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**UPDATED: Conflicting Weather Information is Getting Annoying…

June 15th, 2009 by Matthew Leach

Just a brief post about conflicting weather information:

Apparently in some station reports from the Bremerton Nat’nl Airport, 0.15” of rain or “mist” was recorded on Thursday, June 11th. While not impossible, I find that to be very hard to believe considering 1) the mist would have to be pretty heavy and last for a period of time to add up to as much as it did…and the satellite picture was partly clear by the afternoon hours 2) most stations–or at least the major ones–West of the Cascades and stations around the Shelton area were dry all day with 0.0” in the gauge and 3) records kept at the Airport are spotty at best and ever since the -19 degree reading in Bremerton a couple months ago and the 11.06” of rain recorded on Tuesday, May 5th I have been more and more cautious getting my numbers from that source.

This is where you come in. I know that I have some readers that live all across the peninsula and would like to know if there was anyone in the general area of the airport on Thursday that would have any information about a thundershower/mist/rainstorm that occured on Thursday. One commentor says at her house 12 miles from the airport a thunderstorm struck and dumped .25” of rain in her gauge. I have yet to find out when this occured, but this could be the culprit if it indeed did happen on Thursday.

Before I publish my blog posts about records I make sure all my information is accurate. This isn’t the first time I have posted a weather blog story about a record only to have the Kitsap Sun staff post a drastically different conflicting weather story an hour later. It’s really frustrating. We must be looking at vastly different sources, but whatever the case is it is confusing and distracting to the public. It’s not the Sun’s fault, it is the faulty nature of the location of our record books. I may just have to start using Sea-Tac’s record keeping from now on. The Bremerton Airport has proven itself quite unreliable…


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19 Responses to “**UPDATED: Conflicting Weather Information is Getting Annoying…”

  1. Lisa Thompson Says:

    You are my most trusted news source, Matt. Thanks for setting the record straight.

  2. Denise Campbell Says:

    Hey Matt,

    I live out towards Dewatto by Blacksmith Lake. We did have a really heavy thunderstorm hit the other day. The rain was so heavy we couldn’t hear each other talking. What we call a gully washer out here. It runs really fast down our hills. We got .25 inches in our rain gauge in about 45 minutes. I called my daughter in Seabeck and a friend in Shelton. They both were dry. So I do not doubt the reading at the airport. We are about 12 miles from the airport.

    Denise Campbell

  3. Matthew Leach Says:


    Thanks for the comment. Do you know when about the thunderstorm took place? I’m surprised to hear the thunderstorm lasted for such a long time as typically summer thundershowers around here last for only a few minutes. There is certainly a possibility residual showers from that thunderstorm affected the airport, but the thunderstorms that have been popping up on the radar the past few days have had a very short life span and would likely not have encompassed a 12 mile radius. But again, it remains a possibility for sure.

    I do wish, though, records were kept in an area that wasn’t so prone to wild weather. It almost seems like the information we get from the airport comes out of the Twilight Zone! Thanks for your report. Weather is an interesting thing!

  4. Mark Says:

    I watched that thunderstorm puff itself up in a big hurry seemingly from nowhere. I have a friend that lives by lake symington and thunder was in the air, I didn’t see any radar spottings of lightning via strikestar but heard the thunder also a few seconds later. Can’t confirm rainfall totals.

  5. Joe Mama Says:

    There were strong localized thunderstorms that day. Several golfers at Gold mountain said they were caught in a downpour as well.

  6. Debra Buchholz Says:

    Matt, I live in Port Orchard, between the airport and Belfair. We had a gully washer on the 11th as well. It only lasted about 10 minutes but made large puddles in our driveway. You can see what looks like a river ran through in the massive amounts of pine needles. May you knowing this will help you understand the Bremerton Airport information. We find that most often the temps at the airport are what our temp gauge says too.

  7. Matthew Leach Says:

    Thank you all for your comments. I didn’t know such an event occured. Thanks for the information!


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