The past week of absolutely frigid weather here in the Walla Walla Valley has neatly disproved the liberal myth of global warming — hopefully for once and for all. If only some of the other annoying myths that regularly plague our existence — like a heliocentric universe, the theory of evolution, “size doesn’t matter” and the legitimacy of the Obama presidency — could be dispelled as easily.
Springlike warmth on Sunday quickly gave way to more seasonally appropriate weather as a sharp Canadian cold front swept across the state, bringing the year’s most frigid temperatures so far.
Winter arrived early this year for the Walla Walla Valley as a strong Canadian cold front brought a frigid air mass to the Lower 48, plunging our local temperatures to some 10 to 15 degrees below normal for the date.
A robust Pacific low pressure system brought a decent shot of rain to the Walla Walla Valley and several inches of snow to the nearby Blue Mountains this past Friday. Precipitation totals ranged from one-third to nearly half an inch of rainfall on the Valley floor and up to a foot of snow in the highest elevations of the Blues.
A weak ridge of high pressure brought a mostly dry Veterans Day weekend to the Walla Walla Valley after a brief deluge last Thursday afternoon that deposited a very welcome four-tenths of an inch of rain in local gauges. That downpour was the result of a well-defined cold front that cut across Washington state, bringing a variety of weather, including wind, snow and an occasional rumble of thunder.
Our fine “Native American” summer weather has regrettably come to an end. Despite our fervent wishes to the contrary, the calendar has advanced to the very end of the month, and with its final days slipping away from us, so too has any illusion that we might stave off the imminent rigors of the coming season indefinitely simply by dint of our collective will alone. The song says “the wheel is turning, you can’t slow down,” and another click forward on its gnarled-tooth rim has brought us to the conclusion of yet another grape vintage. Those who choose to leave grapes on the vine until Halloween or beyond will almost certainly have the devil to pay for their bad judgment.
Thanks to a sprawling area of high pressure whose center resides just off the coast of Washington and Oregon, the Walla Walla Valley has enjoyed some of the finest fall weather to be found anywhere in the United States over the last couple of weeks.
A mixed bag of weather this past weekend paved the way for the first frost of the season in many Valley locations early Monday morning as fall reared its hoary head and emphatically proclaimed its 2013 regnum.
The 2013 Walla Walla Valley grape crush got back on track last week after a multiday hiatus due to occasional rain and cold temperatures. What once had appeared to be a vintage that might end historically early due to a very warm summer now looks to be extended well into this month, as growers and vintners wait for Mother Nature to bestow that last little bit of sunshine to help their grapes attain a perfect level of maturity before harvest.
What had been a near-textbook vintage so far this year, with the sort of weather and growing conditions Washington vintners usually can only dream about, has suddenly taken a rather nightmarish turn. A cool, wet and windy system lashed a broad area of the Pacific Northwest this weekend, dashing hopes of an early end to the 2013 season.
Summer segued damply into fall this weekend as a couple of relatively weak fronts passed through the Walla Walla Valley, bringing some light rain and cooler temperatures to the area. Precipitation overnight Saturday and again Sunday evening amounted to a rather paltry 0.011 inches, but it was the fall-like temperatures that got most peoples’ attention, as the mercury dipped from a high of 82 degrees on Friday afternoon to the upper 50s in the rain on Sunday evening.
Walla Walla’s summer of 2013 chose to leave the stage with some real theatrical flair this past weekend with a blustery exit that was uncannily reminiscent of an event just 10 days earlier. After two days of absolutely crushing, record-breaking heat, dark and ominous-looking clouds once again gathered on the southwestern horizon on Sunday evening, presaging the wild weather that was soon to follow.
Your tanned, rested and ready weatherperson is recently returned from a rejuvenating week seaside in Ocean Park, where he did some serious work on his avoirdupois with a steady diet of clam chowder and fried oysters. While he was stuffing his face, the weather world went on without him: One of the strongest thunderstorms in recent memory ripped through Walla Walla last Thursday evening, doing some real damage around town and scaring the living daylights out of just about everyone here.
