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Record Weather
1:35 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Record rains in Portland and much of Washington

KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass presented this map of the percentage of normal of precipitation in March. "Much of eastern Washington is amazing with totals of 200-300 percent of normal," he said.

This March was Portland's wettest month ever, with a record-breaking 7.73 inches of rain. And, records fell throughout most of Washington last month, as well, reports KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

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Weather
9:46 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Windy day for parts of Western Washington

The National Weather Service forecasts high winds Monday night for the Washington coast and northwest interior.

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Spring storm
8:36 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Storm bringing more mountain snow in Washington

It may be spring, but the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch through Thursday for the Olympics and Cascades.

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winter Weather
9:09 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Snow forecast for parts of Washington

Here is the 24 h snow totals ending 4 pm today and 4 pm Wednesday from the UW high-res model. LOTS of snow over the Olympics and its SE side, particularly the second day. Big snow dumps over the Cascades. Even the lowlands could see some.
Cliff Mass UW

A winter storm is bringing another shot of snow to parts of Washington.

The National Weather Service says a Pacific frontal system will hit the coast and northwest interior Tuesday with gusty winds and rain in most of Western Washington.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
8:51 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Snow? Looking likely for Sunday, but only a dusting for most

Just a dusting for most, but there will be some snow.
Shannon Kringen Flickr

That's the forecast as of Friday morning, from KPLU and UW weather expert Cliff Mass.

"I don't know if you'll wake up to it, but Sunday morning into Sunday, during the day there will be some snow showers," says Mass.

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winter storm
10:22 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Update: Snow falling, but Cliff Mass says it's almost over

Jeff Jarvis, facilities manager at the Pike Place Market, shovels snow at the landmark site on Wednesday in Seattle.
The Associated Press

Cliff Mass, KPLU weather expert and University of Washington professor, says the snow storm we woke up to is almost out of gas:

"... amazingly the worst is almost over. In fact, it should really be all over for most of the western side of the Cascades by 1 PM," he said.

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Winter Storm
7:23 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Thousands in Oregon without power as snow turns to rain

An Oregon Department of Transportation employee checks on a crash victim in Beaverton, Ore., on Tuesday.
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — Western Oregon woke up to rain and slush instead of significant snow accumulations on Wednesday, but a storm that moved in overnight left thousands without power.

The winter weather brought 2 to 4 inches of snow to the region overnight, but temperatures warmed and it changed to rain, leaving a slushy mix on roads and trees.

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Winter trouble
1:46 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Hose laid for fuel transfer at iced-in Alaska town

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Crews have laid a hose along a half mile stretch of Bering Sea ice and hope to soon begin transferring 1.3 million gallons of fuel from a Russian fuel tanker to the iced-in western Alaska city of Nome.

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Weather
1:21 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

More snow forecast by Wednesday across Washington

More snow is forecast this week across Washington.

While Western Washington drivers cope with their first snow of the winter, the National Weather Service say another 1-to-3 inches are possible by Tuesday and another 4-to-8 inches by Wednesday before turning to rain.

Forecasters say 1-to-2 feet of new snow are possible by late Tuesday in the Cascades with more on Wednesday, which will make driving difficult in the passes.

Weather
11:33 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Rocky Mountains have less snow more warmth

A high pressure ridge is keeping the low pressure systems that bring snow and rain out of the Rocky Mountains.
Evan Leeson Flickr

Idaho isn’t the only state in the west that’s been dry for more than a month. Most of the Rocky Mountain region is experiencing lower than normal snowfalls and higher than normal temperatures.

The general lack of winter forced the cancelation of Idaho’s State Special Olympics Winter Games. Boise’s local ski area, Bogus Basin, isn’t even open yet. In 69 years, Bogus Basin has never seen such a snowless season.

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Weather report
1:52 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Stagnant air advisory in place for much of Washington

You've seen it before: bad air stuck over western Washington. And here we are again, a stagnant air advisory is in effect for much of the state.
Andrew W. Sieber Flickr

The National Weather Service says a high pressure system over the Northwest is keeping the lid on air pollutants.

A stagnant air advisory is in effect for much of Washington, except for the mountains and part of the coast, until Friday afternoon.

Forecasters say the high pressure is trapping cooler air near the ground. With poor mixing of the lower atmosphere because of the inversion, wood smoke and car exhausts can build up.

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Other News
12:41 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Weather wreaks havoc near the coast

High winds and sheets of rain are causing problems along the coast and some of Oregon's highways Tuesday.
Trees have been blown down along Highway 18 in Polk County -- at the east end of the Van Duzer Corridor.
Lou Torres of the Oregon Department of Transportation says the road is closed.

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Winter weather
8:54 am
Tue November 22, 2011

November storm blasts Washington

A real fall storm blasted Washington with high winds on the coast, drenching rains in Western Washington and heavy snow in the Cascades and parts of Eastern Washington.

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NW Weather
9:35 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Signs of fall: snow level drops at the Cascades

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — It still may be technically summer this weekend, but the snow level is going to drop on the Cascade Mountains.

The Bellingham Herald reports that the snow level will drop from 10,000 feet to 5,500 feet in the North Cascades. It will drop to 6,500 feet in the Central Cascades.That means hikers and campers heading to the mountains may see a dusting of snow or cold rain.

The fall equinox is Sept. 23.

Weather report
9:48 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Washington: 80s in the west, 90s in the east ... where's hottest?

The National Weather Service and KPLU commentator Cliff Mass say the great weekend weather and temperatures are going to continue through the week, at least.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

The National Weather Service says Washington is in for one of the hottest stretches of summer this week.

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