Scott Sistek

KOMONews.com / Weather

Scott Sistek
Scott Sistek
KOMONews.com / Weather
Scott is not only the staff meteorologist for KOMONews.com, but is also a content producer for the entire KOMONews.com site which helps keep him busy during the five days of the year when Seattle's weather is uneventful.

Scott also is the author of the Partly to Mostly Bloggin' weather blog both here at KOMO and at our sister station in Portland, KATU.com.

The blog was recently honored with a 2nd place finish in the regional "Best Specialized Blog" category in the 2009 and 2011 Society of Professional Journalists annual awards.

Scott graduated from the University of Washington in 1994 with a degree in Atmospheric Sciences and started at KOMO two days later as Steve Pool's weather producer.

Scott took a three year hiatus in the late 90s to go work for the company that created KOMO's weather software (remember the green weather wand?) but missed KOMO's unique lunchroom coffee blend of java and grounds and came back to KOMO full time in January 2000 as both a staff meteorologist and a news web content producer. (Yes, he was 9 years ahead of the hybrid craze!)

These days, Scott writes the weekday afternoon weather forecast on KOMONews.com's weather site, as well as original content for his weather blog and weather and science-related stories for the home page.

Scott's also a published author. He co-wrote the book "Somewhere I Was Right" with Steve Pool -- a fun look at the zaniness that is Northwest Weather. You can find more information about the book at www.stevepool.com.

He was born in Port Angeles, but considers himself a "child of the Northwest", having lived in several places along the Pacific Coast through childhood as the son of a Coast Guard search and rescue pilot, before returning to the Seattle area in 1990. He's a big Mariners' fan -- that's how he met his wife Michelle -- and loves fantasy baseball. (He welcomes any drafting tips or hot prospect information you might have.)

He's also the self-proclaimed "Spokesperson for Seattle's rain fans" -- Scott's not too happy when it gets close to, or above 80 or when the rain stays away too long -- something that he shares with thousands of Seattleites who might possibly constitute a silent majority.

Scott's not on TV, but you can occasionally hear him on KOMO 1000 News when the weather is ornery, or even sometimes see the back of his head when Steve is live in the weather center (or, it might be an intern. No, Scott doesn't change his hair color every day). He did land a starring role in the movie "Life or Something Like It", which was the Angelina Jolie movie filmed in KOMO's newsroom, as "Head Behind Computer Monitor Number 12" for six seconds in one of the newsroom scenes.

He's married with two young daughters..

Recent stories by Scott Sistek

Promotions Skyway -- 6804 S. 123rd Skyway -- 6804 S. 123rd
Featured on Parade of Lights Dec. 24 @ 11 p.m.

"Family" means everything and this family was called to action when Lionell Kinchen, master Christmas decorator became trapped in a wheel chair and a body attacked by cancer.
Promotions West Seattle -- 5605 Beach Drive West Seattle -- 5605 Beach Drive
Featured on Parade of Lights Dec. 23 @ 11 p.m.

West Seattle's famous jewelry shop family has thrown everything they have in to this years' display on Beach Drive.

New this year, a giant star under the canopy of a tree-look up from the sidewalk.
Promotions Renton -- 4907 NE 2nd Renton -- 4907 NE 2nd
Featured on Parade of Lights Dec. 22 @ 11 p.m..

This jolly, white bearded Redmond Fire Department mechanic has a holiday block party when he turns on his lights.

If you missed it, do not fear, he left the lights on for you-lots of lights.
Promotions Bothell -- 16504 112th Pl NE Bothell -- 16504 112th Pl NE
Featured on Parade of Lights Dec. 22 @ 6 p.m.

What a fun place, with a U-shaped driveway-easy drive through viewing and access from Hwy 405 and NE 160th.

Meet the smiling Keeners at the head of the driveway-they are amazing ambassadors of Christmas cheer.
Promotions Mountlake Terrace -- 6107 227th SW Mountlake Terrace -- 6107 227th SW (Video)
Featured on Parade of Lights Dec. 18 @ 11 p.m.

