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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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Listener Question - How Often Do We Get Thunderstorms In The North Sound?
A listener asked how often do we get thunderstorms in the North Sound. This Podcast addresses that question plus where in the nation gets the most thunderstorms per year. 
August 08, 2022
August Is Sometimes Called The Dog Days of Summer
After the longest stretch of 90 degree or better weather on record, the calendar turned to August. Some call the month the Dog Days of Summer. Learn where that term came from and how it carries over into today's summer planning by listening to this Podcast. 
August 02, 2022
Wildfire Season Is Here
The current heat wave has kicked off the North Sound wildfire season. Learn more about how you can help avoid and prevent wildfires, and when it will cool off by listening to this Podcast. 
July 28, 2022
How Hot Will It Get Next Week?
The North Sound has managed to avoid the hot weather experienced elsewhere in the nation or even Europe. But next week, the hottest weather of the year thus far will arrive. This Podcast addresses how hot it will get and whether it will mirror the heat dome experience last year. 
July 21, 2022
Listener Question - Do We Get Hurricanes?
A listener in Bothell asked if the North Sound region gets hurricanes. This Podcast addresses that question and the answer may surprise you. 
July 15, 2022
Where Did This Year's Cool Wet Spring Rank?
Was this year's cool wet spring a record breaker? This Podcast addresses that question and the answer will amaze you. Plus, what lies ahead for this summer?  Listen here. 
July 07, 2022
Listener Question - Does Summer Really Begin After The Fourth Of July?
A listener asked if summer truly begins on July 5th in the North Sound. This Podcast addresses that question and the answer will likely surprise you. Plus, what does the weather look like for this year's Independence Day. 
June 29, 2022
One Year Ago - The Heat Dome
It was one year ago when we experienced the hottest weather ever recorded thanks to a 'heat dome'. Recall what happened then and what is expected for this summer's temperatures with this Podcast.
June 25, 2022
Why Is The Summer Solstice Not Also The Hottest Day of the Year?
A great question. This Podcast addresses what is called seasonal lag, a phenomenon that occurs throughout the year. Learn more by listening to this Weather Minute Podcast. 
June 22, 2022
The History Of The Summer Solstice
The first day of summer is June 21st and many celebrate the longest day of the year. These celebrations go back centuries. Learn the history of summer solstice celebrations and what lies ahead for North Sound summer weather by listening to this Podcast. 
June 17, 2022
UFO Clouds
In the late 1940s, a certain cloud formation spurred the rise in the UFO craze. Learn what that cloud is, how it is formed, and what it is called in this Podcast. 
June 13, 2022
When Will This Wet Spring Weather Change?
Everyone is talking about the weather lately, and not in a good way. This Podcast addresses the question of the day - when will this wet spring weather change? 
June 08, 2022
June 6th - The Great Seattle Fire In 1889 - Can It Happen Again?
This Podcast addresses this question. After so many other such wildfires in the Western U.S. in recent years, can it happen again here? Listen and find out, plus what you can do to help prevent it where you live. 
May 31, 2022
Memorial Day Weekend Weather Ahead
This Podcast looks back at what this holiday weekend weather has been and what it looks like for this year. Does it always rain during the holiday weekend? Learn the answer here. 
May 24, 2022
Finally - Some Spring Weather
Are you ready for some spring weather - finally? This Podcast outlines a big change in the cool damp weather pattern offering more sunshine and warmer temperatures. Learn how long this change will last by listening. 
May 19, 2022
More About Winds
This Podcast addresses more forecast information about winds including miles per hour vs knots and marine forecast headlines. 
May 16, 2022
When Will It Get Warmer and Drier?
Many in the North Sound are asking this question - when will it get warmer and drier. It has been a cool wet spring, and this Podcast answers this collective question. 
May 10, 2022
How Weather Forecasts Are Made
Ever wondered how weather forecasts are created? This Podcast addresses that topic. 
May 05, 2022
Do Tornadoes Occur In The North Sound?
This Podcast answers a listener's question and the answer may surprise you!
May 02, 2022
What's The Difference Between Rain And Showers?
Do you know the difference between what rain is vs showers? This Podcast answers that question, one you can share with friends and family. 
April 28, 2022
Weather Outlook for the Rest of This Spring and Through Summer
This Podcast addresses the seasonal weather outlook for the North Sound for the rest of the spring and through the summer. The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center's outlooks have evolved and learn what the results are in this Podcast. 
April 25, 2022
April Showers Bring May Flowers
This 19th century poem rings so well in this region. Learn how you can dodge those April showers when outdoors in this podcast. 
