WeatherWatcher: Active weather week ahead

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Forecast: We have an active weather week ahead of us. First a series of fronts are expected to bring waves of rain through Thursday night. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-40's to low 50's all week long.

Model forecasts for Thursday have been consistently showing solutions for a possible wind storm for the past two days now. There are no specific details yet but it's been consistent enough to prompt a special weather statement from the National Weather Service.

It is possible we will have a wind advisory or high wind warning issued in the late Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon time frame this week.

Beyond Thursday and into next weekend we are looking at less steady rain and more showers. Temperatures may be cooling down a bit, as well, into the mid 30's to mid 40's.

December in review: For the majority of the month of December we had a west coast ridge of high pressure pushing the jet stream well to the north of our region. The result of the jet stream shift was leaving us dry for the majority of the month. We had a 12 day streak of no measurable precipitation and 18 days total in the month with no measurable precipitation. Despite the dry periods, we still were pretty close to our normal average rainfall total for the month.

The weather event of the month was getting nearly four inches of accumulated snowfall Christmas Eve into Christmas morning making it officially a White Christmas in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. The previous two White Christmases were 2008 and 1990.

Here's the precipitation graph for December:

Daily rain events:

Last but not least, the daily high and low temperature graph, compared to the station average:

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