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North Sound Weather Minute

North Sound Weather Minute

By North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner
Western Washington's North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner offers Puget Sound region weather information beyond the forecast and addresses listener questions in each Weather Minute Podcast.
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What Is Dew Point and How Does That Relate To The Dry Conditions?
This Podcast addresses this listener's question about what is dew point and how it relates to the dry conditions. 
July 27, 2021
What's Ahead For The Rest Of The Summer Into This Winter?
This podcast addresses the latest seasonal weather outlook for the rest of this summer and into this fall and winter. The answer may surprise you!
July 21, 2021
Will Wildfire Smoke Arrive in the North Sound?
Another listener question about will the North Sound get more wildfire smoke this summer is addressed in this podcast. 
July 17, 2021
What Is Dry Lightning?
A listener asked what is dry lightning. This Podcast describes dry lightning and the hazards from parent dry thunderstorms. 
July 12, 2021
Wildfire Season Is Here
The recent historic heat wave is in the rear view mirror, but it left behind dry conditions that will be with the North Sound and the Pacific Northwest for the rest of the summer. Wildfire season is here - now. This podcast describes wildfire conditions and what you can do to help avoid wildfires. 
July 5, 2021
Does Summer Begin on July 5th?
This Podcast answers a listener question and highlights what Fourth of July weather has been so far this century and what it looks like for this year. 
July 2, 2021
The Heat Wave - How Hot Was It?
This Podcast addresses how hot the North Sound got during the recent heat wave with historic temperatures, the impacts, and what caused it.  
June 30, 2021
Historic Hot Weather This Weekend
It has never been this hot in the North Sound so early in summer - ever. This Podcast addresses how hot it will get and what you can do to stay safe and avoid heat stress. 
June 24, 2021
Seasonal Lag
Why is the longest day of the year not also the warmest day of the year in the North Sound? The answer is revealed in this Podcast. 
June 21, 2021
The History of Summer Solstice
This year's summer solstice is on June 20th. Learn about the history of the summer solstice in this Podcast. 
June 16, 2021
The Battle of Onshore Vs Offshore Flow
A listener asks about what onshore and offshore flow mean. This Podcast addresses those terms and their impacts on North Sound weather throughout the year. 
June 11, 2021
It Has Been a Dry Spring - Wildfire Season is Here
This Podcast addresses the North Sound's dry spring, the start of the wildfire season, and what you can do to get ready. 
June 5, 2021
North Sound 2021 Summer Weather Outlook
A listener asked what does the summer look like? This Podcast answers that question for the North Sound region. Enjoy your summer!
June 2, 2021
Memorial Day Weekend - Does It Always Rain?
Many ask the question about whether it always rains on Memorial Day Weekend. This Podcast addresses that question and what it looks like for this year's holiday weekend. 
May 26, 2021
National Safe Boating Week
National Safe Boating Week is May 21-28. This Podcast addresses what you can do before heading out to enjoy North Sound area waterways including getting a boater education card and wearing a properly fitting life jacket for the boating event you plan to do on the water. 
May 20, 2021
When Is The Best Weather Time For Outdoor Weddings In The North Sound?
Many are planning outdoor weddings for later this year. This Podcast addresses the question of when is the best weather time for outdoor weddings in the North Sound. 
May 17, 2021
What is the Difference Between Climate and Weather
Back in your Earth Sciences class in school, you learned about the difference between climate and weather. Do you remember? This Podcast addresses the difference between these two terms and highlights the new 30-year averages that debuted earlier this month. 
May 12, 2021
Mother's Day North Sound Forecast
Mother's Day is on Sunday May 9th. This Podcast addresses historic May 9th North Sound weather and what the weather offers for this year's Mother's Day. 
May 7, 2021
May Is Number One For Tornadoes
Tornadoes can occur anytime of the year, but the month of May is the peak month. Learn more about tornadoes in the North Sound and across the state of Washington including the year the state led the nation in tornado deaths in this Podcast. 
