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#2551
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 10:37 AM

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Kinda funny how the ICON, a model that from what I've heard is easily inferior to the big 3, is now getting all sorts of mentions.

New kid on the block!

 

Pretty close to kicking the GEM out of the big 3 for it. I LIKE WHAT IT SHOWS!


Snowfall

2017-18: 1.4"

2016-17: 49.2"

2015-16: 11.75"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"
2012-13: 16.75"
2011-12: 98.5"

 

 

 


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 10:37 AM

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He returns!

Was a nice little surprise. Most places with any elevation at least had a dusting. Good to see.


It was a cool setup. Light to moderate rain changed over to a couple hours of light to moderate snow around 3-4am. There were some huge flakes at points.
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 10:39 AM

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I don't think we are going to see widespread lowland snow. Maybe some C-zone magic or a localized surprise. Plenty of opportunities the next couple weeks though.


So you don't believe the Euro? It shows a good part of the Puget Sound region getting 2"+ on Sunday.

If there really is a decent Arctic front and associated CZ, you can pretty much throw out the exact amounts any model is spitting out. They all struggle in those situations.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 10:42 AM

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So you don't believe the Euro? It shows a good part of the Puget Sound region getting 2"+ on Sunday.

If there really is a decent Arctic front and associated CZ, you can pretty much throw out the exact amounts any model is spitting out. They all struggle in those situations.

 

Widespread means all of W. Washington or most of NW Oregon. Favored C-zone areas could do well. But there will be many places in W. Oregon and W. WA that do not see anything more than a dusting. Seattle Metro area getting snow would be a localized event. Olympia to BLI would qualify as widespread.


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Snowfall

2017-18: 1.4"

2016-17: 49.2"

2015-16: 11.75"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"
2012-13: 16.75"
2011-12: 98.5"

 

 

 


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 10:43 AM

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So you don't believe the Euro? It shows a good part of the Puget Sound region getting 2"+ on Sunday.

If there really is a decent Arctic front and associated CZ, you can pretty much throw out the exact amounts any model is spitting out. They all struggle in those situations.

 

This is very true and should be remembered as we continue to watch the models over the next few days.



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Posted 14 February 2018 - 10:46 AM

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Total snow per 12Z ECMWF through Sunday afternoon... precip is all done north of Chehalis by that time.

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It has been pretty consistent in showing 1-3 inches for king county. Good to see.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 10:57 AM

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No time to host images right now... but per the 12Z ECMWF these are highs for Seattle:

 

Sunday - 37

Monday - 34

Tuesday - 37

Wednesday - 39

Thursday - 45

 

Coldest low temp is 21 on Tuesday morning.  



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Posted 14 February 2018 - 11:05 AM

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Hey hey hey!

 

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Snowfall

2017-18: 1.4"

2016-17: 49.2"

2015-16: 11.75"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"
2012-13: 16.75"
2011-12: 98.5"

 

 

 


#2559
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 11:07 AM

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No time to host images right now... but per the 12Z ECMWF these are highs for Seattle:

Sunday - 37
Monday - 34
Tuesday - 37
Wednesday - 39
Thursday - 45

Coldest low temp is 21 on Tuesday morning.

I will probably be below freezing Monday-Wednesday then I bet. Seems like even when Marysville is upper 30’s my area is still at or below freezing, especially if there is snow cover. Looking forward to it!
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 11:40 AM

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I will probably be below freezing Monday-Wednesday then I bet. Seems like even when Marysville is upper 30’s my area is still at or below freezing, especially if there is snow cover. Looking forward to it!

 

Yeah I am thinking sub-freezing highs are very possible here Monday and Tuesday. A low around 15 would be cool too. The coldest records for late February/early March are in the 8-12 range up here. I think there are some "warmer" records early next week that could fall though. 


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Snowfall

2017-18: 1.4"

2016-17: 49.2"

2015-16: 11.75"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"
2012-13: 16.75"
2011-12: 98.5"

 

 

 


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 11:40 AM

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Total snow per 12Z ECMWF through Sunday afternoon... precip is all done north of Chehalis by that time.  

 

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Weird that the typical CZ area is so low.


