Winter weather http://kplu.org en Worried about Flooding? There's an App for That in King County http://kplu.org/post/worried-about-flooding-theres-app-king-county <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">King County has <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/waterandland/flooding/warning-system/app.aspx" target="_blank">released an app </a>that puts flood warning information at residents' fingertips. The smartphone- and tablet-friendly app&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">displays real-time flooding information on major rivers in the county.</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:03:09 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10788 at http://kplu.org Worried about Flooding? There's an App for That in King County National Weather Service Says Big Floods Likely This Winter http://kplu.org/post/national-weather-service-says-big-floods-likely-winter <p>November, which marks the start of flood season in the Northwest, is just around the corner. And the National Weather Service says there is&nbsp;<a href="http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/forecasts.php?wfo=sew" target="_blank">high potential for rivers to burst their banks</a> from now through February.</p><p>This winter will bring what is known as a<a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/lot/2012-2013%20winter%20outlook%20for%20web.pdf">&nbsp;“neutral” weather pattern</a>; we won't see the milder El Ni<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">ñ</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">o</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> nor the wetter, windier La </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ni</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">ñ</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this winter. But that hardly means we get a break. </span></p><p>A neutral winter can mean&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">trouble for those who live or work near flood plains in western Washington as</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;it brings the highest number of so-called “Pineapple Express” events during which an atmospheric river forms off the coast.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:50:24 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10738 at http://kplu.org National Weather Service Says Big Floods Likely This Winter First Frost Today, But a Sunny Weekend Ahead http://kplu.org/post/first-frost-today-sunny-weekend-ahead <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first frost of the season hit the northwest Friday morning on both sides of the mountains, but skies will be sunny for much of the weekend. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Enjoy it while it lasts, since it will turn rainy again on Monday, says&nbsp;</span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> weather expert Cliff Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 17:13:45 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10271 at http://kplu.org First Frost Today, But a Sunny Weekend Ahead Suddenly there's a meadow in the ocean with 'flowers' everywhere http://kplu.org/post/suddenly-theres-meadow-ocean-flowers-everywhere It was three, maybe four o'clock in the morning when he first saw them. Grad student Jeff Bowman was on the deck of a ship; he and a University of Washington biology team were on their way back from the North Pole. It was cold outside, the temperature had just dropped, and as the dawn broke, he could see a few, then more, then even more of these little flowery things, growing on the frozen sea.<p>"I was absolutely astounded," he says. They were little protrusions of ice, delicate, like snowflakes. They began growing in the dry, cold air "like a meadow spreading off in all directions. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 19:23:29 +0000 Robert Krulwich 7418 at http://kplu.org Suddenly there's a meadow in the ocean with 'flowers' everywhere Heavy snow falling in mountains; tips for safe holiday travel http://kplu.org/post/heavy-snow-falling-mountains-tips-safe-holiday-travel <p>Forecasters say the latest storm moving across Washington will leave up to 2 feet of new snow in the Cascades by Thursday morning.</p><p>Travelers planning on heading across the mountain passes this weekend should plan accordingly. <a href="http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/passes/default.aspx" target="_blank">Traction tires or chains are being advised</a>, and in some cases may be required.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/winter" target="_blank">WSDOT&nbsp;offers these tips </a>to protect yourself and your passengers while driving in snowy/icy conditions:&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:18:28 +0000 KPLU & The Associated Press 7413 at http://kplu.org Heavy snow falling in mountains; tips for safe holiday travel Winter weather advisory for Washington Cascades http://kplu.org/post/winter-weather-advisory-washington-cascades <p></p><p>The National Weather Service has downgraded a winter weather warning for the Washington Cascades Tuesday night to an advisory.</p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:06:50 +0000 The Associated Press 7283 at http://kplu.org Heavy rain sets off landslides around region http://kplu.org/post/heavy-rain-sets-landslides-around-region OLYMPIA, Wash. - Heavy rains and high winds are making it hard to get around parts of western Washington and northwest Oregon this afternoon. Flood watches and warnings are in effect across a wide area of the Northwest. At least half a dozen mudslides have blocked highways and rail lines since this morning .