The Monday morning reading out of Port Hardy, BC reported a west wind of 188 knots (216 mph!) at about 33,000 feet.
Updated Monday 4:15 p.m.
Seattle is already on pace to make it the warmest year on record at Sea-Tac Airport, now the next item on the list is to see if we might be able to end up a foot or so above normal for annual rainfall.
It'll take some doing, but we do have a few more rainy days coming up here to give us a shot.
We're already seeing some showers along the coast and rain will spread inland by late overnight tonight with lows in the low 40s.
Tuesday will be another mild and rainy day with highs in the 50s.
But it should be the last warmer-than-50 day for a while as some cooler air moves in Tuesday night. In fact, snow levels will drop from about 8,000 feet Tuesday to about 2,000 feet Wednesday morning behind the front with continued light rain at times through the day. Highs will be much cooler -- in the mid 40s. That should be good to kickstart some snow in the mountains that has a chance to stick around a bit without another 50+ degree storm coming in right behind it to melt/wash it away. See skiers, Santa does listen :)
Seattle stands right now at just over 47 inches of rain for the year and would need another 2" or so to make 49" and be a foot over the normal 37.5 inches. We'll probably fall short, but it'll be within shouting distance.
Showers taper off Wednesday and Christmas Day is actually looking pretty tame with partly to mostly cloudy skies and just a few stray showers in the Convergence Zone area that otherwise should leave a vast majority of the region dry. Highs will be closer to Christmas-esque levels in the low-mid 40s.
Our next rain maker comes in on Friday and this one should finally be a more typical system that will bring a dose of snow to the mountains and chillier rain to the lowlands. Highs will be in the low 40s.
We appear to finish the year in ironic fashion -- dry and cold. Long range models suggest some modified arctic air will seep into Eastern Washington and could leak a bit into Western Washington. Right now it's a dry cold but we'll keep our eyes peeled. I'd expect sunshine as we finish up Christmas weekend with highs around 40 and lows in the 20s to low 30s.
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