Weather has been a lifelong passion for me; while my husband and 4 kids, all grown, and one of them now married, have patiently gone along with me!
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.
Sunrise: 7:19 AM --- Sunset: 4:28 PM (PST)
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