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  • 55°
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SSW 7 mph
  • Humidity: 86%
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Dew Point: 51°
  • Pressure: 29.91 in. -

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5 Day Forecast

  • Thursday
  • Rain
  • High: 57 °
  • Low: 48 °
  • Rain
  • Friday
  • Rain
  • High: 55 °
  • Low: 36 °
  • Rain
  • Saturday
  • Chance of Snow
  • High: 41 °
  • Low: 25 °
  • Chance of Snow
  • Sunday
  • Clear
  • High: 41 °
  • Low: 25 °
  • Clear
  • Monday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 41 °
  • Low: 28 °
  • Partly Cloudy

Forecast for Tacoma, Washington

Updated: 7:00 PM PST on November 26, 2014

  • Wednesday

    Overcast with a chance of rain, then rain in the afternoon. High of 59F. Breezy. Winds from the SSW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

  • Wednesday Night

    Overcast with rain. Low of 52F. Breezy. Winds from the SSW at 20 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

  • Thursday

    Overcast with rain. High of 57F. Breezy. Winds from the SSW at 20 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

  • Thursday Night

    Overcast with rain. Low of 48F. Breezy. Winds from the SW at 20 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 90% with rainfall amounts near 0.7 in. possible.

  • Friday

    Mostly cloudy with rain. Fog early. High of 55F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the NE in the afternoon. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 1.0 in. possible.

  • Friday Night

    Mostly cloudy with rain in the evening, then overcast with a chance of snow and rain. Low of 36F. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 15 to 20 mph shifting to the West after midnight. Chance of precipitation 70% .

  • Saturday

    Partly cloudy with a chance of snow and a chance of rain in the morning, then overcast with a chance of snow and a chance of rain. Fog early. High of 41F. Breezy. Winds from the North at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 40%.

  • Saturday Night

    Clear. Low of 25F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Sunday

    Clear. High of 41F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Sunday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 25F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Monday

    Partly cloudy. High of 41F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Monday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 28F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Tuesday

    Partly cloudy. High of 43F. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Tuesday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 28F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Wednesday

    Partly cloudy. High of 46F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Wednesday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 30F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Thursday

    Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 43F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

  • Thursday Night

    Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow. Fog overnight. Low of 32F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of snow 40% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible.

  • Friday

    Overcast with a chance of rain. Fog early. High of 45F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

  • Friday Night

    Overcast with a chance of snow. Fog overnight. Low of 34F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of snow 40%.

  • Saturday

    Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Fog early. High of 45F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

  • Saturday Night

    Overcast with a chance of snow. Fog overnight. Low of 34F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of snow 40%.

  • Sunday

    Clear. Fog early. High of 43F. Winds less than 5 mph.

Severe Weather Alert Descriptions

 Flood Warning  Statement as of 1:09 PM PST on November 26, 2014


... Flood Warning continues through early this evening...

The Flood Warning continues for
the Puyallup river near Orting
* through early this evening.
* At 1245 PM Wednesday the flow was 3500 cfs.
* Flood flow is 4500 cfs.
* Residual minor flooding may still occur through early this evening.


Lat... Lon 4692 12227 4705 12228 4712 12233 4724 12219 4715 12214
      4700 12207





 Areal Flood Watch  Statement as of 1:52 PM PST on November 26, 2014


... Flood Watch remains in effect through Friday afternoon...

The Flood Watch continues for

* portions of western Washington... including the following
counties... Skagit... Whatcom... King... Lewis... Pierce...
and Snohomish.

* Through Friday afternoon

* in the short term... flooding continues on parts of the
Snoqualmie... Snohomish... and the Puyallup river near Orting.

* The next concern is a vigorous frontal system that will bring
another 3 to 5 inches of rain to the Olympics and Cascades
tonight through Thursday night. Locally higher amounts over 7
inches are possible in the north Cascades through Friday
afternoon. The snow level will be 5500 to 7000 feet... falling
Friday evening.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Monitor the weather and be ready to act quickly if flooding is
observed or more warnings are issued.






 Record Report  Statement as of 6:00 PM PST on November 26, 2014


... Record high temperature set at Seattle WFO...