<p>The freight train of storms pummeling the Northwest has saturated soils. Some places are not getting enough time between downpours for the water to drain off. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 00:08:58 +0000 Tom Banse 7163 at http://kplu.org Heavy rain sets off landslides around region Winter weather hits region hard: heavy rains, mudslides, street flooding http://kplu.org/post/winter-weather-hits-region-hard-heavy-rains-mudslides-street-flooding <p>Forecasters say the wet and windy weather with mountain snow will continue this week in Washington, but there may be a lull on Thanksgiving Day. The current deluge so far has resulted in a few mudslides, street flooding and a state trooper’s car being smashed.</p><p>The National Weather Service says a series of Pacific storms are aiming to hit the Northwest every day or two.</p><p><strong>Getting around</strong></p><p>The morning commute around Seattle was tough, but the commute home today may be a bit easier.</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:09:46 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 7158 at http://kplu.org Winter weather hits region hard: heavy rains, mudslides, street flooding Washington snowpack 137 percent of average http://kplu.org/post/washington-snowpack-137-percent-average <p>Plenty of snow in the mountains means it should be a good year for the water supply in Washington.</p><div><p>The Natural Resources Conservation Service says the mountain snowpack as of April 1 &mdash; when it typically peaks &mdash; is 137 percent of average.</p><p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 18:55:40 +0000 The Associated Press 4651 at http://kplu.org Snow forecast for parts of Washington http://kplu.org/post/snow-forecast-parts-washington <p>A winter storm is bringing another shot of snow to parts of Washington.</p><div><p>The National Weather Service says a Pacific frontal system will hit the coast and northwest interior Tuesday with gusty winds and rain in most of Western Washington.</p><p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 17:09:18 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 4264 at http://kplu.org Snow forecast for parts of Washington Northwest back country ripe for more avalanches http://kplu.org/post/northwest-back-country-ripe-more-avalanches <p>The conditions that led to fatal avalanches in the Washington Cascades could get worse this week. Three expert skiers died near Stevens Pass on Sunday and a snowboarder died in a separate avalanche near Snoqualmie.</p><p>Mark Moore is the director of the <a href="http://www.nwac.us/">Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center</a>. He says a crystalline layer of frost prevented new snow from bonding with the bottom layers. He estimates that led to hundreds if not thousands of avalanches in remote areas over the weekend.</p><p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:36:59 +0000 Jessica Robinson 4209 at http://kplu.org Northwest back country ripe for more avalanches Inland NW seeing a more recognizable winter http://kplu.org/post/inland-nw-seeing-more-recognizable-winter <p>While cities west of the Cascades recover from the ice storm, flooding and mudslides, the Inland Northwest is getting more of what residents have been expecting for a while: a wintry white layer of snow. And forecasters say there&#39;s another round on the way.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 22:34:10 +0000 Jessica Robinson 3881 at http://kplu.org Inland NW seeing a more recognizable winter Update: Snow falling, but Cliff Mass says it's almost over http://kplu.org/post/update-snow-falling-cliff-mass-says-its-almost-over <p>Cliff Mass, KPLU weather expert and University of Washington professor, says the snow storm we woke up to is almost out of gas:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;... amazingly the worst is almost over. In fact, it should really be all over for most of the western side of the Cascades by 1 PM,&quot; he said.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:22:00 +0000 Jake Ellison 3760 at http://kplu.org Update: Snow falling, but Cliff Mass says it's almost over Snow? Probably yes, for most of western Washington http://kplu.org/post/snow-probably-yes-most-western-washington <p>But not too much.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s not going to be the big snow-storm,&quot; says KPLU weather expert, and UW professor, Cliff Mass.</p><p>The areas most likely to get a couple inches of snow are the so-called &quot;convergence zone,&quot; between north Seattle and Everett, and in the Bellingham area. For everyone else, Mass says it will be &quot;hit and miss&quot; depending on so many factors that it&#39;s hard to generalize.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:23:14 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 3713 at http://kplu.org Snow? Probably yes, for most of western Washington Second La Nina in a row brings rain but does that mean floods? http://kplu.org/post/second-la-nina-row-brings-rain-does-mean-floods <p>Climate experts have predicted a colder and wetter than normal winter on the way for Washington, thanks to a second year in a row of La Nina&rsquo;s effects.&nbsp;</p><p>While some people in the area will be happy about a surge in showers, a lot more are probably disappointed or worried.</p><p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 22:30:36 +0000 Charla Bear 3015 at http://kplu.org Second La Nina in a row brings rain but does that mean floods?