Finn Hill, elevation: 460 ft
2018: 8.11", 02/15

 

Season low so far: 23°, 12/24, 2/13
2017-2018 winter snowfall total: 6.4", 12/26

Weather station/wx cam: http://map.bloomsky....qBxp6apnJSnqqm2
https://www.wundergr...OTHE144#history


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 11:42 AM

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No time to host images right now... but per the 12Z ECMWF these are highs for Seattle:

 

Sunday - 37

Monday - 34

Tuesday - 37

Wednesday - 39

Thursday - 45

 

Coldest low temp is 21 on Tuesday morning.  

 

So if there is snow on the ground then I can probably expect near freezing high for Sunday and Tuesday and near 30 on Monday at my location.


Finn Hill, elevation: 460 ft
2018: 8.11", 02/15

 

Season low so far: 23°, 12/24, 2/13
2017-2018 winter snowfall total: 6.4", 12/26

Weather station/wx cam: http://map.bloomsky....qBxp6apnJSnqqm2
https://www.wundergr...OTHE144#history


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:12 PM

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February will be running cooler than all of January at PDX within a few days.
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:22 PM

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Looks lovely!

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:22 PM

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Hey hey hey!

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Wow cold air all the way it cali!

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:25 PM

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February will be running cooler than all of January at PDX within a few days.

well hello there

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:28 PM

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Sounds like generally 2-5” of snow fell in the BC lower mainland last night. Mostly inland areas or with a little elevation.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:29 PM

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Didn't the ICON handle the February 1989 blast better than the #big3?

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:29 PM

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Looks lovely!

 

About time!


Finn Hill, elevation: 460 ft
2018: 8.11", 02/15

 

Season low so far: 23°, 12/24, 2/13
2017-2018 winter snowfall total: 6.4", 12/26

Weather station/wx cam: http://map.bloomsky....qBxp6apnJSnqqm2
https://www.wundergr...OTHE144#history


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:32 PM

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Didn't the ICON handle the February 1989 blast better than the #big3?


The east ICON and west ICON were too busy reuniting.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:34 PM

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well hello there


Hi :wub:

How did you end up doing last night? I was honestly shocked to see anything sticking near sea level.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:36 PM

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No time to host images right now... but per the 12Z ECMWF these are highs for Seattle:

Sunday - 37
Monday - 34
Tuesday - 37
Wednesday - 39
Thursday - 45

Coldest low temp is 21 on Tuesday morning.


Would be very 1990ish temps.

Records gonna fall!

Cool anomalies soothe the soul.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:45 PM

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Small hail shower moving across McMinnville. Not sure if it survived the coast range and turned convective.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:50 PM

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18z ICON is running

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:53 PM

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Did I hear someone correctly last night regarding 850's around -12C ?


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:54 PM

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Did I hear someone correctly last night regarding 850's around -12C ?


Probably. That be chilly

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:58 PM

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Did I hear someone correctly last night regarding 850's around -12C ?


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:00 PM

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Hmmm, might need to break out the Tauntaun's this weekend.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:04 PM

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18z ICON is running


https://m.youtube.co...h?v=cmc8q2dcIMs

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:12 PM

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Is it the flip in the Atlantic that has you so impressed?

To me... this looks like a long overdue deep trough over the West. Seems very logical that would have to happen in March after an insanely warm and dry winter in CA. The actual contour lines are sort of meaningless... the anomaly centers are what is important.


That’s a large part of it yes. The entire pattern is pretty amazing looking.
Personal Weather Station, Live Stream on Wunderground: https://www.wundergr...BETHE62#history

Cold season 2017/18
Snowfall: 6.7”
Largest Snowfall: 3.4”
Number of winter events: 7
Coldest High: 17.2*F
Coldest Low: 2.8*F
Lowest Dewpoint: -6.7*F
Highest Sustained Wind: 37mph
Highest wind gust: 54mph

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:14 PM

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A reminder the 06z an 18z ICON's only run to 120 hours. Through hour 51 so far... Will keep ya'll posted.


Snowfall

2017-18: 1.4"

2016-17: 49.2"

2015-16: 11.75"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"
2012-13: 16.75"
2011-12: 98.5"

 

 

 


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:14 PM

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Hi :wub:

How did you end up doing last night? I was honestly shocked to see anything sticking near sea level.

2”

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:19 PM

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Rubber band snap.

