Ice Coming?

Discussion in 'Weather' started by Ford Man, Feb 10, 2021.

  1. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Snow level on Haystack Mtn is still about 2000feet. But 2 days ago, the Puget Sound temperatures were above 60degF. Yet, Easter morning yesterday, temperatures were down to 45degF & warmer clothes were needed for a walk. Today, the sun is bursting open, earlier than expected with temperatures predicted to get to 54degF. Cloudier tomorrow & rain coming. Depending on the temp, snow should fall in the mtns. At some point(in late April or May?), snow will be off Haystack Mtn,, only remaining on higher 6-9000 foot peaks.
     
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2021
  2. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Finally....I went for a long totally sunny drive in the 2013 auto Elantra. 39degF to begin. Surprised by the roadside snow beginning at 1500feet on the way up to 4000foot Stevens Pass. Really surprised by the 15 foot vertical snow along what I would call the roadsides, but there were no roadsides....just the occasional guardrail with 15 feet of snow. Did I say vertical? Yes, vertical! At pass top, 32 degrees & MPG down to 30. Highway 2, tho surrounded by snow was almost all dry. Descending to Peshastin, MPG recovered to 41. Moving south now on Highway 97 to 4000foot Blewit Pass, MPG dropped to 32. Whereas Highway 2 had a few rough areas(more traffic), Blewit pavement was sweet & smooth. One short spot of major work. Descending, ascending & descending to I-90 near usually windy Ellensburg, accumulated MPG was 43. In the region are scattered Wind Turbines, usually generating electricity. But now, they were unusually still, just a handful turning very slowly. Moving towards Yakima on the freeway, major ups, downs, ups, downs, ups, & downs & downs got me to the big farming & orchard city with several rivers & creeks meeting to water the crops.. Continuing south thru the famous Town of Union Gap, brought me to the vast Yakama Native Tribal Reservation. Reservations, sometimes called Concentration Camps by the Native Tribes concentrated there, were admired by Hitler.
    Getting gas in Toppenish, filling car tank & jugs, the day had warmed to 66degF., the warmest I’d been since early October(?) last year. Yeah, I was driving in my T-shirt, had zipped off my zippable pant legs (which I had made sure to wear), & had the windows rolled down a trace.
    Returning to Yakima, I traveled the Yakima Canyon to Ellensburg. The angles of the slopes on the canyons, coincided with the slope of the Sunrays, illuminating the natural “terraces” which showed how the slopes shifted downward over time. Getting on I-90, I saw the more distant Wind Turbines again, this time more turnings providing more electricity. I proceeded to Snoqualmie Pass, then down into western Washington & home. It was good to be home after a sweet day, because my arthritis has been kicking up. Day’s end with MPG at 44.4.

    PS.....The reason I went traveling to eastern Washington yesterday......its snowing at Stevens Pass today!
    April 8, 2021:
    PS I....Other reasons that I took the eastern Wa drive, two days ago, was that the mtn. weather at least, was to be multiple days rain & snow. & such be the case. Not only am I seeing Stevens Pass highway mountain snow on the Wa state DOT cameras, but I even see multiple snow plows clearing snow right now. Also, traffic is stopped well before the pass, for avalanche control activities.
    April 9, 2021:
    PS II....This morning the sun is beaming & we have lots of blue sky. Unlike my drive 3 days ago, when the morning temperature was 39degF, today there was frost on the grass.
    April 10, 2021:
    PS III...Still, snowing in the Cascade mtns. Last night, snow got below 1000feet in our high foothills proceeding into the Cascades & even into a bit of eastern Washington. Even snow in Sultan, which is considered as the valley. Still, avalanche control continues on several highways, plus I-90 is closed due to multiple snow related accidents. Still, I dote on my drive the other day.
    I certainly will drive more....between the weather bouts. & the good weather seems to be coming, with clearing skies to the west & sunshine now taking over, away from the mountains. Yeah, my Hyundais are ready for travel weather. I’ll point the car noses toward the sunshine.
    Whoa! Just had a nice drive in the Hyundai Accent with blue skies all around(‘cept to the east in the cloudy, rainy, snowy(?) mountains). Stopping & walking along favorite river bends, yesterday I saw 2 nice deer in the fields with the binoculars (had also seen 3 deer on the river island a week before). Today, saw 2 coyotes in the same fields trying to rustle up some grub. While binocular sweeping the region, I saw a house roofing team doing their thing, over half of a mile away. We’re going to get our house roofed pretty soon, so maybe that’s a sign that our house is due.
     
