December 08, 2021

My New Northwest Weather Book: Online Book Talk and In-Person Signing This Weekend. Plus Mountain Snow!

 As I have mentioned before, a greatly improved and expanded version of my book,  the WEATHER OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, is now available.  

Published by the University of Washington Press, the new edition includes two new chapters:  one on the meteorology of Northwest wildfires and the other on the weather of British Columbia.

The other chapters have been greatly revamped and updated, including the chapter on regional climate change.  The UW Press team did wonderful work on the layout.  The size of the book remains the same (large format), with many color pictures and graphics.

Because of COVID, my ability to do a book tour around the region is limited, something I will very much miss--I really enjoy talking about our weather and interacting with folks in person.

But this weekend, I will try to do the next best thing:  a virtual/online book talk on Saturday at 10 AM and an in-person book signing and chat at the University of Washington bookstore in Seattle between 1 and 3 PM on Sunday.

Virtual Book Talk:

The virtual book signing event will be available (again 10 AM Saturday) on my Facebook page (Facebook Live) and you don't need a Facebook account to view it.  Just go to:

I will start with a short talk about Northwest weather and then open it up for questions and comments (you simply type your questions in as comments on the Facebook page).

In-Person Signing

I am really excited about the in-person event at the UW Bookstore on Sunday (1-3 PM in the U. District).  More information is found here.  You can buy a book there or bring in a book you would like signed.  And happy to talk about the weather or climate.  You must be vaccinated/tested and wear a mask.

Right now, you can purchase the book from UW Press, UW Bookstore, most local bookstores, or online from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  If you want to peruse the book contents, here it is:


Finally, let me note that we are in a cool, wet pattern that will produce substantial snow in the mountains.   Here is the latest forecast through 7 PM Friday.  1-2 feet is possible above 4000 ft.   A really good base...and there is going to be much more after this.


  1. Hi Cliff,
    I read your first book and really enjoyed it. It did leave me with one question though regarding wind directions. You talk in the book about winds flowing counterclockwise around low centers (in northern hemisphere) and that implies the wind flowing parallel to isobars. Yet repeatedly in this blog you talk about wind moving from high pressure to low (perpendicular to isobars) through gaps in the mountains. Is it just a difference in local winds vs large scale circulation? Maybe you can elaborate on this distinction in a future blog.

    1. To Mr unknown: Wind is always trying to flow from high pressure to low. But the Coriolis force causes the wind flow to bend around and more or less follow the isobars. The strength of the Coriolis force is proportional to the wind speed. If the wind is not impeded by anything the coriolis F will balance the pressure force. However mountain WILL impede the flow, the air in the lower atmosphere near the mountains will be slowed, C-force is reduced but not the pressure difference force, so the slowed wind near the mountains accelerated through the passes, and the winds aloft, above the mountains will continue, at speed, along the isobars. If you understand what keeps satellites in orbit [their speed] , and that if a satellite slows or stops gravity, will pull it down to Earth. This is a direct analogy to your question. I think Cliff would have a clearer answer, I'm not an experienced lecturer. Doug

  2. Any idea on the prospects of keeping this cooler pattern in place through Christmas? I would love a bit of snow in the low elevations..

    1. Virtually impossible to accurately forecast, however the forecast patterns are favorable for it to continue.

  3. Hi Cliff, whenever I go to
    it prompts me to log into facebook.

    I would like to go to the virtual book signing event but I don't have a facebook account. Could that be fixed? Thanks!

  4. Love your first book, so will definitely get the updated one.

  5. accuweather is calling for snow on the 20th and 21st. And we know how accurate those are this far out. :-)

  6. I have both the first book and the new one. I don't regret buying the update - good work!! The new material about British Columbia stands out as particularly important because the massive Fraser (that entire basin) is the #1 driver of water to "the Salish Sea" (the sound) from north to south. The regional importance of B.C. weather can't be understated. So, that was a great addition.

    I'd have liked to trek down for the book signing, but can't. Have a blast :)

  7. Any chance of getting your book to our local libraries?


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