07/28/15: How does that song go? “Here comes the heat again?”

That reference song calls for rain, but unfortunately that isn’t the case for us. Hopefully you didn’t put your fans and AC units away!

Recap

Monday – High 77°F, Low 61°F; Scattered cloud cover in the morning, clearing up for the most part by the afternoon. Winds were actually breezy in the morning and calmed down by late afternoon, which is a little different than I had put in the previous forecast.

Tuesday – 83°F; Mostly clear all day, with the winds picking up by late morning.

WARNINGS – We only have 2 warnings to be aware of for this forecast. The first is the usual Small Craft Advisory for the Strait. The other one is a Special Weather Statement (vague, I know) for the entire Puget Sound area, warning about the extended heat wave coming up. For more info, please see here.

FIRESFire report current as of 10:53am. Only 2 fires for this batch. First up is the Blue Creek fire near Walla Walla. Fire fighters have made some improvement, with 6,004 acres consumed at currently at 73% contained. And the last one is the North Boulder 2 fire near Orient. It is at 22% containment, and has consumed 175 acres. For a map of the fire locations see here, and for details on the fires themselves see here.

The jet stream will start to shift north Wednesday morning, so we can expect the warm up to start tomorrow. It will stall for the most part by Thursday morning, which will keep that warm air mass parked right over us for a while.

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The jet stream will start moving north, bringing in the hot air from the south. SOURCE: UW Models; 36km 500mb; Temps, winds, heights

High pressure will stick around, with a large high center out over the Pacific. No fronts or isolated lows in the area, so I will be skipping this model.

As I hinted at last forecast, and as I’m sure you can figure out from the given info already, we can expect a dry midweek. No rain or showers moving in, and the CAPE is pretty blank as well. Since both models are empty I will not be posting them either.

With high pressure sticking around, skies will be clear all day for the next couple of days. Humidity is looking to stay on the dry side and there isn’t a whole lot of onshore flow (winds coming from the Pacific), so I’m not expecting too much in the way of morning clouds/fog. With that said, some may pop up but I doubt it.

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Clear skies for the next couple of days, with a few clouds up in the mountain. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Cloud; Column-integrated cloud water

Winds will be following the same general trend for the summer. Calm in the morning, picking up in the afternoon. The slight exception is overnight Wednesday and into Thursday. While the winds will follow the general trend, areas in central Sound (mainly over Kitsap, the entrance to Hood Canal, and over the water) will see windy conditions overnight and into Thursday morning. After that the winds will pick up and be fairly windy for the entire Sound.

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Winds will be overall calm in the morning and breezy in the afternoon, but Thursday morning is looking to be blustery in places. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Surface; 10m Wind Speed; Western WA 10m Wind Speed

Now for the temperatures. And as I’ve been saying, it’s going to be hot. Wednesday will see highs in the mid to high 80s for most of us, warming a bit to the south. Lows will be in the low 60s, with some areas cooling a little bit more with the clear skies. Thursday will (for now) reach the peak temperatures for the week, with highs reaching into the high 80s, with a few places likely to at least hit 90 (and possibly higher). Lows will be about the same.

TL;DR: Keep the water handy. You’re going to need it.

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07/26/15: Well, hope you enjoyed it while it lasted

Being outside all weekend, the weather definitely could have been worse. It was nice, cool, and even the showers weren’t so bad. But as the title says, that will be changing soon.

Recap

Friday – High 77°F, Low 61°F; Mostly cloudy all day, with some scattered showers throughout the day. Winds were breezy all day, picking up in the afternoon.

Saturday – High 70°F, Low 61°F; Scattered showers, mainly in the morning/afternoon. Mostly cloudy once again, with breezy conditions all day.

Sunday – High 73°F; Mostly cloudy again, a little less breezy, and scattered showers and thundershowers in the afternoon.

WARNINGS – A few things to note tonight. Over the water, we have a Small Craft Advisory for the Strait, which may upgrade to a Gale Watch/Warning tomorrow. Over land, we have a Flash Flood Watch for the Cascades, and a Short Term Forecast for the Interior, both because of thunderstorms. For more info, please see here.

FIRESFire report current as of 12:58pm. Only 3 fires to report on, with 2 of them new. First we have the Hatch Grade fire near Helix, OR (but on our side of the line). This fire has consumed 600 acres, and is 0% contained. Next is the Blue Creek fire near Walla Walla. With 6,225 acres consumed, it is 35% contained. Finally, we have the North Boulder 2 fire near Orient. At 0% containment, it has consumed 158 acres. For a map of the fire locations see here, and for details on the fires themselves see here.

