Precipitation: could use a bit more

By: wxranger, 3:33 PM GMT on April 29, 2015

Last calendar year we had 12.64" of precipitation. If we extrapolate using our year-to-date precipitation of 2.82" we'll be shy about an inch and a half for this year. We also experienced a number of days with temperatures over the 100°F mark too.

I'm going to go out on a limb so to speak, and say we will be behind our total of last year. Can't give a solid number though it reading like we'll be on the short end. Now, remember, our annual average is onl...

Drought Rain

Winter tally...Wasn't much of one after all

By: wxranger, 3:47 AM GMT on April 17, 2015

We have passed through winter her in North Central Washington. In the end it was a real bust; little snowfall, no real cold temperatures and we've jumped right into spring. Kind of a bummer. I had my snow measuring gear out and end up with only 4 plus inches total. Temperatures have been on the higher end most of this early spring and precipitation about normal. Snow pack and SWE is not real good in the Cascades though we've had some spring snowfall that has added t...

The smoke has diminished

By: wxranger, 9:43 PM GMT on August 28, 2014

We've been clear of smoke for a while now. We are all thankful for the work of the firefighters both on the ground and in the air. There is a lot of personal property damage and environmental too; one grows back slowly and building can be rebuilt.

We can now concentrate on the arrival of fall and then, inevitably, winter. Love the seasonal changes, fall is my favorite by an far.

As a side note, I replaced the rain bucket with the newest model ...

Fire

Roller coaster temperatures

By: wxranger, 3:55 PM GMT on July 25, 2014

We took a nice ride on the temperature "roller coaster" recently. July has been warm with temps in the 90's with three days in low 100's. That all changed on July 23rd when we had a nice cold front blow through. Temperatures dropped significantly.

Yesterday, the 24th, our high was 74°F. We also got a quarter inch of rain out of the low pressure system as it moved through our area. It greatly helped the wildland fire situation too. The concern now is lon...

Temperatures

Lower tempreatures, a bit less smoke

By: wxranger, 1:58 PM GMT on July 20, 2014

Our high yesterday, Saturday July 18, was in the low 90's. It was nice to "feel" that. We took a break from Saturday Market because of the lingering smoke. We actually drove south to get out of the smoke and clear our throats a bit. Took advantage and did some shopping and had a nice dinner too. Yet, our "issues" are absolutely nothing compared to those who lost homes and businesses in the aftermath of the Carlton Complex Fire. Thankfully, no lost life.

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A weather hobbyist who writes about the weather in a monthly column. I've been a CoCoRaHS observe for 6 years and a Weather Spotter for the NWS.