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

Weather Front slices Puget Sound region into two distinct temperature camps Front slices Puget Sound region into two distinct temperature camps
There's the ever popular "don't like the weather, just wait 20 minutes" but in Western Washington, the adage should be "just drive 20 miles... or less."

A distinct warm front sat right over the North Sound Tuesday evening, bring a stark difference in temperature that if you were to drive from Seattle to Everett on I-5 , you'll have wondered if you entered some sort of meteorological portal around Shoreline.
Weather Mt. Rainier casts big shadow to kick off Thanksgiving week Mt. Rainier casts big shadow to kick off Thanksgiving week (Photo Gallery)
There are a number of reasons fall and winter are my favorite times of the year, but this is one of the biggies: the amazing Mt. Rainier sunrises.

In late fall and into early winter, the sun rises in just the right spot on our horizon to where if there is a mid-to-high level cloud layer, Mt. Rainier casts its large shadow into the sky. It can make for a rather dramatic start to the day!
Weather New long range forecast maps: Still chugging along for warmer/drier winter New long range forecast maps: Still chugging along for warmer/drier winter
El Nino may be struggling to keep a foothold in the Pacific Ocean, but the long range forecasts from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center are still sticking with their consistent theme of increased odds of a warmer and drier winter.

So far, the maps have been relatively accurate. At least in Seattle we are running counter to November's forecast from last month that was saying warmer than normal -- with the chilly nights of late we're trending about a degree cooler than normal, although really that cold pattern went away about five days ago and chilly air has been trapped at the surface with the inversion -- the atmosphere just above ground level has been fairly warm.
Weather Say what? 65" of snow in one part of Buffalo, barely 1" in another Say what? 65" of snow in one part of Buffalo, barely 1" in another (Photo Gallery)
As parts of greater Buffalo area deal with a historic lake-effect snow storm, other parts have barely enough for a decent snowman.

An intense, but relatively narrow band of lake-effect snow unleashed a relentless attack on Erie County that seemed to cut Buffalo into half with the haves (south side) and have nots (north side). (See radar animation here).

Some snow totals from Tuesday are difficult to fathom with a spotter 4 miles south of Cheektowaga (An eastern suburb of Buffalo) reporting 65 inches of snow while Lancaster, NY, just a few miles farther east, had 63 inches.
Weather Parts of Buffalo area buried under 4-5 feet of lake-effect snow Parts of Buffalo area buried under 4-5 feet of lake-effect snow (Photo Gallery) (Video)
When residents of western New York say it's the most snow they've seen in a while, that's… quite a bit of snow. Sort of akin to someone from Duluth saying it's mighty chilly outside.

A massive lake-effect snow has dumped several inches to feet of snow across parts of the region adjacent to the eastern shores of Lake Erie, including shutting down a major freeway and stranding about 150 people on the road -- some for nearly 24 hours.

How much snow? Some reports near Buffalo had 5 feet of snow -- FEET! As in, 60 inches of snow and more on the way.

How much more snow? The National Weather Service in Buffalo says another 2 feet will likely fall again with a second event on Thursday, pushing some areas close to 6-8 feet of snow.
Weather Puppy dogs spotted in the skies over Ontario Puppy dogs spotted in the skies over Ontario
We've all done it before -- a day with bubbling cumulus clouds stacked against a crystal blue sky and your mind starts wandering to what the clouds look like: A bunny? Elephant? The Mona Lisa?

In Ontario Monday, it was apparently a puppy dog, as one observer in Sudbury noted on the official weather observation log:
Weather Time lapse video beauty: The amazing night skies Time lapse video beauty: The amazing night skies
Don Jensen, whose work has been featured a number of times in my blog, has just released his latest time lapse video called "Darkness."

"The night sky can be amazing. And one of the coolest things about it, is how the moon effects that sky," he wrote on his Vimeo page. "I wanted to do a video that really captures the eloquence of the moonlit sky. So with that, I present "Darkness," a monochrome view of the night sky."
Weather El Nino flaking out on us again? Chances of it forming drop to 58% El Nino flaking out on us again? Chances of it forming drop to 58%
El Nino may be flaking out on its winter date with us again, but for skiers and snowboarders it'd be akin to having better plans lined up anyway.

The latest word from NOAA is that the odds of El Nino forming this winter are down to 58 percent -- a far cry from the 80 percent chances we had in the early summer.

Forecasts are still indeed for El Nino conditions to develop this winter (better hurry up!) but now we're leaning toward a borderline event that may just barely qualify.
Weather This snowman will help put Alaska's massive storm in perspective This snowman will help put Alaska's massive storm in perspective
With all the hype over the big storm off Alaska's (far) west coast and the talk of the impending arctic doom and gloom heading toward the Midwest this week being blamed on this storm, you might think the photo above is current -- or a forecast of how much snow is about to fall out there.

Well, no. Not quite.
Weather Impending super storm in Alaska to bring...sun to Seattle! Impending super storm in Alaska to bring...sun to Seattle!
If Sesame Street's Count was an Alaska meteorologist, he'd have to have quite a bit of hot tea handy, because his voice was going to run out long before he could count down to the central pressure of a major storm brewing off the Aleutians.

The storm, which is currently the remnants of Super Typhoon Nuri, is expected to undergo a change to a non-tropical storm and then experience explosive development when it taps into some colder air in the Bering Sea and become among the stronger non-tropical weather systems recorded in the Pacific Ocean.
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