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Jesse and Chris would once again be proud...I was up a ladder in the pouring rain to take down my weather station for battery replacement and cleaning. I got quite wet but my station is once again reading accurately! 

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Here's the snow thus far

By far the most impressive October storm I've witnessed here since 2012 when I bought property. Ended up with 9 inches of powder and is currently 22 degrees down from 24 at 9am. 

Just catching up to everything this morning. I think given that the user base of the forum has been somewhat of a close knit community for 15+ years, there is a bit of leeway given when it comes to be

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Just now, snow_wizard said:

I think you would have liked 1936-37.  It snowed and then was cold an clear with snow on the ground a lot of the time.  Very enjoyable without the hassle.

I could get behind something like that.

As a kid the arctic fronts would plow through, drop some snow and then it would be crystal clear with brilliant sun and beautiful snow coated streets and yards with a stiff north wind.

Seems like it's been a while.

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Just now, MossMan said:

Jesse and Chris would once again be proud...I was up a ladder in the pouring rain to take down my weather station for battery replacement and cleaning. I got quite wet but my station is once again reading accurately! 

Do they make any that you can plug in or run by a combination of batteries and solar?  Going up on ladders scare me.

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1 minute ago, MossMan said:

Jesse and Chris would once again be proud...I was up a ladder in the pouring rain to take down my weather station for battery replacement and cleaning. I got quite wet but my station is once again reading accurately! 

That is extremely important going into winter!

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Death To Warm Anomalies!

 

Winter 2020-21 stats

 

Total Snowfall = 0.0"

Day with 1" or more snow depth = 0

Total Hail = 0.0"

Coldest Low = 25

Lows 32 or below = 10

Highs 32 or below = 0

Lows 20 or below = 0

Highs 40 or below = 0

 

 

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Pretty legit cold in Prince George right now.  21 with a dp of 5.  Not bad for early evening in October!

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Winter 2020-21 stats

 

Total Snowfall = 0.0"

Day with 1" or more snow depth = 0

Total Hail = 0.0"

Coldest Low = 25

Lows 32 or below = 10

Highs 32 or below = 0

Lows 20 or below = 0

Highs 40 or below = 0

 

 

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Honestly, not the most pleasant weather today although it was unusual so that makes it fun.

High of 44F this morning, although it's been below 40F since noon with constant light drizzle. 0.34" of rain today.

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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)   Wettest Day: 2.43 (2012)   Avg Yearly Precip: 37"   10yr Avg Snow: 6.9"

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" 

2020-21: 0"

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19 minutes ago, snow_wizard said:

So far the cold is holding in here.  Just 5 miles south of here it's 52 with a bit of a SW wind blowing.  The line where the south winds hit a brick wall is just south of here.

For reference... the ECMWF perfectly depicted this situation.    And it will start cooling from the north in the next hour or two.     Side note... you don't want to see the ECMWF wind map for tomorrow night.  

 

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**REPORTED CONDITIONS AND ANOMALIES ARE NOT MEANT TO IMPLY ANYTHING ON A REGIONAL LEVEL UNLESS SPECIFICALLY STATED**

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22 minutes ago, MossMan said:

Jesse and Chris would once again be proud...I was up a ladder in the pouring rain to take down my weather station for battery replacement and cleaning. I got quite wet but my station is once again reading accurately! 

That a kid!!

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Currently 54F at EUG. Nice day!!

Springfield, Oregon cold season 20-21 Stats:

  • Coldest high: 38F (Nov 21)
  • Coldest low: 23F (Oct 26)
  • Days with below freezing temps: 20 (Most recent: Dec 2, 2020)
  • Days with sub-40F highs: 1 (Most recent: Nov 21)
  • Total snowfall: 0.0"
  • Last accumulating snowfall: February 27, 2019
  • Last sub-freezing high: Jan 14, 2017 (31F)
  • Last White Christmas: 1990
  • Significant wind events (gusts 45+): 0

Personal Stats:

  • Last accumulating snowfall: February 27, 2019
  • Last sub-freezing high: Jan 14, 2017 (31)
  • Last White Christmas: 2008
  • Total snowfall since joining TheWeatherForums: 20.7"

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29 minutes ago, snow_wizard said:

That is extremely important going into winter!

Indeed! Though my light index sensor is still not reading, looked like there was moisture in that sensor....But as long as the rest of it continues to work I am happy. Looks like a Light NW wind and a temp of 42 with light rain. 
Oh and my wife was not impressed that I did the repair work on the kitchen counter...Especially when the spiders started vacating the weather station! 

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Looks like Spokane has gotten about 6" of snow today. They reported a 5" depth at 5PM and have gotten another 0.11" since then at 32-33 degrees. Crazy for October.

