Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended Outlook

Issued 11-19-2014

Forecast models are indicating an active storm track over our region from today through 12-2. We will get alternating patterns of some brief dry weather followed by moderate precipitation. Some models suggest above normal precipitation and above normal temperatures, however lower confidence in the forecast especially regarding temperatures. The temperatures will depend on the position of the ridge of high pressure.

Click here for 500 mb map at 18,000'

Custom Weather Forecasts Services 

Click to check out our forensic & custom weather services
Email us West Coast Weather Contact us

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Fragrance Lake

Issued: November 19, 2014
Nice fall hike snowfree. This hike is just south of  Bellingham. Good hike rain or shine. Also good hike as many await for new snow in the mountains.


Bellingham Bay from viewpoint

  Also from viewpoint with view of Lummi Island

Fragrance Lake
Fragrance Lake
Driving directions: From Seattle take I-5 and exit 231 and take the follow Route 11 (Chuckanut Drive) north for above 15 miles. Lot will be on the right. The trailhead is on right side of the road just after the campground entrance to Larrabee State Park.


Trail stats: Roundtrip 5.5 miles with elevation gain of 1000 feet, high point 1100 feet. You can add to mileage to this hike. Being a good map.


.
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.

Custom Weather Forecasts Services 

Click to check out our forensic & custom weather services
Email us West Coast Weather Contact us


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued 11-12-2014

Forecast models continue to bring a weak ridge of high pressure over our region at times (see link below) and this will tend to bring above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation and this should be the pattern through 11-20-2014. However, we will get some precipitation at times. However, lower confidence in the forecast as models seem to be changing.

Click here for link to map

Custom Weather Forecasts Services 

Click to check out our forensic & custom weather services
Email us West Coast Weather Contact us

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Melakwa Lake

Updated 11-11-2014

Great hike near Snoq Pass and just west of the pass. Great hike rain or shine. Should be mostly snowfree perhaps some patchy snow near the lake. Best weather days this Tuesday and Wednesday (11-12-2014)

Waterfalls part way to the lake

.
River crossing popular spot in summer
Fall colors from earlier
One will always find happy hikers
 
Melakwa Lake 
Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 47 . Turn left over the overpass and proceed to a  junction. Turn right and travel 0.25 mile to Denny Creek Road (Forest Road 58). Turn left and drive 2.5 miles, turning left on the paved road just after the Denny Creek Campground. The trailhead is at the road's end

Trail Stats: 9 miles roundtrip and 2300 foot gai.


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.

Custom Weather Forecasts Services 

Click to check out our forensic & custom weather services
Email us West Coast Weather Contact us


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

11-5-2014

The extended forecast starting this Friday 11-7 is indicating that the West Coast will have a ridge of high pressure that builds (see below). Models show above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation until 11-13 and probably beyond by a few days.

Click here for 500 mb map - 18,000'

Custom Weather Forecasts Services 

Click to check out our forensic & custom weather services
Email us West Coast Weather Contact us

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Easton Ridge

Updated 11-4-2014
Hike is still snowfree but not for long.
View to south Kachess Lake
Frank enjoying the views it is  hunting season so  bright colors

Bridge crossing of Silver Creek @ Dennis Long
From FS 4818  turn right on an unmarked road with this reflector (the reflector is now gone!)  next to it Waypoint N47.15.976 W121.11.154@ 2260'
Directions: From Seattle drive I-90 east and get off at Exit 70. Proceed over the freeway and turn left onto frontage road. Then turn right on FS Road 4818 (signed Kachess Dam Road). Stay on Road No. 4818 go less then one mile to an unsigned road junction, turn right-- on  (see photo above). Continue about 3/4 mile to the trailhead trail 1315 (Silver Creek) , elevation 2,368 feet (it is also the trailhead for Easton Ridge). Waypoints at Trailhead are N 47.16.03 W 121.10.28 Careful trail is hard to find

Trail stats: Initially for a very short distance follow sign for for Silver Creek  trail 1315 but in less than 1/8 a mile you will notice a dirt path (on your right- unmarked) and  turn right on a path to the creek. Then once next to creek and on trail turn left and go a short distance upstream you’ll find the bridge and cross bridge and continue there and follow trail. In about a mile or so , at 3400 feet, you will reach a ridge top and turn right and follow trail 1212 and enjoy ridge top views. From the trailhead to the rocky outcroppings on the ridge crest it is approximately 7 miles round-trip with about 1,700-1,900 feet elevation gain. High point is at about 4500 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.

Custom Weather Forecasts Services 

Click to check out our forensic & custom weather services
Email us West Coast Weather Contact us

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Updated 10-29-2014

Forecast models through November 12 bring a zonal flow pattern (from west to east) in the atmosphere (see link to map below). This type of pattern brings above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. The map below confirms this.

Click here for link to map

Click to check out our forensic & custom weather services