It was an active weekend of weather for the Walla Walla Valley. A Pacific low pressure system just west of the California/Oregon border spun spokes of moisture from the southwest to the northeast through Oregon and Washington, touching off rounds of showers and thundershowers on both Saturday and Sunday.
Summer 2013 rolls on with little change this week.
An abundance of celestial pyrotechnics and a serious paucity of precipitation marked the Walla Walla Valley’s latest dalliance with a Pacific low pressure system this past week, as thunderstorms skirted the local area while dropping copious amounts of rain on neighboring portions of the Evergreen State.
The Walla Walla Valley received some sweet relief from the heat last week. An unusually potent area of low pressure pumped substantial amounts of moisture into many parts of Washington state, leading to a three-day reprieve from the unrelenting sun of summer 2013.
Your peripatetic prognosticator returned to Walla Walla on Friday after a 24-hour whirlwind tour of Las Vegas, where the heat was definitely on.
The heat was on for the last several days in the Walla Walla Valley as a strong high pressure system from the southwestern U.S. maintained a flow of hot and dry air into our area. Weekend highs topped out in the upper 90s to 100 degrees — or about 10-12 degrees above normal for this time of year.
It was a near-perfect summer week in the Walla Walla Valley as a weak trough off the coast furnished just enough of a moderate westerly flow to keep daytime highs in the very tolerable 80s.
Someone upstairs was obviously listening to your weatherperson’s plaintive cry last week for some relief from the crushing heat. Thankfully, the spell was broken at midweek and Thursday and Friday ended up being very tolerable for early July. In fact, Friday’s high of 83 was two degrees shy of normal for the date — and most welcome by those who had come close to expiring in the furnace that raged at the beginning of the week.
It was a tale of two pities weatherwise in the Walla Walla Valley this past week, as another rainy and cool episode rapidly gave way to a sizzling early-summer heat wave that has had residents begging for mercy over the last few days.
The month of June has once again proven that it cannot be trusted to provide an unending string of sunny and warm days. Just as one year ago, substantial rains fell in the Walla Walla Valley last week, accompanied by high temperatures that were nearly 30 degrees below normal for the date. The weather gods have seen fit to do a reprise this week, as yet another area of low pressure is forecast to spin areas of disturbed weather into southeastern Washington through Wednesday — though precipitation totals will likely not come close to matching last week’s 0.92” recorded at the Walla Walla Airport.
As if your weatherperson didn’t have enough on his hands with the IRS, it seems as if the NSA has been monitoring his phone conversations for some time now in order to determine how he could be so uncannily accurate week after week with his weather forecasts.
Glorious weather continued to grace the Walla Walla Valley this past week, with sunny skies and warm temperatures tempered by afternoon breezes the rule as high pressure over southeastern Washington remained well in command.
Our Walla Walla Valley weather has finally taken a turn toward something more seasonally appropriate, as the last in a series of Pacific disturbances moved through the area on Sunday with a few impressive-looking buildups of towering cumulus accompanied by a stray drop or two of rain.
Seems as if the ol’ crystal ball has been performing at a very high level recently for your weatherperson, who is riding a serious hot streak with his last couple of columns. As predicted, more than a half-inch of rain in the last week or so has sent the wheat and pea people into a state of semi-delirium, and orders for new pickup trucks have doubled at our local dealerships during that time.
Think spring sunshine has finally taken hold in the Northwest? Think again. A deep, cold and unseasonably potent low-pressure system is forecast to drop south and east from northern British Columbia and position itself off the coast of northwestern Washington this week.
Now that your weatherperson has single-handedly derailed the ill-advised Rose Street reconfiguration plan with his hard-hitting commentary in last week’s column, he has been urged by many to tackle other thorny and long-unresolved issues that continue to pester the world: Concerns such as the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa, long-standing animosities in the Middle East and the stunning inability of home plate umpires to call balls and strikes in any consistent manner — the last of which is possibly the most annoying of all.
It was a perfect weekend in the Walla Walla Valley for just about any activity — and there were certainly many of them from which to choose: Spring Release, the season opener of two farmers markets, golf or tennis. Or a quiet stroll down Rose Street in the dappled shade provided by the stately sycamores that line that thoroughfare, several of which are scheduled to be reduced to sawdust if the current nonsensical ‘realignment’ plan for the street comes to fruition.
