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January Weather In The PNW 2024 (Part III) - The Warming Shot


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7 minutes ago, North_County said:

I had the same setup in my previous house that i was renting, and didnt have a generator at the time. I could at least warm up the living room with the power out, so long as i had the pilot light lit (which i generally did from mid-October through March).

Here is your answer, btw:

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My place on Bainbridge was like that. Had a propane-fired heater with a thermopile in the living room. Still had heat in the main part of the house when the power went out (which it did fairly often).

It's called clown range for a reason.

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5 minutes ago, North_County said:

I had the same setup in my previous house that i was renting, and didnt have a generator at the time. I could at least warm up the living room with the power out, so long as i had the pilot light lit (which i generally did from mid-October through March).

Here is your answer, btw:

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Yeah my gas fireplace has a battery backup so it would still work without power. However the blower needs 110 power. When we bought our place 6yrs ago and experienced our first outage we quickly found that the fireplace did very little to heat the house so I added a blower to it, made all the difference in the world and we can heat pretty much most of our 3,000sqft house with it now. Was a super easy install that I did myself. I don’t know how the previous owners kept warm during outages since the main source of heat is our Geothermal system which is not on the generator grid as it requires too much juice. 

Elevation 580’ Location a few miles east of I-5 on the Snohomish Co side of the Snohomish/Skagit border. I love snow/cold AND sun/warmth! 

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1 hour ago, the_convergence_zone said:

Everyone better get to work on their apologies...turns out there is a new type of weather that we didn't know about...

https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2024/01/freezing-rain-or-rain-that-freezes-they.html

I have a lot of thoughts about the absolutely ridiculousness of much of this blog. I hope some academics and pros rip him a new one for some of his fails in logic and his pedantic crap. At work so more later. Just wow! This is worse than I thought he would be.

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And back to rain again at work! Wonder if it will switch again at some point today 

Elevation 580’ Location a few miles east of I-5 on the Snohomish Co side of the Snohomish/Skagit border. I love snow/cold AND sun/warmth! 

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35 minutes ago, MossMan said:

Seems rare that my location is doing better than yours with this setup 

first i have ever seen with offshore event like this, i would of got dumped on normally. Pay back is coming for this last week!!

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We come from the land of the ice and snow.

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50 minutes ago, Phil said:

What does “like 2016/17” mean?

Little known fact is 2016/17 was not a Niña winter at all. Sure, it started out with a weak Niña low frequency signal, but that collapsed entirely by January.

The second half of that winter featured a hybrid Niño-Costero low frequency signature and +PMM/+PDO signature in the off-equator circulation. It was bizarre and something few expected going into the winter, including myself.

Then, as if nature was intentionally trolling, the niño-costero regime collapsed and inverted into a moderate east-pacific Niña and +PMM during the summer of 2017, which once again caught me off guard.

I remember being extra salty because I never saw that coming, even as it was happening, and that entire summer played out contrary to how I expected it to.

When I said "like 2016/17" I was referring to the persistent cold and snowy pattern. December had an early lengthy cold wave with multiple low elevations snows. January had a few arctic outflow events, and then there was a major snowy pattern in early February with several days of heavy snow. Even March had a low elevation snowfall here in SWBC. The winter seemed to be dominated by high latitude blocking and western troughing. Perhaps I misunderstood you but a while back I recall you mentioned that the sudden crash from the super El Niño in 2015/16 to La Niña was one of the reasons the PNW did so well cold and snow wise in the 2016/17 winter. Since we might crash back into La Niña, I wondered if a similar outcome could unfold.

I'm not sure how one could say it wasn't a La Niña winter when the SST's in the Nino 3.4 region were below normal.

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37 minutes ago, ShawniganLake said:

I think you’re wrong.  I’m pretty sure each droplet needs to be checked to make sure it’s below 32F before it can be declared freezing rain. 😂 

Haha. I’ll leave that job to Cliff Mass.

If we acquiesce to his definitions, then I guess you’d call non-supercooled droplets “regular rain that freezes” and supercooled droplets “freezing rain”?

Nah, public would never grasp that. “Supercooled freezing rain” versus “non-supercooled freezing rain”?

Does there also need to be a distinction between non-supercooled droplets that freeze on subfreezing surfaces in above-freezing air, versus non-supercooled droplets that freeze on subfreezing surfaces in subfreezing air? In that case, I suppose “non-supercooled freezing rain” and “non-supercooled rain that freezes” would suffice?

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No way of knowing what is happening at home... but power is back on in parts of NB since this site is back up and I like the temp I see there.

