I have to admit, I feel a little bad for my poor “mostly sunny” weather icons. They don’t get to gradually fill their way into the forecast, they were pretty much forced against their will to come out of hibernation and brighten up the next seven days for us. I’m sure they would appreciate your warmest regards.
It has actually been quite a while since we’ve entered a winter pattern that has allowed so much sun time. The Seattle National Weather Service said this afternoon:
THE LAST TIME THERE WAS A DRY SPELL OF
A WEEK OR MORE IN JANUARY WAS BACK IN 2009 (11 DAYS, 13TH THROUGH THE
23RD FOR SEATAC)
Kind of sad, isn’t it? But hey, we’ll take what we can get. Although none of us saw much snow out of this cold pattern, it is still fairly unusual to transition back to a classically rainy/wet Washington winter without some sort of Hood Canal overrunning snow event. Who knows if we’ll actually skate by without any drama, but for the foreseeable future we’re going to be riding one big ridge of high pressure.
But don’t be fooled. With cool, northerly flow it will be hard to increase temperatures dramatically. In fact, it may be a few days until we get the 40s back on the record books. Low temperatures will also remain quite cold as they remain, for the most part, in the 20s.
Speaking of lows, did you know we hit 19 degrees at Bremerton Airport this morning? I’m sure some of you were colder, but usually when Western Washington gets below 20 degrees it all feels the same 😉
I’ll keep my eyes on the models, but in the meantime stay warm and safe out there!
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