. A shortwave in the Southeast quadrant of the low produced showers over the South part of the Washington Cascades this morning before moving Northeast. However middle level moisture and instability have produced a few more showers over the Western Washington interior lowlands in the afternoon
— and the partial clearing we were expecting has not materialized
. The upper low will continue tracking Southeast tonight — reaching the Washington offshore waters late tonight
. Then it will swing Eastward toward Washington on Wednesday
and move inland Wednesday night
. This feature will bring widespread showery precipitation to the forecast area especially Wednesday and Wednesday night with models in broad agreement that much of the Western Washington lowlands will receive more than a half inch rain — with up to 1 inch along the coast — and up to 2 inches in the mountains
. The snow level will mainly be 8000 to 9000 ft. There will probably be isolated thunderstorms as well. The air mass will become increasingly unstable — with moderately strong and weakly diffluent Southerly flow aloft. The difficulty is pinning down the timing and area of specific threat. Isolated thunderstorms developing over the Oregon Cascades this afternoon could spread North to our Cascades as early as this evening — and the thunderstorm threat will become widespread especially Wednesday afternoon and evening. A jet streak just to our Southeast Wednesday afternoon could also enhance the convective activity. The upper low will lift Northeast across Alberta on Thursday
. Some showers will linger over Western Washington Thursday — but most of the lowlands should be dry by Thursday afternoon with partly sunny skies. An upper ridge will start building Northward from the four corners high again on Friday
— for dry and warmer weather with more sunshine. Mcdonnal .
Long-term: — the upper ridge will continue to build with its axis along the rocky mountains over the weekend. By Sunday — the 500 millibars heights over Western Washington will be around 5850 meters
— and Highs over much of the Western Washington lowlands should be well into the 80s. Onshore flow will be weak — and the night and morning marine layer clouds should be limited mostly to the coast. The GFS starts to weaken the ridge with the arrival of an upper trough along the British Columbia coast around Tuesday — implying a marine push for Tuesday night. The ECMWF looks at least a day later with that. Mcdonnal
. Air mass will be stable over much of Western Washington — except for the SouthEastern corner of the County warning area which may see some weak instability this afternoon and evening
. Middle and high level clouds currently covering much of the state with many terminals reporting broken to ovc. Some areas along the coast look to qualify more as scattered to broken as there appear to be some breaks in the clouds.
showers associated with the approaching low have been pretty scattered — with current radar showing activity North and East of most terminal sites
. Still not expecting this activity to become more widespread until tomorrow morning. Cigs under rainfall have been falling to down around 3000 to 4000 feet — otherwise ceilings not expected to fall out of Visual Flight Rules until tomorrow morning with main shower threat. sea — mostly middle level clouds this afternoon and overnight with ceilings expected to remain Visual Flight Rules. Cigs expected to fall into Marginal Visual Flight Rules late tomorrow morning along with main precip threat. Light and variable winds expected to turn Northwesterly 4 to 8 knots this evening before returning to light and variable overnight. Smr
and remain through Wednesday morning. This pattern will create light pressure gradients over the waters today through early Wednesday. Pressure gradients increasing middle day Wednesday into Wednesday night with Small Craft Advisory winds developing over most of the waters Wednesday night or Thursday then easing Thursday night. The onshore flow pattern will return Friday and into the weekend with Small Craft Advisory Westerlies in the Central and Eastern Strait late in the day. Felton/smr
Puget Sound — none.
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Under normal conditions, a 1000 mb height is near the surface (sea level - 400 ft),
standard sea level pressure is 1013.25 mb at 15C°
By looking up current pressure and temperature, we can calculate what the standard mb height levels are today.
Standard sea level pressure is 1013.25 mb at 15C° — also known as a standard atmosphere.
Most of the time,
1000 mb is near the surface (sea level - 400 ft) (In really deep low pressure, Sea level pressure can drop well below 990mb.)
850 mb is near 1,500 meters (5,000 ft),
700 mb is near 3,000 meters (10,000 ft),
500 mb is near 5,500 meters (18,000 ft),
300 mb is near 9,300 meters (30,000 ft).
*Note: When 500mb heights are said to be "rising to 540" it means 5400m above sea level. (height above zero geopotential meters.)
But, confusingly, when discussing 850mb heights, the convention is to omit the leading 1, so that 850mb heights of "540 dam" are actually 1540 meters above sea level.
(What committee came up with all this? I guess we have to remember that bits used to be very expensive.)
Just remember that when (constant pressure) heights rise it means that the pressure on the surface is rising too. More on heights and how they are reported: http://www.theweatherprediction.com/basic/obs/
For Cloud levels (aka ceilings) in the untranslated discussion: Just add two zeros to the right to get the actual forecast cloud level in feet. So 030 is 3,000ft.
