Tuesday, January 28, 2014
  Ahh

Unlike most of the country, the Northwest has been blessed with no weather for the last two weeks. Every day is High 30, Low 20, Freezing Fog. Sometimes lots of Freezing Fog, sometimes not much.

The Weather Bureau guys haven't needed to write much in their daily Forecast discussion.

30 / 20 / FZFG
30 / 20 / FZFG
30 / 20 / FZFG
30 / 20 / FZFG
30 / 20 / FZFG
30 / 20 / FZFG
30 / 20 / FZFG
30 / 20 / FZFG


Did they get bored? Did they build up a need to handle some real damn weather? Did they finally get a chance today?
.DISCUSSION... Tonight and Wednesday...Ahh what a messy situation awaits the region. Very impressive atmospheric river continues to meander toward the Washington/Oregon coast late this afternoon...with a deepening shortwave trough currently moving east of 140w per water vapor satellite. As this shortwave pushes toward the coast it will....
Ahh yes. Though I'm NOT complaining about the dull weather, I can sympathize!

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Thought: NWS in Atlanta is being blamed for failing to forecast an unusually strong snowstorm. Maybe NWS should consider a sort of internal crowdsourcing mechanism for spare expertise. I'll bet these bored Spokane forecasters, who have plenty of experience with the signs and portents of snow, could have done a better job than the hurricane-experienced Atlanta guys. Two rules would create the system: (1) If local weather isn't keeping you busy, scan the rest of the country for your specialty. (2) If forecasters from another area tell you that you're missing something, listen.

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Later: In other winters this pic would have been default, not worth the bother of opening the door and clicking the camera. This winter it's special: first really solid snow!

 


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