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The past week’s weather has been sort of a roller coaster. Temperatures hovered in the 60s, there were rain-showers, scattered clouds, sunshine and even thunderstorms.
The most dramatic storms peaked on Saturday, when lightning, flooding, and even funnel clouds and possible tornadoes were spotted!
— NoMore Shrubs (@NShrubs) June 18, 2016
This is due to an upper level disturbance that hovered around the region and just would not leave. The very cold air circulating around this disturbance in the upper atmosphere created an unstable environment which spawned thunderstorms across the region, from south of Olympia and Tacoma to North Seattle.
Here’s an animation of the models starting Tuesday, June 15th. As you can see the center of the low (the black box with the ‘L’ in it) floated around for almost six days.
Looking ahead, this upper level system isn’t done. It is expected to weaken and slowly drift through Washington accompanied by some scattered showers and should exit the region by Tuesday.
Happy Fathers Day!
I found an awesome website that visualizes a decade of rainfall, wildfire, thunderstorm and other climatic information in Washington, Oregon and California.
When you open up the page, you’ll see a map of Washington and the timeline on the bottom of the page will begin to scroll, indicating time passing by. The blue orbs over the state will fluctuate based on the amount of rainfall received, and small symbols will pop up representing wildfires, thunderstorms, or droughts. (Ignore the hurricane symbol, this site was created in Europe and I think that they mistook ‘wind event’ for ‘hurricane’.)
Enjoy a few minutes of visualizing Washington’s dramatically variable climate!
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