The Perfect (Smoke) Storm and the Weekend Weather Forecast


Here in Seattle, the smoke was amazingly thick on Wednesday morning, only exceeded by the extreme event of Sept. 2020 and equaled by the smoky period in summer 2018 (see small particle levels at Lake Forest Park over the last 5 years ago).


The intense smoke was associated with a dying fire (Bolt Creek) in the Skykomish Valley.  


How could this be?

The explanation is found in my podcast (see below).  The “perfect storm” of meteorological conditions.

And talking of perfect, consider the weather conditions over the Northwest this weekend.

ANOTHER ridge of high pressure will develop over the West Coast this weekend (see upper level map , 500 hPa–about 18,000 ft late Sunday below).  And you know what that means…. warmth and sun.


But this time of the year we can’t get really hot…so highs will only get into the upper 70s in the west.  Nearly perfect.  It won’t last though…cooler temperates for mid-week, but little rain in the forecast.  My podcast goes into the details.


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