Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Reverse Micro Climate in the Olympics

I got to be out in the weather the past few days. A bit chilly and the vegetation was brittle, but sunny! Typically flexible branches that I grabbed were brittle due to the freeze and the ground was crunchy underfoot.
On Monday I observed a reverse of a local mirco climate. There were clear skies everywhere in  western Washington with the exception of the north slope of the Olympic Range. The northeast wind was causing uplift and cloud formation on the north side of the range. Perhaps not a great picture but it is a localized weather/climate event I always enjoy seeing - reverse of the rain shadow that is more typical of this area.
View of the clouds forming out of clear skies as the north wind lifts over the Olympic Range looking west from Discovery Bay

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