Updated Monday 4:25 p.m.
The Christmas lights are going up. The stores are trying to outdo each other for sales...
And the 7 day extended forecast has raindrops on every...single...date.
Yep, it's beginning to look a lot like December.
Our five day sunshine and fog streak is done, replaced by a rather stormy weather pattern that, if you believe the two-week extended forecast, could see eight different storms roll through over the next 15 days -- although none of them at this point look particularly potent. Just, Northwest rainy and blustery.
The first little band of rain limped ashore this afternoon, the sacrificial lamb to help vanquish the mega ridge of high pressure that brought the sun, fog and frost. It'll have a few lingering light showers overnight, but was mostly here just to mix out the fog and get temperatures back above freezing. Lows instead will be in the mid-upper 30s.
Tuesday will be cloudy with a few showers early in the morning, then a brief midday break before steadier rains return for the afternoon and evening. That's weather system No. 1. Highs will be in the mid 40s.
A second wave of rain races in for Wednesday -- still nothing exciting, just wet. Highs again will be in the mid 40s.
Storm No. 3 is pegged for later Thursday into Friday but will focus most of its efforts on the coast and Oregon for much of daylight Thursday, awaiting until Thursday night for much of the rain in the Puget Sound region, tapering off Friday morning. So Thursday through the afternoon and Friday from late morning on might be a possible dry break amid this week-long deluge. Highs will stay in the mid-upper 40s. (Special note: Some models are painting a potential strong windstorm scenario for central and northern Oregon with this storm, but the storm's track at this point is too far south to cause any issues for Western Washington. We'll be keeping tabs on it.)
Two more potent storms are pegged for the weekend -- what, two straight sunny Saturdays in autumn wasn't enough? I would classify these as "traditional" autumn storms around here -- the usual period of heavy rains and gusty winds that will probably trigger some 40-50 mph gust Wind Advisories, but at this point there is nothing extreme. The timing has them coming in for a washout Saturday but Sunday's storm might hold off until later for perhaps a brief morning break.
Let's see, that's 1..2..3..4..5 different storms through Sunday, and long range models have another three or so coming in next week too. Hope you sun fans soaked in the sunshine whilst it was here!
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