FEBRUARY 10, 1997
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Forecast: We are back into some wet weather this week, but not extemely damp. The high pressure ridge which protected us last week has flattened out, allowing us to be brushed by a few systems. Right now this weekend looks like a split decision, wet on Saturday and mostly dry Sunday. Temperatures will be moderate through most of the week.
Washington Passes: Winter returns with some new snow for skiing this week. Snow level 2000-4000 feet. No major snow, but expect some. Updated pass information: 368-4499.
Gardening: Even with this round of almost springlike weather last week, we are far from the last frost which, for some areas, can be mid to late May. There are a variety of factors which can affect a plant's tolerance to cold, including soil type, plant type, daytime temperatures, hours exposed to critical temperatures, etc. Check with your local gardening center for more details.
Weather Question of the Week: Is this area the most difficult to forecast in the country?
Answer: I would say it is the most challenging. Even though we don't have much severe weather, the interaction of the terrain, the vast Pacific Ocean area to our west, and the atmosphere make the Pacific Northwest a recipe for complex variations in local weather. A study at the U.W. in 1987 underlined those differences: while thermometers read 39.9 degrees in downtown Seattle, the mercury in Woodinville was reading a chilly 25.6.