Mountains & Their Hats – Lenticular Clouds

Mountains & Their Hats – Lenticular Clouds

Ever Wondered Why Rainier and Baker Occasionally Wear Cloud Hats? Lenticular Clouds above the Olympic Mountains, with Mount Constance in the center, it’s peak hidden behind the clouds. Living in the Seattle Metro area, perhaps you’ve seen Mount Rainier and Mount Baker don their cloud “hats” on occasion. This is a fun weather phenomenon that makes for some amazing cloud formations that occur above mountainous terrain, and occasionally in other places as well. Want to know about what causes these…

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Quick Update

Quick Update

Very quick update, but I just wanted to make note of the fact that I added an Emergency and Severe Weather Preparedness page to the blog. The link can be found in the upper right hand corner of the site, or you can access it here: http://lbcweather.weathertogether.net/emergency-and-severe-storm-preparedness/ I hope that this is a valuable resource, and I will continue to add to it as and if I find more relevant information. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to…

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Forecast Uncertainty – What’s the Big Deal?

Forecast Uncertainty – What’s the Big Deal?

I do apologize that it has taken me so long to get this blog out. It’s been a bit of a project for me because I’ve been looking at this from a lot of different angles, various opinions, and also looking back at situations where uncertain forecasts came into play.  We talked a little bit about forecast uncertainty in snow forecasts in the last two blogs I posted in regards to Winter Storm Maya, but this blog will be a…

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Winter Storm Maya Recap – February 5-6th 2017

Winter Storm Maya Recap – February 5-6th 2017

Let’s take a look at our recent winter storm, named Maya by The Weather Channel. As you may have read in my previous blog, this was quite possibly one of the most difficult snow forecasts, or really any forecast, that many of the meteorologists and those in the local weather community had ever seen. So many factors came into play with this particular set up, that even a one degree temperature difference would have meant cold rain instead of snow….

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Superbowl Sunday Snow?

Superbowl Sunday Snow?

As you’ve probably seen over the last few days on TV and across social media, we do the dance with snowfall potential starting midday Superbowl Sunday, and it continues through midweek. The purpose of this blog is to break down the possibilities, and explain the how’s/why’s/what’s about the forecast. Let’s start by saying that this is one of the most difficult forecasts many of us have ever seen. There are so many factors that go into potential snow events like…

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Fun Experiment – Clouds and Rain!

Fun Experiment – Clouds and Rain!

Have you ever tried to explain to your kiddos how clouds and rain work, but you just can’t show them exactly how it works because the clouds are so high up in the sky? Well, here’s a fun and simple way to show them in a visual manner that is not only easy to understand, but exciting and easy to do! And most likely, you probably already have all the “ingredients” necessary right at home! Let’s briefly talk about clouds…

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What Causes an Ice Storm?

What Causes an Ice Storm?

While us Seattle Metro area residents see heavy rain today and tomorrow, our counterparts in East Portland, OR, the Gorge, and even the Cascade Mountains and Eastern Washington are seeing a significant Ice Storm event. Ice Storms are not common in this area, and a significant event such as the ones unfolding nearby are relatively rare. Occasionally as we transition from colder weather back to warmer weather via a warm front, sometimes the precipitation can begin as snow or freezing…

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Anatomy of a Snowflake

Anatomy of a Snowflake

Have you ever wondered how snowflakes are formed, and are they really all different? Well, this post is for you! “Q: How are snowflakes formed?  A:  A snowflake begins to form when an extremely cold water droplet freezes onto a pollen or dust particle in the sky. This creates an ice crystal. As the ice crystal falls to the ground, water vapor freezes onto the primary crystal, building new crystals – the six arms of the snowflake. That’s the short…

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Frozen Bubbles – A Perk of the Cold?

Frozen Bubbles – A Perk of the Cold?

I’ve really wanted to start blogging but I’ve been lacking ideas for subjects….so I thought, why not use some of my photography and tie it into the weather? In this case, we are currently in our coldest weather pattern in at least a few years! Lows have dipped down into the 20’s and teens for many areas in Western Washington. This morning at 8:30am, it was a balmy 20 degrees Farenheit in my backyard. The sun was just peeking through…

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