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1 minute ago, TT-SEA said:

No way of knowing what is happening at home... but power is back on in parts of NB since this site is back up and I like the temp I see there.

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Still no power for me in North Bend, although most of town seems to be back. QFC came on while I was out getting "provisions". I have Tanner though, not PSE, so I don't know if that makes any difference.

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Just transitioned to rain after a couple hours of mixed precip with the temperature up to 34F. There's still a few snowflakes floating down, but I think we're basically done. I think I'm being pretty generous with my measurements, but I'll end up with a 4.5" total over the past two days. Snow has been melting almost the entire time, but it has been beautiful out and was was better than I was expecting at the end of last weekend.

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Home Wx Station Stats (Since January 2008):

Max Temp: 96.3F (2009)   Min Temp: 2.0F (2008)   Max Wind Gust: 45 mph (2018, 2021)   Wettest Day: 2.34 (11/4/22)   Avg Yearly Precip: 37"   10yr Avg Snow: 8.0"

Snowfall Totals

'08-09: 30" | '09-10: 0.5" | '10-11: 21" | '11-12: 9.5" | '12-13: 0.2" | '13-14: 6.2" | '14-15: 0.0" | '15-16: 0.25"| '16-17: 8.0" | '17-18: 0.9"| '18-19: 11.5" | '19-20: 11" | '20-21: 10.5" | '21-22: 21.75" | '22-23: 10.0" 

2023-24: 5.0" (1/17: 3", 1/18: 1.5", 0.5" 2/26, Flakes: 1/11, 1/16)

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10 minutes ago, Phil said:

Haha. I’ll leave that job to Cliff Mass.

If we acquiesce to his definitions, then I guess you’d call non-supercooled droplets “regular rain that freezes” and supercooled droplets “freezing rain”?

Nah, public would never grasp that. “Supercooled freezing rain” versus “non-supercooled freezing rain”?

Does there also need to be a distinction between non-supercooled droplets that freeze on subfreezing surfaces in above-freezing air, versus non-supercooled droplets that freeze on subfreezing surfaces in subfreezing air? In that case, I suppose “non-supercooled freezing rain” and “non-supercooled rain that freezes” would suffice?

All you need to know is that he has never admitted to being wrong about anything in his life...and in this case he can't blame the weather models because they all showed freezing rain and he can't blame any of the local mets because they all forecasted freezing rain...so......he got creative. 

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3 minutes ago, Snoqualmoo said:

Still no power for me in North Bend, although most of town seems to be back. QFC came on while I was out getting "provisions". I have Tanner though, not PSE, so I don't know if that makes any difference.

Is it raining?

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37 minutes ago, AbbyJr said:

When I said "like 2016/17" I was referring to the persistent cold and snowy pattern. December had an early lengthy cold wave with multiple low elevations snows. January had a few arctic outflow events, and then there was a major snowy pattern in early February with several days of heavy snow. Even March had a low elevation snowfall here in SWBC. The winter seemed to be dominated by high latitude blocking and western troughing. Perhaps I misunderstood you but a while back I recall you mentioned that the sudden crash from the super El Niño in 2015/16 to La Niña was one of the reasons the PNW did so well cold and snow wise in the 2016/17 winter. Since we might crash back into La Niña, I wondered if a similar outcome could unfold.

I'm not sure how one could say it wasn't a La Niña winter when the SST's in the Nino 3.4 region were below normal.

It wasn’t the crash in ENSO itself, but the +QBO and augmentation of off-equator NPAC convection (which is associated with -ENSO and +QBO, but also +PMM to some degree) that amplified the Aleutian High throughout the winter.

(Let me know if I’m using too many acronyms, I’m low on time at the moment and rushing a bit). 🙏 

If 2024/25 is a healthy Niña, then yes, an amplified Aleutian High and cold PNW winter is likely given the +QBO (and favorable timing of westerly shear).

The exception to that would be if we have an asymmetrical +IOD such as 1999/00. Which for all intents and purposes is what we have now (tho different relations with that in Niño vs Niña winters).

All that being said, the next intradecadal extension of the IPWP is coming soon, so if next winter ends up being a Niña, it’s likely to be a single year event. And +ENSO is likely to dominate the second half of the 2020s.

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Gahh. Today’s high of 34°F screwed up what would’ve been a 7-8 day stretch of subfreezing temperatures. Haven’t pulled that off since 2018.

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1 minute ago, Phil said:

Dangit, today’s high of 34°F screwed up what would’ve been a 7-8 day stretch of subfreezing temperatures. Haven’t pulled that off since 2018.

