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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:48 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Mass: Friday is the Calm before First Big Storm of Season

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Listen to Cliff's forecast for the week ahead, as well as his discussion of lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy, which happened a year ago this week.

"Today is the calm before the storm," says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

The first big storm of the season will hit the Northwest on Saturday, and it's expected to produce winds strong enough to cause power outages and trigger snowfall in the mountains at elevations low enough to cover the passes.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:13 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Mass: Back to cooler and wetter days, but be thankful for normal

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Be thankful for normal, even if it's not sunny and warm, says Cliff Mass, KPLU's weather expert and a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.

"The interesting thing about this spring is it's been really normal. It's really normal to have some periods where it's above normal and below normal," says Mass, adding he's not quite a prophet of doom; maybe the "prophet of deterioration."

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Weather with Cliff Mass, wind
8:59 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Memorial Day weekend will begin with sun, end with clouds

The wind farms in the Kittitas Valley take advantage of the high-pressure push from the west side of the Cascades to the low-pressure east.
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The forecast for today and tomorrow calls for sun and low to mid-70s temperatures, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass. But, the sun and clear skies will give way on Sunday and Monday to clouds and temperatures at least 10 degrees lower.

Basically, we’re still transitioning into the “June gloom.”

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:03 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Gusty enough to knock down ... branches? a restaurant?

Commemorating the windstorm of 2003, this mural by Chris Hopkins is at Ivar's rebuilt restaurant in Mukilteo.

The type of wind and rainstorm blowing into western Washington has done some amazing damage in the past. Weather expert Cliff Mass is not forecasting anything so huge this weekend, but we will get a "westerly wind surge," gusty enough to expect some power outages on Whidbey Island. 

Winds could gust to 50 or 60 miles per hour in some parts of the Strait of Juan de Fuca -- as a front from the north accelerates down the strait and barrels into Whidbey and the Everett area.

Two examples that Mass recalls vividly:

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