APRIL 14, 1997
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Forecast: A series of weather disturbances will be keeping us wet early in the week, but expect some clearing Thursday through Saturday as weak high pressure keeps us relatively dry, but not totally sunny. The weekend looks like a split: Saturday not bad, Sunday a chance of rain.
Passes: No major problems, but rain at times mid-week. Ski areas are starting to close, so call ahead if you're planning to hit the slopes. Updated pass information: 368-4499.
Weather Question of the Week: What is a "rain shadow?"
Answer: If you've ever made the drive from here to Eastern Washington, you know the vegetation changes dramatically. Sparse trees and shrubs reflect the meager precipitation. That's because the Cascades intercept much of the rainfall heading that way. The eastern half of our state is semi-arid and is a "rain shadow" in the lee of the towering Cascade Mountains. Sequim and the San Juan Islands are also dry because they are in the rain shadow produced by Olympic Mountains.