April 19, 2022
Why All The Mixed Spring Weather This Week
It has been unsettled week of weather with all kinds of weather elements occurring. This Podcast discusses what happened and why, plus outlining the difference between hail, snow and sleet, as well as what this week's weather means for our mountain snowpack. 
April 14, 2022
Spring - Peak Time For The Puget Sound Convergence Zone
This Podcast describes the Puget Sound Convergence Zone including how it forms, what it does, and how it moves. Spring is the peak time of the year for the Convergence Zone. 
April 08, 2022
Concerns About The Mountain Snowpack Heading Into Summer And Fall
April 1st usually marks the peak of the mountain snowpack. This Podcast addresses the status of the snowpack as of the first of April and what it may mean for summer and fall wildfire and water supply concerns. 
April 02, 2022
Planets Align In The Pre-Dawn Sky
A spectacular celestial event is underway all this week involving three planets. Learn which planets, where you can see them in the night sky, and when by listening to this Podcast. 
March 28, 2022
Pollen Season Is Here
This Podcast addresses the arrival of tree pollen and soon, grass and weed pollen. Listen to learn more about how this pollen season will unfold, particularly for allergy sufferers. 
March 23, 2022
Oso/SR 530 Landslide - Remembering The Lives Lost
This Podcast is dedicated to those who lost their lives in this tragic event 8 years ago. Listen to learn the details of this event. 
March 20, 2022
Spring Begins!
The spring equinox is this weekend. However, the latest seasonal outlook into summer plus the current mountain snowpack conditions point to potential concerns later this year. Learn more by listening to this Podcast. 
March 18, 2022
How Waves Are Formed
With the boating season not far away, this Podcast addresses a common question about how waves are formed. 
March 14, 2022
Back To Daylight Time This Weekend
The Podcast addresses the time change from Standard to Daylight Time, what has been done thus far about this time shift, and a reminder to change batteries in your key life safety resources at home and elsewhere. 
March 10, 2022
Thunderstorm Season Has Arrived
March is when the peak of our annual thunderstorm season usually begins. This Podcast addresses why that is the case and what you can do if the threat of a thunderstorm and its lightning approaches. 
March 06, 2022
March Coming In Like A Lion??
This Podcast addresses where this saying originated and does it really ring true, particularly this year. 
March 02, 2022
Deadliest U.S. Avalanche Occurred Near Stevens Pass
March 1st marks the deadliest avalanche in U.S. history. Learn more about this tragic event and what you need to do before heading out in the backcountry to avoid and be better prepared for avalanches. 
February 25, 2022
When To Hold An Outdoor Wedding?
Following Valentine's Day, I get this question. This Podcast answers this question along with any prime time to hold an outdoor event. 
February 21, 2022
Is Our Mountain Snowpack In Trouble?
A listener noted that it has not snowed much in the mountains in the past month. This Podcast addresses that concern and what lies ahead for the rest of the winter season regarding mountain snow. 
February 16, 2022
Sunbreak - Where Did That Term Originate?
This Podcast describes the term sunbreak, where it came from, and how it applies so well here in the North Sound. 
February 11, 2022
What's Behind Colorful Sunrises and Sunsets
The Podcast addresses a listener's question about the old phrase Red Sky at Night, Sailor's Delight. Is there any truth to this century's old phrase? Listen and find out. 
February 07, 2022
National Weatherpersons Day - Feb 5th
February 5th is National Weatherpersons Day. Listen to this Podcast to learn the background behind this day, and recognize all those involved in weather to help keep you informed and safe. 
February 03, 2022
March Comes In Like a Lion and Goes Out Like a Lamb
The Podcast describes the origins of this saying and how it applies this year's month of March. 
February 02, 2022
Groundhog Day 2022
This Podcast reviews the history of Groundhog Day, how to watch Phil pop out of his burrow for his folklore weather forecast, and whether his forecast means anything for the North Sound. 
February 01, 2022
Jan 31st - Coldest Day On Record
The 31st of January is the coldest day on record. Learn what year it was, how it happened, and could it happen again with this Podcast. 
January 30, 2022
The Difference Between Snow, Sleet, and Freezing Rain
More winter weather lies ahead and this Podcast addresses the difference between snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Once you know the difference, stump others with your new knowledge!
January 27, 2022
Listener Question About Air Stagnation
A listener from Snohomish asked what air stagnation is. This Podcast addresses that question and what it means to air quality during these kinds of weather events. 