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  3. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    Just when I thought spring was here we woke up one morning early this week (Monday or Tuesday I forget which) with a dusting of snow here in southern KY.
     
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  4. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    We had a surprise snow storm a week ago Friday. Three or so inches of heavy wet snow. Even more surprising was the one foot pile at the entrance to my garage from snow shed off the roof. The snow on the ground was gone within about a day or two though the snow piles lingered a few days, the ones on the edges of the driveway, not the pile at the garage.:) I did the shoveling for the driveway and garage and had to clear a couple of solar panels that did not fully shed its load of snow.
     
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  5. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    We had a few wet flakes fall last Saturday. No accumulation.
     
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  6. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Well…….Two days ago, Seattle, on the cold 55degF Salish Sea(Puget Sound) got its hottest day ever, 108degF, shattering the 103degF day of July 2009. Some places in western Washington had 114degF temperatures, away from the Salish. Yesterday, some eastern Washington state places might have beaten our state’s all-time high temperature, 118degF. However, the strengthening Marine Push off the ocean, slightly weakened the hot high pressure system, as it moved into eastern Washington. One place did get to 117degF.
    Today, the Marine Push is holding Seattle down 42degF from its high two days ago.
    If the Marine Push dropped Seattle another 42degF tomorrow, might we get snow? :D:eek: Don’t think so! Never saw snow in the western WA lowlands in July. However, many decades ago, I did see 3 snowflakes, once in June.
     
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  7. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Litesong, I wondered how you fared with the heat... thanks for reporting in.
     
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  8. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Thanks for asking. Our older family got away OK…… I think. Our area was predicted to hit 110 to 112degF. People in drier areas of the country get those temperatures. But our humidity make temperatures “feel closer” & higher in temperatures, plus most people here don’t have a/c. Fortunately, there was the Pacific Ocean incoming Marine Push which helped moderate the predicted temperatures & reduced actual temps to 104 degF here. Our oldest 89 year old member of our family, dealt with the heat very well, EVEN KEEPING HER SOCKS & SLIPPERS ON! To me that was a bit spooky, specially since she had fallen some days previously, & was also trying to handle her accident pain. She’s at the doctor right now, not for heat problems but for her fall.
    Anyhow, as I said in another post, one place in northeastern Washington was 117degF. One place in BC, Canada was 118degF.
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    1PM, PST, July 1, 2021:
    PS….Lytton, BC, home to hundreds of people, just set 3 record temperatures in a row, the last day, 121+degF. Orders were given to evacuate the town, as fire burned the town quickly (within a half hour?). Heat & dry conditions combined to burn 90% of the town. Almost 490 sudden deaths have occurred in the heatwave in the large surrounding region, about two thirds more than what is considered average. While I was worrying about our state, even worse was occurring in BC.
     
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  9. litesong

    litesong litesong

    With the hot weather system into the middle of the country now, the Marine Push really thickened the clouds here & we actually got a few drops of rain(or course, no snow—ha ha). Would have liked a lot more rain. No prediction for rain for the next week(s?)….maybe even months. The previous system’s heat & lack of rain makes our vast forests vulnerable to fire now. AND the soil has dried out even more. Doubt the few drops of rain did anything. Hope the mountains & forests got more rain this morning than we did. Suspect eastern Washington forests are bone dry & fire-prone. Been some fires there already & our western Washington had some small fires also. LOOKING TOUGH.
     
  10. litesong

    litesong litesong

    BC, Canada has ~ 170 fires burning in the province. Air tanker operations base has been updated in Edmonton, Alberta.
     
  11. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Our Washington state has now declared a burn ban till at least September. Two vehicle accidents resulted in powerful fires on highways & freeways today. Fire trucks called to extinguish the flames first worked to contain the blazes, so forests next to the roadways did not catch fire & spread over 10, 100, a thousand(+?) acres. Yeah, this is western Washington which drowns in water…..except not much over the last months. Worse is in eastern Washington & as mentioned for British Columbia…..& Oregon, California, Idaho, etc.
     
  12. Dorean Clarke

    Dorean Clarke Well-Known Member

    Fire safety burn bans protect people and property when wildfire danger is high, while air quality burn bans protect people when the air is unhealthy. ~protect the environment and save lives!
     

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