Weather http://kplu.org en Mass: Sun This Weekend, Dusting Of Fresh Snow In The Mountains http://kplu.org/post/mass-sun-weekend-dusting-fresh-snow-mountains <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Go out and play this weekend, and don’t worry about getting wet, says </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> weather expert Cliff Mass.</span></p><p>"There's going to be no rain, no snow, no nothing on Saturday and Sunday," said Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.</p><p>"'In fact, shocking: we're going to have sun,” he said, “no doubt about it, because of the strong ridge&nbsp;of pressure over us.”</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 18:31:25 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 12238 at http://kplu.org Mass: Sun This Weekend, Dusting Of Fresh Snow In The Mountains Mass: Summer Weather Takes a Bow Over Long Weekend http://kplu.org/post/mass-summer-weather-takes-bow-over-long-weekend <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Labor Day marks summer’s unofficial finale, and </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> weather expert Cliff Mass says the warm weather with make a curtain call this weekend, though the beach-and-barbecue weather will be a memory by Monday.</span></p><p>"Today is the transitional day,” says Mass, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.</p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:16:56 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9828 at http://kplu.org Mass: Summer Weather Takes a Bow Over Long Weekend Bird, Plane, Bacteria? Microbes Thrive In Storm Clouds http://kplu.org/post/bird-plane-bacteria-microbes-thrive-storm-clouds Microbes are known to be able to thrive in extreme environments, from inside fiery volcanoes to down on the bottom of the ocean. Now scientists have found a surprising number of them living in storm clouds tens of thousands of feet above the Earth. And those airborne microbes could play a role in global climate.<p>It's been known for a long time that there are microscopic life forms floating around high above our heads. Researchers have collected them from the air above rain forests and mountains. They've found them in snow and hail. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:04:40 +0000 7667 at http://kplu.org Bird, Plane, Bacteria? Microbes Thrive In Storm Clouds Snow spreads across Washington http://kplu.org/post/snow-spreads-across-washington Some parts of Western Washington are seeing their first snowflakes of the season. The National Weather Service says the light Tuesday morning accumulations will be short-lived but more showers are possible Wednesday with a chance of high winds in places. Forecasters expect heavy snow in the mountains in the next couple of days. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:43:32 +0000 The Associated Press 7398 at http://kplu.org High winds, mountain snow across Washington http://kplu.org/post/high-winds-mountain-snow-across-washington <p>The strongest Northwest storm of the season blew in early Monday on winds that gusted to more than 80 mph on the coast, knocking out power in places and creating blizzard-like conditions in the mountains.</p><p>Winds knocked a tree onto a home in Lakewood, Wash., near where a 2-year-old was sleeping, but it missed the baby's crib.</p><p>Winds also were blamed for sinking two boats on Lake Washington at Kirkland, Wash., and KOMO radio reported that the fire department helped two people who were sleeping on one of the boats.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:43:50 +0000 The Associated Press 7385 at http://kplu.org High winds, mountain snow across Washington In Seattle, 'Rainiest Day Of The Year' Defends Its Title http://kplu.org/post/seattle-rainiest-day-year-defends-its-title It's Rain Day in Seattle — or at least that's what the city should consider calling November 19. As <a href="http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Heavy-rain-brings-morning-commute-to-a-crawl-179953901.html">KOMO-TV</a> reports, Nov. 19 "is statistically the most likely day to have rain in Seattle," with wet weather hitting the city on 89 out of the past 120 years, including today's deluge.<p>No other day reportedly comes close to matching that number in Seattle, a city famous for its frequent rainfall. By noon today, the rainfall had already set a new record for daily accumulation on Nov. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 05:26:17 +0000 Bill Chappell 7167 at http://kplu.org In Seattle, 'Rainiest Day Of The Year' Defends Its Title Northwest's long regional nightmare of sunshine is about over http://kplu.org/post/northwests-long-regional-nightmare-sunshine-about-over The streak of dry weather in much of the Northwest is about to come to a soggy end. A weather system fueled by subtropical moisture is bearing down on the region.<p>Forecasters say some coastal mountain areas could see up to eight inches of rain this weekend, with as much as two inches predicted for interior valleys. Many of those areas have had just a smattering of rain drops since the beginning of July.<p>Kathie Dello is deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 22:20:16 +0000 Chris Lehman 6693 at http://kplu.org Northwest's long regional nightmare of sunshine is about over Video: Plenty of superior mirages this summer – here's a great one http://kplu.org/post/video-plenty-superior-mirages-summer-heres-great-one <p>Greg Johnson, a Puget Sound weather aficionado, was recently called out by KPLU’s own weather expert Cliff Mass for a unique video that shows the development of superior mirages during the day. And, with our string of sunny days, there has been plenty of opportunity to see the mirages this summer.