January 24, 2022
Mid-Winter Dry Spell
Do you need a break from all the nasty winter weather the North Sound has had lately? You're in luck. Learn about the upcoming mid-winter dry spell and how long it will last on the Podcast. 
January 19, 2022
Listener Question - What Is The Polar Vortex?
This Podcast addresses a listener question about what the polar vortex is, and highlights one of the coldest polar vortex outbreaks in history. 
January 15, 2022
Listener Questions - Difference Between Freezing and Snow Level
A listener asked the question - what is the difference between the freezing level and snow level in a weather forecast? This Podcast describes what these terms are and how you can obtain that weather forecast before heading into the mountains. 
January 10, 2022
Avalanche Season Is Here
The combination of light powdery snow in the mountains from the recent cold snap and now heavier, wetter and warmer snow on tap to pile on top of this lighter snow pack sets up more hazardous avalanche conditions. Avalanche season is here. Learn more about what are avalanches and what can be done by listening to this Podcast. 
January 05, 2022
Review the Extreme Weather of 2021
2021 was a year of weather extremes in the North Sound. This Podcast reviews the year's highlights in North Sound weather with a peak into the New Year. 
December 31, 2021
The Cold Air Is Here - What's Next?
Sub-freezing air is here. This Podcast describes what's next. Will the cold remain? Will there be more snow? Listen and find out!
December 27, 2021
Snow This Holiday Weekend and Cold Ahead
A listener ask what does it take to produce snow around here. This Podcast addresses that question and what the weather looks like for the final week of the year. 
December 24, 2021
How You Can Follow Santa on Christmas Eve
This Podcast discusses how you can follow Santa on Christmas Eve as he makes his way around the globe delivering presents and good cheer. Learn how you follow Santa using the Santa Tracker in a number of different ways - fun for all ages!
December 23, 2021
Could We Have a White Christmas This Year?
This Podcast reviews the history of White Christmas's in the North Sound and could we have another this year. 
December 20, 2021
The Meaning of the Winter Solstice
This Podcast addresses the start of winter and the meaning of what the Winter Solstice is.
December 16, 2021
Hanukkah Eve Wind Storm - 15 Years Ago
The Hanukkah Eve Wind Storm plowed through Western Washington 15 years ago this month. Learn what the storm did and how you can prepare for the next big wind storm like this one in this Podcast. 
December 13, 2021
Feet Of Snow In The Mountains This Weekend
Oh, the weather out there may be frightful, but if prepared, you can enjoy all the fresh snow expected in the mountains. This Podcast addresses how much snow and when, plus what it means for snow resorts as well as motorists on the road. 
December 10, 2021
Weather Holiday Gift Idea For That Weather Enthusiast
If you have a weather enthusiast in your family, here is a holiday gift idea. They can get a 4 inch rain gauge and join CoCoRaHS - the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network. More CoCoRaHs observers are needed in the North Sound and they can join the team. Learn more in this Podcast and at . 
December 02, 2021
King Tide Season Is Here!
The sun, the moon, the earth, and the winter season all combine for King Tide season. This Podcast describes what King Tides are and how they can produce coastal flooding, particularly during stormy weather. 
November 26, 2021
Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Weather and Travel Impacts
This Podcast looks ahead to Thanksgiving holiday weekend weather and the travel impacts for the North Sound and beyond. 
November 22, 2021
What is the Difference between Freezing Level and Snow Level
A listener asked what is the difference between freezing and snow level. This Podcast addresses that question, particularly important as the winter weather season approaches for those heading into the mountains. This Podcast also provides information on where to find that freezing or snow level forecast!
November 16, 2021
Another Atmospheric River To Drench The North Sound
More heavy rain amounts are expected through Monday as another atmospheric river - aka - pineapple express, will spread more rain into the North Sound. Learn more about the impacts of this weather event and what the better news that lies ahead later this week. 
November 14, 2021
Rolling the Dice on Flood Season
Flood season is here. This Podcast addresses the often misinterpreted term - 100-year flood. Learn what this term really means and remain prepared for more heavy rain and flood events this flood season. 
November 08, 2021
Time to Fall Back and Change Batteries
It is that time of year again. Time to change the clocks. Find out why this time change is still occurring in this Podcast. It is also time to swap batteries in your smoke detectors and weather radio receivers as well. 
November 03, 2021
La Nina Confirmed In The Latest Winter Weather Outlook
A second consecutive La Nina has been confirmed in the latest winter weather outlook. This Podcast explains what that means for the North Sound as winter approaches. 