My longest was 10 days in Dec 2013 in Klamath Falls ;)

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'23-'24 Winter

Snowfall - 5.50"
First freeze: 11/1 (32)
Minimum: 2 on 1/17

Measurable snows: 4
Max 1 day snow: 3" (1/19)

Thunders: 6
1/27, 1/28, 2/10, 2/22, 2/27, 2/28

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[Klamath Falls, OR 2010 to 2021]
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14 minutes ago, Phil said:

It wasn’t the crash in ENSO itself, but the +QBO and augmentation of off-equator NPAC convection (which is associated with -ENSO and +QBO, but also +PMM to some degree) that amplified the Aleutian High throughout the winter.

(Let me know if I’m using too many acronyms, I’m low on time at the moment and rushing a bit). 🙏 

If 2024/25 is a healthy Niña, then yes, an amplified Aleutian High and cold PNW winter is likely given the +QBO (and favorable timing of westerly shear).

The exception to that would be if we have an asymmetrical +IOD such as 1999/00. Which for all intents and purposes is what we have now (tho different relations with that in Niño vs Niña winters).

All that being said, the next intradecadal extension of the IPWP is coming soon, so if next winter ends up being a Niña, it’s likely to be a single year event. And +ENSO is likely to dominate the second half of the 2020s.

No problem Phil, thanks for your explanation. It's all good. While I don't always understand your acronyms, I get the gist of what you are saying. Do you think there is a solid chance the IOD could go negative by next winter so as to avoid a 1999/00 outcome?

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17 minutes ago, Phil said:

It wasn’t the crash in ENSO itself, but the +QBO and augmentation of off-equator NPAC convection (which is associated with -ENSO and +QBO, but also +PMM to some degree) that amplified the Aleutian High throughout the winter.

(Let me know if I’m using too many acronyms, I’m low on time at the moment and rushing a bit). 🙏 

If 2024/25 is a healthy Niña, then yes, an amplified Aleutian High and cold PNW winter is likely given the +QBO (and favorable timing of westerly shear).

The exception to that would be if we have an asymmetrical +IOD such as 1999/00. Which for all intents and purposes is what we have now (tho different relations with that in Niño vs Niña winters).

All that being said, the next intradecadal extension of the IPWP is coming soon, so if next winter ends up being a Niña, it’s likely to be a single year event. And +ENSO is likely to dominate the second half of the 2020s.

We’ve been on such a good roll it wouldn’t surprise me if we had a Niña that was dominated by a raging jet.  Been awhile since we’ve had a massive snowpack. 

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Snowing pretty good here but there's a lot of water content which doesn't bode well for the ice storm tonight or tomorrow. If it's really bad I'll have my son stay home from school.

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Garfield County/Pomeroy, WA:

2023-2024 Snowfall totals: 14.3 inches

HIghest snow total (per event): 5.8 inches total 1/11/24 - 1/12/24.

Most recent accumulation (non trace): 0.20 inches on 2/26/24

Days with  trace or more snowfall: 12/01/23 (0.60), 1/8/24 (1.0), 1/10/24 (3.5), 1/11/23 (3.5 inches with Thundersnow; separate event from prior day), 1/12/24 (2.30). 1/14/24 (T), 1/17/24 (1.20 inches), 1/18/24 (1.5 inches), 1/19/24 (0.20), 2/09/24 (0.30), 2/26/24 (0.20-mainly graupel)

First Freeze: 10/27/2023

Last Sub freezing Day: 1/20/24 (12th) (8 days in a row from 1/12/24-1/20/24)

Coldest low: -12F (!!!!!!!!) (1/12/24)

Last White Christmas: 2022 at my location (on ground)

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13 minutes ago, Christensen87 said:

The whole event was so disappointing for us around the Sound. It was looking to be so great. Oh well. Anyway, now back to our regularly scheduled January programming. 😩

From Shelton through Olympia and up to Everett is was a non event besides the cold temps.  It still was neat to see and good to see because this proves we can still get it done with the ultra extreme cold. Even if the sound could of grabbed a few inches in the beginning it would of been awesome.

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24 minutes ago, Rubus Leucodermis said:

My phone says I should get 3.2 cm of snow today.

Yesterday, it said I should get 24 cm and I actually got 30. So by that ratio I am due for 4 cm. :)

We have literally no idea what those amounts mean.  😀

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12 minutes ago, DeepFriedEgg said:

I cannot believe KPDX is only at 36F. Even I am hovering around freezing.

We're at 33*, I understand there is a lot that effects temps, but with the sunlight quickly fading, I'm having a hard time believing we wont drop another 1-2*...

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