You can see this one from the 228th I-5 overpass, but you would be missing some great music and lights, if you don't get down to the dead end street on 227th PL where Jeff Layne has assembled some great songs and set then to the lights.
Weather High confidence warm autumn to continue as a warm winter High confidence warm autumn to continue as a warm winter
SEATTLE -- As December attempts to set the record for warmest one in at least the 69 years at Sea-Tac and perhaps the warmest even counting the Federal Building back to 1890, the news as we turn the page to official winter is not good for skiers.

The 90-day long range seasonal models for January through March have come out from NOAA and the news is more of the same, if not even a little worse than before: A very high confidence that the winter season will end up warmer than normal in the Pacific Northwest.
Weather Family speaks of how surreal hailstorm destroyed home in 12 minutes Family speaks of how surreal hailstorm destroyed home in 12 minutes (Photo Gallery)
On June 3, 2014, a storm featuring 50-80 mph winds and tennis ball-to-softball-size hail sandblasted a tiny town in eastern Nebraska, leaving homes in tatters. Lois Krohn was home when the ferocious storm hit and now more than six months after the storm, shares her story of being in the middle of Mother Nature's wrath.
Weather Where's the snow? We're on pace to obliterate record for warmest December Where's the snow? We're on pace to obliterate record for warmest December
At the start of the month, I blogged about how Seattle needed essentially just a normal December by temperature to set the record for warmest year on record by overall average temperature.

Now that we've reached the halfway point, it's not only looking like the annual record is going down, but perhaps the all-time monthly record too! And all you have to do is glance at the mountains to see it's taking a toll on the snowpack.
Weather 'Fried Green Tornadoes'? -- Weather nerds, movie buffs combine geekiness on Twitter 'Fried Green Tornadoes'? -- Weather nerds, movie buffs combine geekiness on Twitter
If you are, or know someone who is a weather nerd, they've probably been distracted (more than usual) checking their Twitter feed trying to outdo the world on coming up with the best film titles about meteorology.

The hashtag #MeteorologicalFilms caught fire this weekend and is trending worldwide, calling out all weather gurus to put down the GFS charts and instead try to rhyme their way into the internet world hall of fame (or, at least get a few amused retweets or favorites.)
Weather Got shorts? Seattle crushes record for warmest December day Got shorts? Seattle crushes record for warmest December day
It seems a bit weird -- normally when you think of setting all time heat records, the sun is shining, clouds are sparse to non-existent, Alki Beach is full of people and Frappuccinos are a top seller.

Not so in Seattle in December…

With a downright tropical pattern in place this week already providing some warmth and a mega warm front pushing through the region Wednesday, temperatures got an added boost to levels never before seen in December, despite a thick overcast, drenching rains, and wind gusts reaching 45-50 mph!
Weather From a 'Whack-a-Mole' weather forecast to a perfect bulls eye From a 'Whack-a-Mole' weather forecast to a perfect bulls eye
If you never needed a reason why meteorologists always talk about forecast model consistency, this example will help clarify.

With a potential windstorm upon us on Thursday, forecasters have been poring over models to get an idea of what's going to happen. When models change from run-to-run, it knocks down confidence as it signals the computers aren't quite sure what's going on. But when they stay the course, it gives us more confidence in the forecast.
Weather Mid-month national forecast map has snow lovers seeing red Mid-month national forecast map has snow lovers seeing red
Well, all that talk of "polar vortex" and "arctic blast" and "lake effect blizzards" are going to take a break...

The entire lower 48 states are about to head into a rather warm winter pattern next week, perhaps giving much of the nation not draped on a mountain top a break from any December snow.
Weather Does snow in November in Seattle portend a snowier winter? Does snow in November in Seattle portend a snowier winter?
The question emailed to me was one I hadn't really wondered about before: Does a snow in November typically signal a snowier winter overall in Seattle? As in: Does the early start sort of open the snowflake flood gates?

Good question! But the answer is: There is no significant correlation.

Going back to 1945, but not counting the years from 1996-2003 when snowfall was not tracked as an official statistic (what?!? Yep, someone at NOAA decided it wasn't important. They came to their senses again in 2003) there were 13 years when Seattle had measurable snow in November, and the results after that month ran the gamut.