Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wet and cold

It's been colder than normal here due to a trough over the eastern Pacific and a ridge over the rockies (atmospheric in both cases). 4th should be overcast / showers & mild temperatures.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Melting Snow

Mountain snowpacks are melting later lately. Global warming is occurring but our region isn't as strongly affected, yet.

Change in winter temperature from 1980 to now.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Rain rain rain

It rained a lot. Some records were broken. It rained more towards Portland. Less rain tomorrow.

Lots of Rain

Very strong low pressure for this time of year causes lots of rain in unpredictable distribution.

We Do Need Some Education

Discovery math is bad. Singapore or Saxon math is good. We can make the switch if we push hard.

Cold Water Along Coasts

Winds from the north & the coriolis effect push surface water away from the coast, bringing cold water up from below.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

June Gloom

The cloud cover in June affects most of the Pacific & West Coast. Get 3-5K' above ground or east of Cascades to avoid.

Monday, June 11, 2012

NWS Troubles

The NWS used funds to cover things without getting permission. Some people retired. No real scandal beyond the underfunding of the NWS.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Seasonal rainfall patterns

It rains in different seasonal patterns in different regions of the US due to the jet stream. Specifically:
West Coast - 80+% of rain from October to March
Eastern Montana and North Midwest - 50+% of rain from April to June
Inland Southwest - 50+% of rain from July to August
East Coast - Almost uniform rain amounts year round

Friday, June 8, 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Clouds Inland

Rising air tends to cause clouds. Cold air off water hits sun-warmed air over land & rises. Strong offshore winds hit slow air over land & rises. Air hits hills & mountains & rises. Thus clouds inland.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Venus Transit Final

Head to the coast to see Venus's transit. Downstream of Vancouver Island mountains or Olympia & beyond.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Coal Trains

Coal trains produce coal dust in transit, worsen anthropogenic global warming, & send pollution from Asia to the NW. Just say no!