June 07, 2024

New Podcast: Perfect Saturday Followed by June Gloom

It is a phrase that puts fear into the hearts of all true Northwesterners:  June Gloom.

You thought we escaped it?   Think again.

But first, we have an even warmer day than today in store for Saturday, with Puget Sound Country hitting 80F and another ten degrees over the Columbia Basin.

During June Gloom periods the northeastern Pacific fills with low clouds, which push into western Washington and Oregon (see below).  In fact, the whole West Coast can suffer from this affliction.

The cloud coverage this morning shows why today was so warm:

But Sunday morning is a different (and cloudier) story.

As is Tuesday (below)...and Wednesday and Thursday.... is the same.  That is June Gloom!

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  1. The last week of May and first week of June definitely qualified as the ultimate June Gloom. As in REALLY bad. But I'm just not seeing that in the forecast, at least according to Accuweather (for both Seattle and Bellingham). Cool yes, patchy clouds, yes, but actual gloom? Not so much. Spring-like, I would say -- but I'd curious to know if those satellite images are showing some rain-shadowing (cloud-shadowing?) and is that the morning cloud cover we're looking at?

    1. Rainy, cool weather is not what Cliff means by "June Gloom". He is referring to the nearly daily low clouds that form and produce a lot of gray skies this time of year. Search his old blogs - he provides a detailed explanation of this.

    2. Thanks for the clarification. I'm still not sure why that would strike fear in the hearts of true Northwesterners.

    3. It's just that after 6 months of ice cold winter rain, one is ready for some warm sunshine. But around here, we get the opposite - the normal springtime pattern is gray, low clouds every day. Ugg...

  2. the more clouds, the more better! i'm here for it!


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