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Acronyms ACARS Aeronautical Radio Communications Addressing Reporting System VFR Visual Flight Rules Numerical Forecast Models Abbreviations CMC Canadian Meteorological Centre ECMWF European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts GEM Global Environment Multiscale (CMC's short-range model) GFDL Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory's Hurricane Model GFS Global Forecast System (formerly known as the AVN and MRF) MM5 Penn State University/National Center for Atmospheric Research's Mesoscale Model NAM North American Mesoscale (formerly known as the Eta) NGM Nested Grid Model NOGAPS Navy Operational Global Atmospheric Prediction System RUC Rapid Update Cycle Forecast Model SREF Short Range Ensemble Forecasts UKMET United Kingdom Meteorological Office Washington Airports and other NWS stations elevations in meters N W elev WA ARLINGTON MUNI KAWO 48 10N 122 10W 42 WA BELLINGHAM KBLI 48 48N 122 32W 50 WA WHATCOM (BLI) KHUH 48 57N 122 35W 26 WA BREMERTON NTNL KPWT 47 30N 122 45W 147 WA BURLINGTON/MT V KBVS 48 28N 122 25W 43 WA CHEHALIS CENTRAL KCLS 46 41N 122 59W 54 WA COLVILLE MUNICIP KCQV 48 32N 117 52W 572 WA DEER PARK KDEW 47 58N 117 26W 668 WA EASTSOUND/ORCAS KORS 48 42N 122 54W 8 WA ELLENSBURG KELN 47 02N 120 32W 519 WA EPHRATA KEPH 47 18N 119 31W 383 WA EVERETT KPAE 47 55N 122 17W 180 WA FAIRCHILD AFB KSKA 47 37N 117 39W 750 WA FORT LEWIS/GRAY KGRF 47 04N 122 34W 92 WA FRIDAY HARBOR KFHR 48 31N 123 02W 32 WA HANFORD KHMS 46 34N 119 35W 223 WA HOQUIAM KHQM 46 58N 123 56W 7 WA KELSO LONGVEIW KKLS 46 07N 122 54W 5 WA MOSES LAKE KMWH 47 12N 119 19W 362 WA OAK HARBOR AIRPA K76S 48 15N 122 40W 58 WA OLYMPIA KOLM 46 58N 122 54W 58 WA OMAK KOMK 48 28N 119 31W 395 WA PASCO KPSC 46 16N 119 07W 121 WA PORT ANGELES KCLM 48 07N 123 30W 85 WA PULLMAN/MOSCOW KPUW 46 45N 117 07W 773 WA PUYALLOP/THUN KPLU 47 06N 122 17W 164 WA QUILLAYUTE KUIL 47 56N 124 33W 54 WA RENTON KRNT 47 30N 122 13W 21 WA SEATTLE/BOEING KBFI 47 33N 122 19W 4 WA SEATTLE/METRO KSEA 47 27N 122 19W 136 WA SEATTLE/WFO KSEW 47 27N 122 18W 130 WA SEATTLE/ARTCC KZSE 47 17N 122 11W 99 WA SEATTLE/CAMANO I KATX 48 12N 122 30W 151 WA SHELTON KSHN 47 14N 123 08W 82 WA SPOKANE KOTX 47 41N 117 38W 727 WA SPOKANE/FELTS KSFF 47 41N 117 19W 609 WA SPOKANE/METRO KGEG 47 37N 117 32W 735 WA STAMPEDE PASS KSMP 47 17N 121 20W 1208 WA TACOMA KTIW 47 16N 122 35W 89 WA TACOMA/MC CHORD KTCM 47 07N 122 28W 98 WA TATOOSH/VOR KTOU 48 18N 124 38W 520 WA TOLEDO WINLOCK M KTDO 46 28N 122 47W 113 WA VANCOUVER KVUO 45 37N 122 39W 8 WA WALLA WALLA KALW 46 06N 118 17W 363 WA WENATCHEE KEAT 47 24N 120 12W 377 WA WHIDBEY IS. NAS KNUW 48 21N 122 39W 14 WA YAKIMA KYKM 46 34N 120 32W 324 WA BURLINGTON/MT V K75S 48 28N 122 25W 43 WA COLVILLE K63S 48 32N 117 52W 571 WA DEER PARK K07S 47 58N 117 26W 668 WA DESTRUCTION ISL 47 40N 124 31W 21 WA PORT ANGELES CG KNOW 48 08N 123 25W 4 WA SMITH ISLAND 48 19N 122 10W 15 WA PEARSON/VANCOUVR K60S 45 37N 122 39W 8 WA WEST POINT (LS) 47 40N 122 34W 3 BC ABBOTSFORD AIRPO CYXX 49 01N 122 22W 58 BC AGASSIZ (AUTO) CWZA 49 15N 121 46W 15 BC ENTRANCE IL AUTO CWEL 49 13N 123 47W 5 BC ESQUIMALT METOC CWPF 48 25N 123 25W 12 BC HOPE AIRPORT (MA CYHE 49 22N 121 28W 39 BC HOPE SLIDE CWKV 49 16N 121 13W 674 BC KELP REEFS CWZO 48 33N 123 14W 1 BC MALAHAT (AUTOB) CWKH 48 34N 123 34W 366 BC MERRY ISLAND CWMR 49 28N 123 55W 8 BC MT SICKER RADAR CXSI 48 51N 123 45W 1 BC NANAIMO AIRPORT CYCD 49 02N 123 52W 28 BC P. MEADOWS CS AU CWMM 49 12N 122 40W 5 BC RACE ROCKS AUTOB CWQK 48 17N 123 31W 5 BC SAND headS (LS) CWVF 49 06N 123 18W 1 BC SATURNA ISL (MAP CWEZ 48 46N 123 02W 7 BC SHERINGHAM AUTOB CWSP 48 22N 123 55W 21 BC SQUAMISH (AUTOB) CWSK 49 46N 123 10W 60 BC VANCOUVER (AUTOB CWHC 49 17N 123 07W 2 BC VANCOUVER INTL A CYVR 49 10N 123 10W 2 BC VIC. HARTLAND AU CWVV 48 31N 123 28W 49 BC VICTORIA (AUTOB) CWLM 48 25N 123 19W 70 BC VICTORIA HARBOUR CYWH 48 25N 123 23W 10 BC VICTORIA INTL AR CYYJ 48 38N 123 25W 19 BC VICTORIA UNIV CWYJ 48 28N 123 18W 39 BC W VANCOUVER AUTO CWWA 49 21N 123 10W 178 BC WHITE ROCK AUTOB CWWK 49 01N 122 46W 15