Cliff Mass http://www.kplu.org en Cliff Mass: It's A Holiday Crapshoot, But Consider Moving Your BBQ To Saturday http://www.kplu.org/post/cliff-mass-its-holiday-crapshoot-consider-moving-your-bbq-saturday <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150930158&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Well, it's complicated.</p><p>The forecast for our long holiday weekend starts wet, then dries out, then gets downright motley as we move into prime barbecue territory.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 16:28:08 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16801 at http://www.kplu.org Cliff Mass: It's A Holiday Crapshoot, But Consider Moving Your BBQ To Saturday Seattle-Area Skygazers May See Glimpse Of 'Blood Moon' — If They're Persistent http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-area-skygazers-may-see-glimpse-blood-moon-if-theyre-persistent <p>The Puget Sound region won’t be the best place to take in the lunar eclipse in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. High clouds are likely to obscure the so-called “blood moon,” which flushes reddish in the shadow of the Earth.</p><p>University of Washington atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass says the northwest Washington coast might fare better. And cloud breaks might give even Seattle-area moon-gazers a glimpse — if they keep looking. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:12:55 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16020 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle-Area Skygazers May See Glimpse Of 'Blood Moon' — If They're Persistent Mass: Summer Weather Takes a Bow Over Long Weekend http://www.kplu.org/post/mass-summer-weather-takes-bow-over-long-weekend <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Labor Day marks summer’s unofficial finale, and </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> weather expert Cliff Mass says the warm weather with make a curtain call this weekend, though the beach-and-barbecue weather will be a memory by Monday.</span></p><p>"Today is the transitional day,” says Mass, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.</p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:16:56 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9828 at http://www.kplu.org Mass: Summer Weather Takes a Bow Over Long Weekend Balmy Monday breaks records in Seattle, Bellingham, Olympia http://www.kplu.org/post/balmy-monday-breaks-records-seattle-bellingham-olympia <p>May 6 isn’t known for much.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Perhaps it languishes in the shadow of its older sibling, Cinco de Mayo.</span></p><p>But at least this year, May 6 saw something special when the mercury climbed to a record-breaking high of 87 degrees at&nbsp;Sea-Tac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Airport around 5 p.m., crushing the past record high of 79 set in 1957.</span></p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 21:21:50 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8678 at http://www.kplu.org Balmy Monday breaks records in Seattle, Bellingham, Olympia Sogginess subsides: A little more rain, then drier days ahead http://www.kplu.org/post/sogginess-subsides-little-more-rain-then-drier-days-ahead <p></p><p>Those late November storms are a tradition in the northwest. But after some Friday rain, the trend is drying out, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Washington.</p><p>In this week's weather talk, Mass explains why late November gets more inches of rain than any other period of the year. Hint: It has to do with the jet-stream, heading at us from Asia. After November, that "atmospheric hose" is pointed farther south in Oregon and northernmost California.</p><p>For the complete explanation, click the "listen" button above.</p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 17:05:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7188 at http://www.kplu.org Late winter storm slams into Washington, Oregon http://www.kplu.org/post/late-winter-storm-slams-washington-oregon <p>Spring arrives next week, but this week still looks like winter in Washington.</p><p>The National Weather Service says a front moving through the state Monday is bringing strong winds and rain to Western Washington, heavy snow to the Cascades and snow in much of north central and northeast Washington.</p><p>High winds knocked out power for tens of thousands of people in northwest Oregon and western Washington on Monday.</p><p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 22:20:13 +0000 The Associated Press & Chris Lehman 4412 at http://www.kplu.org Late winter storm slams into Washington, Oregon 250,000+ out of power; transportation disrupted; but storm is over ... for now http://www.kplu.org/post/250000-out-power-transportation-disrupted-storm-over-now <p>More than 250,000 people are without power and all modes of transportation are still a mess, but &ldquo;this snow/sleet/freezing rain event is basically done,&rdquo;&nbsp;reports KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.