Weather of the Pacific Northwest

ISBN-10: 0295988479
ISBN-13: 9780295988474
Edition: 2009
Authors: Cliff Mass
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Description: The Pacific Northwest experiences the most varied and fascinating weather in the United States, including world-record winter snows, the strongest non-tropical storms in the nation, and shifts from desert to rain forest in a matter of miles. Local  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

The Pacific Northwest experiences the most varied and fascinating weather in the United States, including world-record winter snows, the strongest non-tropical storms in the nation, and shifts from desert to rain forest in a matter of miles. Local weather features dominate the meteorological landscape, from the Puget Sound convergence zone and wind surges along the Washington Coast to gap winds through the Columbia Gorge and the "Banana Belt" of southern Oregon. This book is the first comprehensive and authoritative guide to Northwest weather directed to the general reader; helpful to boaters, hikers, and skiers; and valuable to an expert meteorologist. In The Weather of the Pacific Northwest , University of Washington atmospheric scientist and popular radio commentator Cliff Mass unravels the intricacies of Northwest weather, from the mundane to the mystifying. By examining our legendary floods, snowstorms, and windstorms, and a wide variety of local weather features, Mass answers such interesting questions as : Why does the Northwest have localized rain shadows? What is the origin of the hurricane force winds that often buffet the region? Why does the Northwest have so few thunderstorms? What is the origin of the Pineapple Express? Why do ferryboats sometimes seem to float above the water's surface? Why is it so hard to predict Northwest weather? Mass brings together eyewitness accounts, historical records, and meteorological science to explain Pacific Northwest weather. He also considers possible local effects of global warming. The final chapters guide readers in interpreting the Northwest sky and in securing weather information on their own.

Cliff Mass, professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington and weekly guest on KUOW, is the pre-eminent authority on Northwest weather. He has published dozens of articles on Northwest weather and leads the regional development of advanced weather prediction tools.

The Extraordinary Weather of the Pacific Northwest
The Basics of Pacific Northwest Weather
Floods
Snowstorms and Ice Storms
Windstorms
Sea Breezes, Land Breezes, and Slope Winds
Coastal Weather Features
Mountain-Related Weather Phenomena
Weather Features of the Inland Northwest
Blue Holes, Flying Ferries, and Tornadoes
The Challenge of Pacific Northwest Weather Prediction
The Evolving Weather of the Pacific Northwest
Reading the Pacific Northwest Skies
Pacific Northwest Weather Resources
Index

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