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Finally…. Smoke Relief for the Northwest

As the models have been signaling for days, air quality over western Oregon and Washington has improved dramatically over the past 24 h, with...

The End of the Smoke Situation and Why is Smoke Prediction...

 This week I will describe how the smoke situation will greatly improve on Saturday. In my extra-topic segment I will describe how smoke forecasting is...

The Extraordinary Longevity of Wildfire Smoke

 One of the most amazing aspects of this event is the staying power and long-range transport of wildfire smoke.  A view of the eastern...

The End is in Sight

 We can finally see forward to the end of this terrible smoke event over western Washington and Oregon.But first let me show you something...

Why the Smoke Situation Isn’t Improving and Situation Update

 To understand the current situation, it helps to stand back and look at the essential meteorology.  It explains quite a bit of why we...

Much More Pessimistic Air Quality Outlook and Model Problems

Things are looking far more pessimistic this morning, with considerably less improvement in western WA and OR air quality than expected yesterday.And these problems...

How Often Does Visibility Go to Zero?

 The air quality situation remains very poor this morning, with the murk heightened by the mixture of fog and low stratus over portions of...

Smoke Has Caused Temperature Forecasts to Go Crazy Plus An Update

Have you taken a look at the temperature forecasts on your favorite smartphone app or online service?Most are predicting temperatures that are crazy warm...

The Smoke Forecast and Its Extreme Variations

Note:  my new podcast on the smoke situation is up (information at the bottom) __________________What a difference a few days make.  Here is the view...

Smoke and Fire, Plus the Weekend Forecast

My podcast this week starts with the forecast, with particular attention to the area of dense smoke that will move in on Friday.  I...

Major Air Quality Threat For Puget Sound Sound and Western Washington

There is the potential for a major degradation of air quality over Puget Sound, a threat serious enough that vulnerable folks should be prepared. Specifically,...

Cliff Mass Weather Blog: Fire and Smoke Update

The visible satellite image this morning shows huge contrasts over the region.  Modest smoke over the western WA lowlands, a bit denser smoke over...

Major Wildfire on the Western Side of the Cascades

Last night, major fires developed along the western slopes of the northern Oregon Cascades, and another large fire was initiated northeast of Portland.  The...

Incredible Imagery and Smoke Reaches the West Side

I have some amazing imagery to show.  Stunning stuff.Let me begin with a visible satellite image at 6:41 PM.  Incredible.  Smoke covers much of...

Multiple Fires Ignited, Major Dust Storm Develops, Tens of Thousands Out...

This is rapidly becoming a major event.   Strong winds, gusting to 50-70 mph, has caused a dust storm that has closed major roads in...

Most Serous Threat Yet to Come

The forecast dry wind event has begun, with a fire exploding in Okanagan County south of Omak.  But potentially, the worst is yet to...

Extreme Wildfire Potential for Western Oregon and Washington

When one thinks of major Northwest wildfires, the region east of the Cascade crest normally comes to mind.But major wildfires can strike the western...

My New Weather Podcast! Listen Now!

Starting today and available every Friday, I will be providing a weather podcast, available through my blog and a number of podcast channels (such...

Smokestorm Heading for Washington State

Until this week, western Washington has pretty much escape wildfire smoke.   Few fires in British Columbia, less acreage burned than normal over Washington, and...

A Dry End of Summer

Summers are typically dry in the Northwest, but by now the probability of precipitation typically rises significantly.But this year we can look forward to...

The Lesson of Hurricane Laura for the Northwest

Hurricane Laura, one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the central Gulf coast in years, is now history, but there are important lessons for...

Fog UFO Spotted in the Strait of Juan De Fuca!

Folks frequently send me photos of clouds and other features for explanation.  But yesterday, I was sent the absolutely strangest picture ever.  A picture...

Morning Weather Discussion: Corrected

I take a look at the current smoke situation and note the chance of rain over the northern portions of Washington State  late on...

My Weather Forecast and Discussion for August 28th!

I take a look at the current smoke situation and note the chance of rain over the northern portions of Washington State  late on...

Cliff Mass Weather Blog: California Wildfires and the Lightning Siege: How...

California is burning and smoke has covered the northern half of the state and is spreading across the U.S.   Most of the fires were started...

Hurricane Laura and the Wind Speed Dilemma

Last night, Hurricane Laura made landfall on the southwestern coast of Louisiana, bring heavy rain (6-8 inches),  strong winds (gusting to 132 mph at...

Friday Morning Weather Discussion

My weather discussion is found below....check out the video.  Today I talk about Olympic rainshows, smoke over California, high humidity, and look out at...

Record Breaking Moisture over the Region

Tonight there is an amazing plume of moisture over us....in fact, a record for the date and one of the highest on record.Perhaps you...

A lightning barrage puts the western U.S. on fire

During the last few days, hundreds of fires have been ignited by an extraordinarily unusual barrage of thousands of lightning strikes over the western...

Extreme Beauty and Extreme Temperatures

The weather during the past 24-h has been  extreme in several ways (some of which I will explain below), but so has been the...

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