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 Gig Harbor tornado rated an EF-1 by National Weather Service Gig Harbor tornado rated an EF-1 by National Weather Service (Video)
Amidst all the chaos of the Seahawks amazing NFC Championship comeback, there was a tornado that touched down in Gig Harbor Sunday afternoon. I was actually quite surprised anyone noticed it since I figured everyone was glued to the TVs, but it turns out tornados are in fact something that can be louder than the 12th Man.

The tornado touched down around 2:18 p.m. about 4 miles West/Southwest of Gig Harbor, and lasted 4.1 miles -- pretty impressive for a Northwest tornado. It crossed the Gig Harbor waterway and finally dissipated around 2:30 p.m. shortly after making landfall again just past the Gig Harbor public boat launch.
Local Photos: Space Needle all lit up for Seahawks Photos: Space Needle all lit up for Seahawks
The Space Needle is was all awash in Seahawks blue and green with the iconic '12' flag flying high above as the city gets ready for the big NFC Championship game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers

Here are some other views people have posted on social media accounts:
Weather New long range forecasts suggest two words: 'Sorry, skiers' New long range forecasts suggest two words: 'Sorry, skiers'
The monthly 30- and 90- day long range forecast maps have come out this week and the story is like a broken record....broken record....broken record....

As in, the maps show greater-than-average chances of continued warmer and relatively drier than average conditions in the Pacific Northwest.
Weather Watch: The heavens show off during a cold winter's night in Washington Watch: The heavens show off during a cold winter's night in Washington
Northwest photographer Don Jensen has found more beauty in the skies with his camera.

His latest project took him up to "Poo Poo Point" on Tiger Mountain on a cold, mostly clear night in late December to see what he could find from the spot that offers a sweeping view from Sea-Tac in the distance, to Issaquah below.
Weather NOAA to take big leap forward in weather forecast capabilities NOAA to take big leap forward in weather forecast capabilities
The United States is about to take a big leap forward in its ability to forecast the weather. Word came Monday that NOAA will indeed be getting two new super computers that will greatly enhance the computing power of our forecasting models.

The way computer models work is that we take weather observations from around the globe from various sources -- such as weather instruments on the ground, ships at sea, weather balloons, satellites, pilot reports, etc. All that data then gets fed into the computer, and using what we know about how the planet and dynamics work, we apply incredibly complex mathematical equations to that data to try and figure out how the conditions right now will change over time.
Weather Photographer captures 2 brilliant sun halo effects at Whistler Photographer captures 2 brilliant sun halo effects at Whistler
Whistler is already quite the beautiful place in winter, but the sun kicked it up a few notches during Archana Bhat's trip up there last week.

The photo above captures a who's who of sun-related halo and arcs. You've got sundogs (also known as parhelia) on each side, half of a "22° halo" (the half-circle that connects the two sundogs), and a sun pillar in the middle.
Weather This map might explain the warm weather of late… This map might explain the warm weather of late…
Here we go again -- another warm and wet storm is coming in to kick off 2015, right on the heels of quite a number of similar storms last year that pushed us toward the warmest year in decades.

And nowhere is the symbolism as great as it is on this map, which depicts the amount of moisture in the atmosphere (darker colors= more moisture.)
Weather Seattle sets record for warmest December (at Sea-Tac) Seattle sets record for warmest December (at Sea-Tac)
SEATTLE -- December in Seattle may have begun and ended in the 20s, but in between were a whole lot of 50 degree days -- and even a couple in the 60s, and it was enough for us to set the record for warmest December since records have been kept at Sea-Tac Airport (1945).

The average high temperature for the month was 50.2 degrees, breaking the old record of 49.8 degrees set in 1976. (We may climb to 50.3 depending on Wednesday's final high temperature). The city also broke the record for warmest average overall temperature (45.3 degrees, record 45.2 in 1969).
Weather Seattle sets all-time record high atmospheric pressure Tuesday Seattle sets all-time record high atmospheric pressure Tuesday
If it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders today -- or at least maybe small glass of water -- blame Mother Nature.

An intense high pressure system centered over British Columbia spilled into Western Washington Tuesday morning, making for the highest atmospheric pressure readings on record across the region.