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 Long range forecasts maintain hot summer forecast for Seattle Long range forecasts maintain hot summer forecast for Seattle(Photo Gallery)
The monthly updates to the long-range seasonal forecasts came out this week and I'm not sure who is cheering louder: those who like hot summers in the West or those in New England and the Midwest who are now being given above-average odds for a warm winter this year after a current "winter" that is still bringing several inches of snow in mid-April.

(In fact, Marquette, Mich. reported low temperatures below zero on Wednesday morning. Yes, April 16th!!!)

For just the 30 day May forecast, forecasts paint a moderately strong signal that the month will be warmer than average, and a fairly decent signal that it will also be drier than average.

(Key: Brown is warmer than average, blue is cooler than average on the temperature map. For rainfall, brown means drier than normal while green means higher odds of wetter than normal conditions.)
Weather Watch: Why there's a cool breeze just before a rain storm Watch: Why there's a cool breeze just before a rain storm
We all know rain showers are about as common in the Puget Sound region as a corner coffee stand. But around here, even in the mundane, there is beauty -- at least in the eyes of this meteorologist.

Have you ever been outside and felt that cool rush of air before in the minutes before it starts raining? Ever wonder why that happens? I've got some great weather videos that will help demonstrate.
Weather First of 4 'Blood Moon' lunar eclipses set for Monday night First of 4 'Blood Moon' lunar eclipses set for Monday night(Photo Gallery)
Our sunrises and sunsets are legendary around here, but how would you like to see all the sunrises and sunsets on Earth -- at the same time! And it doesn't even require a trip to outer space.

Instead, the moon is going to essentially turn into an astronomical version of a projection screen as we get the first of four consecutive lunar eclipses over the next two years.

Even though the moon will be in the Earth's shadow, it should appear a bit colorful, some shade of red or orange. That's from light around the edges of the Earth - essentially all the sunrises and sunsets at the moment - splashing on the lunar surface and faintly lighting up the moon, said Alan MacRobert, senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine.
Weather Seattle's climate instantly cools 1.5 degrees -- but it's not any colder Seattle's climate instantly cools 1.5 degrees -- but it's not any colder
Temperature readings at Sea-Tac Airport -- Seattle's official reporting station -- have been reporting cooler temperatures of late, but don't worry, our climate hasn't undergone a sudden cooling event.

Instead, it seems the thermometer at Sea-Tac is finally back on track, reporting temperatures more realistic with respect to other nearby thermometers.
Weather Safeco Field roof closed for opener, but rainy M's games remain rare Safeco Field roof closed for opener, but rainy M's games remain rare
In what was quite the poor timing by Mother Nature, a weak and brief cold front swept through Seattle Tuesday evening and required the roof to be closed at Safeco Field for the Mariners' home opener.

But while you might think the roof gets quite a workout through the season in soggy Seattle, did you know Safeco Field's retractable roof is the least used in baseball?
Weather Your obligatory 'It's sunny and warm in Seattle!' story Your obligatory 'It's sunny and warm in Seattle!' story
SEATTLE -- Usually when a weather story is in the top stack of our website, it's because there is impending meteorological mayhem, be it 4 inches of snow, a windstorm, flooding, or maybe some rare rumbles of thunder.

Not this time!

For once, we decided to declare it's news when it's a sunny, warm day in early April. Highs around Seattle are expected to reach the upper 60s with perhaps a rogue 70 out there in Southwestern Washington and there is plenty of sunshine to go around, as long as you're not on the coast.

Now while many might think it's not that rare to have a day in the upper 60s that could threaten 70, you would be wrong!

Sorta, kinda.
Weather Weekend eye candy: Weather time lapse videos Weekend eye candy: Weather time lapse videos
With the weather relatively tame and no more drama around what the record rainfall will be in March (9.44" for those who missed it), I figure we can use a relaxing weather blog to get us through the weekend.

