Warm and Rainy

By: PugetSoundPost , 12:51 AM GMT on January 14, 2010

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January 15
More rain today: .59" for the day. It rained moderately light and steady most of the day, with the sky lifting up and down at various times, mirroring the ebb and flow of the rain. Otherwise it was a quite calm and basically drab day. The high was 48 and the low, actually occuring right now, is 42 so far. Very little temperature change during the whole day.

January 14
10:00 PM

The rain did move in and earlier than really expected - just after 11:00 AM. We had a nice and steady, but not too hard, rain all afternoon, but it has moved off for now. We ended up for today with .27", so not as much as maybe advertised. It was cooler today and little change in the temperature for the day: high of 48 low of 44 this morning. This was our first high temp. cooler than 50 degrees since Jan. 8! More off and on rain is expected tomorrow and in the days to come, with perhaps a stronger system by Sunday/Monday. My son ended up in the rain for his trebuchet launch, but that isn't the first time to have to work through rain!

January 14
9:00 AM

The Cascades are showing themselves this morning, the cloud deck is above their tops, but it is a solid overcast. Mt. Rainier is not visible at all. There was a pretty sunrise about an hour ago, but even then it looked a bit moody and the clouds have solidified more since then. We are waiting for a low pressure system with very long roots trailing all the way back into the subtropics to approach and spread possbily moderate to heavy rain over the region later today. The front will likely stall over the area through Friday, so we could be getting a considerable amount of rain to finish off the week. Both mountain ranges will get the most. I am hoping the rain will hold off until later this afternoon since my son is launching his trebuchet for a physics class outside early this afternoon. But, already on radar I see rain moving up from the SW and nearly reaching south Puget Sound. Currently we are at 46 degrees, a very light breeze from the SE and the barometer is steady. As a point of interest, yesterday tied a record at SeaTac for the date with a high temperature of 56. Here at home we recorded a high of 57 - a January oddity! Normal is 46! That was our low!

January 13:
A rainy afternoon today - after the sun peeked out for awhile midday. A low center is moving through western Washington from the SW right now, and the rain over the last couple of hours has intensified to be moderately hard. It is still warm - running in the low 50's all week, but it has also been raining quite often, and so far for the week since Sunday we have received 1.8". On Thursday a weak ridge will develop, but probably only for a few hours, so tomorrow will give a little break in the action, only to be followed by more rain by later Thursday into Friday and the weekend. An active SW flow will usher in one system after the other for the next week. I think the temperatures will remain mild, but maybe just a tad cooler than it has been, for the next several days. Today certainly "looks like January" as I look out the window - bare trees and solid gray from the ground to the sky. Color photography would be a waste today!

January 13
Sunrise: 7:53 AM --- Sunset: 4:43PM (PST)

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5. PugetSoundPost
7:03 AM GMT on January 16, 2010
Yes, a trebuchet is a type of slingshot - or a bit more specifically it is a next generation catapult, built up on a frame of various sizes (some are huge)that "sling" a projectile various distances. They were developed in the Middle Ages and used as seige engines to throw rocks, etc, over walls or to break down walls as a weapon against an enemy fortification. The physics kids had to design and build one, meeting certain criteria, and then yesterday they all launched their machine, hoping for greatest distances shot. Here is a link to the wikipedia site that describes them and has some photos for a better description: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trebuchet
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4. WatchinTheSky
4:28 AM GMT on January 16, 2010
It's a slingshot! sorta. Sounds like an excellent project!
Actually I'm getting confused looking at the WU forecast for next week, am I in Southern Cal or West Washington? All those rain symbols!
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3. calpoppy
2:55 AM GMT on January 16, 2010
Hi PSP, may I ask what a trebuchet is? My guess would be a rocket. We were just up in Yerington, Nevada. Went up on Tuesday came back on Wednesday. A lot of driving but the Sierra Nevada Mtns. are so beautiful it makes the driving worth it! Lots of snow up there with I heard a possible 10 feet to fall this coming week. We are hoping for some snow, though I believe there is sub-tropical moisture associated with a least one of the storms.
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2. Buckey2745
2:17 PM GMT on January 15, 2010
I read your line that said "This was our first high temp. cooler than 50 degrees since Jan. 8!" and it just made me chuckle. It's amazing how weather patterns work. That's the best evidence of the ridge in the west and trough in the east over the past couple weeks. We JUST got above 40 for the first time yesterday, and your highs haven't been below 50 in a while! Crazy.
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1. WatchinTheSky
5:56 AM GMT on January 14, 2010
Indeed, the rain stayed to the north, 60 miles up the road they .1". A couple waves of drizzle went through, but that's all. I had to check my rain gauge to be sure, though - 0.00" but to be fair my gauge won't toggle til .04". We are in for clear weather until Sunday and then we should get a wet week. By mid next week we are suppose to get several inches, that would be nice! Seemed like the radar was busy in your area.
By the way, awesome photo of Rainier! That glow is great.
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