Snopes.com released the truth regarding a phony e-mail widely
circulated throughout the internet. If you received something that
has to do with Mars appearing as big as the moon this August and
this event being the only one you’ll witness in your
lifetime…DELETE IT. It’s a phony.
To read the Snopes article (which is a great site to check if
some e-mails you get are spam) click here. Scott Sistek, author of the KOMO 4 Weather
Blog on komotv.com, investigated this story further and has some
interesting things to say. Click
here if you’re interested.
The weather for the next couple of days will, however, be
something to get excited about as a brief bout with partly/mostly
sunny skies and mild temperatures is in the forecast. Unfortunately
these pleasant mild days are in the forecast for tomorrow and
Friday, not the weekend, which has gone back to the
cloudy/gloomy/wet theme. Highs won’t be incredibly cold over the
weekend though as they’ll stay in the 60s.
Cool, cloudy and showery weather continues into next week
leaving the first several days of May quite cooler than normal.
Hmmm…I guess it’s a good thing that Mars e-mail was a hoax. At
this rate we wouldn’t even be able to see it anyway!
I guess after reading this article it makes sense: weather has played
and continues to play a role in spreading sickness—and the swine
flu is no exception. (By the way…this is allergies season and
I have created a new poll about it. Do you suffer from them? Or did
you luck out?)
“Accuweather.com reports that warmer temperatures mean more
gatherings/outdoor events resulting in a higher risk of associating
with someone who is infected with the disease, which can be up
to 7 days. A simple sneeze or cough in a public place can allow a
dispersion of the virus thereby expanding the outbreak.”
Accuweather also notes: “the warmer spring weather also means
more vacations and more people traveling. That means some of the
cases might be related to people traveling into Mexico, the
outbreak’s epicenter.” Accuweather.com Senior Meteorologist Henry
Margusity says to be safe, before traveling it would be wise
to check the CDC website for travel restrictions/more information
concerning the outbreak.
Thankfully there have been no reports of swine flu in Washington
(*knock on wood*) and I sure hope it stays that way. For some good
tips on how to stay safe/healthy during this outbreak you can click
Now let’s talk about the weather. This morning was certainly wet
and cloudy as predicted but the sun has come out and what you see
outside right now will be the trend over the next few days.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday look partly to mostly sunny with
highs starting out in the low 60s Wednesday but jumping to the
upper 60s by Friday. So this means a good weekend, right!
Ehhh…not exactly. Models have been having a tough time with the
forecast pattern for Saturday but they paint a generally wet and
cloudy day with Sunday being the better of the two. It’ll also be
cooler with highs dropping back to the 50s/low 60s.
Long range pattern? Still looking kinda cool and showery…not
where I’d like to see us headed. But then again, as a staff member
at school “April showers bring May flowers, but May flowers still
bring May showers.” I suppose that’s the tradeoff
I received an e-mail from a Forecasting Kitsap and
Kitsap Sun reader who noticed something looked a little
fishy on the “Temperature Trends” graph in the weather section
of the Sun: a low of -15 degrees last Saturday. I knew it was cold
but no way was it THAT cold! It turns out there was an obvious typo
and the “actual” recorded low was 19 degrees. Come again? That’s
right. The Bremerton Airport recorded a low in the teens. But is it
Mother Nature left a present on my car this morning!
Pollen is everywhere! Why?
Pollen tends to thrive in warmer and drier air which resulted in
high pollen levels yesterday. Today the pollen has weakened due to
higher dewpoints and lower temperatures but tomorrow will serve to
be another day with high pollen. Here’s the pollen forecast for
and the pollen forecast for tomorrow:
Predominant pollen: Mulberry, Sycamore and Ash
(for the link to daily pollen forecasts click here)
So I suppose the warmer and sunnier weather will have to come at
a price! But there are a few forecast wrinkles that may not make
this week as stunning as it was looking (but then again we are
still in spring after all and 7 days of beautiful sunny weather
usually ends up looking to good to be true).
Tomorrow will be partly sunny but look for increasing rain
showers likely in the evening. This means a moist Monday morning
but the rest of the day should be seasonable with partly sunny
A system approaches our area for Tuesday which means it looks
cloudier and wetter than previous models were forecasting. It’ll
also be a smidgen cooler. The sun and warmer temperatures in the
60s break out from Wednesday through Friday before a larger storm
system looks to affect the area Saturday. I REALLY hope that
changes because Saturday is “Super Saturday” for the CK School
District and it’d be nice to do outdoor work in sunny weather.
