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Rainstorm followed by cold blast turns Anchorage into an ice rink

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

It’s another beautiful, but terribly cold day in Kitsap County. I suppose the term “terribly cold” is all relative (which you will see in a moment), but this kind of weather is definitely not considered normal. To illustrate this point, let’s look at a snapshot of temperatures from 10:15 pm last night to 9:35 am this morning:

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If you’re from North Dakota or Minnesota, you might think I’m demonstrating a heatwave, but in all reality this 12 hour stretch of temperatures in the upper teens to low 20s is impressive for the Seattle area. And you know what made it feel a little colder? Look how high the humidity was! Brrr…at least the wind wasn’t raging.

Anyway, I think it’s safe to assume all of you are enjoying this rare January sunshine. I sure hope you like it, because for the next 7 days or so skies will remain partly to mostly sunny with highs gradually making it into the low to mid 40s. Low temperatures will also slowly moderate to the low and mid 30s.

Now, if you think it’s been cold here, wait until you see some impressive pictures from Alaska’s most recent dramatic weather event. A warm, rainy system plowed through Anchorage on Monday, causing areas of flooding due to rapidly melting snow. What was interesting about this situation, however, is that it only took a matter of days before the snow came back and the roads iced up. Here are the results!

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See, Anchorage seems to have caught on to our winter time patterns, except in reverse. Instead of going from snow to rain like us in Western Washington, they go from rain to snow. Pretty impressive (and dangerous!) patterns follow rain to snow events!

So there you have it. We are cold around here, but not THAT cold ;)

Have a great day everyone,

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

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

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PHOTOS: “Snowpocalypse 2012″

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

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I read a comment on one of the Kitsap Sun news stories about our recent snow that read something like, “Well, at least they didn’t call it Arctic Blast 2012″. That got me to thinking: What should we name this most recent snow event? Some Kitsap locations recorded over 3 feet without any arctic air, so surely “Arctic Blast” wouldn’t be the most appropriate name.

Then it hit me: SNOWPOCALYPSE 2012! So very fitting.

Here are some photos to remember this “snowpocalypse” by (December 15th-19th, 2012):

CUSHMAN-Photos by: Snowmizer

Heavy, wet snow near Cushman. Photo by: snowmizer

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HOLLY AREA– Photos by: Don Geidel

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HOODSPORT AREA- Photos by: Ida Graham (with Jerry Seterdahl)

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**BONUS: Digging out the Northway ski lift at Crystal Mountain– Photo by: Jim Jarnigan

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There you have it! Snowpocalypse 2012 :)

Of course, several of us may not necessarily be done with the snow pictures this year. Forecast models are still very consistent in bringing in another round of heavy, wet snow for at least the western 2/3rds of Kitsap County and Mason County. I’ll give another Christmas snow update tomorrow :) Until then, enjoy your Saturday!

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

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



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PHOTOS: Taking a moment to enjoy fall

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Yes, I will be the first one to admit it: the weather has been kind of slow around here. Oh sure, it’s nice to have the rain back and all, but wow I could’ve slept through this past week and not missed a thing weather-wise! :) Despite rain every day in the forecast, there are some lovely fall colors out there that need to be taken advantage of before November rolls around! We all know what Western Washington’s November weather pattern is like!

Because of the nasty weather, how about I invite you to enjoy the fall foliage from the comfort of your home. All of these pictures actually come from my Dad, Greg Leach, who has recently taken photography as a hobby.

At a cemetery in Gig Harbor

Wright Park, Tacoma

After a rain shower, Silverdale

Ridgetop, Silverdale

Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma

Isn’t the autumn season just great? Thanks Dad for the pictures! Do you have any pictures you’d like featured in the blog? Just shoot me an e-mail at: forecastingkitsap@live.com

As for the forecast, I’m keeping my eyes on a potentially heavy rain event on the 29th. Remember when I alluded to this a few days ago? Yeah, it still looks like apart of the plan. I’ll keep you updated on the potential and we’ll also revisit the Halloween forecast :)

Until then, have a great day! Stay dry and warm,

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap



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WeatherPix: Cool weather photos from around the country

Monday, August 20th, 2012

It’s good to be back in Washington. When we arrived last night, there was a dramatic temperature difference of about 20 degrees, and boy did it feel great!

As we scaled the Cascades on our return trip, we caught this picture of clouds streaming down the mountains:

Of course, that picture just doesn’t do the actual sight justice! But I found a few other weather photos taken this weekend that you may be interested in.

Phoenix, Arizona (submitted by nukegm, WeatherUnderground)

Clearwater, Florida (submitted by davebarber2, WeatherUnderground)

McKinney, Texas (submitted by DizzyBazinga, WeatherUnderground)

Dust storm approaching a town in Arizona (submitted by nukegm, WeatherUnderground)

Usually these cool pictures come just before, during or immediately after severe storms. I kinda wish we had more storms over on this side so we could snap some cool photos! But Western Washington’s stormy period doesn’t start until October, so we have a ways to go ;) If you have any cool weather photos to share, feel free to e-mail them to me at: forecastingkitsap@live.com

As for your 7 day forecast, isn’t it amazing to believe we were well into the 90s this past weekend and will be as low as the mid 60s by Thursday? Summer will take a brief break as Tuesday through Friday highs will dip well below normal in the mid to upper 60s with mostly cloudy skies.

The weekend forecast is still a little iffy as of now. Some models are saying a strong trough of low pressure will swing through the area, while others paint a large ridge of high pressure building up, which would bring high temperatures to normal or above normal levels. For now, I left the forecast mostly cloudy with highs below normal, but that’s subject to change!

