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University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and renowned Seattle weather prognosticator/personality Cliff Mass has joined KNKX’s roster of commentators. "Weather with Cliff Mass," our five-minute feature hosted by KNKX's environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp, airs every Friday at 9 a.m. following "BirdNote," and repeats twice on Friday afternoons during All Things Considered.

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University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and renowned Seattle weather prognosticator/personality Cliff Mass has joined KNKX’s roster of commentators. "Weather with Cliff Mass," our five-minute feature hosted by KNKX's environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp, airs every Friday at 9 a.m. following "BirdNote," and repeats twice on Friday afternoons during All Things Considered.

    Lack of high-flying community fireworks may spare region’s air quality on July 4

    Lack of high-flying community fireworks may spare region’s air quality on July 4

    July 4 is upon us. Normally, that means our air quality takes a big hit. It's an issue that KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass often talks about. Mass has studied the impact of fireworks on our air quality. This year, things will be a little different. With all the major community fireworks displays canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • 3 min
    British Columbia’s wet, cold spring bodes well for Washington this year

    British Columbia’s wet, cold spring bodes well for Washington this year

    The curse of the wet weekend is making another appearance as June comes to an end. The month sometimes referred to as "Juneuary" in the Pacific Northwest has actually included quite a few lovely summer days this year, with temperatures hitting the 80s under bluebird skies. (Just not many on weekends.) But our somewhat soggy spring this year in Washington has nothing on what folks north of us in British Columbia have been experiencing.

    • 4 min
    ‘Curse of the wet weekends’ has had a strong hold on our region. What's behind it?

    ‘Curse of the wet weekends’ has had a strong hold on our region. What's behind it?

    If you feel like you’re being punished by the weather for staying indoors during the workweek, you’re not alone. Lots of people in Western Washington have noticed a pattern of fair and sunny weather that abruptly turns to rain as soon as the weekend arrives.

    • 4 min
    Forecasting skill fades after two weeks. So how can scientists predict future climate?

    Forecasting skill fades after two weeks. So how can scientists predict future climate?

    We’re in for another cool, wet weekend. Rain and rain showers dominate the forecast through Monday night. High temperatures won’t get past the mid-60s. This is the kind of forecast most of us have come to rely on as we plan our activities, using radar viewers and other online tools to know what’s coming our way, sometimes down to the hour.

    • 4 min
    A gloomy start to June — but mellow compared to last weekend’s powerful thunderstorms

    A gloomy start to June — but mellow compared to last weekend’s powerful thunderstorms

    Gray skies, rain showers and possible thunderstorms are in the forecast again. It’s a pretty typical for this time of year in the Pacific Northwest, where most people rattle off phrases such as "June Gloom" and "June-uary" to describe this kind of weather. The exception here is thunder and lightning. Intense storms that are common in other parts of the country are rare here.

    • 4 min
    ‘The Blob’ is back, warming temps and threatening marine ecosystems, but will it last?

    ‘The Blob’ is back, warming temps and threatening marine ecosystems, but will it last?

    After a string of warm and sunny days, residents of Western Washington were bracing for the effects of an upper level disturbance coming up from California. The weekend forecast calls for significant rain and possible thunderstorms, with temperatures dropping into the mid-60s.

    • 4 min

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