October 27, 2021
Ready For Winter Weather Driving?
This Podcast offers tips to help get your car ready for winter weather driving. With another La Nina in store for this fall and winter, here are a number of steps to take in advance before nasty winter weather strikes. 
October 22, 2021
The Great Shakeout - 2021
Have you registered for the Great Shakeout? It is this Thursday, an opportunity to practice your earthquake skills before the big one hits. The Podcast provides all the details on the event and how to register. Over 1 million in Washington state already have!
October 19, 2021
Listener Question - Did Fall Arrive Quickly?
The Podcast addresses a listener question about whether fall arrived quickly and what does that mean for the rest of this fall and winter. 
October 15, 2021
October 12th Marks the Anniversary of the 1962 Columbus Day Storm
Where were you in '62?  Many were not born yet or moved into the region since then, and are not aware of the strongest non-tropical wind storm to ever hit the lower 48 in American history. Learn more about this historic wind storm and its impacts on the region is this Podcast, and then share with others so they know and can better prepare for the next big wind storm. 
October 11, 2021
October is the Peak Time for Fog
The month of October is the peak time of year for fog in the North Sound. Learn more about fog and how it forms, plus what you should do in fog. Stay safe!
October 06, 2021
A Look Back at 2021 Summer Weather
This Podcast reviews all the highlights from this past historic summer's weather in the North Sound. 
September 29, 2021
Fall and Winter 21-22 Seasonal Weather Outlook - Time to Get Ready
The next seasonal weather outlook has hit the street and now is the time to get ready. Learn what the outlook is for this fall and winter, and why we all need to prepare in advance. 
September 24, 2021
The Fall Equinox
This Podcast addresses the story behind the fall equinox. Check it out!
September 17, 2021
Ready For Rain?
The first healthy rainfall since mid-June is expected on Friday this week. Learn the details in this North Sound Podcast. 
September 14, 2021
Are You Ready For Fall and Winter Weather?
September is National Preparedness Month. After all the hazardous weather we have witnessed across the country including the North Sound, this fall and winter may pack a punch. Are you ready for that punch of hazardous weather? Listen to this Podcast to help you get ready for what this fall and winter weather may have in store for the North Sound. 
September 07, 2021
Latest Fall and Winter Weather Outlook - 2021-22
After a warm and dry summer, this podcast addresses the question of what is anticipated for this fall and winter weather season? Remember La Nina? Learn what is in store for the North Sound as we head into early next year. 
August 31, 2021
Weather Balloons - Part 2
This podcast is the rest of the weather balloon feature, describing the instrument package, how data is collected and then used to help meteorologists produce your daily weather forecasts and when needed, warning information. 
August 26, 2021
Weather Balloons - Part 1
An Arlington and KRKO radio listener found a strange package in their backyard and asked what it is and what to do with it. This is part one of two addressing what the listener found - a weather balloon instrument package - what to do with it and what are weather balloons. Part 2 - coming soon - will describe what data the instrument package collects and how that data is used by meteorologists. 
August 22, 2021
How Dry Are We? - The Drought Monitor
How dry are conditions in the North Sound? The Drought Monitor provides the answer. This Podcast explains what the Drought Monitor is, how it is created and how you can use it. 
August 16, 2021
Have Area Waterways Warmed Up Yet?
This Podcast addresses how much our North Sound waterways have or have not warmed up now that we are in the month of August. With another surge of well above average temperatures on tap, many will be headed out to cool off in nearby rivers, lakes and Puget Sound. 
August 09, 2021
The Dog Days of Summer
This Podcast discusses how the phrase Dog Days of Summer came into being and what it means, particularly for the North Sound region. 
August 06, 2021
Will The Dry Weather End?
This Podcast addresses the question on whether the current long dry spell will end before the end of this week and also push the elevated wildfire smoke out of the area.
August 02, 2021
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 05, 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 02, 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 05, 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 02, 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 07, 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 03, 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 05, 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 08, 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 01, 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 07, 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 03, 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 01, 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 05, 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 07, 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 09, 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 02, 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 09, 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 02, 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 06, 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 02, 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 03, 2020
All-Time Hottest Day
This Podcast addresses the all-time hottest day on record on July 29th 11 years ago. 
August 03, 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 03, 2020
Wildfire Season 2020
This Podcast addresses what the wildfire season ahead looks like in Western Washington and the North Sound. 
August 03, 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 03, 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 03, 2020
Seasonal Lag
This Podcast focuses on the seasonal lag in weather as we head into the summer season. 
August 03, 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 03, 2020