Warm system for Thanksgiving week

Warm system for Thanksgiving week

An atmospheric river is set up to douse almost the entire West Coast. Raising freezing levels today and tomorrow will aid Thanksgiving travelers the next couple of days, keeping snow off of the major passes. By midnight Monday night, the freezing level in much of Oregon will be above 9,000 feet with freezing levels remaining near 10,000 feet for the Pacific Northwest through Wednesday. I apologize in advance, I’ll be mentioning rain a lot in this post. While major highways won’t…

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Forecast for the Auburn Marching Band Competition

Forecast for the Auburn Marching Band Competition

I am friends with a lot of folks in the Tri-Cities who have siblings or kids in marching band. This weekend, they will be traveling over to the west side of the mountains to participate in a parade and competition in Auburn. As the weather here outside Reno is fairly chill, and this is the largest marching band competition in the state of Washington, I decided to write about the weather over there instead. Crossing the Pass There is a…

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Columbia Basin Snow Report

Columbia Basin Snow Report

Winter is making an early appearance today in the Tri-Cities, as several places woke up to a dusting of snow. Winter Weather Advisories are in place for the Blue Mountains as well as in Yakima. The Tri-Cities will likely see off and on rain and snow showers as this system continues to move through the region. Some of that snow may stick briefly in town, but don’t expect much and don’t expect it to last too long. If you’re traveling…

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How Hurricanes Get their Names

How Hurricanes Get their Names

This hurricane season has proven to be an intense one, with several major hurricanes causing destruction across the Southeast and the Caribbean. The remnants of one hurricane, Ophelia, even caused damage in several western European countries. With names like Ophelia and Philippe, one might wonder how hurricanes get their names to begin with. The short answer is that we name hurricanes to avoid confusion in forecasting and warning and that the names are chosen by the United Nations. If you…

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Halloween forecast for Reno

Halloween forecast for Reno

Nevada Day is here and that means Halloween is right around the corner. As you head out for Halloween-related activities for the next few days, expect dry conditions and near-average temperatures. We will be leaving the month with dropping temperatures as winds in the upper atmosphere shift to bring cooler air south out of Canada. But enough of that here’s what the evenings have in store for activities this weekend and on Halloween. Friday evening Friday will see a high…

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Deep low moving across Alaska

Deep low moving across Alaska

A low-pressure system is making its way toward western Alaska and is expected to bring snow to the interior of the state Wednesday and Thursday. Winter Storm Warnings are out for areas between Nome and Fairbanks, with Winter Weather Advisories surrounding that. This is coming just days after the first snowfall of the season fell in Anchorage. As it moves north, a high-pressure system in Russia will keep the low’s center within United States territory. The low, which this morning was…

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Record breaking heat for Southern California

Record breaking heat for Southern California

Here I am, sitting in my apartment outside Reno where the temperature is in the 70s and my wife is already listening to Christmas music, but in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas record-setting heat is sending the region above 100 in many places. Yesterday, downtown Los Angeles marked down a high of 102º. Excessive Heat Warnings continue for Los Angeles and San Diego as temperatures are expected to climb to near or above 100 again along I-5 and…

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Personal Update

Personal Update

My wife and I recently moved from St. Anthony, Idaho to Fernley, Nevada. Fernley is in the greater Reno area on Interstate 80 and has about 25,000 people. With this move, my blog will begin to cover more weather events relevant to Nevada and California and less for Idaho and Montana. I will continue to cover events relevant to the Pacific Northwest, as well as other things that catch my fancy. I am excited for this new chapter in our…

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Winter’s first snowfall… in summer.

Winter’s first snowfall… in summer.

Author Note: I wrote this post on my phone. The ‘featured image’ is from last winter because I can’t figure out how to upload images from my phone. Also be aware that formatting might be weird. I love fall, it’s my favorite time of year. Unfortunately, fall only lasted for about a week where I work in Island Park, Idaho. We got somewhere between two and three inches of snow overnight, freezing up my pressure washer. Driving up, you would…

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No, we don’t need to add a ‘Category 6’ to the hurricane scale

No, we don’t need to add a ‘Category 6’ to the hurricane scale

Hurricanes are categorized according to the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, which organizes tropical cyclones with winds greater than 74 mph into categories from 1 to 5. Each category comes with a description of what damage can be expected in an area that the center of the storm passes over. Occasionally, I see talk of a need to add a 6th category to the Saffir-Simpson scale. Some recent examples of this come after Hurricane Patricia (2015) managed to get itself to…

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