The Walla Walla Valley was treated to a foretaste of summer this past week as afternoon high temperatures on Friday touched the 80-degree mark. A general rejoicing could be heard throughout the land, and winter-weary citizens — both young and old — welcomed the warmth like a long-lost friend, which indeed it was.
Don’t let the door hit you, April bluster.
Proving once again the old adage “even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then,” your slightly vision-impaired forecaster appears to have stumbled upon a good-sized nut with his prediction/warning last week of a possible freeze event.
The normally staid Walla Walla Valley experienced a couple of wild weather days this past week. April kicked up its heels with a springtime smorgasbord that featured a severe thunderstorm on Thursday evening and heavy rain early Sunday morning, followed by a strong wind event during the day.
Your wandering weatherperson has returned from his pilgrimage to the East a few pounds heavier than he departed, with a renewed appreciation of his Maryland roots — particularly in the culinary realm. If there is anything better in this world than crab cakes and a hot corned beef sandwich on rye (with mustard, of course), your forecaster has yet to encounter them.
Your peripatetic weatherperson has hit the road in search of spring 2013, which has been missing in action over the past several days in southeastern Washington as well as many other parts of our great land.
A near-perfect weekend of mostly fair skies and mild temperatures segued into a wetter new week as increasing cloudiness and intermittent showers associated with a warm front moved through eastern Washington on Monday.
Last week's frigid weather was more in keeping with early January normals, which feature high temperatures of around 37 and lows about 10 degrees less -- ideal for one final harvest of 2012's grape bounty.
During a recent hospital stay, when his attention was not diverted by ancient reruns of “Gunsmoke,” “Bonanza” and “I Love Lucy” or his perception clouded by a hydrocodone-induced haze, your weatherperson noticed the small portion of the sky visible to him through a window. Not once did it vary even one iota in its leaden appearance over the course of several days.
Delightful late-summer weather was the rule last week in the Walla Walla Valley, and early morning temperatures on Friday and Saturday spoke loudly of the change of seasons that is fast approaching on the Sept. 22 equinox.
For those of you keeping score, your slightly overconfident meteorologist had a bit of a mixed bag last week in the couple of swings he took on a supposed imminent and rather dramatic change in our hot and dry August weather.
Now that our local weather has settled into the more routine summer pattern of sunny, hot days, clear, mild nights and the generally southwesterly flow that can bring the occasional higher-terrain thundershower, let’s pause to look at models weather forecasters use to make short and longer-term outlooks. It might help you understand the unexpected ripples that visit us.
Now that our local weather has settled into the more routine summer pattern of sunny, hot days, clear, mild nights and the generally southwesterly flow that can bring the occasional higher-terrain thundershower, let's pause to look at models weather forec
The climate summary for June 2012 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration details an historically warm month for the United States. That fact will come as no great surprise to those sweltering Midwesterners and Easterners who’ve seen more than 4,500 daily high temperature records crushed during the course of that miserable 30-day period.
The climate summary for June 2012 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration details an historically warm month for the United States. That fact will come as no great surprise to those sweltering Midwesterners and Easterners who've seen more
Grapevines, like many other plants and most people, love heat — to a point. In the early summer, when daily temperatures top out in the upper 80s and low 90s, their rapid progress is palpable. One might even swear it is actually possible to see their bright-green shoots lengthening in the vineyard during what is known as the “grand” period of vine growth.
Grapevines, like many other plants and most people, love heat — to a point.In the early summer, when daily temperatures top out in the upper 80s and low 90s, their rapid progress is palpable. One might even swear it is actually possible to see their brigh
The June weather review the state climatologist recently issued confirmed a few facts most of us who pay even the slightest attention to such matters already knew: Washington experienced one of its coolest and wettest Junes on record.
As if on cue to prove a point made here recently, two Saturdays ago Walla Walla's notoriously changeable weather provided a wildly unforgettable display. Pulling a stunning — but fortunately short-lived surprise — a hailstorm arose out of a perfectly sunn