Weather with Cliff Mass

Weather with Cliff Mass
9:25 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Rain and darkness coming, and a big question-mark for Monday

The next storm front is headed our way for Saturday morning, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. And Sunday afternoon could get a warmer, wetter blast.

But, what's really intriguing him is the Monday forecast.

"The computer models don't agree," says Mass. Some bring the storm system's center north of Puget Sound, other models send the storm south.

"This is fairly strong ... so it could bring winds, even winds here to Seattle," on Monday, he says.

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9:11 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Chillier and drier will bring white fluffy stuff to the passes

Snoqualmie Pass could soon look a lot like it did in December of 2007.
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The weather pattern has shifted, and that means less rain, more chills, says Atmospheric Scientist Cliff Mass, of the University of Washington.

The pattern is giddy news for mountain ski areas, all of which should be open with light, fluffy snow this weekend, he says.

Don't worry, though, the snow should stay away from the Puget Sound lowlands, although the higher foothills may get a dusting tonight or Saturday morning.

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9:08 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Rain, followed by rain, and some deep mountain snow

At least three or four more days of rainstorms are headed to the northwest. They'll cycle through approximately every 18 hours, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.

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9:05 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Sogginess subsides: A little more rain, then drier days ahead

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.

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.

For the complete explanation, click the "listen" button above.

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9:10 am
Fri November 16, 2012

A little rain this weekend, but Monday gets drenched

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We're entering the wettest two-week period of the year, says Cliff Mass, KPLU weather expert and professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. And this year should not disappoint.

The rain we've been hearing about this weekend will really just be light showers, says Mass, unless you're on the coast or in northwest Washington, where you'll get blasted with high winds.

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9:03 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Chilly temps continue, may fall into 20s in the hollows

It'll begin warming up on Sunday, as a front brings in showers by Sunday evening. And by Monday, it'll be mostly dry and back up into the 50s.
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That's right, KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass says those who live in "these low spots, places where the wind doesn't get into, these hollows" could see temperatures in the 20s early Saturday morning.

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9:19 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Mild but damp weekend coming

The heavy rain we saw earlier this week was part of an "atmospheric river" carrying moisture across the Pacific, but it's gone now, and off-and-on showers will be the norm for the next few days, says Cliff Mass, KPLU's weather expert and a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.

Northwest dampness comes as the rest of the country is drying out, and Mass says that's good news for President Obama. He cites research that shows Republicans do better when it's rainy on Election Day, and Democrats do better when it's dry.

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9:17 am
Fri October 26, 2012

A break from drizzle coming Sunday, as the East preps for destruction

We'll get a break on Sunday, but another front is coming in Monday.
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Lots of rain in the forecast, but a surprising break is coming on Sunday - at least if you're north of the Tacoma area.

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9:06 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Drip, drop of rain continues, and early snow coming to Cascades

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The pattern has shifted, and rain is here to stay, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.

By this evening, we'll be in an "occasional showers" mode, which means you might find dry spells this weekend to rake leaves and be outside.

Want to avoid getting caught in a shower? Mass suggests using the local weather radar, to check the latest status.

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9:07 am
Fri October 12, 2012

The rain is here, but nothing like Columbus Day 1962

Before the storm was over 46 people had died, 317 were hospitalized, and 15 billion board feet of timber, enough to build 300,000 homes, had fallen.

Expect light, misty rain for much of today, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. And a much stronger front is approaching on Saturday night -- bringing heavy showers on Sunday.

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9:10 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Ditto? Seven more days of the same sunny skies forecasted

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Don't credit global warming. And don't call it karma. Sometimes, weather patterns just lock in place, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

Today, the pattern is perfection. Sunny, clear skies, with temperatures in the upper 60s, occasionally breaking 70, says Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. And seven days in a row of that, stretching through next Thursday. It could change at the end of next week, but maybe not, he says.

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9:34 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Summer is gone and that means some surprises (and rain)

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Yes, this morning's brief showers showed that in fact our fabulous summer is at an end (but there will be more sunny days to come), says KPLU's weather expert Cliff Mass.

Mass added that forecasters were blindsided by this morning's rain across the region, but they are back on track with predictions of a front moving in this afternoon. That front too will bring some rain, but the clouds will burn off probably by Saturday evening and Sunday will be sunny.

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2:20 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Video: Plenty of superior mirages this summer – here's a great one

Weather aficionado Greg Johnson calls this image looking at Bush Point from his home in Hansville on the Kitsap Peninsula the "Bush Point Condos."
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Greg Johnson, a Puget Sound weather aficionado, was recently called out by KPLU’s own weather expert Cliff Mass for a unique video that shows the development of superior mirages during the day. And, with our string of sunny days, there has been plenty of opportunity to see the mirages this summer.

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8:43 am
Fri September 21, 2012

How Cliff Mass helps crime scene investigations

He seems like your ordinary scientist, but KPLU weather expert and University of Washington professor of Atmospheric Sciences Cliff Mass has been moonlighting. He can be found in courtrooms, as a favorite expert when the weather may determine guilt or innocence.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:13 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Why the water at Washington's beaches is so cold

Nevermind the predictable weather for this weekend (cloudy mornings, sunshine breaking through, temps in the 70's) -- KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass wants to talk about a strange phenomenon along the Washington coast.

The water temperatures on any of our coastal beaches -- along the Olympic coast, at Ocean Shores, Westport or Long Beach -- is typically in the 40s or low 50s, says Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Washington.

That's cold.

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