Mass: 'Most Amazing Pattern' Defies Tradition, Brings Dry Spell

Nov 22, 2013

It may be chilly out there, but it’s also unusually dry for this time of year, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“It’s really startling,” said Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington. “We’re in a most amazing pattern. I mean, this could be the wettest, stormiest time of the year, and it’s going to be basically dry over the next few days. In fact, I think probably the next week, we’re not going to see any precipitation.”

We may see a few clouds Tuesday and Wednesday, but then we’ll have wonderful weather for Thanksgiving, says Mass.

But it sure is cold out there. Friday morning brought frost and temperatures in the mid-20s for many in the region.

“So it was a cold morning, relatively sunny, and that’s going to continue for at least a few more days before we go into this mild cloudiness,” said Mass.

Mass says the season’s first hard frost arrived right on time this week, sending temperatures plummeting.

“And in the very coldest spots, we even had a few single digits if you go into some deep valleys in eastern Washington,” he said.

But there is a silver lining to those dry clouds.

“We have this fine viewing of the mountains right now, and that’s true as long as we have this dry air over us," said Mass.

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The weekly KPLU feature "Weather with Cliff Mass" airs every Friday at 9 a.m. immediately following BirdNote, and twice on Friday afternoons during All Things Considered. The feature is hosted by KPLU Environment Reporter Bellamy Pailthorp. Cliff Mass is a University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, a renowned Seattle weather prognosticator, and a popular weather blogger. You can also subscribe to a podcast of “Weather with Cliff Mass” shows.