Stay tuned to this blog for further updates!

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

forecastingkitsap@live.com


On The Set: Curious Case of the Giggles

Monday, April 6th, 2009

A couple years ago on the school broadcast I was reading the news and read a word that made me laugh. Embarrassingly enough I kept laughing for several minutes before I was able to calm down, but unfortunately started up again moments later. Sometimes when you get the case of the giggles, it’s hard to control yourself.

I came across a video of a weatherman who, for an unknown reason, had a serious case of the giggles during a newscast. After watching this video I didn’t feel so bad because this guy is easily 35-40 years older than me :) Enjoy the video:

I swear, every time I see that video it makes me laugh. His laugh is contagious!

So today many areas on the peninsula were very close to the predicted high of 67º. One of my friends commented, “I wish it were like this every day…” It certainly was a gorgeous day with comfortable temperatures and tomorrow will be very similar with partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 60s.

Wednesday is still looking like our transition day with more in the way of clouds and cooler temperatures. Highs will be in the mid to upper 50s.

Thursday through Easter weekend looks quite showery and cool, but earlier forecast models were advertising a pleasantly dry and somewhat mild Easter Sunday. I’ll do an “in between” forecast and put partly sunny with rain showers in the forecast. Let’s hope it changes for the drier! Highs will be in the low to mid 50s.

I’ll get a video forecast prepared for tomorrow…

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

7 DAY FORECAST

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Weekly Entertainment: What Weather Anchors Do During Commercial Breaks

Sunday, March 29th, 2009


 

This video shows weather anchor Scott Elnes, former weather intern at KOMO 4 News, dancing to the Iditarod music during a commercial break at Channel 2 News in Alaska. Sometimes that news music is really catchy!

We all know the weather is going to be cold in Alaska for the next 7 days,  but what about in Western Washington? Very similar, though there will be plenty of breaks to keep folks happy around here.

Today was beautiful, but you probably notice the clouds rolling in. Don’t worry, for the most part tomorrow will just be a cloudy and cool day with rain moving in by the late afternoon/early evening. The reason why we’re getting rain so late is because of the Olympic Rainshadow, which has been our friend several times this winter.  Highs will be in the 40s.

Tuesday morning will be wet but we should see some clearing in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

Wednesday we see more wet weather that continues into Thursday, but by Friday into next weekend there are hints of a pattern change for the drier. I’m not willing to go “mostly sunny” yet, but I think I’ll knock off the raindrops for next weekend. Highs will also gradually warm into the low to mid 50s which is closer to normal, but still below.

Have a fantastic Spring Break!

Matthew Leach

Kitsap Weather

7 DAY FORECAST

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Weekly Entertainment: Knowledge Bowl

Monday, March 16th, 2009


 

At Central Kitsap High School (actually at many high schools nationwide) there’s a club called “Knowledge Bowl” where typically the smartest kids in school form teams and battle in a Jeopardy style competition. The video will explain itself, but last year for one of my weather broadcasts I decided to try my hand at the Knowledge Bowl competition and quickly discovered it wasn’t quite my thing…

And here’s a fun fact: I have never been back…I wanted to leave on a good note :)

Now on to the forecast which has a bit of sloppy snow in it. The radar has been acting up today causing for periods of heavy rain, wet snow (yes, I saw a bit of wet snow this morning), breezy coniditons and sunny breaks. Tonight will feature the same variability: breezy, mostly cloudy and chilly. Note that heavier showers can momentarily bring the snow level down, so if you see snowflakes flying around tonight don’t be surprised! In fact, the higher elevations might even manage a bit of slushy accumulation. Lows will be in the 30s.

Tomorrow will be another brilliant spring day: clouds, sunbreaks, rain showers potentially mixing with hail or snow and breezy coniditons. Highs will be cooler than normal in the mid to upper 40s. Don’t you just love spring? That was a serious question, actually. I tend to love spring days because there’s normally not too much of the same thing!

More of a cloudy and rainy pattern returns for Wednesday through Friday (Friday is the first day of spring, by the way. Spring begins at 4:44 AM Friday morning) before another chilly storm moves in over the weekend, dropping snow levels dangerously low accompanied by several showers. Yes, we could indeed see some more wet snow showers. I won’t even go into snow accumulation possibilities yet…

Though spring begins Friday, it won’t feel or look like it!

Have a great evening!

Matthew Leach

Kitsap Weather

7 DAY FORECAST


Weekly Entertainment: The Weatherman Chronicles Part 4

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Here’s the last video in “The Weatherman Chronicles”. Enjoy!

I wasn’t able to do a post yesterday evening and I don’t have a whole lot of time this morning, but the forecast has remained largely unchanged in comparison to yesterday. We could be under a snow shower later this evening, but overall between now and Tuesday it just looks dry and very cold with daytime highs mainly in the 30s with overnight lows in the upper teens and lower 20s.

I’m going to Mukilteo today and hope to be back this evening for an evening post…

Stay warm and safe!

Matthew Leach

Kitsap Weather


Weekly Entertainment: The Weatherman Chronicles Part 3

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Here is the latest “Chronicles” video :)

Have a great Sunday,

Matthew Leach

Kitsap Weather

7 DAY FORECAST


Weekly Entertainment: The Weatherman Chronicles Part 2

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Here is Part 2 of “The Weatherman Chronicles”

Matthew Leach

Kitsap Weather


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