 

 

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Everett Snowfall

 

2018-19: 24.75"

2019-20: 10.5"

 

1/10: 0.5"

1/12: 5.5"

1/13: 1"

1/14: 1.5"

1/15: 2"

 

 

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I was thinking we were due until February 2019. That made up for quite a bit in the Seattle area.  It was a pretty bad stretch before that going back to January 2012 with no snow lasting more than a day in between those dates at least in Seattle.  Feb 2019 and December 2008 are the only times I have ever been ready for snow to melt away. Best periods of snow in Seattle area by ranking that I remember since 1990:

December 2008

February 2019

November/December 1997

January 2012

1990 January?

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4 minutes ago, bainbridgekid said:

Looks like Spokane has gotten about 6" of snow today. They reported a 5" depth at 5PM and have gotten another 0.11" since then at 32-33 degrees. Crazy for October.

 

 

Yeah a friend of mine that lives there posted pics on FB and it looked like a good 6” or so! 

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3 minutes ago, jcmcgaffey said:

I was thinking we were due until February 2019. That made up for quite a bit in the Seattle area.  It was a pretty bad stretch before that going back to January 2012 with no snow lasting more than a day in between those dates at least in Seattle.  Feb 2019 and December 2008 are the only times I have ever been ready for snow to melt away. Best periods of snow in Seattle area by ranking that I remember since 1990:

December 2008

February 2019

November/December 1997

January 2012

1990 January?

December 1990! I had a foot of snow and heavy snow falling on Christmas morning! 
And I think you meant November/December 1996! Epic two month stretch! 

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11 minutes ago, bainbridgekid said:

Looks like Spokane has gotten about 6" of snow today. They reported a 5" depth at 5PM and have gotten another 0.11" since then at 32-33 degrees. Crazy for October.

 

 

And it's still snowing.🌨❄ 🎃

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1 hour ago, snow_wizard said:

My expectations for November have been / remain low.  Historically it's not a great month with a Nina going.  Obviously there are exceptions.

November 1955 and 2010 say hello. 

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Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 0                         2020-21: 14.69"

2019-20: 23.5"                   2019-20: 58.54"

2018-19: 63.5"                   2018-19: 66.33"

2017-18: 30.3"                   2017-18: 59.83"

2016-17: 49.2"                   2016-17: 97.58"

2015-16: 11.75"                 2015-16: 68.67"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"                  2013-14: 62.30
2012-13: 16.75"                 2012-13: 78.45  

2011-12: 98.5"                   2011-12: 92.67"

 

It's always sunny at Winters Hill! 

 

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I am sorry to report PDX has bumped UP to 55. 

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Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 0                         2020-21: 14.69"

2019-20: 23.5"                   2019-20: 58.54"

2018-19: 63.5"                   2018-19: 66.33"

2017-18: 30.3"                   2017-18: 59.83"

2016-17: 49.2"                   2016-17: 97.58"

2015-16: 11.75"                 2015-16: 68.67"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"                  2013-14: 62.30
2012-13: 16.75"                 2012-13: 78.45  

2011-12: 98.5"                   2011-12: 92.67"

 

It's always sunny at Winters Hill! 

 

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Pullman now reporting RAIN.

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Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 0                         2020-21: 14.69"

2019-20: 23.5"                   2019-20: 58.54"

2018-19: 63.5"                   2018-19: 66.33"

2017-18: 30.3"                   2017-18: 59.83"

2016-17: 49.2"                   2016-17: 97.58"

2015-16: 11.75"                 2015-16: 68.67"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"                  2013-14: 62.30
2012-13: 16.75"                 2012-13: 78.45  

2011-12: 98.5"                   2011-12: 92.67"

 

It's always sunny at Winters Hill! 

 

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26 minutes ago, MossMan said:

December 1990! I had a foot of snow and heavy snow falling on Christmas morning! 
And I think you meant November/December 1996! Epic two month stretch! 

Ah yes you are correct.  I’m sure we will add some more over the next decade!

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Mt. Baker pulled through with the snow this afternoon. I wasn't originally planning on going all the way up to the ski area as I'm in a loaner (lol) and was hoping to catch some flakes around the turnoff to twin lakes/yellow aster butte at about 2000'. Sadly there was only a measly dusting at 2000', so I went all the way up. Definitely worth it. Also the first time I drove the last few miles of 542 with snow on the pavement. I knew it would be a lil sketch but wtf WSDOT, how about some guardrails? Glad it was 33 and not 23. Snow tires next time. 

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1 minute ago, mtep said:

Mt. Baker pulled through with the snow this afternoon. I wasn't originally planning on going all the way up to the ski area as I'm in a loaner (lol) and was hoping to catch some flakes around the turnoff to twin lakes/yellow aster butte at about 2000'. Sadly there was only a measly dusting at 2000', so I went all the way up. Definitely worth it. Also the first time I drove the last few miles of 542 with snow on the pavement. I knew it would be a lil sketch but wtf WSDOT, how about some guardrails? Glad it was 33 and not 23. Snow tires next time. 

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That's great!

 

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Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 0                         2020-21: 14.69"

2019-20: 23.5"                   2019-20: 58.54"

2018-19: 63.5"                   2018-19: 66.33"

2017-18: 30.3"                   2017-18: 59.83"

2016-17: 49.2"                   2016-17: 97.58"

2015-16: 11.75"                 2015-16: 68.67"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"                  2013-14: 62.30
2012-13: 16.75"                 2012-13: 78.45  

2011-12: 98.5"                   2011-12: 92.67"

 

It's always sunny at Winters Hill! 

