Monthly Archives: March 2009

POLL: Predicting Old Man Winter’s Retirement


So far this Spring Break I’ve been doing a lot of yard work, but I’m not used to doing it in a heavy coat while shivering and making cool shapes with my breath.

By this time usually Western Washington has seen at least one record high temperature. This year we have seen NONE to date, and looking at the long range we could go a bit longer.

So, let’s have a little fun. On the right hand side there’s a poll where you can submit your answer to the question: “When Will We See Record Warmth?”  Cast your vote! I plan on having some fun with the polls weekly. We’ll see who’s right when we see our first record high of 2009.

We saw a mix of clouds, sun and rain with even a little bit of hail mixed in some locations. Tomorrow will be more on the wet side with plenty of cloud cover, but the air mass will be a little cool to start with so some higher hills around the Kitsap area could see some rain/wet snow in the morning, but it’ll just be cold rain in the later morning through the rest of the day. Highs will be in the mid to upper 40s.

An equal mix of clouds, sun and showers will be the theme for Thursday, but the atmosphere will be quite unstable so we could have a little more hail to deal with. Highs will be close to 50º.

A ridge sets up shop Friday diminishing the showers and clearing the skies. In fact, Saturday looks partly to mostly sunny. Let’s hope that doesn’t change…I have a bad feeling it will. Sunday will be more on the cloudy side but it’ll be dry and temperatures will be milder than they have been in the low to mid 50s, which is closer to normal.

Beyond Sunday we do the whole clouds, sun and showers thing over again.

For those having a hard time deciding when we will see record warmth, last year we saw a record tie of 77º on April 12th. So far we’ve been following in the footsteps of spring 2008 so maybe April will be the month? We’ll find out soon enough 🙂

Have a great evening!

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap



VIDEO FORECAST: Weather Folk Don’t Golf

Here’s another parody of me “trying out” for a spring sport at Central Kitsap High School. You may remember last week I attempted track but didn’t do so well so this week I am trying golf. In reality I’m not a horrible runner, but I am a horrible golfer. Enjoy!

Whew, glad we got that out of the way 🙂 Ignore the weather forecast I give at the end as this video is a couple weeks old. Don’t worry, we don’t have a Pineapple Express headed our way.

So let’s discuss exactly what is heading our way. As pessimistically expected, our “sunbreaks and showers” forecast has turned into “cloudy, breezy, and wet” forecast as several disturbances are pegged to hit our region.

The mountains are going to get pounded with 1-2 feet of snow between this evening and tomorrow afternoon, so travel over the passes will be quite hectic, but the good news is snow levels will remain high enough to keep us in the lowlands just rainy and breezy.

Thursday looks like the only completely dry day with partly sunny skies and highs in the low 50s.

A series of storm systems move through our region from Friday through early next week, but the good (or maybe bad) news is these systems will be quite chilly and wet meaning PLENTY of mountain snow. However in the lowlands, highs look to range in the mid to upper 40s with lows in the mid 30s under cloudy, soggy skies. If models remain consistent with this forecast we could be in for quite the gloomy pattern.

And wouldn’t you know it, the long range models advertise even more cool, wet weather into April, meaning maybe Western Washington won’t exactly be the “happenin’ place” during Spring Break 🙂

Have a great evening! I have to go to a soccer game in Tacoma now…

Matthew Leach

Kitsap Weather