Sometimes one observes a feature that is a bit unusual and one was obvious today--a line of clouds and precipitation down the Strait of Juan de Fuca that extended across northern Puget Sound. Here is an image from the Camano Island radar at 6:54 AM this morning. A nice precipitation line starting about 1/3 into the western side of Strait.
A visible satellite image shows the cloud line quite clearly. Over the ocean there was a field of convective clouds in the cool, unstable air offshore. We call this open cellular convection because there is more clear (open) areas than clouds. The whitish areas over the eastern slope of the Cascades is snow.
Now let me show you something that simply warms the heart of a numerical modeler such as myself: a fifteen hour forecast for 7 AM this morning of cloud liquid water from our super-high resolution WRF modeling system (4/3 km resolution). Amazing....it got the line almost perfectly. Sometimes it is clear we have made real progress...this is one of them.
Someone thought they saw our dog again in Mountlake Terrace (near Cedar Way and 236th Ave SW). If you live around there, keep an eye out. We and friends have walked that area--no luck yet.