wind http://www.kplu.org en Mass: Friday is the Calm before First Big Storm of Season http://www.kplu.org/post/mass-friday-calm-first-big-storm-season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Today is the calm before the storm," says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.</span></p><p>The first big storm of the season will hit the Northwest on Saturday, and it's expected to produce winds strong enough to cause power outages and trigger snowfall in the mountains at elevations low enough to cover the passes.</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:48:21 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10772 at http://www.kplu.org Mass: Friday is the Calm before First Big Storm of Season Mass: Back to cooler and wetter days, but be thankful for normal http://www.kplu.org/post/mass-back-cooler-and-wetter-days-be-thankful-normal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Be thankful for normal, even if it's not sunny and warm, says Cliff Mass, </span>KPLU's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> weather expert and a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.</span></p><p>"The interesting thing about this spring is it's been really normal. It's really normal to have some periods where it's above normal and below normal," says Mass, adding he's not quite a prophet of doom; maybe the "prophet of deterioration." Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:13:41 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8570 at http://www.kplu.org Mass: Back to cooler and wetter days, but be thankful for normal Memorial Day weekend will begin with sun, end with clouds http://www.kplu.org/post/memorial-day-weekend-will-begin-sun-end-clouds <p>The forecast for today and tomorrow calls for sun and low to mid-70s temperatures, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass. But, the sun and clear skies will give way on Sunday and Monday to clouds and temperatures at least 10 degrees lower.</p><p>Basically, we&rsquo;re still transitioning into the &ldquo;June gloom.&rdquo;</p><p> Fri, 25 May 2012 15:59:56 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5105 at http://www.kplu.org Memorial Day weekend will begin with sun, end with clouds Gusty enough to knock down ... branches? a restaurant? http://www.kplu.org/post/gusty-enough-knock-down-branches-restaurant <p>The type of wind and rainstorm blowing into western Washington has done some amazing damage in the past. Weather expert Cliff Mass is not forecasting anything so huge this weekend, but we will get a &quot;westerly wind surge,&quot; gusty enough to expect some power outages on Whidbey Island.&nbsp;</p><p>Winds could gust to 50 or 60 miles per hour in some parts of the Strait of Juan de Fuca -- as a front from the north accelerates down the strait and barrels into Whidbey and the Everett area.</p><p>Two examples that Mass recalls vividly:</p> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 17:03:40 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 3177 at http://www.kplu.org Gusty enough to knock down ... branches? a restaurant?