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Personal Weather Station, Live Stream on Wunderground: https://www.wundergr...BETHE62#history

Cold season 2017/18
Snowfall: 6.7”
Largest Snowfall: 3.4”
Number of winter events: 7
Coldest High: 17.2*F
Coldest Low: 2.8*F
Lowest Dewpoint: -6.7*F
Highest Sustained Wind: 37mph
Highest wind gust: 54mph

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:20 PM

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One of my facebook friends who lives out above Yacolt around 1200' reports he picked up 5" last night. 


Snowfall

2017-18: 1.4"

2016-17: 49.2"

2015-16: 11.75"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"
2012-13: 16.75"
2011-12: 98.5"

 

 

 


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:23 PM

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One of my facebook friends who lives out above Yacolt around 1200' reports he picked up 5" last night.


Had a little over an inch here, but that was at about 6:30.

All roads lead to Walgreens.  


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:24 PM

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Shiver me timbers.

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Personal Weather Station, Live Stream on Wunderground: https://www.wundergr...BETHE62#history

Cold season 2017/18
Snowfall: 6.7”
Largest Snowfall: 3.4”
Number of winter events: 7
Coldest High: 17.2*F
Coldest Low: 2.8*F
Lowest Dewpoint: -6.7*F
Highest Sustained Wind: 37mph
Highest wind gust: 54mph

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:25 PM

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18z ICON is running

 

Drünkel.


Cool anomalies soothe the soul.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:30 PM

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The ICON's isobars look as if Michael J. Fox drew them.
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All roads lead to Walgreens.  


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:38 PM

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Shiver me timbers.

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I’m loving what the SSW has done as far as shaking up the overall regime. Would be nice if it stuck.
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:47 PM

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I’m loving what the SSW has done as far as shaking up the overall regime. Would be nice if it stuck.


For a few years.
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Monmouth, Oregon Winter 17-18 Stats:

 

Coldest high: 34 (Dec 24)

Coldest low: 22 (Dec 11)

Total snowfall: 0.0"

Last accumulating snowfall: March 6, 2017


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:50 PM

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I’m loving what the SSW has done as far as shaking up the overall regime. Would be nice if it stuck.

Who's to say it won't? :P


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:51 PM

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Widespread means all of W. Washington or most of NW Oregon. Favored C-zone areas could do well. But there will be many places in W. Oregon and W. WA that do not see anything more than a dusting. Seattle Metro area getting snow would be a localized event. Olympia to BLI would qualify as widespread.

 

There's very rarely a guarantee of snow from OLM to BLI.

 

Semantics aside, "widespread" lowland snowfall looks about as likely as you'll ever see with the coming pattern, aside from something like Dec 2008.


Cool anomalies soothe the soul.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:53 PM

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Dumping snow here down to 36 from a High of 40. Easily the heaviest snow of the winter here. Not sticking though

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:53 PM

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18z American looks pretty darn close to the past couple runs at hour 72.


Cool anomalies soothe the soul.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:55 PM

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Dumping snow here down to 36 from a High of 40. Easily the heaviest snow of the winter here. Not sticking though


The fact that the weather sequence the last few days has overachieved so much ( strong continental intrusion Monday, very cold temps yesterday morning then unexpected snow with the front) bodes well for the later stuff IMO. This pattern change has some teeth.
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 02:01 PM

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GFS looking nice for the North Sound.



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Posted 14 February 2018 - 02:04 PM

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Other than the ECMWF, the other models have been very consistent in showing very little precip in the valley down here due to a clearly defined snow/rain shadow. Should be the usual precip runs out just as it gets cold enough drill we are used to here. Hopefully we get something midweek to override the cold and drop a few inches. 


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 02:04 PM

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GFS looking nice for the North Sound.

 

Moves timing up a few hours for the front, too.

 

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Cool anomalies soothe the soul.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 02:05 PM

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This was just posted on Twitter 

"After reviewing the latest models I can confidently say that it's an ideal pattern for a 1,000 ft snow level. No widespread snow at sea level, but somebody could hit the convergence zone lottery on Sunday. Also of interest--will the 1600+day streak of 32+ deg highs end Monday? If any of these "ridge roller" type storms (Lance Bosart term) ends up stronger than currently forecast, it will simply erode the cold air faster. No source of additional arctic air after Monday".

 


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 02:06 PM

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Pessimism/optimism.

Which to choose!!!?!!!?!

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