MARCH 10, 1997
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Forecast: The storm track is pointed at us through most of the week. That means we're in for more cool and rainy weather; however, there will be some sunshine at times. Temperatures will feel a bit chilly at times, especially in the morning hours. Breezy at times as well. With the longer days and occasional sunshine, expect to feel and see some hints of spring in your garden.
Washington Passes: Moderate to low snow levels through the week (2,000-4,000 ft.). I foresee no major problems, but it's still winter up there and you'll run into snow on the road, so keep it slow. Skiers: conditions generally good with new snow, but snow level will rise to 3,000-4,000 ft. Look for some wet snow/rain at the Pass. Updated pass information: 368-4499.
Weather Question of the Week: What is that smooth lens-shaped cloud I occasionally see near Mt. Rainier?
Answer: What you are seeing is a lenticular cloud. The saucer-like cloud has been mistaken in the past as a UFO. It is formed as the mountains abruptly force air with dry and moist layers over its peak. The cloud doesn't move, yet air flows through rapidly. Think of it as a boulder in a stream creating a stationary rapid. This type of moisture and wind pattern often precedes a storm front, so when you see it, expect rain in a day or two.