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National Weather Service Seattle Washington
235 PM PST Thursday Mar 5 2015 upper ridge and high pressure will give fair dry
weather through the weekend. Weather systems should reach western
Washington Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.


Short term...there is a 1030 mb surface high centered over southern
Vancouver Island with light pressure gradients over the region. A
front is moving into b.C. This afternoon with some high clouds over
western Washington. The upper ridge will build a bit again Friday and then shift
just offshore over the weekend. There will be high clouds at times
but otherwise fair dry mild weather for western Washington will persist. We may
see some patchy morning fog...the best chance of fog is probably
Saturday morning...the uw wrfgfs lowest level cloud product shows
low clouds Saturday morning...mainly over the coast and inland
marine areas so Sat morning probably has the best chance of fog. For
now patchy fog is in the forecast each morning for portions of SW Washington
and the coast...the air is stable and dew points should creep up
into the weekend.

Long term...the upper ridge should continue to protect western Washington from
weather systems into early next week. The ridge will break down or
shift away from the area and the westerlies should start to affect
the area again Tuesday and Wednesday. The 12z GFS had the tail end of a front
reaching western Washington around daybreak Tuesday followed by a warm front
later Tuesday that extended out to the southern stream trough that kicks out
through the area midweek. The 18z GFS is simpler and keeps western Washington
dry until Wednesday as the southern stream system moves ashore...and the
12z Euro now looks a bit more like the old GFS solutions with some
precipitation for the northern stream westerlies sagging into the area Tuesday and
Tuesday night...followed by the southern low finally kicking inland...but it
is actually much further south with that and has the heavier rain
moving into calif and not until Thursday.


Hydrology...flooding is unlikely for the next 7 days.


Aviation...westerly flow aloft will continue tonight...then turn
more northwesterly Friday as an upper ridge of high pressure builds
off the coast. A weak system moving across southern British Columbia
will bring high clouds into western Washington at times. Air mass is
stable and dry in the lower and middle levels. At the surface winds are

Ksea...light northerly winds tonight and Friday. High clouds at
times with VFR conditions. Chb


Marine...surface high pressure over the Pacific northwest will
result in weak pressure gradients and light winds through the
weekend. On Monday moderate onshore flow may develop. A front is
forecast to reach the coastal waters Tuesday and it may bring Small
Craft Advisory winds to the coast. Chb


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