Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Washington Cascade Weather- Extended Outlook

Click here to view 500 mb map (at 18,000')Updated 9-17-2014

Starting this weekend a ridge of high pressure will be in place through at least Monday 9-22.  (so above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation) will tend to be the pattern. However, models indicate that the ridge weakens Wednesday 9-24 (see map below) so some cooling and chance of showers. Finally, lower confidence in forecast from 9-24 onward.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Blanca Lake

Updated 9-14-2014

One can call this the hike of the year given the beauty of this lake. One should try to take Monday off 9-15 off of work to enjoy this this sunny hike as there is chance of rain on Tuesday 9-16. However sun should returns (forecast suggesting this) next weekend on 9-20-2014. Thanks to Alan Bauer for the photos.

Blanca Lake with Columbia Peak
Blanca :Lake & Columbia Glacier
View of Glacier Peak from ridge top


Driving Directions: Take US Hwy 2 east from Monroe to just past the town of Skykomish. Turn left on to FR 65, more clearly marked as Beckler River Road, and drive past the Beckler River Campground. Take FR 65 for 15 miles all the way to the intersection of FR 63 and the private Garland Mineral Springs Road. Take a right on FR 63 and proceed about 2 miles. The trailhead is on a small spur road to the left, up another small hill.

Trail Stats: 8.4 miles roundtrip and 3300 gain.  Remember you drop about 700 feet to the lake, and you get you climb this steep hill on the way out.


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, September 10, 2014

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended

Issued: 9-10-2014

The extended forecast models between now and  9-18-2014 continue the pattern of above normal temperatures and little to no precipitation as we remain under a ridge of high pressure.

However starting 9-19 the map below indicates the ridge has shifted to our east. As this happens the Pacific Northwest will get a more zonal flow, from the west to east which will tend to bring more precipitation to the Pacific Northwest.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Thorp Lookout

Updated 9-8-2014
This hike offers great views and is located in the Salmon La Sac region, east of Snoq Pass. 
Thorp Lookout- great views from the top @ Maria Lamarca Anderson


Lunch time sardines for (L to R) Bartlett,Frank and Hank. Server Brian
Matt (L) and Brian (R)
Views to the west
Mt. Rainier in the distance with Cle Elum Lake
Driving directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to take exit 80 (signed "Roslyn/Salmon La Sac"). Head north on Salmon La Sac Road (State Route 903) about 15 miles, passing through Roslyn and past Cle Elum Lake. Just past the upper end of the lake, turn left onto French Cabin Road (Forest Road 4308). Drive 3.25 miles on FR 4308 then turn right onto FR 4312 . Go 1.5 miles on FR 4312 to a gated road on the right and park here (don't block the gate). Walk about 1/4 to 1/2 mile on the road and go to trail  1316  which will be on the left.The last part of hike is on trail 1315.2. You can take side trip to the Lake and that only adds 0.50 miles roundtrip
Stats: 7 miles roundtrip and 2300 foot gain.


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Washington Cascades- Extended Weather

Issued 9-3-2014
The extended forecast out to 9-11-2014 is indicating above normal temperatures and normal to below precipitation. The main reason for this is a ridge of high pressure (see map below)  that will tend to be in place over this period.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Hike of the Week- Burroughs

Updated Tuesday 9-1-2014
This hike is started at Sunrise Visitor Center Mt Rainier National Park.
All photos by Maria Lamarca Anderson 


Burroughs Mountain at Mt. Rainier up front and close  @ Maria


Photo below is the moonscape type of landscape found  @ Maria

Momma goat and baby- keep distance @ Maria

Frozen Lake @ Maria

Kite flying up high @ Maria
Driving Directions: From Enumclaw, drive east 43 miles on State Route 410 to the Mount Rainier National Park White River Entrance. Go up to the Sunrise Road and and park at the large parking lot and visitor center.
Trail Stats: 7.4 miles roundtrip and 1000 foot gain. Directions are our best estimates. Please use map and compass and or GPS.
Do not feed animals

If you encounter a goat here are some suggestions http:// http://www.wta.org/signpost/mountain-goat-basics-give-the-goat-the-trail-1 >


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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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