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March was Colder than January In Seattle

Everything seems topsy turvy and unnatural these days, and there is a meteorological oddity that must be added to the list:March was cold than...

A Weak Tornado Hits Richland

We have had very unstable air over the Northwest, with lots of convective showers and thunderstorms.  This instability is the result of colder than...

Cold Air Blast and a Few Snowflakes in Western Washington

This is not an April fools prank.A shot of cold air will push into western Washington late Tuesday and Wednesday, with strong northeasterly winds...

Cliff Mass Weather Blog: An Encouraging Weather Forecast

We all need some good news and I will give that to you. The weather is going to improve by next weekend here in the...

Will the Coronavirus Outbreak Affect Weather Forecasting?

Weather prediction is an essential technology that both protects the economy and saves lives.National Weather Service personnel are considered critical personnel and are still...

Cliff Mass Weather Blog: Weather Discussion Online!

Since many are stuck at home, I thought it would be fun and useful to provide a forecast discussion with lots of images and...

Amazing Rainier Mountain Wave Video On BING

There is an extraordinary video on the front page of BING right now (https://www.bing.com/) Gorgeous, multi-level lenticular clouds.Watch it carefully.     There is a multi-level...

Is the Air Quality Better This Week Because of the Closures?

I have gotten a number of emails from folks wondering whether the local air quality has improved as many of us stay home from...

Temperature Forecasts, Cherry Blossoms and Covid-19

To start on a positive note, the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom on the UW Campus, with the visual effect enhanced by the...

Kona Low Hits Hawaii with Heavy Rain and Tornado Warnings

During another time you might feel very sorry for the poor folks vacationing on Kauai.   Instead of enjoying their Ma Tais under sunny skies...

Good News in the Long-Term?

Will the coronavirus decline as summer approaches?   What is its sensitivity to temperature, humidity, solar radiation and other factors?There is some scientific literature on...

Washington State Leadership in Dealing With Coronavirus

Washington State has immense resources to apply to the coronavirus crisis.One of the leading university medical centers in the world.Major biotech firms and a...

Cold Air and Snow Moving into the Northwest

As predicted, Arctic air started to move into the Northwest today, with the snow level dropping to several hundred feet above sea level.  Temperatures...

Is There is Better Approach?

Our society is now transitioning into panic about the coronavirus.Universities and schools are being shuttered, sports activities and public gatherings are being cancelled, individuals...

A Cold Wave and Some Lowland Snow Will Hit the Northwest...

An unusual, and potentially damaging, mid-March cold blast will hit our region over the weekend.  Cold enough that there are concerns about crops in...

The Beauty and Subtleties of Today’s Weather

There is so much negative energy going around these days about the coronavirus and national politics, that is good to stand back and acknowledge...

Western Washington is Not Done With Cold and Snow

Normally once we pass the first week of March, the lowlands are done with cold and snow.But not this year-- at least if the...

Weather Radar Shows Spring Bird Migration

Every day I have been checking the weather radar for signs of the northward migration of our feathered friends, and Wednesday night I finally...

Northwest Pollen Levels Rise, But Rain Keeps it Down

It is not that our region needs another health concern, but allergy suffers can attest to another challenge:   the surge of tree pollen during...

The Main Session will be on Agricultural Meteorology

If you are a local weather enthusiast or a weather professional, the big local meeting of the year is the Northwest Weather Workshop, held...

Snow in the Mountains, A Touch of Snow in the Lowlands,...

This week, our region will remain on the cold side of normal, and with the frequent passage of weather systems, the Cascades will bet...

Batten Down the Hatches! A Strong Front is Now Making Landfall

3:15 PMIf you are planning to do anything outside and you are living in the Puget Sound region, better finish up during the next...

Dust Storm Season Begins in Eastern Washington and Oregon

Sometimes during late winter or early spring, the dust storm season begins east of the Cascade crest.The rain has lessened, the sun has gotten...

Why Should the U.S. Be the Leader in Numerical Weather Prediction?

During the past several years, I have written a number of blogs bemoaning the third or fourth place status of U.S. numerical weather prediction,...

Strong Winds and Heavy Mountain Snows Today

A lot of weather action today.  A strong front has just moved through Puget Sound and is now pummeling the mountains and Portland (see...

Snow Showers Followed by Heavy Rain, Warm Temperatures and Wind

Tuesday is going to be a day of great contrasts in the Northwest, and particularly west of the Cascade crest.It will start off cold--in...

Stunning Lenticular Clouds Downstream of Mount Rainier

Native Americans, who were astute observers of the natural environment, had a saying:  "when Tahoma (Mount Rainier) has a hat, rain will soon follow."Today...

Cliff Mass Weather Blog: It’s Snowing!

I have to admit, I am still a kid at heart when it comes to snow. Well, snow is now reaching the ground around Puget...

Why is Meteorological Spring Earlier on the West Coast Than For...

Spring starts on March 20 or 21st, everyone knows that!But that is the beginning of astronomical spring, also known as the vernal equinox--the day...

A Midwinter Subtlety of Puget Sound Weather

On the surface, today was a gloriously boring weather day over western Washington.Bright blue skies, light winds, agreeable, but cool temperatures.  A day you...
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