The Winter Chill of February

By: PugetSoundPost , 12:59 AM GMT on February 04, 2014

February 13, 5 pm
Early, Early Spring Days

Yesterday and today are bringing on a mild case of spring fever here in the Puget Sound region. A high of 55 yesterday, followed by 58 today, is feeling amazing! This is the warmest it has been in a long time. Sunshine breaks in the sky add to the delight. It has been a little breezy but that also gives some "spring" feel. But it won't last.

Three storms are on the way between tonight and Sunday afternoon. Each one is supposed to get stronger, with rain and wind in each. So our little lull in winter is about to end. I took a nice walk this afternoon to enjoy it!

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! Looks like it will be a stormy one here.

February 10, 6:30 AM
Finally a Rainy Week!

A new week and a new pattern for our weather! The cold snap of last week is eroding away. A lot of sub-freezing weather last week, with lows in the teens and some of the days barely to freezing. The lowest temp we recorded at home was 16. Other than cold, it was quite benign weather - some clear, sunny, crisp days, but not much action.

That changed over this past weekend when it did finally snow, beginning Saturday evening. Quite a pretty scene with minimal impact to everyone, coming on a Saturday evening. In the end we got between 2.5-3 inches. There is still some snow left this early morning, but it won't likely last too much longer. The pattern has changed.

It is currently 35 degrees and raining fairly hard, washing the snow away and bringing in a quite active weather-week ahead. Rain!! A series of systems are aiming our way throughout the coming week. Tomorrow's front is expected to be stronger than today's, including windier weather too. Then on to the rest of the week. So, after a lot of months with a blocking ridge offshore, it seems that the door has opened for rains and mountain snows to finally do what they do best around here - drop right over us.

February 4, 4:45 pm
Cold Snap Round 2

Yesterday I was so busy writing about the Super Bowl, our trip to Mt. Rainier, etc, that I never really got around to writing about our second round (the first round was in early December) of extra cold weather this winter that is setting in. It was slowly beginning over the past couple of days, but now it is really taking root. Only to keep strengthening further over the next few days. Our high today was 39, not so very cold. Our low this morning was 25. But, it is chilling off more quickly this late afternoon. It is now down to 32 before 5 pm and we are forecast to dip into the teens tonight. And, in areas, single digits are possible over the next couple of nights. We have a cloud cover too and still the temp is soon to be below freezing. Some areas saw some snow flurries today but nothing here. At the end of the week it looks like snow is a real possibility for maybe all of us. We are in Old Man Winter's grip pretty firmly this week.

To add drama to the winter weather this week, here I will post a photo from our Mt. Rainier weekend just a couple of days ago. This one was above Paradise, a location in the park (between 5,000 and 6,000 feet) while the sun was out a little bit. Just a beautiful place!

Here is another photo also from Mt. Rainier:

This one is from the Tatoosh Range, a small range of mountains within Mt. Rainier National Park:

February 3, 5 pm

As I look out the window, that actually shows a partially sunny afternoon, I can see that we are still, or maybe increasingly, in the depths of winter. Fresh snow on the Cascades has reached low elevations on the western slopes and is glistening a bright white in the late afternoon sunshine. The snow also is a reminder that it is not very warm outside. And the week ahead will just get colder.

Currently at 5 pm it is down to 34 and under the clearing skies it will be a chilly night tonight. The fire feels good, in spite of the sun outside. I also see I need to go out and refresh our bird feeders. The suet is gone right now. The suet and seeds are going fast these days. We seem to be in the depth of the season that the birds need the most help with feed. We still have our couple of hummers coming regularly and need to keep an eye on them too.

Speaking of this colder weather, Mr. PSP and I took a weekend trip up to Mt. Rainier! It was a last minute decision and a wonderful one. We stayed in the one lodge that is open all winter and had parts of two days up at Paradise, the end of the road where the main visitor center is, at about 5,000 feet. There are other higher areas, but Paradise gets the most visitors and is open year 'round, weather conditions permitting. On Saturday afternoon we did not see the Mountain at all - shrouded in fogs and clouds. But it didn't matter. Although the snowpack is down about 50% from normal at this time, there still was plenty of snow up at Paradise. It was not real busy, but enough people around doing a variety of fun activities - a sliding area, plus some short groomed areas for mainly snowshoeing, although some people hike up high and ski down. We did none of those but did just hike in our snow boots. We did okay as long as we stayed where the light, powdery snow was a bit compacted. It was beautiful! A winter wonderland as far as the eye could see! The temperature was in the mid 20's and snowing tiny flakes for some of the time. Everything in the national park is on a grand scale and just the endless white, covering everything like fluffy frosting, with trees in places, on the mountain slope was magical. Our lodge, at Longmire, is lower in elevation but it also had snow around too. On Sunday morning the skies had cleared enough that for a few hours Mt. Rainier was standing out tall and clear. More time in the snow to walk and take photos, plus another run at Paradise, however by the time we got there, the clouds had rolled back in, obscuring the summit again, so no photos up close of the mountain. The weather changes "fast, with little warning" on Mt. Rainier. It was a special weekend for us and again, we seemingly had the mountain and park nearly to ourselves. A wonderful weekend away, in a whole different world. I will post some pics, hopefully soon.