May 3, 2021
April Showers Bring May Flowers
The Podcast addresses the 19th century poem and how well it applies to the North Sound and Western Washington. 
April 24, 2021
Pollen Season Is Here - Helpful Resources
Do you suffer from pollen allergies?  This Podcast addresses the North Sound pollen situation this spring and also discusses the difference between allergy and Covid-19 symptoms. 
April 19, 2021
Time to Plant Outside Yet?
A listener asks if the frost season is over and time to plant seasonals outside. Despite the fine spring weather this week, not time quite yet. This Podcast explains when it is safer to put new plantings in the ground and move plants from inside - outside. 
April 12, 2021
The Peak of the Mountain Snowpack
The beginning of April usually marks the peak of the area mountain snowpack - the deepest it gets all season. This Podcast addresses how our mountain snowpack has been this winter season and what this snow amount means for the summer and fall seasons. 
April 5, 2021
The Puget Sound Convergence Zone
Puget Sound Convergence Zone. You've heard the term, but what is it? This Podcast describes what the Puget Sound Convergence Zone is and how it behaves. 
March 30, 2021
It's Rainbow Season!
Spring the peak of the North Sound rainbow season. Learn more about rainbows and why they occur more often this time of year in this Podcast. 
March 24, 2021
Remembering the Oso/SR 530 Landslide 7 Years Ago
It was 7 years ago when the Oso/SR 530 landslide occurred. This podcast is dedicated to remembering the lives lost in this tragic event and recalls the weather involved. 
March 22, 2021
Spring Starts March 20th
The spring equinox is this coming Saturday, the first day of spring. This Podcast addresses what the spring weather outlook is for the North Sound and looks ahead at the coming summer. 
March 16, 2021
Back to Daylight Time Saturday Night
It is time to 'spring ahead' as we transition back to Pacific Daylight Time this Saturday night. This Podcast addresses the impacts of the time change and what steps you can take to help minimize those impacts, plus time to change those batteries too!
March 11, 2021
What is the Rain Shadow?
An Everett listener asked what is the rain shadow and is Everett in it? This Podcast addresses that question including how the rain shadow off the Olympics behaves. 
March 8, 2021
Thunderstorm Season Has Arrived
In the North Sound, spring and fall are our primary thunderstorm seasons. And it usually kicks off around March 1st. This Podcast addresses the North Sound's primary thunderstorm season and why, plus what to do if a thunderstorm approaches. 
March 1, 2021
20 Years Since the Nisqually Earthquake
Where were you on Feb 28, 2001, just before 11 AM? The Nisqually earthquake struck Western Washington at that moment. It has been 20 years since that big quake and this Podcast addresses what happened then, what you can do to prepare today, and the new SkakeAlert Early Earthquake Warning System makes it debut in May. 
February 24, 2021
The Weather Outlook for Spring and Summer 2021
The latest seasonal weather outlook was just released and this Podcast addresses what the North Sound's upcoming spring and summer have in store. 
February 22, 2021
How Is Our Mountain Snowpack Doing?
Our mountain snowpack is doing quite well thus far this winter season. Learn how well the snowpack is doing and why in this Podcast. 
February 16, 2021
More Snow This Weekend
The recent snow flurries were but a tease ahead of the main event this weekend. This Podcast addressed when the snow will arrive and how much, plus when it will warm up and this snow event comes to an end. 
February 12, 2021
Polar Vortex
A listener asks with the colder weather this week, is it the result of a Polar Vortex?  This Podcast describes a Polar Vortex, how it works and what it does, including for the North Sound. 
February 7, 2021
Feb 5th is National Weatherperson's Day
February 5th is National Weatherperson's Day, an opportunity to give your local weather authorities some love. Learn about this history of this annual recognition day, and who and what all of those in the weather community do to keep us safe and informed in this Podcast.
