Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued: 11-26-2014

Forecast models show a progressive pattern with weather systems moving in and out of our region through December 6. In general we will have a zonal pattern with weather systems moving from the west to east (zonal flow). This pattern generally brings normal to above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. The map below reflects this pattern that will be in place on and off through December 6.

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Fagin's Hike of the Week- Talus Rocks Trail (Tiger Mt area)

Issued 11-26-2014

With flooding now an issue and unstable in snow in some locations and or not enough snow in other areas, this offers on a nice family hike given the short mileage.



Nice waterfalls off the Talus Rocks Trail
At Talus Rocks- lots of small caves
Lush forest, looks like a rainforest

Driving Directions: Take I-90 and get off at exit 20 (High Point exit). Then go west along road (parallels I-90) and follow it until you get to gravel road and then go a short distance until you get to trailhead.Near Discover Pass to park.

Trail Stats: 3 miles - about 600 elevation gain .  Start on West Tiger 3 then go up to Talus Rocks Trail and turn right, then go to Nook Trail that takes you to Bus Trail and turn right and short distance back to car.


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, November 19, 2014

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended Outlook

Issued 11-19-2014

Forecast models are indicating an active storm track over our region from today through 12-2. We will get alternating patterns of some brief dry weather followed by moderate precipitation. Some models suggest above normal precipitation and above normal temperatures, however lower confidence in the forecast especially regarding temperatures. The temperatures will depend on the position of the ridge of high pressure.

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Fagin's Hike of the Week: Fragrance Lake

Issued: November 19, 2014
Nice fall hike snowfree. This hike is just south of  Bellingham. Good hike rain or shine. Also good hike as many await for new snow in the mountains.


Bellingham Bay from viewpoint

  Also from viewpoint with view of Lummi Island

Fragrance Lake
Fragrance Lake
Driving directions: From Seattle take I-5 and exit 231 and take the follow Route 11 (Chuckanut Drive) north for above 15 miles. Lot will be on the right. The trailhead is on right side of the road just after the campground entrance to Larrabee State Park.


Trail stats: Roundtrip 5.5 miles with elevation gain of 1000 feet, high point 1100 feet. You can add to mileage to this hike. Being a good map.


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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, November 12, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued 11-12-2014

Forecast models continue to bring a weak ridge of high pressure over our region at times (see link below) and this will tend to bring above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation and this should be the pattern through 11-20-2014. However, we will get some precipitation at times. However, lower confidence in the forecast as models seem to be changing.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Melakwa Lake

Updated 11-11-2014

Great hike near Snoq Pass and just west of the pass. Great hike rain or shine. Should be mostly snowfree perhaps some patchy snow near the lake. Best weather days this Tuesday and Wednesday (11-12-2014)

Waterfalls part way to the lake

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River crossing popular spot in summer
Fall colors from earlier
One will always find happy hikers
 
Melakwa Lake 
Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 47 . Turn left over the overpass and proceed to a  junction. Turn right and travel 0.25 mile to Denny Creek Road (Forest Road 58). Turn left and drive 2.5 miles, turning left on the paved road just after the Denny Creek Campground. The trailhead is at the road's end

Trail Stats: 9 miles roundtrip and 2300 foot gai.


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, November 5, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

11-5-2014

The extended forecast starting this Friday 11-7 is indicating that the West Coast will have a ridge of high pressure that builds (see below). Models show above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation until 11-13 and probably beyond by a few days.

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