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Hey everyone! I regret to inform those of you who are sick of our winter that we have ANOTHER strong storm moving in.
The typical impacts (albeit a little more windy) are expected from this system Friday night.
Oh what? Is that spring around the corner? I think it is!
Wow, I haven’t seen a forecast that warm and not rainy for months! This sudden arrival of nice weather is the signature of a “high pressure ridge”; imagine it as a big moving dome of air which tamps down on any clouds or rain under it.
Not to say that we’ve moved on to another season (more storms possible by the middle of February, sorry) but this is a great treat for those of us who miss the Vitamin D and not wearing coats.
A warm and soggy batch of moisture is marching across the Pacific Ocean, and within 48 hours it’s going to be pointed right at us.
We’ve had a couple of these “atmospheric rivers” so far this season, but I’m going to call this one the Super Soaker for dramatic effect.
Here’s what you can expect from this week’s Super Soaker:
Forecasts for Friday and into the weekend are a little less sure. An upper level system looks to cool things down and spawn a few showers mixed with sun breaks as well.
A barrage of strong Pacific storms brought nearly relentless bouts of heavy rainfall during the last week, worrying officials who look for signs of landslides and flooding in Western Washington.
Sea-Tac Airport as of Tuesday night, had accumulated over three inches of rainfall during the last three days; more than enough to warrant the National Weather Service and the Department of Natural Resources to warn of extreme landslide danger in the south Puget Sound.
The final straw on Tuesday was the thick swath of moisture fed by tropical air which stalled over the Northwest and dumped inches of rainfall into already saturated and weak hill soils.
The unfortunate consequence was the give-away of a hill on Standring Ln. which destroyed one house and prompted the evacuation of five others.
Here in Burien, we’re all too familiar with the danger of landslides. We’ve lost homes before, and there are many neighborhoods that sit on or near verified slide danger zones.
Luckily, it appears that the majority of the heavy rainfall has passed at least for today (Wednesday). Heavy rain is expected to return on Thursday and Friday, when the threat of high wind will also be in the picture.
Stay vigilant about your nearby hills and cliffs during, and after this active weather spree. Some slides occur after the storms have passed.
Stay safe, and keep updated on the weather by following the Puget Sound Weather Geek Facebook Page
Here is a list of information about landslides in Western Washington:
Nature has decided that it hates the Northwest and that it’s going to use us as it’s punching bag for the next few days. We’re going to take a beating from the weather this week.
All models and forecasts are pointing to a super wet and windy next few days.
Green = Rain | Blue = Snow | Closer the black lines = Stronger the wind
Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Right after the other! Some of these storms may have strong winds. After Thursday’s failed windstorm forecast, future windstorm predictions will be released with full disclosure of uncertainty in the forecast.
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