The long range forecast has really been waffling but the general
trend is for cooler than normal temperatures (highs in the 50s)
with a series of wet systems. Long range forecaster Brett Anderson
of AccuWeather.com agrees with this forecast as well and actually
predicts most of May will be chilly and wet. Great!…NOT
Well, I suppose the best thing we can do is soak up all the nice
sunny days ahead just in case we never seem them again
Stay in there allergy sufferers!
I was sitting at the coffee table doing some school work (well,
actually I was on Facebook working on talking to some friends from
school, so technically I was doing school work…) when I heard a
familiar song from a familiar moving vehicle—a song that still to
this day makes my heart jump and my hands reach for my pockets in
hope for a one dollar bill. What was that noise?
The Ice Cream Truck playing Scott Joplin’s The
I quickly sat myself back down when I realized my 18th birthday
is two weeks away and buying an ice cream cone from the Ice Cream
Man would feel a little awkward. But I also thought about the
oddity of the situation: isn’t it late April?…and… Didn’t we wake
up to frosty lawns this morning? (NOTE: I’ll do a garden forecast
soon, but until then I’d hold off on starting those gardens right
now…for those who have lived here for a really long time know you
should at least wait until Memorial Day weekend to plant stuff
because sporadic mid spring freezes are quite common) To top it all
off high temperatures didn’t even break 60 degrees across a large
portion of Kitsap, so what’s the deal?
I think the Ice Cream Man has a serious case of summer fever as
do many other Kitsap residents. I thought it was pretty cool to see
the truck though. While much too early, it is at least a sign that
we’re getting ever closer to summery weather. For the short term
we’re definitely going to be sunnier for the next week or so than
we have been for quite a while, but it isn’t exactly looking warm
as cool northerly flow will keep the temperatures close to normal
in the upper 50s to mid 60s.
Tomorrow looks like the only day for the next seven that will be
even the slightest bit threatening as mostly cloudy skies and
showers overtake the area with highs in the low to mid 50s.
But by Sunday through the rest of next week we stick to a pretty
steady theme of partly to mostly sunny skies and slightly cooler
than comfortable temperatures in the upper 50s to mid 60s.
I’ll do a long range update tomorrow, but I’ll give you a hint
where we’re headed: back down the roller coaster…
In last weeks poll, “What is Your
Favorite Weatherman Pick-up Line?” the line: “I better post a High
Wind Warning because you’re blowing me away!” was the reader
favorite with “Your heart is as warm as a strong El Nino; will you
be my La Nina?” coming in second place. Hope you had some fun with
This weeks poll is one I’ve been
meaning to ask you guys: what is your opinion on this spring? I
actually asked quite a few staff members/students at my school
about their thoughts concerning this spring and not everyone’s
answer was the same. So, I decided to put it to the test to see
what you think about our temperatures/precipitation since spring
began in March.
Now let’s talk about weather A
Forecasting Kitsap reader asked me today if we can ever
have heat waves/warm episodes from warm air that filters from the
south like California or Mexico. The answer is absolutely! In fact,
our most recent warm episode early this week was partly due to a
warm thermal pocket enveloping the southwest. From time to time we
get a taste of that and early this week we most certainly did! In
the summer we can also have those southerly winds that bring in
warm air into our region. Good question!
The forecast for tomorrow will be very
similar to day except without the rain. That means partly sunny
skies and pleasant high temperatures in the upper 50s and low
A minor system affects us Saturday
which should bring nothing more than some cloud cover and a few
sprinkles. Highs will cool to the mid to upper 50s.
And then we exhale in relief as the
rest of the forecast consists of mostly sunny skies and high temps
in the low to mid 60s. Is there a chance to reach the 70s again?
You bet, but right now it is looking like just a mild ridge as
opposed to a warm ridge.
Happy Earth Day everyone. There’s a favorite website of mine
called “earthshots.org” that supplies breathtaking photos from
around the world displaying the majestic beauty of our Earth. I
have saved a few of my favorites and would like to share them with
Absolutely stunning! Remember, if you have some cool photos feel
free to e-mail them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be
sure to host them!
So how’s our weather looking for the rest of the week? Well,
onshore flow certainly kicked in today which brought in the low
clouds and drizzle and tomorrow will be quite similar. Scott Sistek
of KOMO 4 likened our pattern to a poem with a classic AA-BB-CC
pattern with Monday and Tuesday similar, today and tomorrow
similar, and Thursday and Friday looking similar.
