Daily Archives: January 7, 2014

A return to much wetter (and windier?) weather

It’s been quiet on this blog, and for that I apologize. But the truth is, there just isn’t much going on in the weather world at the moment.

Well, at least for us.

The east coast is currently slipping and sliding on ice, snow and sub zero weather while we have to “endure” the occasional pitter-patter of raindrops on the roof with the chance of a few sunbreaks by the afternoon if we’re lucky.

What a hard life!

Things are going to change starting Wednesday, however, which should make life a little more interesting:

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Gone are the days (for now) of snow maps. What you see above this text is a map illustrating 24-hour rainfall totals across Western Washington by Thursday morning at 4 am. Mason County looks to get in in close to an inch of rain, with most Kitsap locations getting about a half an inch. Still, this is relatively a lot of rain considering we haven’t seen a weather system this juicy since early November.

And this isn’t even an El Nino year!

Alas, our “wildcard winter” has, at least so far, been quite a dud. Ask any skier and snowboarder in Washington State, and they’ll give you an earful. So how are the mountains looking over the next few days? Marvelous for Stevens Pass, as these systems will be just cool enough to bring several inches of snow to the higher elevations. Snoqualmie won’t be so lucky, however, as most of what falls  there should be rain/snow, or just plain rain.

A stronger weather system moves in over the weekend, and this could provide quite a bit of rain and wind. In fact, gusts could make it between 40-50 mph, so that is definitely something to keep an eye on, especially since it’s game day in Seattle. But a little rain and wind has never stopped a true Seahawks fan!

Stay tuned. For now, have a wonderful week.

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

Questions? Comments? Photos? E-mail me at: forecastingkitsap@live.com