</p><p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:20:34 +0000 Jake Ellison 6439 at http://kplu.org Video: Plenty of superior mirages this summer – here's a great one Seattle dry streak ends, missing record by very narrow margin http://kplu.org/post/seattle-dry-streak-ends-missing-record-very-narrow-margin <p>A rain shower Sunday night dropped the first measurable moisture since July 23 at Sea-Tac Airport. That ended the dry stretch at 48 days, the second-longest on record.&nbsp;</p><p>The record is 51 days set in the summer of 1951 at Sea-Tac.</p><blockquote><p>"This is like losing a high-scoring basketball or football game by only 1 point....really frustrating!&nbsp; There is a significant chance this will be the only rain Sea-Tac gets out of the frontal passage," KPLU weather expert <a href="http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2012/09/rain-returns-and-record-lost.html">Cliff Mass wrote in his blog</a>.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:04:00 +0000 The Associated Press 6261 at http://kplu.org Seattle dry streak ends, missing record by very narrow margin Do you want Seattle to beat the record for days without rain? http://kplu.org/post/do-you-want-seattle-beat-record-days-without-rain <p>Hard to know what to root for – a record dry spell or the return of rain.</p><p>Our weather expert and University of Washington professor Cliff Mass says the race is on, and it’ll be close.</p><p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 23:23:30 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & Jake Ellison 6213 at http://kplu.org Do you want Seattle to beat the record for days without rain? Dry spell likely to continue in Northwest http://kplu.org/post/dry-spell-likely-continue-northwest Northwesterners heading out for the Labor Day weekend have a pretty good chance of staying dry. The region is in the midst of one of the driest streaks on record. And there's little chance of that changing soon.<p>It hasn't been your imagination. It's been really dry in the Northwest this summer. In fact, it's been mid-July since Seattle, Portland and Boise have recorded any measurable precipitation.<p>Summers are typically dry in this part of the country, but this stretch is almost one for the record books. Sun, 02 Sep 2012 04:24:04 +0000 Chris Lehman 6174 at http://kplu.org Dry spell likely to continue in Northwest End of summer blues, already? http://kplu.org/post/end-summer-blues-already <p></p><p>The Labor Day weekend coming up marks the unofficial end of summer --&nbsp;time to put away those white pants and get ready for fall.</p><p>KPLU asked folks on the streets of downtown Seattle how they feel about the days getting shorter and autumn right around the corner?</p><p>It's not a scientific poll, but there's no question that some people love the crisp fall air that heralds in the start of school...while others dread the stress of more work and less play.</p><p>[Listen to our audio collage, by clicking on the "play" icon above.]&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:01:46 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6140 at http://kplu.org End of summer blues, already? Sure it's hot, but are we heat wimps in Seattle and the NW? http://kplu.org/post/sure-its-hot-are-we-heat-wimps-seattle-and-nw <p>In the Seattle region, where we have few air conditioners, a string of 90-plus days can raise alarms:</p><ul><li><a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=WAZ505&amp;warncounty=WAC033&amp;firewxzone=WAZ657&amp;local_place1=Issaquah+WA&amp;product1=Excessive+Heat+Warning">Official excessive heat warning</a></li><li><a href="http://www.pscleanair.org/news/newsroom/releases/2012/08_15_12_SmogAdvisory.aspx">Smog warnings&nbsp;</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/News/Pages/2012_08_16_taylor_public_help.aspx]">Wildfire warnings</a></li><li><a href="http://www.king5.com/home/related/blog-links/Beat-the-heat-Puget-Sound-area-cooling-centers-166315726.html">Opening cooling centers</a></li></ul><p>But with the rest of the country <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/weather-forecast/wsi-late-summer-early-fall-outlook-20120723">melting under temperatures of 100 degrees or more </a>for days in a row and <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57494589/report-drought-intensifies-in-key-farming-states/">drought striking the Midwest</a>, we wonder if perhaps we in the Northwest are heat wimps.</p><p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:31:42 +0000 Jake Ellison & Evan Hoover 6000 at http://kplu.org Sure it's hot, but are we heat wimps in Seattle and the NW? Pray For Rain: Food Prices Heading Higher http://kplu.org/post/pray-rain-food-prices-heading-higher A <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/07/18/156989764/interactive-mapping-the-u-s-drought">fierce drought</a> has been scorching crops this summer, but it's still too soon to know exactly how much of a hole it will burn in your wallet.<p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture has just released its <a href="http://ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-price-outlook/summary-findings.aspx">latest forecast</a> for retail food prices. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 20:16:10 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 5718 at http://kplu.org Pray For Rain: Food Prices Heading Higher Seattle hit record 70 on sunny Sunday http://kplu.org/post/seattle-hit-record-70-sunny-sunday <p>Under sunny skies, the temperature hit a record 70 degrees Sunday in Seattle, breaking the old record of 69 set in 1996.</p><p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 14:44:08 +0000 The Associated Press 4684 at http://kplu.org