A record high temperature of 59 degrees was set at Seattle WA WFO
today. This breaks the old record of 54 set in 1997.




Personal Weather Stations

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Location: Strawberry Hill, Tacoma, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 55.6 °F Dew Point: 53 °F Humidity: 92% Wind: WSW at 3.5 mph Pressure: 29.97 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: Pierce County EOC, Tacoma, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 57.9 °F Dew Point: 54 °F Humidity: 87% Wind: SSW at 3.0 mph Pressure: 29.90 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: Central Tacoma, Tacoma, WA

Updated: 7:54 PM PST

Temperature: 54.8 °F Dew Point: 53 °F Humidity: 95% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.91 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: Proctor District, Tacoma, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 55.4 °F Dew Point: 55 °F Humidity: 99% Wind: SW at 2.2 mph Pressure: 29.58 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: North Tacoma, Tacoma, WA

Updated: 7:55 PM PST

Temperature: 54.9 °F Dew Point: 53 °F Humidity: 93% Wind: SSW at 4.0 mph Pressure: 29.89 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: Jefferson Park/No. 8th & Stevens, Tacoma, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 55.0 °F Dew Point: 54 °F Humidity: 96% Wind: SW at 1.0 mph Pressure: 29.87 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: Snake Lake Watershed, Tacoma, WA

Updated: 7:58 PM PST

Temperature: 54.9 °F Dew Point: 55 °F Humidity: 99% Wind: SW at 2.7 mph Pressure: 29.76 in Hourly Precipitation: - Graphs

Location: South Tacoma, Tacoma, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 54.0 °F Dew Point: 18 °F Humidity: 25% Wind: SSW at 1.1 mph Pressure: 29.91 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: South warner st, Tacoma, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 54.8 °F Dew Point: 53 °F Humidity: 93% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.86 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: PRS Group, Inc., Tacoma, WA

Updated: 7:50 PM PST

Temperature: 55.6 °F Dew Point: 52 °F Humidity: 89% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.85 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: Gratzer Rd., Tacoma, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 53.8 °F Dew Point: 52 °F Humidity: 92% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.89 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: North End, Tacoma, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 55.9 °F Dew Point: 54 °F Humidity: 92% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.54 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: Browns Point, Tacoma, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 56.2 °F Dew Point: 54 °F Humidity: 92% Wind: South at 2.0 mph Pressure: 29.88 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: Cascade, University Place, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 55.8 °F Dew Point: 54 °F Humidity: 94% Wind: SW at 2.7 mph Pressure: 29.47 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: Alderdale, Federal Way, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 55.3 °F Dew Point: 52 °F Humidity: 88% Wind: SE at 1.8 mph Pressure: 29.58 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.01 in Graphs

Location: S. 19th & Bridgeport, University Place, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 53.4 °F Dew Point: 53 °F Humidity: 98% Wind: SE at 1.7 mph Pressure: 29.92 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: Point Ruston, Ruston, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 55.9 °F Dew Point: 54 °F Humidity: 93% Wind: SSW at 3.4 mph Pressure: 29.91 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: Tacoma, WA

Updated: 7:48 PM PST

Temperature: 54.4 °F Dew Point: 53 °F Humidity: 95% Wind: SSW at 1.0 mph Pressure: 29.88 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: MesoWest S END NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER WA US WAAQ, Tacoma, WA

Updated: 7:00 PM PST

Temperature: 54 °F Dew Point: 50 °F Humidity: 86% Wind: SSW at 1 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: 30th St West, University Place, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 55.8 °F Dew Point: 52 °F Humidity: 88% Wind: NNW at 1.1 mph Pressure: 29.76 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: 1 Mile SW of Decatur High School, Federal Way, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 55.0 °F Dew Point: 52 °F Humidity: 90% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.68 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: Salmon Beach, Tacoma, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 54.1 °F Dew Point: 52 °F Humidity: 91% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.90 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: Alderbrook, Federal Way, WA

Updated: 7:55 PM PST

Temperature: 55.0 °F Dew Point: 53 °F Humidity: 93% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.89 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: City Hall, Federal Way, WA

