heat wave http://www.kplu.org en Forecast - hot but getting cooler http://www.kplu.org/post/forecast-hot-getting-cooler <p>Today’s going to be hot again, but it's already cooler than expected this morning, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.</p><blockquote><p>“We had some marine air that pushed up the coast, clouds have inundated the coastal areas. So if you're on the coast it's going to be cooler," he says. "And here in the interior we're starting cooler: five to ten degrees in some places. But the trouble is this cool marine air is very thin."</p></blockquote><p>He says that cool marine layer will burn off fast, yielding to hot temps aloft. So today he expects highs of high 80s to 90 closer to the coast. And away from the water, perhaps the low 90s.</p><blockquote><p>"So one more warm day. Then tomorrow a step down. Today's the hottest day."</p></blockquote><p>There's a chance of thunderstorms Saturday afternoon, which could have a big impact on the wildfires in Cle Elum and Thorp. The danger is the chance of lighting without rain. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:05:28 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & KPLU News Staff 6003 at http://www.kplu.org Another day of heat, wildfire danger in Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/another-day-heat-wildfire-danger-washington <p></p><p>The National Weather Service says Friday should be the last day of the heat wave in Washington.</p><p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:09:13 +0000 The Associated Press 6007 at http://www.kplu.org Another day of heat, wildfire danger in Washington Sure it's hot, but are we heat wimps in Seattle and the NW? http://www.kplu.org/post/sure-its-hot-are-we-heat-wimps-seattle-and-nw <p>In the Seattle region, where we have few air conditioners, a string of 90-plus days can raise alarms:</p><ul><li><a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=WAZ505&amp;warncounty=WAC033&amp;firewxzone=WAZ657&amp;local_place1=Issaquah+WA&amp;product1=Excessive+Heat+Warning">Official excessive heat warning</a></li><li><a href="http://www.pscleanair.org/news/newsroom/releases/2012/08_15_12_SmogAdvisory.aspx">Smog warnings&nbsp;</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/News/Pages/2012_08_16_taylor_public_help.aspx]">Wildfire warnings</a></li><li><a href="http://www.king5.com/home/related/blog-links/Beat-the-heat-Puget-Sound-area-cooling-centers-166315726.html">Opening cooling centers</a></li></ul><p>But with the rest of the country <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/weather-forecast/wsi-late-summer-early-fall-outlook-20120723">melting under temperatures of 100 degrees or more </a>for days in a row and <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57494589/report-drought-intensifies-in-key-farming-states/">drought striking the Midwest</a>, we wonder if perhaps we in the Northwest are heat wimps.</p><p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:31:42 +0000 Jake Ellison & Evan Hoover 6000 at http://www.kplu.org Sure it's hot, but are we heat wimps in Seattle and the NW?