February 3, 2021
Feb 2nd is Groundhog Day
Feb 2nd is Groundhog Day. With the ongoing pandemic, the celebration will be virtual and you can watch it on-line for the first time, particularly if you are an early bird. Learn more about the history of Groundhog Day and how you can watch Phil come out of his burrow for his folklore weather forecast in this Podcast. 
February 1, 2021
The Coldest Day on Record - January 31st
This Podcast addresses the coldest day on record for the North Sound, January 31st, 1950. An arctic air mass surged into the Pacific Northwest in the final days of 1949 and was reinforced at times into early February 1950. Learn how cold it was during the longest cold snap of the 20th century in this podcast. 
January 28, 2021
Will It Snow Soon in the North Sound?
Cooler air will surge into the North Sound this weekend and continue into early next week. A few weather systems will spread moisture over this cooler air mass, but will it be cool enough for snow in the lowlands of the North Sound? This Podcast addresses that question and more. 
January 22, 2021
Will it snow this weekend?
Cooler weather is headed for the North Sound by this weekend. But will it be cold enough for snow in the lowlands? This Podcast addresses what is known at this point. 
January 18, 2021
Avalanches - The Season Is Here
Avalanche season is here and with this week's wet weather, avalanche danger will rise. Learn more about avalanches in this Podcast. 
January 11, 2021
Very Wet Weather and Landslides
It has been a very wet start to the New Year and the threat of landslides is high. Learn more about our wet weather pattern, landslides and other hazards during all this wet weather in this Podcast. 
January 5, 2021
2020 North Sound Weather Year in Review
This podcast takes a look at the highlights of the North Sound's weather during 2020 including the record hot day, wildfire smoke and Winter Solstice evening snow. 
December 30, 2020
Follow Santa on Christmas Eve!
NORAD's Santa Tracker will be in operation again on Christmas Eve, permitting kids of all ages to follow Santa as he makes his visits around the globe. This Podcast describes the various ways you can follow Santa on his busy night. Happy Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!
December 21, 2020
The Christmas Star - Jupiter and Saturn Nearly Merge on the Winter Solstice
Jupiter and Saturn have been inching closer visually for months and nearly merge for the first time in centuries. Some call it the Christmas Star. Learn more about this unique event and when to view it in this Podcast.
December 11, 2020
Could We Get a White Christmas?
La Nina is with us for this winter season and our last North Sound White Christmas was during the La Nina winter of 2008-09. Could it happen again? Listen to this North Sound Weather Minute Podcast to learn more. 
December 7, 2020
Winter Is Coming
To quote Game of Thrones - Winter Is Coming!  Are you ready?  This podcast addresses the latest winter weather outlook for the North Sound and how you can be better prepared in advance for your home, business, car and even your pets. 
November 30, 2020
King Tides
King Tides occur each winter season. Learn more about them and their impacts on the North Sound in this Podcast. 
November 26, 2020
Rogue Waves
This Podcast addresses a listener question concerning what are rogue waves. 
November 20, 2020
When To Stay Dry Outdoors
A neighbor asked how do I know when its going to rain?  This Podcast reveals the secret I use to decide when we take our daily neighborhood walks and stay dry, or for any other outdoor activities. 
November 13, 2020
The Pineapple Express
Flood season is here and a big contributor to North Sound significant flooding are atmospheric rivers - aka - The Pineapple Express. This Podcast discusses what a pineapple express is and what its impacts are on the North Sound as well as the Pacific Northwest.  
November 9, 2020
100-Year Floods - Roll The Dice
November is the North Sound's wettest and most flood prone month of the year. This Podcast explains what a 100-year flood means as you prepare for this year's flood season. 
November 2, 2020
Dry on Halloween?
This Podcast addresses a listener's question about how often Halloween is dry in the North Sound region. 
October 26, 2020
Frost on the Pumpkin This Weekend?
The coolest weather of the fall thus far will arrive this weekend. This Podcast discusses the impacts both in the Cascades and in the North Sound, and what you can do to be ready. 
