Sunday, August 23, 2015

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Updated 8-23-2015

Extended forecast models  for the period starting  August 30 through  September 5 have been indicating a shift in the weather patterns. The forecasts indicate a trough of low pressure off our coast at times and if that verifies we can expect above normal precipitation and below normal temperatures. However these extended forecasts have not done well recently.

500 mb map


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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Fagin's Hike fo the Week- Hidden Lake

Updated 8-22-2015

Great hike to a remote lake at Mt. Rainier Park. Limited views of the top of Mt. Rainier but great views of several lakes and some very interesting rock structures.


Start of our trip looking north towards our destination
Hidden Lake
Palisades rocks above Hidden Lake
Driving directions: From the White River Entrance go up towards Sunrise Visitors Center, and just before Sunrise Visitor Center park at Sunrise Point.

Trail Stats: Many ups and downs so perhaps 1800 foot total gain.  Total trail close to 6.5  miles roundtrip to the lake. Hike towards Palisades Lake and before Palisades Lake at about 2.6 miles take left fork towards Hidden Lake.


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, August 18, 2015

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended Outlook

Issued 8-18-2015

Starting later this week and continuing through the end of August forecast models suggesting that we have a trough of low pressure (see link below) off our coast at times. If this trend verifies than we would have above normal precipitation. However, low confidence in this at this point.

500 mb map at 18,000'


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Fagin's Hike of the Week- Granite Mt Lookout

Updated 8-18-2015
Granite Mt Lookout just west of Snoq Pass.  Best days is Wednesday and Thursday.
View of lookout from just below @ Alan Bauer


View of Rainier from the top @ Alan Bauer

View (lack there of) from the top when marine layer is slowly burning off
Small tarn below the lookout

 Driving directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 47 Turn north over the freeway, turn left at the T, and drive to Granite Mountain parking area.

Trail stats: 8 miles roundtrip and 3800 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, August 12, 2015

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued: August 12, 2015

Some conflicting weather forecasts as the US models showing a ridge of high pressure over the next 15 days for much of the time (except for this Friday 8-14-2015) so above normal temperatures will little to no precipitation.. However the European model (see below) indicates that we will have more of a trough of low pressure over the region at times especially this Friday and later next week. If this European Model pattern verifies than that would bring cooler conditions and better chance of precipitation.

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Fagin's Hike of the Week: Mt. Washington

Updated 8-12-2015

Trail is located just east of North Bend that offers nice views of Mt. Rainier from the top. Best day to go is today or this Thursday. This  Sunday should also be good.
View of Mt. Rainier from the top
Weather station at the top in the summer
Weather station at the top taken several years ago in a snowy winter @ Dennis Long
At the Owl Spot , Michael drinking again @ Dennis Long
Views along the trail close to the top @ Dennis Long
Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 38 after the exit turn right and take the first right turn into Ollalie State Park, a few hundred feet from the highway. Follow the gravel road to the end, parking near the bathrooms at the west end of the lot.


Trail Stats:  Start a short path next to the restroom that climbs to a roadbed leading to the Iron Horse Trail; here, turn right. In a short distance (less then 1/8 of a mile) there is a  trail (left) that is not marked that leads into forest. Make sure you have a good map and compass and GPS as parts of the trail are NOT marked.  8.6 miles roundtrip and 3200 feet 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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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued 8-4-2015

Forecast models from today till August 14 are suggesting that a trough of low pressure will set up at times off the Washington Coast. Thus the forecast is for slightly below normal temperatures and slightly above normal precipitation is forecasted for this period.

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