Monday, April 2, 2012

Light at the End of the Tunnel!

Monday, April 2, 2012
10:46 A.M.

So, my post yesterday was an April Fool's prank. You gotta admit though, it was pretty good.

Anyway, looking over the models this morning, it appears as though some warmer weather will soon be affecting us in the Pacific Northwest. Take a look at the latest model extraction from the 12z GFS for Seattle! This is a program from Brian Schmit, so I gotta give him credit.

Look at those high temps! Starting Sunday, we could get pretty toasty around here. I, for one, am actually a little depressed about this... I love my cold, springtime showers and sunbreaks weather, but I'm sure many of you will be happy for a change. I DO plan to have some picnics in the UW quad, which should be super fun. I've already got one scheduled with some girls on a different floor in the dorm. We plan to eat tons of ice cream. Before then, we've got some weather to go through.

03:00 am PDT Mon 02 Apr 2012 - West Coast NWS water vapor satellite

Take a look at this BEAUTIFUL storm above. Not every Pacific Northwest storm takes on such a picture-perfect appearance. Take a look at that spiral! Simply incredible. That's a powerful storm, no foolin' here. This satellite image was taken at 3 A.M., and the storm has degraded since then, but it is still very pretty.

10:30 am PDT Mon 02 Apr 2012 - West Coast NWS water vapor satellite

The long fetch of tropical moisture is expected to slowly make its way inland today into tonight. Although it isn't looking as wet and strong as originally feared, it will bring us around a quarter inch of rain, and there are wind advisories for the Northwest Interior and the Coast.

Take a gander at the 500mb chart 180 hours from now though. See that huge ridge of high pressure over us? That's what is expected to bring us picnic weather. 

Valid 05:00 pm PDT Mon, 09 Apr 2012 - 180hr Fcst - UW 36km 12z WRF-GFS 500mb vorticity, heights

One more week, and then we'll get into some wonderful (albeit boring) weather. Get the frisbees out!

Have a good one,



  2. Haha, you want to come to the picnic too? Then you can meet them!