November Storms on Parade

By: PugetSoundPost , 7:02 PM GMT on November 18, 2009

A beautiful morning here in the Puget Sound area - lots of bright sunshine and scattered clouds. The Cascades are standing out clearly (in the newly rain-washed and wind-dried air) with a fresh mantle of snow on top. The low this morning was 38 and it has risen all morning up to the current 47. There is a SE breeze this morning. All of this to say that it won't last! We should rush outside fast to enjoy it! Like Jaws sneaking unnoticed past a leaky boat, only to suddenly strike, offshore in the Pacific a 980 mb low is quietly trekking north toward Queen Charlotte Sound, and by this afternoon the next strong Pacific frontal system tagging along with the low will start to affect western Washington. Already there are tell-tale hints, like a small, silent ripple left in Jaws' wake. The SE pressure gradients are starting to tighten from high pressure east of us and the low to our west, and the breezes will pick up more and more as the day goes on. High clouds are beginning to filter in, so that the sun is probably not quite as bright as earlier this morning. The low is expected to deepen to 975 mb by early evening and the winds will really pick up by then. By tonight we here in our more immediate area are expecting winds 20-30 with possible higher gusts into the 40's in anticipation of the cold front. Rain will move in too, and all this will continue through tomorrow, gradually easing by Friday. High temperatures around 50. Other western Washington areas will no doubt get higher winds and heavier rains, including feet of snow in the mountains, with the snow level rising and dipping back and forth, also putting more strain on already flooding rivers.

Friday and some of Saturday look to be another time of unsettled transition to the next system due later Saturday into Sunday, and another system is lining up for the parade route early next week.

To recap the early part of this week for us here at home: The high wind we experienced was 29 mph very early Tuesday morning, and we received 1.32 inches of rain. We are a bit sheltered here from the prevaling incoming weather directions, so we are never at the high end of any particular weather element. Other areas were hit a lot harder with much stronger winds and a lot more rain, with trees down and power outages scattered around, and some river flooding, especially on the Olympic Peninsula.

Nov. 18
Sunrise: 7:19 AM --- Sunset: 4:28 PM (PST)

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8. PalouseFarmer
5:45 AM GMT on November 23, 2009
No, we didn't go to church today and just stayed home. We could have made it to church but at the time we decided to stay home it was pretty nasty and no one was too eager to walk on slippery sidewalks. It has snowed pretty much all day and it is white but the temp was hanging at 33 and 34 most of the day so it didn't accumulate as much as it could have if it had been a couple degrees cooler. It was good to just be at home today after a pretty busy week and some of us are feeling pooped out and trying to regroup in time for Thanksgiving.
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7. PugetSoundPost
10:42 PM GMT on November 22, 2009
Hi PalouseFarmer! Snow again for you! How are the roads this afternoon? Did you make it to church? Our storm didn't pan out as much as thought was possible. The low made landfall at Astoria, Oregon, rather than the central Washington coast, so the track east was further south. We did get blustery between midnight and 3:00 AM, but the high wind was only 24; however the rain did beat against the windows and sounded nice. It has rained a lot - we are up to just about an inch even of rain since last evening. It is only 46 at midafternoon and a heavy overcast, but not currently raining. Showers are possible the rest of the day. The week ahead still calls for rain each day, but the systems look weaker than we have had, so the weather looks to be calming down.
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6. PalouseFarmer
4:36 PM GMT on November 22, 2009
It is snowing hard here this morning and it is all white again. The wind is blowing hard from the south to SE and the average wind is over 20 mph. We had a high wind gust of 36 mph during the night. We are debating about not going to church today because the road conditions aren't the very best and with all the drifting across the roadway we could have trouble getting home. It is suppose to be stormy all day today.
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5. PugetSoundPost
6:22 AM GMT on November 22, 2009
A deepening low pressure system is heading our way overnight tonight - currently moving NE from the Oregon offshore waters and probably crossing the central Washington coast heading inland to pass near the southern end of Puget Sound and on into the central Cascades. Strong southerly winds are likely to develop again tonight, turning strong westerly after the low passes. We currently are under a wind advisory until Sunday morning but the potential for a high wind warning exists. The coast will get pounded again. It has been raining all evening. An interesting night ahead!
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4. PugetSoundPost
3:01 AM GMT on November 21, 2009
Hi Calpoppy! It has been a very active weather week with one storm after the other, bringing lots of rain and higher than usual winds with the rain. Here at home we are over 2.5" rain just since Monday, but lots of areas have much more. The winds have been breezy to strong all through the week as well and that adds some excitement. Flooding, power outages (my mom has had two just this week and one lasted 8+ hours) trees down, etc are around western Washington, plus a lot of snow in the mountains. The ski areas are opening up already, and this is quite early for them. To open even over Thanksgiving weekend is noteworthy, so this is early. November seems to me to actually be our potentially stormiest month, it seems, especially regarding winds, but any winter month has that threat too. It looks like next week will be a little quieter, but some systems are poised to come in then, too, just perhaps a little weaker and further apart. Thanksgiving weekend is obscured so far for the forecasters, with nothing consistently in the models yet. The 5th system of this week is sliding in tomorrow, and another on Monday, so we aren't finished yet. Today was supposed to be pretty much "between systems", although the heavy overcast really didn't lift and we had some heavy showers go overhead along with breezy winds all day.
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3. calpoppy
3:20 AM GMT on November 20, 2009
You guys are hogging all the rain! We're thirsty down here! I thought we would have a shot at rain Friday, but no it doesn't have the punch to get down to us. Every time I look at the long range GFS model it has one storm after another going through the PNW. Our day will come, I hope. I love blue skies, but I would really like to see some weather! Enjoy the rest of the week PSP!
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2. PugetSoundPost
3:27 PM GMT on November 19, 2009
That storm yesterday did blow in during the afternoon and this time around the wind seemed to be the most dominating factor, although it did rain a quarter inch in the evening. And, it is still raining this morning. Our high wind ended up being 36 mph, just before 6 pm. Pretty stormy evening! Another punch is on its way for this afternoon, and another one on Friday and more on Saturday and yet again around next Monday! So, winter is here now!
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1. PalouseFarmer
12:24 AM GMT on November 19, 2009
Today we had sunshine as we are in between storms. The air was crisp as our high was only 43 and our low this morning was 32. Yesterday we had heavy clouds all day but we only had .02 of rain. We have rain potential in these next couple days and then by the weekend there is a chance of snow once again. The snow we had last week has melted away now except for the drifts we have that lay in the shade. The wind has finally stopped blowing after it howled Sunday and Monday.

It sounds like you better get a "Bigger Boat" in preparation for your incoming storms and if you don't, you know what happened to Quint! haha
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