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Why are their contrails in the sky? And the weekend forecast....

 The Northwest sky this morning is full of contrails.  You can see them in the visible satellite image at 9:46 AM this morning over southern...

A Cold Spring That Won’t Go Away

 Today, was the first day this spring in which the temperatures got above normal in Seattle (see below, average highs and lows are shown...

A Very Powerful Cold Front Crosses the Region

 A powerful cold front moved through the region yesterday.At Camp Muir at 10,000 ft winds gusted to 143 mph, with winds over 100 mph...

A Powerful Front Will Cross Washington Bringing Strong Winds and Snow...

A powerful Pacific front is bearing down on Washington State, reaching the coast tomorrow morning.Behind the front is unusually cool air for late March,...

Can Human’s Alter the Weather? And the Weekend Weather Forecast

It is an age-old hope of mankind:  to control the weather.And in this podcast, I will answer the question:  can mankind alter the weather? ...

Secret Rocket Launch. Alien Visitation, or Meteorology?

One of the most enjoyable aspects of this blog is that readers send me cloud pictures for identification or discussion.Most can be readily explained...

The Little Saildrone Survives and A Weak Tornado Hits Our Coast

Several of you asked whether the drone sailboat, Saildrone 1054, survived its rendevous with a vigorous Pacific storm.The answer is yes.   35-40 mph winds...

The Truth May Surprise You

The media is full of stories suggesting that global warming has greatly reduced the mountain snowpack in the Pacific Northwest.Activist "climate justice" groups like...

Why Does Western Washington and Oregon Have the Longest Springs in...

Yes, it is true.  Here in the Northwest, west of the Cascade crest, we have the longest meteorological springs in the nation.Something you can brag...

Will the Incoming Storm Take Out the Little Saildrone?

 As I mentioned in an earlier blog, NOAA is working with a young company, Saildrone, to test the capabilities of autonomous sailboats (saildrones) for...

Why the Strange Radar Echo over the Pacific Ocean?

I have gotten quite a few emails asking about a strange radar echo off the Washington Coast, including a few claiming a secret military...

Broken Water Pipe Takes Out U.S. Buoy Data

I have gotten a number of emails from folks asking about the lack of U.S. buoy data during the past several days.  They are right...something...

Why are Western Washington and Oregon Thunderstorms So Wimpy? And the...

Western Washington and Oregon have fewer and weaker thunderstorms than most parts of the country.The map of annual thunderstorm frequency tells the story (see...

A Rare Western Washington Thunderstorm that Pushed into the Stratosphere!

Thunderstorms in western Washington are a wimpy lot.  Infrequent and weak, they rarely get above 15,000 ft, unlike their vigorous cousins over the central and...

Cliff Mass Weather Blog: The Revolutionary Weather Observers

 It is not well known that the founders of the American republic were avid amateur meteorologists, with many of them taking weather observations daily. ...

Why U.S. Numerical Prediction is Lagging and the Weekend Forecast

My podcast takes on a critical weather issue:  the lagging of global weather prediction behind those of the European Center and others.  What is...

Can A Drone Sailboat Survive the Big Storms?

Imagine a drone weather station located on an unnamed sailboat that could travel anywhere in the world to observe the atmosphere and the ocean...

An Above Normal Wind Snowpack is Guaranteed!

The Northwest snowpack is now well above normal and with the latest model runs, it is pretty much guaranteed to stay that way through...

Rare Upside Down Lightning Viewed over Puget Sound

On Friday evening, camera 3 of Greg Johnson's wonderful Skunk Bay weather site captured an extraordinary lightning picture (see below), with the camera looking...

Weekend Weather and Why Texas Weather is So Extreme

 This weekend promises relatively dry weather over the lowlands and showers on the western side of the Cascades, as a ridge of high pressure...

The Extreme Temperature Changes of Texas

 Few places in the world experience more rapid and extreme temperature changes than Texas.A place whether the temperature can be 80F at noon and...

Cliff Mass Weather Blog: Double Convergence Zone

One of the key elements of western Washington weather in the Puget Sound Convergence Zone, a band of clouds and precipitation that is produced...

Amazing Precipitation Differences and Avalanche Threat

 The super rain shadow event of the past day resulted in startling precipitation contrasts over the region.A picture worth one thousand wordsThe map below...

Cliff Mass Weather Blog: Super Rain Shadow

 There are rain shadows.... and then there are super rain shadows.  On Sunday, a super shadow will produce an area of virtually no rain over...

Super Rain Shadow, Heavy Mountain Precipitation, and the Truth About the...

 My new podcast is online.  In the first part I talk about the weekend forecast, which on Sunday includes heavy precipitation on the western...

The Progressive Decline and Politicization Of Public Radio Station KNKX

During the past decade there are few things that I am more proud of than the role I played in saving public radio station...

Is the Texas Cold Wave Caused By Global Warming?

 Texas and neighboring states are experiencing a major cold wave causing substantial snowfall and power outages affecting millions of people.A number of major media...

Big Flakes and Little Flakes During the Weekend Snow. Why?

A number of you sent me emails about the snowflakes over the weekend.Why were the flakes so SMALL Saturday morning?  Tiny flakes!And then they...

The Third Act in the Snow Drama. Plus Freezing Rain Around...

 This snow drama was always going to to be in three acts.    The first was a teaser, the second was the main act,...

Cliff Mass Weather Blog: Snowstorm Tonight

The models have converged.  Uncertainty is less.  A snowstorm will hit western Washington tomorrow.But it will be a snowstorm with a twist: radical differences...
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