Mt. Rainier’s Rain Shadow

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Mt. Rainier is taking it for the team.  For the Crystal Mountain team, that is.

In the past 24 hours, Paradise has seen twice the amount of moisture we have, and most of that has been rain. Yesterday, it snowed gloriously at the ski area, staying cold until happy hour. We picked up 7 inches of snow before the temperatures spiked.  That’s when the wind shifted around and Mt. Rainier blocked us from the worst of the storm. Notice the first graph from Paradise. Between 1400 and 1900, it rained (see temperature fourth from left) nearly 1.5 inches. Then check the second graph from Crystal. It didn’t switch to rain until 1700 hours, after which we only picked up .4 inches of rain.

     Date    Time    Temp Wind Speeds/Dir Hrly/24 Hr H2o
Paradise, Mt. Rainier:
     12 12   400    40    22    36   275   .05  2.41
     12 12   300    40    23    36   276   .07  2.36
     12 12   200    41    23    38   271   .06  2.29
     12 12   100    41    24    37   272   .06  2.23
     12 12     0    41    24    37   269   .06  2.17
     12 11  2300    40    20    43   271   .06  2.11
     12 11  2200    39    14    23   260   .09  2.05
     12 11  2100    39    18    30   268    .1  1.96
     12 11  2000    37    18    26   268   .12  1.86
     12 11  1900    36    19    30   265   .24  1.74
     12 11  1800    35    17    26   264   .11   1.5
     12 11  1700    33    13    26   266   .24  1.39
     12 11  1600    33     5    11   247   .25  1.15
     12 11  1500    32     2     7   121   .22    .9
     12 11  1400    32     4     9   358   .26   .68    

 Crystal Mountain Ski Area:

 12 12   400    37    41    68   241   .01  1.41
 12 12   300    36    47    79   264     0   1.4
 12 12   200    37    40    68   257     0   1.4
 12 12   100    36    39    67   243   .03   1.4
 12 12     0    36    41    72   234   .01  1.37
 12 11  2300    37    45    73   254     0  1.36
 12 11  2200    36    41    58   213   .01  1.36
 12 11  2100    37    34    51   224   .05  1.35
 12 11  2000    35    27    63   229   .08   1.3
 12 11  1900    35    24    60   256   .05  1.22
 12 11  1800    33    27    66   283   .11  1.17
 12 11  1700    31    25    43   259   .14  1.06
 12 11  1600    29    30    50   213   .13   .92
 12 11  1500    25    25    42   168   .17   .79
 12 11  1400    24    22    44   153   .19   .62

The news was even worse for the other ski areas that saw upwards of 4 inches of rain in the past 24 hours.  It’s nice to know that Mt. Rainier is watching over us.

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