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Scott Sistek

Meteorologist

Scott Sistek
Scott Sistek
Meteorologist
Originally from Port Angeles, Scott graduated from the UW in 1994 with a degree in Atmospheric Sciences and has been producing weather reports for broadcast and on the Web ever since.

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.