And lest anyone thinks we forgot about our Seahawks, we did NOT!! One drawback to the trip was that we had to keep an eye on the clock and get back home in time for the game! We got in the door about 20 minutes before kickoff and then a mad scramble to get our snacks lined up and be ready to go. I have to say that it was well into the first quarter before I was really sitting to watch closely. Well, a very good game for us, and no doubt who won. It has been a magical season for the team, all culminating this Wednesday in the celebration parade through downtown Seattle. I think watching on TV will be fine for me. The drive between Mt. Rainier and home was certainly festive with Seahawk well-wishes on every reader board we passed, flags everywhere, and all sorts of flourishes at every turn, both big and small. All of us "12's" out here in the whole Northwest are very proud and loud about it!

January in Review:

Average High: 47
Average Low: 36
Warmest Temperature: 58 (1/24)
Coldest Temperature: 25 (1/5)
Coldest Maximum Temperature: 41 (1/6)
Wettest Day: Jan. 29 (1.11")
Days of Measurable Precipitation: 20 (7 were .01")

Total Rain for January: 4.33"

Note: A late surge in rain did wonders for our total, but we still ended up officially around an inch below normal for the month.

February 3
Sunrise: 7:32 AM --- Sunset: 5:13 PM (PST)
gaining 2 min, 58 sec tomorrow)

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9. WunderAlertBot
7:22 PM GMT on February 17, 2014
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8. calpoppy
12:07 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day!

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7. WatchinTheSky
6:57 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
Hi! I would say you have been getting all the precip - frozen or otherwise, except I guess the south and east has been getting some, too ;)
Our last rain was about a week ago and that was only .12", long evaporated now especially with the 80 degree sunny days we are now having. The current water vapor image seems to show the 'express' hitting the Cali/Ore border and the next slim chance for us getting wet is middle of next week. We are smack in the middle of our 3 month rainy season and have had less than a half an inch since Christmas.

Thanks for your great snow photos, at least I can enjoy vicariously :)

Is the Hawks excitement simmering down or are things on a high boil still?

BC, that's quite the short thermometer!!
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6. BriarCraft
6:57 AM GMT on February 11, 2014
I saw a total of 4" of snow here before it started to melt and I'd say the February chill is officially over. Currently, I'm seeing a very short thermometer.
Today's high was 42°
Tonight's low is to be 40°
Tomorrow's high is forecast at 41°
Tomorrow night's low, guess what? 41°

At least that kept us from getting any of the freezing rain Portland and Longview saw.
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5. PugetSoundPost
8:19 AM GMT on February 09, 2014
Well gang, about 2.5" of snow for us this evening! So we aren't skunked for the winter! Very pretty outside and 29 degrees currently. Son got home just in time before our hill and street became too difficult for the car he had and fun to have hot chocolate and watch the snow fall.
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4. BriarCraft
1:25 AM GMT on February 06, 2014
I am so glad you had a fun getaway. And found snow! I found so very little on Mt. St. Helens when I went up to where the road is closed for the winter.

I see it's every bit as "brisk" in your neighborhood as it is in mine. I have a hunch this week will see our last serious freezes for the winter. Frost yes, but no deep freezes.

Gotta go check out your photos now...
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3. PugetSoundPost
10:01 PM GMT on February 05, 2014
Hi WTS and CP! Today is SEAHAWK DAY here in Seattle, but including a wide circle of NW states, and also western Canada. The Victory Parade with the team winding through downtown, waving and throwing Skittles, is underway right now - I am watching on TV. BUT, 700,000 people are estimated to actually BE at the parade!! The biggest celebration and event in Seattle history. And, the crowd is said to be very well behaved - just happy! Pretty exciting day for everyone in the entire region.

All of those people are out in very beautiful weather - bright blue sunshine, not a cloud in the sky, but cold. Our current temperature at 2 pm is 31 degrees. Our low this morning was an even 20. It is supposed to be quite a few degrees colder tonight. So the folks outside are bundled up but the sunshine is making it a perfect day.

Our trip up to Mt. Rainier was beautiful and we had a variety of weather to give different moods. It certainly has been quite a week full of wonderful treats!
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2. calpoppy
9:24 PM GMT on February 05, 2014
A beautiful trip to Rainier and a Super Bowl win, who could top that!

Wonderful pictures PSP! Congrats on the AC!!!

We have been cooler then we have been, sometimes dipping into the high 20's, staying in the 40's right now.

Still have fingers crossed for some rain, real rain, not rain spit, LOL!! We have a couple of chances in the next few days, at least we have chances now.
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1. WatchinTheSky
4:14 AM GMT on February 04, 2014
First! I'll bet the area is still on top of the world. 'flags everywhere' Sounds like the team pride we saw in Ireland! All the towns flying their town colors, supporting their team.
I'd say your team came to play and Denver did not!
Seems like a fun high country trip, snowshoeing and all :)
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