Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Where is the mountain snow? Most areas in the Washington have little snow at 5000 feet and below as of 11-19-2019. However the extended models are showing a pattern change for next week. So for the period 11-26 to 12-2 models are showing troughs of low pressure that drop down from the northwest to  bring cooler conditions and wetter conditions. Stay tuned!

500 mb (18,000') for Tuesday 4 pm 11-26-2019 this could be the regular pattern into early December- troughs of low pressure moving in



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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Shriner Peak

We hiked to this former fire lookout at Mt. Rainier Park on 11-13-19 and saw just patches of snow at 5000'. No snow at the summit of about 5800'. The area might get 2 to 3" of new snow on Friday (11-15-2019) or the next day, but the trail should still be easy to follow. This Saturday 11-16-2019 better weather compared to Sunday 11-17-2019 which will bring heavy precipitation.


Photo 11-13-2019 at 5800' - no snow!
Just below lookout.

Mt. Adams in the distance.

Lookout, of course.





Driving Directions:
If you are coming from Enumclaw drive 47 miles on east SR 410 to junction of SR 123 and SR 410.

Go on SR 123 7.5 miles to parking spot on the right.

The trail head is on the other side of the road.

Trail Stats: 3400 foot gain and 8.5 miles roundtrip. Here is our track.  

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, November 12, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Most forecast models indicating above normal precipitation and above normal precipitation for the period 11-17-2019 to 11-21-2019. This is mainly due to a zonal from west to east and map below shows that. Sadly for skiers we will not be adding to the snowpack.

500 mb (18,000') average position  for 11-17 to 11-21

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Crystal Peak

Hike is near Crystal Mt Ski Resort. On  11-4-2019 the trail had  a few patches of snow and some hikers used micro-spikes. Limited new snowfall is in the forecast between 11-5-2019 to 11-10-2019  Views!! On a clear day has views of 6 volcanoes.
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Mt. Adams- photo take in June
Rainier up close
Crystal Lake

Driving directions: From Seattle take Highway 410.  Trail head is 4.5 miles past the Crystal Cutoff, with parking on the right.

Trail Stats: 7.8 miles round trip and a 3400 foot gain. Good workout, Here is the track 

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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Monday, November 4, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Forecast models bringing a ridge of high pressure over our region for the period 11-11-2019 to 11-17-2019. If that verifies then we can expect above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

500 mb (18,000') for period 11-11-2019 to 11-17-2019

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Iron Bear and Beyond

This hike is near Cle Elum and still snowfree and a few golden larch trees still on the trees. Great views from the top



Mount Stuart
Western Larch
View of Mt. Rainier on the way up
Driving directions: Drive east on Interstate 90 to US 97. About two miles north of Mineral Springs, look for Forest Service Road No. 9714 (Iron Creek Road) going off to the left (west). Continue about 3.5 miles to road's end and the trailhead and parking at 3,800 feet.  Many folks park 100 yards or so before the official trailhead due to road conditions.


Trail stats: From the trailhead take trail 1351  to the Knob at  (5489 feet) and this is about 6.4 miles round trip. Great views here. Some folks like to go to Jester Mountain which is about another 0.50 mile (north and east) at 5520 feet and the waypoints are :N47°22.324' & W120°321' . This is harder to find than the Knob at 5489 feet and views at the Knob are great.


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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.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

We continue with the theme of a ridge of high pressure over our area through the early part of November. Thus below normal precipitation and probably little if any through 11-8-2019. Furthermore several models keep this below normal precipitation through 11-12-2019. Finally temperatures should average close to normal, although we will have some cooler mornings at times.

500 mb (18,000') for 11-6-2019 to 11-12-2019

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