October 20, 2020
Latest Fall and Winter Weather Outlook - 2020-21
This Podcast shares the latest late fall and winter weather outlook for the winter of 2020-21.  La Nina is in play and what does that mean for the North Sound?  Learn what it means here and get ready for what may be an active winter weather season. 
October 16, 2020
The Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill 2020
The worldwide Great Shakeout earthquake drill is Thursday October 15th at 1015 AM Pacific Time. For those in the North Sound, register to participate in the drill at - 1.5 million in Washington state did last year. This Podcast provides more details about this annual earthquake drill including information about the South Whidbey Island fault and its local earthquake threat. 
October 13, 2020
Anniversary of the Columbus Day Storm
The strongest non-tropical wind storm ever to hit the lower 48 in American history was the 1962 Columbus Day Storm. Learn more about this historic storm and its impacts for the North Sound and the entire west coast region in this Podcast.  
October 9, 2020
Prime Time for Fog
This Podcast addresses a listener question about why there is so much fog right now in the North Sound region. 
October 2, 2020
Summer 2020 Wrap Up
This Podcast provides a summary of North Sound 2020 summer weather, addressing a question from a listener from Mukilteo. 
September 28, 2020
Fall and Winter 20-21 Seasonal Weather Outlook
The latest seasonal weather outlook involves La Nina. This Podcast explains what the fall and winter season outlook is and what it means for the North Sound and Cascade Mountains. 
September 18, 2020
September is National Preparedness Month
After all the wildfires, smoke and poor air quality, these issues are yet another reason to take action during September's National Preparedness Month. The fall and winter storm season is just around the corner, and it is time to get ready to help prepare your family, home and pets. This Podcast reviews all this plus where to get helpful tips and checklists to get started and be ready when nature takes another swipe at us. 
September 11, 2020
No Time To Play With Fire
A critical wildfire weather pattern will be in place Monday night through at least Wednesday of this week for Western Washington. This Podcast explains this historic situation and what actions we all need to take to avoid a rapidly spreading wildfire in the region.  This is no time to play with fire. 
September 6, 2020
History of Labor Day Weekend Weather
This Podcast addresses a listener question about whether Labor Day Weekend weather seems to always be lousy by looking at the history of the weekend's weather so far this century, plus what the weather looks like ahead of the holiday weekend. 
September 2, 2020
Marine Push Into Western Washington
This Podcast addresses a listener question about what a marine push is. 
August 30, 2020
Wildfire Ingredients
This episode addresses all the wildfires in the Western US and answers the question about how wildfire conditions are needed. 
August 22, 2020
Heat Waves in the North Sound
This Podcast addresses a listener question about how heat waves occur in the North Sound. 
August 14, 2020
Recipe for Wildfires
This Podcast describes what conditions need to be in place for wildfires, outdoor burn bans are in place for the North Sound, and what you can do to help prevent wildfires. 
August 10, 2020
Dog Days of Summer
This Podcasts explains what the Dog Days of Summer is going way back in history. 
August 3, 2020
All-Time Hottest Day
This Podcast addresses the all-time hottest day on record on July 29th 11 years ago. 
August 3, 2020
Summer Is Here
This Podcast highlights that summer weather has arrived and what the rest of the summer has in store for the North Sound. 
August 3, 2020
Wildfire Season 2020
This Podcast addresses what the wildfire season ahead looks like in Western Washington and the North Sound. 
August 3, 2020
Where is Summer?
Many are asking where is summer?  This Podcast answers that question and what is ahead for the rest of the summer. 
August 3, 2020
4th of July Weather History
This Podcast addresses the history of 4th of July weather in the North Sound so far this century, answering the question - does it always rain on the Fourth. 
August 3, 2020
Seasonal Lag
This Podcast focuses on the seasonal lag in weather as we head into the summer season. 
August 3, 2020
Outdoor Weddings
This Podcast addresses the best time of the year weather-wise to hold an outdoor wedding now that much of Western Washington has entered phase 2 of the Covid-19 health-related restrictions. 
August 3, 2020