The trough that brought in the cool temperatures and showers will be heading east overnight tonight and into Monday. By Monday night, we’ll be back in a ridge set up. Temperatures will still be on the mild side tomorrow, but by Tuesday we’ll see the temperatures start to climb again.

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Trough moving out, ridge moving in. SOURCE: UW Models; 36km 500mb; Temps, winds heights

Pressure will be staying on the high side over the next couple of days. That’s about it. I will be skipping this model.

The showers and thunderstorms will start to clear out overnight, and by the time we’re all on our morning commute the lowlands will be dry and the mountains will have some scattered showers. Some of those showers will drift down over Kitsap towards the end of the day, and after that we’ll be dry all around. Other than tonight there’s no CAPE on the model, so no thunderstorms.

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Thunderstorms and showers wrapping up tonight, showers in the mountains Monday, mostly dry on Tuesday. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Precip; 3-hour precipitation; WA 3-hour precipitation

With the pressure increasing overnight and showers sticking around, we can expect mostly cloudy skies for Monday. As all of that moves on, expect skies to clear up to let in more of that delicious Vitamin D.

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Mostly cloudy on Monday, clearing up a bit on Tuesday. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Cloud; Column-integrated cloud water

Here are the 24hr precipitation totals for Monday. I will skip Tuesday since there isn’t any rain.

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24hr precipitation totals as of Monday evening. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Precip; 24-hour precipitation; WA 24-hour precipitation

As the pressure shifts on Monday, expect breezy conditions throughout the day, especially up in the Strait. Once that pressure stabilizes overnight, expect the usual trend of calm morning and breezy afternoon.

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Breezy on Monday, kind of breezy on Tuesday. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Surface; 10m Wind Speed; Western WA 10m Wind Speed

The warm up this week will be gradual, so at least you can ease into the heat. Monday will see highs in the low to mid 70s for the Sound, cooling a little to the north. Lows will be in the mid 50s. Tuesday will be warmer, with highs reaching into the high 70s to low 80s for everyone.

TL;DR: Heat’s coming back!

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07/23/15: Downtown definitely needs a bath, but hopefully not on Saturday night.

It looks like there’s a possibility of some showers finally moving in, and of course it’s in time for the Seafair Torchlight Parade. As I will be in it, I’m really hoping it won’t rain, but it would be worse for people just sitting on the side! We’ll see how that goes in a bit…

Recap

Wednesday – High 77°F, Low 62°F; Mostly cloudy in areas in the morning, clearing up to partly cloudy in the afternoon. Winds were breezy all day, picking up a little in the afternoon.

Thursday – High 81°F; Partly cloudy all day, with calm morning winds picking up in the afternoon.

WARNINGS – At this point, all we have is a Small Craft Advisory for the Strait and northern waterways/islands. For more info, please see here.

FIRESFire report current as of 2:42pm. We have 4 fires to report on tonight. First up is the PC Complex near Amboy. Previously reported as the Colvin Creek Fire, it has consumed 129 acres with 60% containment (little baby fire). Next is one we’ve seen for a while, but with a new name: the Newby Lake Long Draw fire near Loomis. Still at 5,065 acres, it is now at 95% containment so is just about taken care of. Moving up in rating, we have the I-90 fire near George. At 100% containment and 1,450 acres consumed, this one is all wrapped up. Finally, we have the Blue Creek fire near Walla Walla. With 5,580 acres consumed, it is now at 5% contained. For a map of the fire locations see here, and for details on the fires themselves see here.

A new trough will start to move in to the north of us, which will be pushing some precipitation ahead of it on the leading edge. While it will stay to the north for the most part, the southern edge will creep over us, which will help cool us off, but also bring in some rain. Sunday is looking to stay cool as well, but that will probably be changing by Monday…

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A trough will swing part of its southern edge over us, cooling slightly and bringing in some rain. SOURCE: UW Models; 36km 500mb; Temps, winds, heights

The sea level pressure map is showing the pressure to stay fairly constant, but with the trough moving in a low will move in to the north as well. This low will swing a front around into our neighborhood, and although it looks weak on the model (can barely be seen with the line of constant temperatures [isotherm] and shift on winds) it will still be bringing in some weather Friday morning.