Updated: 7:55 PM PST

Temperature: 55.3 °F Dew Point: 51 °F Humidity: 86% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.81 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: Highridge, Gig Harbor, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 54.4 °F Dew Point: 52 °F Humidity: 92% Wind: WNW at 1.0 mph Pressure: 29.90 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

Location: Marine View Estates, Federal Way, WA

Updated: 7:59 PM PST

Temperature: 53.0 °F Dew Point: -46 °F Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.37 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Graphs

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NWS Forecaster Discussion




Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Seattle Washington 
410 PM PST Wednesday Nov 26 2014 


Synopsis...a front will move east across western Washington tonight 
for more rain and windy conditions. Rain will continue on 
Thanksgiving day as a cold front approaches from the north then 
crosses the area on Friday. A cold upper level trough will move 
over the area Friday night and Saturday for a chance of 
showers...possibly mixed with snow. Cooler and dry northwest flow 
aloft and a surface high over British Columbia will combine for cool 
dry weather and more sunshine Sunday through early next week. 


&& 


Short term...infrared imagery shows the front offshore along 130w at 23z 
moving steadily toward the coast. Models seem to have a good handle 
on this system...with frontal passage on the coast around midnight and over 
Puget Sound sound before before 12z/4 am. Southeast pressure gradients will 
increase this evening ahead of the front and low end Wind Advisory 
winds 20-35g45 miles per hour may develop over the north coast and parts of the north 
interior. Winds will ease behind the front late tonight. 


The front will also raise strong SW low level winds of 35-45 knots 
around 850 mb which should bring heavy orographic rain to the 
Olympics and north Cascades. After a brief lull behind tonights 
front...a cold front will move S along the b.C. Coast bringing rain 
at times to West Washington ahead of it through Thanksgiving. The cold front 
will move slowly across West Washington on Friday. This cold front is actually 
the old warm front that stalled over southern b.C. Today. A strong 
cold upper level shortwave trough moving down the b.C. Coast will 
shove the baroclinic band back southward and across West Washington as a cold 
front. 


SW low level flow will become strong again as the cold front 
approaches the area on Thursday...extending the period of heavy 
orographic rain over the mountains into Friday. The heavy rain will 
ease off from the north as the front moves through. 48 hour rainfall 
amounts from 00z Thursday/Wednesday afternoon through 00z Saturday/Friday 
afternoon...will be around 4 inches for the Olympics and 3-4.5 
inches for the north Cascades...except for a bullseye around 6 
inches around Montana Baker. This may bring some of the rivers flowing 
off the north Cascades and possibly parts of the central Cascades to 
flood stage Thursday night into Friday. See the hydrology section 
below for more details. 


The mild air mass over the area will result in temperatures in the 
50s. 


Once the front moves through on Friday...the cold upper level trough 
will move overhead. The air mass will cool enough so that snow 
levels over the lowland lower to 500-1000 feet late Friday night. 
Residual moisture from the cold front will remain over the area and 
the trough will provide some instability and lift. A Puget Sound sound 
convergence zone will likely set up Friday night and extend into 
Saturday morning. Some light snow is possible late Friday night over 
the north interior...over the interior areas of the north coast and western 
Strait...near the Cascades and possibly in the convergence zone. 
Snow levels will lower to 500-1000 feet in these areas. Snow levels 
will lower to below 500 feet throughout West Washington Saturday morning. With 
the trough still overhead there will be a chance of snow showers. 
Snow accumulations will be less than an inch...but there is always a 
chance for a little more in a convergence zone. Kam 


Long term...a strong surface high settling over b.C. On Friday will 
allow cold Fraser River valley outflow to develop...bringing more 
cold air dry S over West Washington. The air mass will dry out Saturday night 
with temperatures dropping into the 20s Sunday morning. Skies will 
be mostly sunny. The Fraser valley outflow will probably generate 
advisory level NE winds over Whatcom and San Juan County Friday 
night into Saturday morning. 