And what better way to relax than watching some gorgeous time lapse video?
Weather Hilarious video shows how meteorologists help Canadians deal with endless winter Hilarious video shows how meteorologists help Canadians deal with endless winter(Video)
A bit of a Thursday funny for you today in the weather blog, courtesy of Canadian humor show "the Rick Mercer Report."

Ever wonder how Canadians get through days and days... (and days) of brutal freezing temperatures in the winter? Apparently their meteorologists hold their hand a bit. (Remember, they use Celsius for temps and 0° is freezing.)

No comment on whether we always put a sun on Day 7 of our forecasts during our relentless Seattle rainy stretches :)
Weather 'Scud clouds' -- Don't be fooled by Mother Nature's ultimate prank 'Scud clouds' -- Don't be fooled by Mother Nature's ultimate prank(Photo Gallery)
Coming off of April Fool's Day and coming into the month that traditionally has the most "severe" weather (at least by paltry Pacific Northwest standards) I wanted to highlight a trick of atmospheric dynamics that fools countless people every year: "Scud" clouds and their tornado-like funnel impersonations.

Tornadoes are quite rare around here -- Washington just averages about 1-2 a year somewhere in the state, the last notable one being the tornado that damaged a Frederickson plant last September. The vast majority of them are quite weak thanks to our climatology that greatly inhibits tornado development.
Weather Scientific breakthrough: Raindrops that smell like french fries? Scientific breakthrough: Raindrops that smell like french fries?
Sometimes advertising is a bit subtle (watch KOMO!) and other times it's more of a blaring, in-your-face barrage (NO, REALLY! WATCH KOMO-TV -- WE HAVE A GREAT NEWS TEAM!)

But now one Seattle-based company wants to take advertising to a whole new level: scent-based marketing using the world's first branded aromatic rain.

That's right -- next time you're doused by a rain shower, it's not just clean air you'll smell, but perhaps doughnuts? Or cupcakes?
Weather Seattle smashes record for all-time wettest March Seattle smashes record for all-time wettest March
SEATTLE -- We all know it's been a soggy month of March. Now we have the trophy to prove it.

The rains Friday were enough to set the record for the all-time wettest March in Seattle history.

That's not just Sea-Tac Airport,which goes back to 1945, but also far and away surpasses anything the Downtown Federal Building measured in its years from 1891-1972.
Weather Latest forecasts reaffirm warmer than normal summer for Northwest Latest forecasts reaffirm warmer than normal summer for Northwest (Photo Gallery)
SEATTLE -- Evidence is growing that after a very soggy February and March, that we're going to dry things up for a while around here.

Latest 30- and 90-day forecasts from the NOAA's National Center for Environment Prediction continue to forecast a long period of warmer-than-normal temperatures through spring and the summer across the West, and are now starting to forecast slightly higher odds of a drier than normal spring as well in the Northwest.
Weather An 'Egg-xaggerated' tale: You can stand up an egg on the equinox! An 'Egg-xaggerated' tale: You can stand up an egg on the equinox!
Happy first day of spring! The planet hit its equinox at 9:57 a.m. PDT and now every second that passes is one closer to the start of summer, or as those on the frozen tundra that is the East Coast will tell you, one second farther away from winter.

Today brings us equal daylight of 12 hours (within a few minutes) and the annual trek to see if you can stand up an egg today.
Weather Potpourri blog: A waterspout (almost), strange radar blob, wind microclimates Potpourri blog: A waterspout (almost), strange radar blob, wind microclimates
As Western Washington finally gets a chance to wring out after what was a record wet March 16 and may soon be a record-wet March in general (7.69" of rain so far this month; record is 8.40") there's a few interesting weather tidbits of late I wanted to highlight.

First, let's start with the thunderstorm that rolled through the Whidbey Island/Snohomish County areas on Friday. It brought some lightning and hail, but did you know it almost brought us a waterspout as well?