Friday, May 31, 2013
Head to the water for sun
Since the water does not warm quickly, there is little of this cumulus activity over local water bodies. Today's MODIS satellite imagery shows this very clearly. The picture above shows the 1-km resolution image from MODIS (the Aqua satellite), lots of clouds (cumulus) over land, but little over the Strait and the Pacific coast. You will notice a thin strip of the coast is clear; that is the zone influenced by the cool air over the Pacific at low levels.
Here is an even higher-resolution view (250-m resolution). Clouds tend to form preferentially over the higher terrain, and valley bottoms are often relatively clear. If you look closely, you will see some clouds forming over some of the bigger islands such as Whidbey and Orcas.
A weak frontal system is now approaching our coast...the Langley radar near Hoquiam shows it for offshore at 9:40 PM Friday night: We will see increasing clouds from this system Saturday morning and light rain should be generally limited to the northwest portion of the State. The situation should improve later Saturday as this feature moves eastward. Generally dry weekend for most.
Posted by Cliff Mass at 9:56 PM