The Dripping Wet Cloth

Today’s popular question?

“Where’s the sun?”

I was thinking today, “If we’re going to have a ridge of high pressure move through here, we might as well have sunshine too!” That’s not how our Dear Mother Nature works in Washington. In fact, I heard someone comment that our current weather “is like someone hanging a large dripping wet cloth over our heads”. I actually became very fond of that simile! It describes the upcoming weather pattern nicely.

You can actually thank a strong winter time inversion for the lack of sunshine. Warm air combined with cool, clear nights can create fog and clouds that the weak winter sun can’t penetrate easily. However, with more elevation (I’d say 700-1,000′ or so) the clouds are easier to break through, because low clouds/fog typically sink and hug the lower elevations. With that in mind…here comes the forecast:

Kitsap County has a wide variety of elevation so pinpointing exact cloud coverage for every location will be time consuming, but just note that if you are a good 700-1,000′ up (if you don’t know your elevation, click here) the odds are greater of getting into the sun.

Because of the wide variety of weather, the 7 day is, once again, an average of two extremes: higher elevations like Green and Gold Mountain areas getting into the sunshine and mild temperatures (low and mid 50s) while locations near the water like downtown Silverdale/Bremerton will be socked in the low clouds/fog/drizzle with high temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

It is certainly going to be a rollercoaster ride if you decide to go hiking on Gold/Green Mountain one morning and then go to Silver City for lunch. Just bring a heavy jacket and shorts along for the ride!

The forecast remains similar throughout the rest of the 7 day: fog/mist/low clouds at low elevations while the higher elevations will see sun and mild temperatures into the 50s. I’m not saying sunbreaks are going to be nil below 700′, they’re just going to be a bonus! Again, this displays our micro climates very well here!

The long range forecast looks intriguing to say the least, but again…no long commentary on that until Friday! 🙂

Matthew Leach

Kitsap Weather

P.S. Feel free to comment on your sky conditions over the next couple of days. I’d like to see some lower elevations get into the sun!


5 thoughts on “The Dripping Wet Cloth

  1. Mathew,
    Right now it is easier to find the sun in Kitsap than the snow.

    Although we don’t need more traffic on the road in question (if you visit it you will see why), today I came through the Dewatto road that is in Kitsap. There are still piles of snow lining the road and it’s been about a week since it disappeared on all other Kitsap roads.

    I mentioned the “snow belt” before. This may be a first hand opportunity to check it out, though it is melting fast.

    BTW, it would be nice if there was an E-mail address for you and others than run the blog pages to allow readers to pass on information they’d like to keep more discreet. Also, I suggest a link to your blog from someplace on the Sun’s on-line weather page.
    It seems you are doing a great job. I don’t know where you find the time.

  2. The past few snow events have hit the Kitsap Peninsula hard, so it doesn’t surprise me that there are still some large heaps of snow, especially along the Canal. Inland, however, snow is mostly gone save for a few patches on the sideways.

    As far as e-mail is concerned, I just posted it on the “About Me” section. Good idea!


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