The European model (ecmwf) has leaned more consistently than the GFS in keeping a 
cool dry pattern over West Washington into early next week. The latest European model (ecmwf) 
now keeps the pattern dry through Wednesday although there are 
system that get close. The GFS had been more aggressive in bringing 
rain up over the are from the S...but has backed away from this on 
the 12z and 18z runs. It may have been premature...but I have dried 
out early next week. Confidence is shaky but hope it stays that way. 
Kam 


&& 


Hydrology...a warm front held heavier rainfall north of the 
Washington/British Columbia border today. This is allowing most rivers to 
slowly recede across western Washington. Rain amounts up to 5 inches since 
Monday in places like Mount Rainier and the 
Skykomish-Snoqualmie-tolt-Snohomish basin will still cause some 
residual flooding...mainly through this evening. 


Another front will bring renewed rainfall to western Washington tonight and 
Thursday...locally heavy in the mountains. The Olympics and north 
Cascades will receive the heaviest rainfall with 2 to 4 inches of 
rain expected. 1 to 2 inches may fall in the central Cascades. The 
snow level will be near 7000 feet. 


A secondary surge of moisture will arrive Thursday night into 
Friday. Models vary much more on the distribution and potential 
rainfall amounts with this second frontal system. In 
general...heavier rain amounts Thursday night and Friday should 
occur along S/SW facing slopes of the Olympics and north 
Cascades...although the central Cascades could also see heavy 
precipitation by Friday. Additional amounts of 2 to 3 inches are 
possible. This means the 36-48 hour rainfall totals for the Olympics 
and Cascades may reach 4 to 7 inches with locally higher 
amounts...especially in the north Cascades. 


These amounts will likely drive several rivers to flood...although 
widespread major flooding appears unlikely. At highest risk for 
flooding is the Skokomish River in the Olympics...the Nooksack and 
Skagit rivers in the north...and the 
stillaguamish...Snoqualmie...and tolt across central areas. If the 
heavier rain shifts far enough south then flooding could be possible 
on the Deschutes river and The Reach of the Skookumchuck river near 
Bucoda in Thurston County. 


A Flood Watch remains in effect through Friday...which includes all 
the counties with rivers flowing off the west slopes of the Cascades 
and Mason County for the possibility of a flood on the skokomish. 


Colder and drier weather is likely this weekend...so rivers should 
recede and the flood threat will end for the foreseeable future. 


Mercer 


&& 


Aviation...the flow aloft is strong and from the west southwest. 
The air mass is rather moist and relatively stable after the passage 
of a warm front. Ceilings are currently MVFR to VFR across the area. A 
cold front is timed to move through the area overnight tonight and 
destabilize things...ceilings may rise a bit before the front passes 
through...but then ceilings will deteriorate afterwards to IFR or MVFR. 
Southerly surface winds will be strong and gusty with the front and into 
the day Thursday. 


Ksea...south wind increasing to 12 to 14 knots overnight with gusts to 
20 knots during and after frontal passage around 7 to 9z. Ceilings will 
change from VFR to MVFR shortly after the frontal passage as a lower 
deck of clouds moves in. Jsmith 


&& 


Marine...a cold front will move onshore tonight. Gale warnings have 
been issued tonight for the coast...entrances to the Strait...and 
northern inland waters as they are most prone to strong southerly 
winds that the front will bring. Moderate to strong onshore and 
southerly flow will prevail behind the front on Thursday...and small 
craft advisories have been issued for most of the waters through 
Thursday night. 


Another cold front will move through the waters early Friday. This 
front will be followed by strong Fraser outflow in the northern 
inland waters and moderate northerly winds over the other waters 
later Friday into Saturday. Moderate offshore flow is likely Sunday 
into Monday with higher sea level pressure inland and lower pressure 
over the southern coastal waters. Jsmith 


&& 


Sew watches/warnings/advisories... 
Washington...flood watches and warnings are in effect for portions of 
western Washington. 
Wind Advisory north coast and parts of north interior tonight. 
Pz...Small Craft Advisory all waters. 
.Small Craft Advisory Grays Harbor bar for rough bar. 
.Gale Warning coastal waters...entrances Strait of Juan Delaware 
fuca...and northern inland waters. 


&& 


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