Snow Arriving Right On Time For Snoqualmie Pass
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 6:02 pm A view of foggy Snoqualmie Pass from Chair 2, Alpental. Credit: ME! When I talk about snow in the Cascades, I often tend to focus on Snoqualmie Pass. This is probably because this is where I have skied most of my life (particularly Alpental), but Snoqualmie Pass... read more ❯
The First Flooding of The Season!
Thursday, October 29, 2015 4:59 pm Record flooding in Mt. Rainer National Park, November 2006. Credit: National Park Service For some reason, the weather always seems to get dramatically stormier as soon as we switch from October into November. The weather could be fine for trick-or-treating, and then whammo! November rolls around, and there are... read more ❯
An Overview of Hurricane Patricia And Its Relationship To El Nino
Saturday, October 24, 2015 8:09 pm Visible satellite image of Hurricane Patricia at record intensity approaching the Western Mexico Coast. Taken October 23, 2015. Credit: NASA Terra/MODIS Satellite Patricia was the deepest cyclone ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. Deeper than Wilma, deeper than Katrina, deeper than Camille, and far deeper than Sandy (all... read more ❯
What Was the 1997-1998 El Niño Like?
Saturday, October 17, 2015 4:01 pm Beach erosion by Pacifica, California due to storms during the 1997-1998 El Niño event. Credit: USGS With all of this talk about the "Godzilla" El Niño of 2015, it's important to remember that an event of this magnitude is not unprecedented. Back during the 1997-1998 winter, we saw the largest El... read more ❯
Why Are Our Evergreens Turning Brown?
Thursday, October 15, 2015 3:52 pm Every autumn, our beloved deciduous trees shed their leaves, creating an annual economic boom for children everywhere as parents and neighbors pay them the proverbial quarter to rake excess leaves off their lawns. Of course, once these upstart entrepreneurs have reaped the monetary rewards of their... read more ❯
The Tragedy of Climate Misinformation
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 3:52 pm Albuquerque Tea Party, April 2009 Global warming deniers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are quite bold in their statements, denying any reasonable scientific claim, and instead claiming that global warming is a 'socialist scam.' Others are more subtle,... read more ❯
Will Hurricane Oho Impact the Pacific Northwest?
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 3:29 pm A tower atop Campbell Hall, Western Oregon University collapsing under the 100+ mph winds of the Columbus Day Storm. Credit: Wes Luchau, Statesman Journal The Pacific Northwest has never gotten hit by a hurricane and never will. Our waters are simply too cold to sustain a tropical system.... read more ❯
Historic Flooding in South Carolina
Monday, October 5, 2015 2:49 pm Flood waters in Charleston at intersection King Street and Huger. Credit: US Army National Guard The Pacific Northwest is no stranger to flooding. I believe that Washington has had the most federal disaster declarations of any state, which may be surprise you due to our seemingly-mundane weather. But we... read more ❯
Another Heat Record Bites The Dust/Thoughts on The Blob
Thursday, October 1, 2015 4:08 p.m. "It ain't the heat, it's the humility" - the late, great Yogi Berra At Sea-Tac, the last time we had a month that was cooler than average for that month was February 2014. Since then, 20 months have passed, with 19 consecutive months being warmer than normal. That's right... this... read more ❯
A Supermoon Lunar Eclipse!
Sunday, September 27, 2015 6:03 pm Credit: NASA We've all heard of supermoons... after all, we've had three of them this year. The same goes for lunar eclipses... we had one this past April. They are both fascinating events. But what if you were to combine the largest supermoon of the year with a... read more ❯