Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended

Updated 8-27-2014

Extended forecast models out to September 9 show below normal precipitation and this is attributed to a ridge of high pressure that continues to builds along the west coast. We will have some troughs of low pressure that move in especially this coming weekend and this will bring the chance of precipitation. But after that we have a ridge of high pressure that rebuilds for a mostly dry pattern.

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Fagin's Hike of the Week- Norse Peak

Updated August 27, 2014

Near Crystal Mountain and always great views from the top. Thanks for Brian Fagin for photos.

Views of Mt. Rainier on the  way up. @ Brian Fagin



Dog (Frank) friendly hike but take advance of shade @ photo Brian Fagin
Lots of open views @ Brian Fagin
View of Basin Lake from the top @ Brian Fagin
View of the Cascades @ Brian Fagin
Driving Directions: From Enumclaw drive east on State Route 410 past the town of Greenwater and turn left on Crystal Mt Road. Drive 4.2 miles past milepost 4 to the fork at Gold Hill Road (which is not marked). Turn left and park on this road (next to Crystal Mt Road) and walk the road about .25 mile up (unmarked Gold Hill road) and you will find the Norse Peak trailhead on the left hand side which is also not marked.
Trail Stats: Hike Norse Peak number 1191 to the top which is about 5. miles or about 10 miles which is an elevation Gain 2400 ft and high point of 6858 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.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended

Updated 8-20-2014

In the short run forecast models suggest below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. But in  the extended forecast models out to August 27 return the pattern of above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation as a ridge of high pressure rebuilds (see map below). However lower confidence in this forecast.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Source Lake

Updated August 16, 2014, Source Lake. Snoqualmie Pass

Most people hike to the busy trail of Snow Lake, this less traveled hike to the viewpoint above  Source Lake is a good one.

Above Source Lake Michael (R) Charlie (L)
Above Source Lake and views towards the north
Take the trail less traveled


A kid friendly hike for sure

Still plenty of water flowing


Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 52. Turn left (north), and continue to the end of the road at the Alpental Ski Area parking lot.

Trail Stats: Hike about 2.5 miles junction with Snow Lake Trail (to right) and go straight another .50 mile to overlook of Source Lake. Total miles 3 one way 6 round trip. Elevation gain of about 700 feet.


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Washington Cascades- Weather Extended

Issued  August 13, 2014

Models agree on dry and warm conditions returning this weekend and into early next week.

However, for the extended the US CPC has normal temperatures and below normal precipitation through August 26. However the European Model (see below) wants to bring a trough of low pressure in from the north close to August 22 which would bring some cooling and perhaps some precipitation . Bottom line lower confidence in the extended forecast models.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Mt. Sawyer

Updated 8-13-2014

Shorter hike with great views of Mt. Rainer, Baker, Glacier Peak, Daniel and more. However best to go  this weekend. Thanks for Denis DuBois for the photos.
View of Mt. Rainier @ Denis DuBois
View of Mt. Daniel -left and Mt. Hinman- right @ Denis DuBois

Wildflowers @ Denis DuBois


Driving Directions: From Seattle drive US 2 east just past Skykomish and turn right onto Foss River Road (Forest Road 68). Continue for 3.6 miles and then turn left onto FR 6830. Go 6.9 miles and bear right onto FR Spur 310, and after 1.4 miles reach the trailhead. Trail Stats: Hike about 2 to 2.25 miles and go to unmarked trail on your left. This goes up to the top. Total miles is 3 one way and 1200 foot gain to 5500 foot level.


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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended

Issued August 6, 2014

Short term forecast models are indicting some cooling for our area for today and through the end of the week. Then some brief warming early next week.
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However some of the extended models (Climate Predication Center) through August 18 are suggesting continued dry and warm conditions. However the map below suggests a trough that forms off our coast on August 15 and that would indicate cooler conditions and chance of precipitation for that period. Lower confidence in the forecast but it seems that we are looking at some changes as we move towards the  middle of August.




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