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A front will move in on Friday, finally bringing in some moisture. SOURCE: UW Models; 12km Surface; SLP, 10 m winds, and temp

The first wave of showers will move in Friday morning, with Vancouver Island and the mountains taking the brunt of it. With Vancouver Island creating a rain shadow for some of the Sound, we can expect north Sound to be hit first with some showers, and the system wrapping around to central and south Sound by late night. After that the showers will turn more scattered, mainly staying to the north Saturday morning. As we progress through the day, the showers will scatter a bit more, staying over Kitsap for the most part. Unfortunately, it looks like the showers will be sticking around for the parade, which is fine for me as I will be in the parade and will probably be wishing for some form of cool liquid, but for those sitting on the side…maybe not so much. Looking ahead on Sunday, there may be a little bit of a convergence zone forming for north Sound. The CAPE is blank for Friday and Saturday, so to stay with the normal schedule I won’t post the CAPE model, but on Sunday there is CAPE all over. So I’m thinking there’s a very good chance at some Convergence Zone thunderstorms on Sunday.

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Showers will move in to some areas Friday evening, and increase overnight. They will scatter a little bit on Saturday, but it looks like showers will attend the Torchlight Parade as well. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Precip; 3-hour precipitation; WA 3-hour precipitation

With the system moving in, we can expect more clouds to move in as well. Expect overcast and cloudy skies all day on Friday. The skies will start to clear up a little bit overnight as the rain starts to scatter, leaving Saturday mostly to partly cloudy.

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Overcast skies for Friday, clearing up a little on Saturday. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Cloud; Column-integrated cloud water

Here are the 24hr precipitation totals.

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24hr precipitation totals as of Friday evening. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Precip; 24-hour precipitation; WA 24-hour precipitation

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24hr precipitation totals as of Saturday evening. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Precip; 24-hour precipitation; WA 24-hour precipitation

Winds will still be following the trend we’ve been seeing, calm in the morning and picking up in the afternoon. There is a slight twist though: with the system moving in on Friday, while the winds will follow the trend, they will be on the stronger side. By Saturday we’ll reset to normal. The Strait will continue to see stronger winds through the weekend.

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Winds will follow the general pattern of calm in the morning and picking up in the afternoon, with Friday being stronger overall. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Surface; 10m Wind Speed; Western WA 10m Wind Speed

With this trough dipping down into our area, we can expect cooler temperatures. Friday will see highs in the low 70s for the entire Sound. Lows will stay on the warm side with the clouds keeping heat in, with high 50s for most of the Sound, cooling over Kitsap. Saturday will be similar to Friday for both highs and lows.

TL;DR: Slight cooldown with some showers on the way!

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07/21/15: Well this is nice, isn’t it?

I enjoy clear sunny days, and I don’t mind hot temperatures (as long as it isn’t humid). But I am definitely not complaining about the weather now. Hopefully it will last at least through the end of the week!

Recap

Monday – High 82°F, Low 61°F; Well, it got a little warmer than predicted, but it was still quite a bit cooler than the weekend. Winds were breezy all day, with a cloudy morning clearing up by the afternoon.

Tuesday – High 76°F; Mostly to partly cloudy all day, with scattered showers in the morning. Some areas got a decent amount, with Boeing Field receiving 0.13in.

WARNINGS – We have a Gale Warning in effect for the Strait, and a Red Flag Warning on the east side of the mountains. For more info, please see here.

FIRESFire report current as of 5:07pm. Somewhat like last time, we have only 3 fires to report on. First up is the I-90 fire near George. With 20% contained, it has consumed 900 acres. Next is the Blue Creek fire near Walla Walla. With 2,500 acres consumed, it is now 100% contained, so good to go on that. Finally we have the Newby Lake fire near Loomis. With 5,065 cares consumed, it is sitting at 30% containment. For a map of the fire locations see here, and for details on the fires themselves see here.

The cool weather will stick around for the next couple of days, with a possibility of slightly warming up as the jet stream does a little dance. There looks to be a spur or two moving through as well, so we could see some more showers move through like we saw Tuesday morning. By the end of the forecast on Thursday the trough that was to the north will have moved on, but the jet stream will still be sticking around over us, so the temperatures shouldn’t get too high.

