FEBRUARY 3, 1997
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Forecast: Finally some dry and at least partly sunny weather to recharge your batteries. You'll be able to get outside this week without being drenched as a large ridge of high pressure is moving over the Pacific Northwest, and it appears to be staying for the weekend. That high will block storms and keep us mostly sunny. That boils down to nice weather through Sunday, however, some high clouds or patchy morning fog from time to time. Also, as morning temperatures will be near freezing, watch for frosty spots during the drive to work or school.
Washington Passes: No major problems expected. Great skiing ... bring your sunscreen.
Weather Question of the Week: If hot air rises, why does it snow in the mountains?
Answer: As air rises, it expands, because there is less atmospheric pressure from above. That expansion causes cooling. The air cools about three to five degrees per thousand feet. That is why it rains in the Northshore and Lower Snoqualmie communities while snowing at the pass.