Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

 After this weekend's warming pattern forecast models start to struggle on the patterns. The US model (see map below) has a trough of low pressure that will try to push inland. The big question is will the ridge of high pressure to the east block the trough of moving into Washington? Time will tell. If the trough moves inland we can expect a cooling trend with chance of precipitation .

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Mt. McCausland


Fagin's Hike of the Week- Mt. McCausland

This hike is best approached just east of Stevens Pass. Great views of Lake Valhalla and Glacier Peak and reasonable trail stats. I was just there 2 weeks and the few patches of snow are gone by now.

Lake Valhalla 
View to the north
On the way 
Driving directions: 
From Seattle take Hwy 2 east

About 4 miles after Stevens Pass turn left and cross Hwy 2 Westbound. You do actually go onto Hwy 2 westbound but cross it and you will be on Smilthbrook (FR 6700). 

Go about 2.5 miles and you will find a big parking lot on the left for the Pacific Crest Trail.

Trail Stats: 7 miles round trip 1700 feet gain here is our track. About 3 miles from the trail head you will find an unmarked trail (to your right) and this goes up to the Mt. This turnoff is before dropping down to Lake Valhalla.



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, August 3, 2020

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

For the period August 8 to August 16 forecast models bring a broad trough of low pressure over our region. This type of pattern for the West Cascades tends to bring some clouds at times and below normal temperatures. Perhaps some light showers at times.
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Map below is the 500 mb (18,000') and the average position for the period 8-10-2020 to 8-16-2020

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Jolly Mountain

Trail is in Salmon La Sac and hike is through an old burn area. Great views from the top, flowers are still out, and no snow.

Mount Stuart
 In shelter lunch
Nice trail with lower  part a  road walk

Driving Directions: 
Drive I-90 east to exit 80, and exit, heading north on Bullfrog Road (crossing the freeway). 

Pass through two roundabouts, following signs for 903, and pass through the town of Roslyn and Ronald. 

Just past the turnoff for Forest Road 46, look for an unsigned, paved road to the right. This is FR 4315;  drive it 7.5 miles (from the main road) to a parking area high above the Salmon La Sac valley. Some cars can park a little lower.

Trail Stats:  Here is our track. This is a little over 6 miles roundtrip

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, July 22, 2020

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Fremont Lookout

Popular hike at Mt. Rainier which is snow-free (oh, just a tiny snow patch left). Always great views and in the distance one can see Glacier Peak, Mt. Baker, and Mt. Stuart. Thanks to Henryk Melcer for the photos.



Michael having lunch @Melcer
Frozen Lake @Melcer
Hello Marmot @Melcer
Rainier of coursen
 Driving directions:

From Enumclaw, drive east 43 miles on State Route 410 to the Mount Rainier National Park White River Entrance.
Veer right onto the Sunrise Road and follow it 17 miles west to the large parking lot and visitor center at the road's end.

Trail Stats: 5.6 miles roundtrip and 800 foot gain. Here is our track is on the way back we took a minor detour. Thus mileage 6.5

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, July 21, 2020

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Forecast models bring above normal temperatures to below normal precipitation for the extended period of 7-29 to 8-4. However I think at times we will have a weak trough of low pressure off our coast at times and this would tend to bring more normal temperatures with slight chance of a few showers (very limited) for the West Cascades and Olympics at times.  However I don't have a high level of confidence in this forecast and the position of the trough


500 mb (18,000) of trough for period 7-29-2020 to 8-1-2020



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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Starting this weekend (July 18) and continuing until at least July 28 a strong ridge of high pressure will build at the surface and aloft. Thus we can expect  above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

500 mb (18,000) for July 21, 2020



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