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Thank You, Shadow

January 28th, 2009 by Matthew Leach


 

The Olympic Rain (or snow) Shadow has been particularly strong this winter and because Mother Nature LOVES trends, she’s going to bless the Kitsap area with more shadowing over the next several days which will greatly limit the amount of rain we get here and also greatly increase the chances of outdoor activities.

Normally in the winter, this shadow drives me absolutely insane. During previous winters, it always seemed whenever I wanted a snow day, the shadow kicked into full gear, giving most of Western Washington a healthy dosage of snow while I’m weeping and melting in crystal clear skies. But this would normally happen only once or twice the whole winter. This year, several snow events have missed us because of the shadow and I feel like taking those Olympic Mountains and physically moving them somewhere else.

But I have to remember: #1) I am not strong enough, #2) When we get cold air around here, it usually dams up against the Olympics which gives us the advantage of longer lasting snow and #3) with the shadow, we escape dangerous rainstorms like early this month, or simply light rain. So…I won’t remove the mountains just yet :)

Here’s what’s going to happen tonight: skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with a pretty seasonable temperature range in the low to mid 30s.

Tomorrow will be cloudier than today, but it looks pretty darn dry all around the Peninsula as the Olympic Rain Shadow will be in full effect. Highs will be similar to today in the low to mid 40s.

The clouds will break apart on Friday morning, but the sun won’t be out for too long as clouds move into our area dropping a bit of light rain, but for the most part we’ll escape the puddles.

Cooler air moves in for this weekend dropping high temperatures in the lower 40s with partly to mostly cloudy skies. Overnight lows will also be quite chilly in the upper 20s and lower 30s.

The forecasting models diverge a bit for next week, but it appears mostly dry with even some partly sunny days in the mix with seasonable temps in the mid to upper 40s.

Remember a little while ago when I mentioned the possibility of the first week of February offering up some interesting weather? The models have since slowed the progression of the interesting weather, but a week or so from now we could be back to at least a more active pattern.

But then again, with Mother Nature you just never know ;)

Matthew Leach

Kitsap Weather

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39 Responses to “Thank You, Shadow”

  1. Lisa Thompson Says:

    You are the most thorough weather man for the Kitsap Peninsula I have ever read. Keep up the great forecasting! And I love your graphics, bold and bright.

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