唐人 said...

I wonder if there's way to predict when we can see the cherry blossoms at quad of UW, like in Japan they have exact dates from south to north for the whole country. Because it is a bit cooler than normal, so we probably will not see the flower in one week? I enjoy reading your blog since December and Thanks.

Jim said...

A real squall blowing down here on Case inlet.
Rain in sheets blowing sideways. 20 kts. wind with higher gusts.

Happy 1st day of Spring!

Harrison said...

I see that on the radar Jim! Crazy! It's 58F and mild here in Spokane!!

Michael said...

Weak front? My deck chairs are being pushed around here in Bryant.

Joseph Ratliff said...

Lacey WA... 19mph Gusting to 32mph consistent rain (hard rain).

Winds had been going strong for about 45 minutes as of 03:10pm and the sun suddenly broke out and winds started to calm...but still about 15 - 20mph sustained.

CherryCherryBoomBoom said...

Non exiting weather? We've been having a huge downpour, and it's very windy.

Jason said...

You want exciting weather. We are having it right now. Swirling wind and HEAVY rain, dark read on the radar -- narrow band going from Everett to Tacoma and nasty, nasty. 3:10 PM, Friday, Mercer Island

Mattias Keese said...

What are your thoughts on possible lowland snow Monday morning? Looks like a pretty similar situation to last Sunday except actually a bit cooler and not quite as much precip. I think Hood Canal and Kitsap have a great chance of sticking snow. South end of Hood Canal could get several inches IMO. 925mb temps stay well below freezing until around noon and we hold onto light offshore flow until about then as well on the WRF. Looks like an interesting situation for sure. What do you think? Obviously forecasting snow this late in the season is pretty risky since it is so hard to get, but it did just happen less than a week ago.

Alex said...

Man, there is a monsoon going through the Redmond Ridge right now!

Teresa said...

We went from sunshine to torrential sleet in the space of an hour. Some poor walkers across the street had to stop under a tree and take shelter. I checked 5 minutes later, and they were still there.

Definitely a dramatic day.

Alex said...

Now it's slowed down a bit. Nice part, I just got a free car wash!

WA Indie said...

We were just pounded in south Mukilteo, but now it's moved off and brilliant sunshine is here.

Be careful driving, easy to be blinded in this.

Alex said...

Best thing if this happens while driving, is pull to the side of the road until it becomes safer.

Joseph Ratliff said...

Uhhh...yeah...this is NOT what I call a "weak front".

KOMO4 just reported a tree blown down in Lynnwood, power lines down, power out.

Pretty strong front if you ask me IMHO.

Joseph Ratliff said...

In fact...the front formed a squall line...typical springtime in WA...sudden bursts of weird weatherness :)

Jessica said...

TangJen唐人 - I've been noticing the blossoms starting on the cherry branches in W Seattle this week. From driving to various neighborhoods, it's fun to watch each one flourish at a different time. I'd guess that the campus trees will be 2+ weeks behind W Seattle...because it seems to me the in-city area is usually a bit later than the waters edge neighborhoods.

Weather Is My Life said...

Hey Cliff! I was at the Weather Workshop today (just got home - am not attending the banquet). You couldn't have planned the timing of that afternoon break any better!! We got to go out and take a nice walk along the lake while the front was passing - very exciting for us meteorologists!! Nice shower to walk in and enjoy while we got to take the break. :) Then the sun came back out just as we were going back in to start again - wonderful, wonderful timing. Hopefully tomorrow can be the same way, so it will be nice for a walk again during the break as Brad Colman mentioned, but you said it'll be dry, so that's unfortunate.

andycottle said...

Hey Joseph, Alex.... you two are not the only ones who experienced the "lets call this a mid-west rain squall" that came through. It came through my area of Woodinville around 330pm this afternoon. And it REALLY came down! Came down and fast! Blustery winds to say 30mph or so. However, despite the intensity of the squall, I only picked up another .09" from it. Had picked up .10" over night so am up to .19" of rain for the day so far.

Jason said...

This non-event storm has caused a fatality.
Weather.com is reportng a death in Monroe, WA from a tree blown onto a van and killing a man.

Jason said...

Correction: it was a woman that died in the Monroe incident. May she RIP. A passenger was injured.

andycottle said...

Jason....that very unfortunate death/injury due to the 'storm' that came through is also in the Spotter reports page on Seattle NWS site.

evilzenscientist said...

Tree blossom is starting up here in downtown Issaquah. One of our early flowering cherries has been out for a while.

Crazy rain and hail this afternoon. Over 35mm rain (1.2") according to my rain gauge.

Matteo said...

Probably too late now to comment but I've been curious about that day's weather. I am the guy in the van that was crushed by the falling tree about 3m S of Monroe. We were driving maybe 25mph N and were overtaken by a very strong swirling wind, with associated heavy rain, approaching from the SW. Large tree branches were flying horizontally across my field of vision. How fast does the wind have to be to do that? I'd really love to have the true story of the weather that day to tell my friends and family.