And for those wishing upon a star for some more sunny and warm
weather the forecast looks beautiful for late this weekend into the
first half of next week, so it appears we may have another dry
streak! (hey that rhymed! This IS a poem-like pattern!
This question gets brought up from time to time: what is
onshore/offshore flow and what affect does it have on our
temperatures? The answer is actually really simple and today was a
good example of why it didn’t get warmer than the low 70s today
when models were indicating we could have.
This is where we get our “sea
breeze” in the summer time that keeps the temperatures here
from getting TOO hot. These winds originate off the ocean and blow
west to east onshore, hence “onshore flow”, which in turn keep us
cooler and can also make us a little cloudier than we want to be as
winds off the ocean usually bring low clouds with them.
FLOW: This is exactly the
opposite. These winds originate on land and usually blow from east
to west towards the ocean bringing in warmer air from Eastern
Washington with it. These are the setups that bring us our summer
And of course in the winter the situation is different. An
onshore component is typically a bad one if you want snow as the
moderate ocean air colliding with the little cold air we have in
the interior can usually scour out any chances for a nice dumping
of snow, however without a little onshore flow it gets hard to
produce moisture for the snow in the first place. Conversely,
offshore flow filters in bitterly cold air from Eastern Washington,
but this is typically a dry cold and we don’t usually see major
snow events with those setups.
So now can you guess what flow we are under today? If you
guessed “onshore flow” you win! The cool sea breeze from the west
has been lightly blowing all day, but the downside to this is the
low clouds it will likely bring tomorrow morning. The areas that
will not be so lucky are the northern portions of the state while
the southern areas will get another nice sunny and warm day to
enjoy. I’m thinking we’ll be right in between the low clouds but
partial sunshine in the afternoon. Highs will be a little cooler
than today in the mid to upper 60s. But hey, despite the onshore
flow it’ll be a nice day.
Onshore flow REALLY kicks in for Wednesday as low clouds make a
move and cool temperatures down dramatically. Highs will have a
hard time reaching 60 degrees believe it or not!
The cool temperatures continue for the rest of the forecast, but
interestingly enough it doesn’t look incredibly cloudy or wet, just
partly sunny with occasional bouts with rain.
The type of weather we experienced today might be compared to
your favorite meal…if you only have one helping, you feel good but
not quite satisfied. Would you like a little more Sunshine
Surprise for tomorrow as well? Ok, we can give that to you and how
about Tuesday? Thirds are always nice unless you’re on a diet. But
c’mon, who is on a sunshine diet?
Tonight expect mostly clear skies ahead of the crystal clear
skies tomorrow. Highs will be quite warm in the low to mid 70s.
Today’s high was 68 degrees, just a couple degrees shy of the
predicted 70, so even if I’m a couple degrees off tomorrow’s
temperature, EVERYONE will still be happy. Mmmm that second helping
Models have come around to the idea of a slower break down of
our nice ridge so mild temperatures and sunshine will be the theme
for Tuesday was well. Highs will be just a couple degrees cooler
than tomorrow in the mid to upper 60s. Are you full yet?
Wednesday now doesn’t look as cloudy and wet with only a few
showers here and there (don’t you love it when the forecast models
back off on precipitation like this? If we were in December and
talking about snow I’d be a little disappointed, but now I’m
perfectly fine with it!). Thursday, Friday and the weekend look
quite similar with non-threatening rain showers and partly to
mostly cloudy skies.
In fact, peeking at the long range no real threatening storms
look likely in the future with possibly some more warm episodes for
mid to late week next week.
I guess we’re going on a rain and clouds diet versus a sunshine
I came across this video a little while ago on YouTube and could
not believe my eyes. Have you ever been asked to do something last
minute that required you to use talents/skills you didn’t have and
had to pull it off in front of a lot of people you may or may not
have known? If you haven’t, this is a good example of what that
experience is like. Poor guy…
You have to give him kudos for finishing the whole broadcast as
unbearable as it might have been for him (and us). The good news is
that the weather here will not be unbearable for the next couple of
days as a large area of high pressure has built in over the area
giving us sunshine and warm temps in the 70s for not only tomorrow
but Monday as well. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some mid and
upper 70s on Monday.
Typical Washington State spring-like weather returns as early as
Have a great evening and make a goal to try out a new skill over
the next couple of days. You never know when you may be asked to
use it without much notice