Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued 9-1-2015

Forecast models indicate a trough of low pressure off the Washington Coast through 9-9 and with this pattern we can expect below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.  However some models suggest a return to warmer and drier conditions by the middle of September, but lower confidence in that part of the forecast.

500 mb map through 9-9=2015


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Monday, August 31, 2015

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Crystal Lakes

Updated: 8-31-2015

This hike is in Mt. Rainier National Park and the trailhead is off of Hwy 410 east of Enumclaw. Photos taken in October of 2011.


Upper Crystal Lake @ Karen Sykes

Rainier less than one mile into hike
Upper Crystal Lake from trail above the lake

Upper Crystal @ Karen Sykes

Trail stats: 6 miles round trip with 2,300 feet of gain
Driving Directions: From Enumclaw drive SR 410 east toward Chinook Pass -- the trailhead is 4.5 miles past the entrance to Mt Rainier National Park or about 42 miles east of Enumclaw. Parking on both sides of the road.


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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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.

500 mb map


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