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The trough will be moving away, but the jet stream will keep things not-as-warm. SOURCE: UW Models; 36km 500mb; Temps, winds, heights

The pressure will stay about the same as we’ve been seeing it, but there is actually something worth noting on this model. it looks like a very well defined front will form over the Pacific Wednesday evening, with it’s parent low up north off the map. It will slowly make its way east, and by the end of the forecast it will be very weak and off the coast. If it keeps some of its strength, it may bring in showers or wind, but at this point it looks like it will die off by that point.

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Pressure will stay constant (low enough for clouds, but not by much), but the interesting feature is a front that forms over the Pacific. It may push some showers over the coast, but it will be very weak by that point. SOURCE: UW Models; 12km Surface; SLP, 10 m winds, and temp

Showers will continue up in the mountains for Wednesday, with the possibility of a few smaller ones reaching down into the lowlands, mainly over Kitsap and north Sound. This will dry out for the most part by Thursday, with a few scattered showers around, mainly in the mountains. No CAPE for this batch, so no thunderstorms.

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Showers will mainly stick to the mountains, with some possibly moving to the lowlands. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Precip; 3-hour precipitation, WA 3-hour precipitation

The clouds will follow the same trend that we’ve seen for the last forecast. We’ll see cloudy skies in the morning for much of the Sound, with the clouds burning off later in the day to bring in some sun. Not a whole lot else to say.

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Mostly cloudy in the morning, clearing up in the afternoon. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Clouds, Column-integrated cloud cover

Here are the 24hr precipitation totals.

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24hr precipitation totals as of Wednesday evening. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Precip; 24-hour precipitation, WA 24-hour precipitation

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24hr precipitation totals as of Thursday evening. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Precip; 24-hour precipitation, WA 24-hour precipitation

Winds will be following the same trend as well. Expect calm air in the morning, picking up in the afternoon, mainly over the water. The Strait will just have strong wind throughout the forecast, so I expect at least Small Craft Advisories for the next few days, possibly even longer.

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Winds will be calm in the morning and breezy in the afternoon for the lowlands, while the Strait will have strong winds for most of the forecast period. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Surface; 10m Wind Speed; Western WA 10m Wind Speed

Temperatures will be pretty similar to what we’ve been seeing, with a possibility of warming a little as that trough moves away. Highs on Wednesday will be in the mid 70s for the entire Sound, cooling a little as you move north. Lows will be in the high 50s. Thursday will see highs in the high 70s, once again cooling a little to the north. Lows will be about the same as Wednesday.

TL;DR: About the same as we’ve been seeing.

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07/19/15: Almost hit 100 today!

Well that heat was pretty offensive at times, but we’ll be seeing a break soon! In the meantime, make sure you stay hydrated!

Recap

Friday – High 83°F, Low 66°F; Partly cloudy in the morning, clearing up later in the day. Winds picked up in the afternoon as well.

Saturday – High 92°F, Low 68°F; Clear all day, with windy conditions in the afternoon.

Sunday – High 98°F; Definitely heated up today, with clear skies and little to no wind to speak of.

WARNINGS – We have a Small Craft Advisory in effect for the Strait, and a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Red Flag Warning for the east side of the Cascades. Most importantly, we have a Heat Advisory in effect for the Sound, because it’s so darn hot. It will be expiring tonight, but if you find yourself out and about, either go inside or keep some water with you! For more info, please see here.

FIRESFire report current as of 2:37pm. We’re down to 3 fires since the last time I checked! As usual we’ll start with the smallest incident management level and work our way up. First up we have the Mt. Adams Complex near Trout Lake. At 89% containment, it has consumed 405 acres. Next is the fairly new Outlaw Draw fire near Chelan. With 90% contained, it has consumed 2,300 acres, and is expected to be fully contained by the end of the day. Finally, we have the Newby Lake fire up near Loomis. This one has been going for a while and is currently the highest rated for Incident Management (meaning it’s not good). At 25% contained, it has consumed 5,065 acres. For a map of the fire locations see here, and for details on the fires themselves see here.

The jet stream will shift south, bringing in some cool marine air to help cool us off. As we move into Tuesday, the jet stream will continue to shift, bringing in even cooler air that will help shift us back to around normal temperatures. We could see some systems roll in, but those should mainly be on Wednesday.

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The jet stream will be shifting south, bringing cool air from the north and cool air from the Pacific. SOURCE: UW Models; 36km 500mb; Temps, winds, heights

Pressure will definitely be on the decline over the next couple of days. I don’t see any frontal systems yet, so I will be skipping this model. But expect to see it on Tuesday.

