Many of the media outlets (e.g., KUOW) are giving very poor weather information, saying it is going to rain all day. It is not. The big rain is coming in TONIGHT.
So let's try some NOWCASTING for this event as an illustration of the future of forecasting.
Right now, it is pretty much dry over Puget Sound and much of eastern Washington, with the line of showers/thundershowers that hit this morning moving over NW Washington (see radar).
The next few hours should be dry for much of the state (except for those poor folks on the N. Olympic Peninsula and southern Vancouver Is.)
The NOAA/NWS High Resolution Rapid Refresh modeling systems shows dry conditions for much of the state over the next 6 hours. Here is the simulated composite radar imagery for noon (1900 UTC), 4 PM (2300 UTC), and 9 PM (0400 UTC). Note that a band of strong showers will be moving northward late in the afternoon (very wet in Portland then) and pushing northward into Washington State during the early evening. THAT is the big rain threat.
Next NOWCAST UPDATE at 4 PM on this blog.
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