Under the weather: Showery start to May expected to continue this weekend

It really seems like we can’t get much of a break from the wet and cool weather. Much of April consisted of this type of weather and May has mostly continued on the same trend. Since April 1 (and this is no joke), we’ve only seen six days with temperatures in the 60s—three of which occurred…

Under the weather: Mix of sun and showers expected for last weekend of April

The month of April is almost over—crazy, isn’t it? The month’s weather as a whole could be characterized by two words: cool and showery. We’ve had moments of excitement with the occasional bout of hail and lightning, but overall, there hasn’t been much to write home about. Speaking to the cooler temperatures, take a look…

Under the weather: Short reprieve from rain expected on Easter Sunday

Happy almost Easter, everybody! The past week has been quite interesting in the weather department, with some areas seeing bouts of heavy rain, breezy winds, hail and even some light snow—making it seem a little more like January than April. This unsettled weather pattern has been in place for awhile and things aren’t looking to…

Under the weather: Spring showers to highlight first full weekend of new season

Well, we made it, everyone. We have survived another Pacific Northwest winter and have officially transitioned into spring. To make things even better, we were able to celebrate the new season with an actual spring-like day on Tuesday (March 22). I mentioned last week that we had the chance of seeing the first 60-degree day…

Under the weather: Showery weekend ahead as we wrap up final weekend of winter

When we were in the height of our cold snap back in late December and early January, many of you were probably longing for spring—or the warmer/nicer weather generally associated with it—to come quickly. Since then, we’ve had a drier-than-average year up to this point, with 66% of the days having less than 0.01 inches…

Under the weather: Clear skies expected for first weekend of meteorological spring

Our transition from meteorological winter to spring was definitely a wet one after the majority of February was dry. Here is a map showing rainfall totals over the past week, from Friday through Thursday, March 3. Over the past week, most locations in Western Washington saw several inches of rainfall. The Tacoma Narrows Airport saw…

Under the weather: A rainy weekend expected for first time this month

The month of February thus far has been very dry—abnormally so. Over the course of the first 16 days of the month, we’ve seen a mere 0.32 inches of measurable rainfall. We’ve had several days with a “trace” amount of rain, but not enough to register 0.01 inches in the gauge. The graph below depicts…

Under the weather: Mostly dry weekend expected after a rainy Friday

With the exception of a few storms at the beginning of the new year, we haven’t had much in the way of rain for several weeks now. We had a semi-active winter toward the end of 2021, but not much has happened since then. Take a look at the graph below. This is data taken…

Under the weather: Dry streak to come to an end by Sunday

Just as expected, the dry weather has continued over the past week or so. We did see a trace of rain very early on Jan. 21 (which barely counts as anything), but we’ve had seven days in a row with no measurable rainfall if you include Thursday, the 27th. I’m sure many of you are very…

Under the weather: Third consecutive dry weekend coming — and a dry week ahead

The month of January is already more than halfway over and compared to the month of December, things have been relatively calm in the weather department. We had the cold start to the month—a continuation of the cold snap after Christmas—followed by a wet atmospheric river event, but apart from those, not much has happened….

Under the weather: Mostly dry weekend expected for the second week in a row

The month of January thus far has seen a wide range of weather conditions, from below-average temperatures to above-average temperatures, and from snow to warm winter rain. We’ve seen wind and even a little bit of sun (wow, what a concept!). The big story of this past week was an atmospheric river that impacted the…

Under the weather: Second weekend of 2022 will start wet but finish dry

Happy New Year, everyone! 2021 was quite the year for a variety of reasons (at least it was for me—I got married, after all), but weather-wise, it was definitely an interesting year. Let’s examine some of the data. Take a look at the graph shown below, which depicts the total precipitation accumulation over the course…

I-5 express lanes to remain southbound through Jan. 2

The Interstate 5 express lanes will remain open southbound until Monday, Jan. 3. The Washington State Department of Transportation said Thursday it that decision because of the continuing winter weather conditions. With the cold temperatures, ice and snow can freeze and lock the express lanes gate mechanisms. In the past, attempting to operate the systems…