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A White Christmas here? (Also, trouble in the passes)

December 20th, 2015 by Mike

Monday update: The snow has officially made its way into the icons:

More good news: After the (possible) snow: Christmas Day should be partly sunny, 41 38 degrees.

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Fact: Maple Leaf is the third-highest hill in Seattle – 466 feet outside the Blue Saucer on Roosevelt Way Northeast.

Fact: The current National Weather Service forecast discussion for Seattle notes:

THE AIR MASS WILL GET COLDER WITH EACH SYSTEM PUTTING SNOW LEVELS DOWN TO 500 FEET BY THURSDAY EVENING…. THIS COULD DROP SNOW LEVELS TO SEA-LEVEL WITH SNOW SHOWERS OR FLURRIES THURSDAY NIGHT INTO CHRISTMAS MORNING. THIS IS STILL FAR OUT IN THE FORECAST PERIOD BUT MODELS HAVE SHOWN THIS WITH JUST ABOUT EVERY RUN. ANY SNOW THAT DOES FALL WILL LIKELY BE LIGHT.

By the way, the forecast discussion also notes that due to heavy snow, travel through the Cascade passes will be “difficult or impossible” at times Tuesday and Wednesday.

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And now, a “drunken storm” after 4.5 inchs of rain

December 10th, 2015 by Mike

Noon update: Another third of an inch of rain since morning. Highest wind gust: 34 mph at 11:07 a.m.

Garbage cans and tree limbs litter the streets.

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Nearly 4 1/2 inches of rain has fallen on Maple Leaf Life South so far this week – 4.44 inches, to be exact, as of 7 a.m.

And we’re enjoying serious rain now.

Cliff Mass has decided to dub the system now hanging off our coast a “drunken storm.”

Drunken Storm: a storm that circles around and has minimal forward motion, in contrast to normal storms that move rapidly to the east or northeast.

(Today), an usually powerful storm for our region will careen around in our offshore water for an extended period before making landfall. A very strong storm and unusual behavior.

It will be followed by a sober storm, with wind, this weekend.

The National Weather Service’s current discussion of all this distinguishes itself with the phrase: “A BENT BACK OCCLUSION OR STINGER JET.”

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Before the rain returns

October 6th, 2015 by Mike

Sunrise at the park this morning. The forecast is for rain returning tonight through much of the week.

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Rain slackens for evening, but some spots flood

February 6th, 2015 by Mike

KIRO is now tweeting: “Steady rain is moving out of Puget Sound and into the Cascade Mtns. Much drier evening w/ fewer showers.”

But North Seattle College (just across Interstate 5 from Maple Leaf on Northeast 92nd Street just emailed: “Northeast parking lot near the Wellness Center will be closed off due to flooding.Please remove your car if you are parked in the NE lot as soon as possible.”

Any other flooded areas?

Rain returns Saturday.

(Rain update: 0.86 inches this morning at Maple Leaf Life South.)

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And the coming heavy rains….

December 7th, 2014 by Mike

Late afternoon at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. Enjoy now.

“And the coming heavy rains” is in the title of Cliff Mass’ blog post today.

This is going to be a very wet week for the Northwest and northern California, with a deep trough over the eastern Pacific that will bring very moist, warm air and the jet stream right into us.

From the National Weather Service:

THE OLYMPICS AND NORTH CASCADES ARE STILL SEEING THE HIGHEST BULLSEYES WITH 48-HOUR PRECIP TOTALS ENDING WED AFTERNOON AT 10-15 AND 5-8 INCHES RESPECTIVELY.

The forecast here is for varying amounts of rain for the next, um, seven days.

From University of Washington professor Mass: “Rake your leaves today, clear your gutters, and make sure the street drains are open!”

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