But October 19? Indeed, strange enough but then when you find out it's only tied for the third-warmest day this month, it's really something.
Updated: 6:15 p.m.
The good news about forecasting is that you know what's coming. The bad news about forecasting is, ironically, the same. You know what's coming.
In this case we're talking about a quintessential fall storm approaching the coast. It's a vigorous system that will make its presence felt tonight and for much of Wednesday. The low pressure associated with this system is strong enough to kick off high winds and heavy rainfall, especially on the coast and in the mountains.
Up to 5 inches of rain may fall in the north Cascades and the Olympics. As a result there is a FLOOD WATCH in effect until Wednesday afternoon. Wind speeds of 25 to 35 mph gusting to 50 are expected. So there is a WIND ADVISORY in effect covering the Strait and the coast. All other areas should stay under 35 mph.
Of course systems like this always have an impact on the commute and I expected it to be a slow go for the Wednesday morning and evening commute.
Once the low-pressure driving this storm moves up over Vancouver Island, which will happen Wednesday evening, things should start to calm down. So expect some improvement for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. However it's still going to be relatively cool with high temperatures in the mid to upper 50s.
In the mountains the snow level will drop to 5,000 feet. I wouldn't worry too much about travel through the mountain passes. But it is an indicator that we're getting closer to some snow up there.
It also looks rainy in Eastern Washington, especially around Wenatchee, Spokane and Pullman. For all other areas, it will be mostly cloudy with temperatures in the mid 60s.
So now you know what's coming. This of course is the bad news. Or perhaps the good news, if you happen to like what's coming!
Have a great night and be safe when you get on the roads tomorrow.
Steve Pool KOMO Weather