We’ll be mostly dry over the next couple of days, with a few showers rolling through here and there. We’ll see some scattered showers in north Sound Monday morning, with the Olympics having showers basically all day. Tuesday will have a few more showers scattered throughout the Sound in the morning, but by the afternoon they will be restricted to the mountains. I’m not expecting thunderstorms with these showers, so we’re good on that.

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Showers will mainly stay in the mountains (Olympics), but we may see a few in the morning up in north Sound and over Kitsap. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Precip; 3-hour precipitation; WA 3-hour precipitation

Expect more clouds over the next couple of days (week for that matter) as the pressure drops. We’ll start off with cloudy skies Monday morning, decreasing as the day progresses, but not by much. Then it will be a rinse and repeat situation for Tuesday, with the possibility of a few more clouds in the afternoon.

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Mostly cloudy for the next couple of days, especially in the mornings. SOURCE: UW Models; Clouds, Column-integrated cloud water

Here are the 24hr precipitation totals.

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24hr precipitation totals as of Monday evening. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Precip; 24-hour precipitation; WA 24-hour precipitation

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24hr precipitation totals as of Monday evening. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Precip; 24-hour precipitation; WA 24-hour precipitation

As the pressure starts to change on Monday, we can expect some slightly breezier conditions throughout the day. Other than the Strait, the stronger winds will be in south Sound and parts of north Sound. We’ll calm down a little overnight, and stay that way for the most part on Tuesday, with the exception of north Sound and the Strait.

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Windy day on Monday, not as much on Tuesday. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Surface; 10m Wind Speed; Western WA 10m Wind Speed

Now the part I’m sure everyone was waiting for. As I mentioned, with the cooler air moving in we can expect cooler temperatures. Monday will see highs in the low to mid 70s for the Sound, cooling closer to water and up north. Lows will be in the high 50s to low 60s. Tuesday will be slightly cooler, with highs in the low 70s for everyone. Lows will be in the high 50s to low 60s again.

TL;DR: Cool weather on the way!

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07/16/15: Mini heatwave ahead!

Hopefully you enjoyed the past few days of cool cloudy weather, because it’ll be changing again this weekend. Luckily it looks like it’s just for the weekend, but we’ll see how that goes next week.

Recap

Wednesday – High 81°F, Low 64°F; Increasing clouds throughout the day, with the winds picking up in the afternoon.

Thursday –  High 81°F; Decreasing clouds throughout the day, with variable winds.

WARNINGS – Currently the only thing on this side of the mountains is a Small Craft Advisory for the Strait. Over the mountains, we have a Hazardous Weather Outlook advising about potential wildfire weather, and a Red Flag Warning in areas that are already experiencing wildfire weather. For more info, see here.

FIRES – Didn’t have a chance to check on the fires unfortunately. For a map of the fire locations see here, and for details on the fires themselves see here.

As we were discussing on Tuesday, a large ridge has been building and will start to make its transit at the beginning of the weekend. It will start to move over on Friday with the jet stream swinging around to the south. With this set up, the east side of the mountains may be slightly cooler than we will be! By the end of the forecast on Saturday, the warmest air will be over us, so we can expect Sunday to be the same.

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The ridge will start to shift over us tomorrow, bringing over a very warm mass of air for the weekend. SOURCE: UW Models; 36km 500mb; Temps, winds, heights

High pressure will stick around, so we can expect little cloud cover. The high pressure may cause some hazy conditions as well, but from my understanding the BC fire’s aren’t as bad, so hopefully the air will stay smoke free. I will not be posting this model

No rain for this batch, so expect a dry weekend for whatever activities you may plan. The CAPE is pulling up a blank, so at least there’s that. Most of the fires are getting under control, so hopefully the lack of rain won’t be too much of a hinderance.

As mentioned before, the high pressure will keep the skies mostly clear, but we may still see some high clouds move through. Friday looks to be mostly clear with some high clouds moving in, along with some clouds developing around the Olympics. Saturday will just see clouds around the mountains in the aftenroon.

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Skies will be mostly clear, with the possibility of some haziness with the high pressure. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Cloud; Column-integrated cloud water

With the high pressure and hot temperatures moving, we’ll move back to our normal wind cycle, without the high winds up in the Strait. Winds will be calm overnight and into the early morning hours, but once the temperatures start to climb, the winds will start to pick up. Higher speeds will be mainly over the water, especially on Friday. Saturday will be relatively calm for much of the day.

