February 18, 2022

Cold and Snow is Coming to the Pacific Northwest. The Story in My New Podcast

 A late February cold snap with snow is coming to the region, and my new podcast provides the details.

The instigator of the cold fun is an upper-level trough (area of low pressure) that will move southward along the eastern side of a huge northeast Pacific ridge of high pressure.

Upper-level flow (500hPa) Late Saturday

Initially, western Washington will be too warm for snow, but the mountains will enjoy bountiful flakes (see snowfall total through 10 PM Sunday)

But as I describe in the podcast, on Monday, western Washington has a snowy chance, as a Puget Sound convergence zone forms south of Everett (see snow total through 4 PM Monday).  Some snow may also occur on the northeast side of the Olympics (e.g, around Sequim) as northeasterly flow moving out of the Fraser River valley is forced to ascend by the terrain.

Snowfall total through 4 PM Monday

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And I will provide a snow update in a blog on Sunday.


  1. Sorry, this is not directly related to this post, but it was too good to pass up. From a CNN article about record winds in England:

    "The storm led to 10 fatalities across the UK and parts of western Europe, with wind speeds as high as 122 miles per hour (mph) -- the fastest on record in the country. High wind speeds is what make wind storms intense."

    I'm glad they explained what makes wind storms intense. You better watch out Cliff, they might take your job. :)

  2. There's a mother hummingbird nested outside my backdoor in a pear tree with two newborns that are only a few days old. I'm worried about them freezing on Tuesday night. I can't think of anything I could do without disturbing them. Does anyone have any advice?

    1. To keep my hummers from freezing I set up a floodlight on them. Just a clamp light and extention cord.

    2. If you have a hummingbird feeder, move it close to the nest, so she won't have to go far. Put it less than a foot away.

    3. Hummingbirds are very tolerant of cold weather. I wouldn't try and intervene. If you have a nectar feeder, place a heat lamp nearby to keep it warm and then let mom take care of her babies.

  3. Keep their nectar warm with a shop light. Then let the mom take care of them. She'll be on the nest at night.


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