Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued 2-9-2016

The ridge of high pressure and warm and dry conditions that have recently been the theme over the Pacific Northwest will slowly start to change. We start to have some changes starting  this Wednesday and Thursday and more so over this weekend for new mountain snowfall especially for Friday and Saturday. New snow at about 4000 feet and above for Friday and Saturday.

However looking at the extended forecast the bigger changes start 2-18 to 2-19 as a trough of low pressure 500 mb map and associated cold air starts to move into the Pacific Northwest. 

Many are concerned on the snowpack in the Washington Cascades. Currently many areas are close to 100% of normal and this is the case even with the the recent dry and mild spell. Also for the months of November, December and January the Washington Cascades gets over 50% of it's snowfall. Given this data many experts still believe  our snowpack for this late spring  should be in good shape and not be below 80% of normal. Furthermore, experts are saying water from the mountain snow melt should meet our needs for this summer.  This can all change so stay tuned.


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Fagin's Hike (Ski-Snowshoe) of the week- Along White River

Issued: 2-4-2016

This is a snowshoe or ski (we skied) off of Hwy 410 just east of the town of Greenwater. This starts at low elevation, about 1900 feet so snow coverage is spotty first 1/8 to 1/4 mile but can ski after that. We also same snowshoe tracks. This is a mostly flat road with nice views of the West Fork  White River. It very-very slowly goes uphill.


Michael taking a break @ Dennis Long
Long flat road good for classic skiing @ Dennis Long
Views of rocks west of the river
Directions: Take Highway 410  from the town of Greenwater drive east about 4 miles (towards Crystal Mt.) and turn right on FS 74 - West Fork White River. Drive short distance and park by gate.

Trail Stats: Little elevation gain can go up to  6.5 miles one way in which you come to a bridge that is washed out.

 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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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued: 2-2-2016

Starting this Sunday 2-7 and continuing until at least 2-11 a strong ridge of high pressure builds 500 mb 

This upper level ridge will tend to bring above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation. In fact some of that part of this period will be dry. Then models suggest that this ridge collapses after that 2-13 to bring normal precipitation to our region.


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fagin's Hike (Snowshoe) of the Week- FS 7120

Updated 1-28-2016

This is a hike and snowshoe trip is off Hwy 410 just west of the town of Greenwater and across from the Federated Forest. FS 7120. Trail is initially snowfree and then you have snow at about 2200 foot. Thanks to Dennis Long for photos and GPS tracks.



Elk marching down the road @ Dennis Long
Road walk with the famous giant golf ball in distance @ Dennis Long
Memorial for a logger @ Dennis Long
Michael taking a break before lunch @ Dennis Long


Driving directions: Take Highway 410 and from Enumclaw and go east about 18 miles and once at  the Federated Forest (which is on the right)  turn left on FS 7120.

Trail stats: This is one of the trips you can go as far or short of a distance that you like to. Note there are several big down trees to climb over at the start of the hike but after that no issues.

Here are several trips you can do:
This is 5.3 miles roundtrip and 1200 foot gain
This is to the "cross" and is only 2.5 miles roundtrip and 700 foot gain

 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, January 27, 2016

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlok

Updated 1-27-2016

The current mild pattern that we have in the Northwest will change this weekend with cooler air moving in and remaining here early next week. However most extended models through  February 9 bring normal to above normal temperatures. However with weather systems continuing to move in from the Pacific we will have above normal precipitation through February 9. The map (for 2-5-2016) below reflects a flat ridge of high pressure over Washington with a trough of low pressure to our south so this should continue the wet pattern.

500 map 

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fagin's Hike (Snowshoe) of the Week- Off Hwy 18

Updated 1-21-2016


This is a close in hike (off of Hwy 18) and you can walk on gated road with great views.after about 3 miles.  First 1.5 to 2 miles is snowfree than solid snow. Thanks to Dennis Long for photos.
Zoomed in photo looking toward north from lunch spot @ Dennis Long

Mt Baker- zoomed in shot @ Dennis Long

After 2 miles on the road solid snow @ Dennis Long

View north from lunch spot @ Dennis Long
Lunch time @ Dennis Long


Directions: From I-90 east take Hwy 18 exit and turn right (south). Go just under 2 miles and past Raging River  (close to milepost 26) and make a left. There is not a left turn lane so be careful. Easier to come in from Issaquah-Hobart Road to Why 18 then turn right. You park in small pullout area and do not block the yellow gate with the sign "Department of Natural Resources." discover pass is needed.

Trail stats:To view point of Mt Baker go 3.9 miles and about 1800 foot gain. See map for route. While on hike you go about a mile on logging road (gated) then turn right and follow power lines for about another mile. Then veer towards the right go  about mile and views to the north of Mt. Baker, Mt Si and others.



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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.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Weather Washington Cascades Extended Outlook

Issued 1-19-2016

Most forecast models are in agreement with troughs of low pressure dropping from the west to northwest. The net result is our region will have a zonal flow (from the west to the east). When we have these  zonal flows we usually have a moist flow and have above normal temperatures and precipitation. This pattern should be in place through early February.

Here is the 500 mb map

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