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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 shakeout.org/Washington - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.