An Important Finding about the September Labor Day Wildfires

Just extraordinary. The winds at that time were THE STRONGEST EVER OBSERVED at the site during those months for any wind direction from the north, east, southeast, or northwest.

The Election Day Weather Forecast: Who Will it Favor?

Reposted from Cliff Mass’s Weather Blog Tuesday, October 27, 2020  I got a call today from a political science professor from California:  he wanted to know how to get reliable weather forecast information for next week because weather can favor one party over another. I helped him, but this got me thinking about the weather…

Dead Birds Falling from Cold Events

Good scientists must examine all likely factors. So, I investigated the stories behind most documented bird die-offs. For the case of a single dead bird found in someone’s yard, that bird may have died from disease, flown into a window, or simply died of old age. Most of our sparrows, warblers and hummingbirds don’t live longer than 13 years. Twenty-five to fifty percent of young birds die in their first year.

Multiple Fires Ignited, Major Dust Storm Develops, Tens of Thousands Out of Power, and I-90/US 2 Closed By Winds in Eastern Washington

Strong winds, gusting to 50-70 mph, has caused a dust storm that has closed major roads in eastern Washington (e.g., I-90 and US-2). Here is a recent satellite image, with the oval centered on the dust storm area (dust is apparent by the brown colors). The winds have initiated several fires–I put orange arrows to indicate a few.