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Winds will be calm in the morning, picking up in the afternoon, with Friday having the strongest winds. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Surface; 10m Wind Speed; Western WA 10m Wind Speed

As I’ve been hinting at, expect quite an increase in temperatures this weekend. Friday will be a transition day, with highs in the high 70s to low 80s, cooling over the water and to the north (but not by much). Lows will be in the low 60s. Saturday will see the spike in temperatures, reaching into the mid to high 80s for the entire Sound. Lows will be in the low to mid 60s. Expect the same for Sunday, if not warmer. The humidity is looking low this weekend, so at least it won’t be muggy.

TL;DR: Hot, hot, hot! Again!

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07/14/15: Warm up may be on the horizon…

I was so busy being a productive adult on Sunday, I completely forgot that I was supposed to do a post! My bad, I’ll work harder to remember. I will be skipping the recap since I missed the last post.

WARNINGS – At this point, we have only a Small Craft Advisory for the Strait, and a Gale Watch for some areas around the Islands. For more info, please see here.

FIRESFire report current as of 4:58pm. Not too many fires to report on this time, so it sounds like things are starting to get back under control (for now). As usual, we’ll go with the least rating and move up. First we have the Wolverine fire near Lucerne. This fire has consumed 314 acres, and is still at 0% containment. Next is the Douglas County Complex near Wenatchee (they can’t really catch a break this summer). This fire has consumed 22,212 acres and is 80% contained. Moving up in level we have the Paradise fire near Quinault. With 1,590 acres consumed, it is now 21% contained. Bumping up levels again with a new fire, we have the Mt Adams Complex near Trout Lake. It is 83% contained, and has consumed 403 acres. The last and highest rated fire is the Newby Lake fire near Loomis. It has consumed 5,065 acres and is now 15% contained. For a map of the fire locations see here, and for details on the fires themselves see here.

As you have noticed, things have started to heat up again. This is because the jet stream has shifted, letting some of the warm southern air seep north. This trend will continue over the next couple of days, so don’t expect it to let up very much. Looking ahead, we can see a ridge building off the coast, and the way the jet stream is moving, it looks like it will start to shift over for the weekend. This should herald a pretty warm weekend.

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The jet stream will be shifting around, but the warmer air is here to stay. SOURCE: UW Models; 36km 500mb; Temps, winds, heights

Pressure will start to increase over the next couple of days, but not by a whole lot. It should keep things mostly clear, but we’ll see for sure below. I won’t be posting this model.

The rain will stick to the Olympics for the most part, mainly overnight. Some scattered light showers may drift down from the Olympics Wednesday night, mainly affecting Kitsap and central Sound. That will be about it for the rain, with a few small showers on Thursday in the mountains and higher elevations. CAPE model is looking pretty blank, so no thunderstorms for this batch.

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Showers will stay in the Olympics for the most part. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Precip; 3-hour precipitation; WA 3-hour precipitation

We’ll stay mostly clear overnight and into Wednesday, but with the jet stream shifting around, we’ll see a slight increase in clouds overnight. These clouds will stick around for most of Thursday, so expect mostly cloudy skies. Don’t worry, these should clear up by the weekend.

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Skies will be partly cloudy on Wednesday, with increasing clouds overnight. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Cloud; Column-integrated cloud water

Here are the 24hr precipitation totals. Not a whole lot to see.

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24hr precipitation totals as of Wednesday evening. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Precip; 24-hour precipitation; WA 24-hour precipitation

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24hr precipitation totals as of Thursday evening. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Precip; 24-hour precipitation; WA 24-hour precipitation

The winds will stay the same as we’ve been seeing: calm in the morning, picking up in the afternoon. The Strait will see some pretty strong winds throughout the forecast, mainly in the afternoon/evening.

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Winds will stay relatively calm in the lowlands, but if you’re up in the Strait be prepared. SOURCE: UW Models; 4km Surface; 10m Wind Speed; Western WA 10m Wind Speed

Temperatures will be on the warm side for everyone, possibly cooler on Thursday with the increase in clouds. Wednesday will see highs in the mid 70s for south and central Sound, with slightly cooler temperatures up north. Lows will be in the mid to high 50s. Thursday will see similar highs, but a little closer to the low side. Lows will be the same.

TL;DR: It’ll still be warm, but dry and with a few clouds.

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