</p><blockquote><p>However, <a href="http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2012/01/end-is-near.html">Mass said on his weather blog</a>, &ldquo;Now I hate to bring this up ... but the forecast models for the next week indicate some intense weather in store for us. Heavy rains, strong windstorms.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:45:30 +0000 KPLU News Staff & The Associated Press 3836 at http://www.kplu.org 250,000+ out of power; transportation disrupted; but storm is over ... for now Rain, big winds in forecast; Cliff Mass: 'We messed up' http://www.kplu.org/post/rain-big-winds-forecast-cliff-mass-we-messed <p>The big melt continues all day and through the evening, as temperatures settle into the 40&#39;s.</p><p>KPLU and UW weather expert Cliff Mass says &quot;it should feel quite warm&quot; and generally stay above freezing for the next few days.</p><p>Given what&#39;s already on the ground &ndash; and with heavy rains tonight &ndash; it&#39;s a recipe for a mess.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:30:44 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 3844 at http://www.kplu.org Rain, big winds in forecast; Cliff Mass: 'We messed up' Why no summer? Will it end? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-no-summer-will-it-end <p>Grouchy Northwesterners are starting to call this &#39;The year of no summer.&#39; While we may be secretly glad to miss the heat wave that&rsquo;s punishing the Midwest, we&#39;re wondering why we&rsquo;re stuck with clouds &hellip; and when will it end?</p><p>When I talked to experts, the first thing they told me: It is no coincidence.</p><p> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 00:40:23 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2121 at http://www.kplu.org Why no summer? Will it end? Clues to Washington's summer weather...or not http://www.kplu.org/post/clues-washingtons-summer-weatheror-not <p>With the first day of summer this week, it&rsquo;s finally beginning to look like it outside. If you think that&rsquo;s a good sign for the rest of the season, think again. There really isn&rsquo;t a good way to tell how summer will turn out.</p><p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Charla Bear 1905 at http://www.kplu.org Clues to Washington's summer weather...or not Seattle schools win math textbook appeal http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-schools-win-math-textbook-appeal <p>Seattle Public Schools will get to keep using a controversial math textbook. An appeals court <a href="http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/index.cfm?fa=opinions.showOpinion&amp;filename=650360MAJ">struck down a challenge to the &quot;Discovering&quot; math curriculum</a> by a group of parents and local residents who call it &ldquo;mathematically unsound.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 00:22:37 +0000 Charla Bear 1090 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle schools win math textbook appeal Snow, freezing temperatures http://www.kplu.org/post/snow-freezing-temperatures <p>The brunt of an arctic cold front is expected to hit Western Washington this afternoon, bringing wind and 2 to 6 inches of snow.&nbsp; National Weather Service meteorologist Art Gable says temperatures &quot;will drop below freezing and remain below into Thursday morning.&quot; A winter storm warning remains in effect through 10 a.m. Thursday.</p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 16:02:35 +0000 Paula Wissel 858 at http://www.kplu.org Snow, freezing temperatures Various forecasts predict several inches of snowfall for region http://www.kplu.org/post/various-forecasts-predict-several-inches-snowfall-region <p>Several inches of snow are on the way to Puget Sound&#39;s lowlands. Exactly which areas will get the greatest accumulation is something forecasters say is tough to predict, but a number of sources say their models show anywhere from two to six inches in the Seattle area, and up to eight inches or more in Snohomish County and northward.</p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 23:13:34 +0000 KPLU News Staff 850 at http://www.kplu.org Various forecasts predict several inches of snowfall for region Why sunny in Seattle means snowy in Chicago http://www.kplu.org/post/why-sunny-seattle-means-snowy-chicago <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-949911.mp3</p><p>You might have wondered -- as you gazed out your sunny window and listened to news of record cold and snow sweeping the midwest and East coast -- is there a connection?</p><p>Yes, there is.</p><blockquote><p>"Our weather often is the just the opposite of what it is in the eastern part of the united states," says Cliff Mass, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>"When we are cold, like it was just before Thanksgiving, they tend to be warm," says Mass.</p><p>The reason we're yin when they're yang, and vice versa, has to do with <a href="http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2011/01/dry-sun-and-modified-arctic-air.html">the jet stream and "ridges" of high and low pressure in the sky, as Mass explains it</a>.</p><p> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 13:32:42 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 688 at http://www.kplu.org Why sunny in Seattle means snowy in Chicago