 

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The wall of cold held!  It only reached 47 here and is now beginning to drop as NW winds overtake the East Puget Sound Lowlands.

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Death To Warm Anomalies!

 

Winter 2020-21 stats

 

Total Snowfall = 0.0"

Day with 1" or more snow depth = 0

Total Hail = 0.0"

Coldest Low = 25

Lows 32 or below = 10

Highs 32 or below = 0

Lows 20 or below = 0

Highs 40 or below = 0

 

 

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1 hour ago, TT-SEA said:

For reference... the ECMWF perfectly depicted this situation.    And it will start cooling from the north in the next hour or two.     Side note... you don't want to see the ECMWF wind map for tomorrow night.  

 

ecmwf-deterministic-seattle-t2m_f-3504800.png

Yeah...I know tomorrow night will probably flop.  Sunday night should be the cold one.  With the airmass we will have in place it should drop to freezing by 8pm or so on Sunday evening.  BTW the ECMWF map brought the warmth a little too far north today.  Pretty close though.

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Winter 2020-21 stats

 

Total Snowfall = 0.0"

Day with 1" or more snow depth = 0

Total Hail = 0.0"

Coldest Low = 25

Lows 32 or below = 10

Highs 32 or below = 0

Lows 20 or below = 0

Highs 40 or below = 0

 

 

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46 minutes ago, SilverFallsAndrew said:

November 1955 and 2010 say hello. 

I did say there were exceptions.  I don't think this year will be one them.

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Death To Warm Anomalies!

 

Winter 2020-21 stats

 

Total Snowfall = 0.0"

Day with 1" or more snow depth = 0

Total Hail = 0.0"

Coldest Low = 25

Lows 32 or below = 10

Highs 32 or below = 0

Lows 20 or below = 0

Highs 40 or below = 0

 

 

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The place that is just south of me that reached 53 has now dropped to 47.

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Death To Warm Anomalies!

 

Winter 2020-21 stats

 

Total Snowfall = 0.0"

Day with 1" or more snow depth = 0

Total Hail = 0.0"

Coldest Low = 25

Lows 32 or below = 10

Highs 32 or below = 0

Lows 20 or below = 0

Highs 40 or below = 0

 

 

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Wow!  You can really see the cold air flooding south through BC now.  Lots of teens already.

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Death To Warm Anomalies!

 

Winter 2020-21 stats

 

Total Snowfall = 0.0"

Day with 1" or more snow depth = 0

Total Hail = 0.0"

Coldest Low = 25

Lows 32 or below = 10

Highs 32 or below = 0

Lows 20 or below = 0

Highs 40 or below = 0

 

 

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From a tropical forcing perspective, how might this La Niña differ from the norm? 2020-21 is predicted to have more activity over the Indian Ocean and less over the Maritime Continent. Similar to 1988-89 and 1983-84, but not to recent La Niñas. This La Niña
 
Right-pointing triangle
average La Niña
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9 minutes ago, snow_wizard said:

Wow!  You can really see the cold air flooding south through BC now.  Lots of teens already.

We were at 52 with breezy SW winds at 7:15...wind switched at 7:30 and now we’ve got breezy NW winds and down to 46 here. Have also picked up 0.10” with this “arctic front” moving through. 

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Cold season stats  

Coldest low-30

Coldest high-42

Freezes-1

Monthly rainfall-0.00”

Cold season rainfall-10.14”

Snowfall-0.0”

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This system would have been nice to have come through in the winter time for snow here. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come. 

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Cold season stats  

Coldest low-30

Coldest high-42

Freezes-1

Monthly rainfall-0.00”

Cold season rainfall-10.14”

Snowfall-0.0”

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Bumped up to 52 earlier as the SW wind kicked in. Back down to 50 now with a little light rain.

52/34 is a solidly cool day for this early. Not even quite the last week of October.

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Took some interesting photos before the rainfall came in from the north. 

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Cold season stats  

Coldest low-30

Coldest high-42

Freezes-1

Monthly rainfall-0.00”

Cold season rainfall-10.14”

Snowfall-0.0”

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3 hours ago, snow_wizard said:

It's a Nina vs Nino.  That alone is a pretty big deal.  Besides that it's a first year strong Nina.  All I'm saying is we have some extra aces in the deck this winter.  BTW...I've been right many times in the past.  Last winter fooled me...no two ways about it.

It fooled me too. In hindsight, it was game over once the TPV/PV became vertically stacked over the Beaufort/Western Arctic. At that point the deep tropics were already statically stable, the IPWP was dormant, and WAFz went dead. 

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1 minute ago, DJ Droppin said:

Day 6

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that little impulse dropping down out of the north off the coast prevents the ridges from merging

that low near Hawaii needs to dig to pop the ridge nice and strong

might happen eventually

 

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1 hour ago, snow_wizard said:

I did say there were exceptions.  I don't think this year will be one them.

Late November should see blocking return again. Not sure it’ll be -PNA to start but it’ll probably trend that way after thanksgiving into December.

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