Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended

Updated 8-20-2014

In the short run forecast models suggest below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. But in  the extended forecast models out to August 27 return the pattern of above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation as a ridge of high pressure rebuilds (see map below). However lower confidence in this forecast.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Source Lake

Updated August 16, 2014, Source Lake. Snoqualmie Pass

Most people hike to the busy trail of Snow Lake, this less traveled hike to the viewpoint above  Source Lake is a good one.

Above Source Lake Michael (R) Charlie (L)
Above Source Lake and views towards the north
Take the trail less traveled


A kid friendly hike for sure

Still plenty of water flowing


Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 52. Turn left (north), and continue to the end of the road at the Alpental Ski Area parking lot.

Trail Stats: Hike about 2.5 miles junction with Snow Lake Trail (to right) and go straight another .50 mile to overlook of Source Lake. Total miles 3 one way 6 round trip. Elevation gain of about 700 feet.


Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Washington Cascades- Weather Extended

Issued  August 13, 2014

Models agree on dry and warm conditions returning this weekend and into early next week.

However, for the extended the US CPC has normal temperatures and below normal precipitation through August 26. However the European Model (see below) wants to bring a trough of low pressure in from the north close to August 22 which would bring some cooling and perhaps some precipitation . Bottom line lower confidence in the extended forecast models.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Mt. Sawyer

Updated 8-13-2014

Shorter hike with great views of Mt. Rainer, Baker, Glacier Peak, Daniel and more. However best to go  this weekend. Thanks for Denis DuBois for the photos.
View of Mt. Rainier @ Denis DuBois
View of Mt. Daniel -left and Mt. Hinman- right @ Denis DuBois

Wildflowers @ Denis DuBois


Driving Directions: From Seattle drive US 2 east just past Skykomish and turn right onto Foss River Road (Forest Road 68). Continue for 3.6 miles and then turn left onto FR 6830. Go 6.9 miles and bear right onto FR Spur 310, and after 1.4 miles reach the trailhead. Trail Stats: Hike about 2 to 2.25 miles and go to unmarked trail on your left. This goes up to the top. Total miles is 3 one way and 1200 foot gain to 5500 foot level.


Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended

Issued August 6, 2014

Short term forecast models are indicting some cooling for our area for today and through the end of the week. Then some brief warming early next week.
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However some of the extended models (Climate Predication Center) through August 18 are suggesting continued dry and warm conditions. However the map below suggests a trough that forms off our coast on August 15 and that would indicate cooler conditions and chance of precipitation for that period. Lower confidence in the forecast but it seems that we are looking at some changes as we move towards the  middle of August.




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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Lake Valhalla

Updated  August 5, 2014

This is the shortcut to Lake Valhalla and on the way offers views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Daniel and more. Wildflowers are out and this hike near Stevens Pass is a great one. The longer way is accessed at Stevens Pass and roundtrip is 11 miles. However, the  shortcut is a total  of 7 miles. Also, the shortcut  gives you easy access to side trip up Mt. McCausland.
Lake Valhalla

Lake Valhalla & Lichtenberg Mountain @ Maria Lamarca Anderson
Lush meadow by lake
Frank (the dog) and Alan talking about next hike


Driving Directions: From Seattle take US Highway 2 east to Stevens Pass. Continue another 4 miles just after the highway divides. Then turn left (with great care as you have westbound traffic coming at you) onto Smithbrook (also spelled Smith Brook)  Road (FS 6700). Follow this 2.8 miles and park on left.

Trail stats: Take trail 1590  about 1.4 miles to the Pacific Crest Trail to Union Gap and turn left (south) towards the lake. When you get to the lake you have gone 3.5 miles.


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended

Updated July 30, 2014

An upper level ridge of high pressure will dominate the weather pattern till August 11. Thus, we can expect above normal temperatures and much below precipitation (probably none). The map below confirms this pattern.
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