Cold and dry and foggy

My favorite wxblog recently talked about how dry the West is this month, compared with a year ago. The one constant? Low clouds in the Columbia basin.

Can you see my house?

That’s not unusual for this time of year in the NENW. What is unusual is how long it’s dragged on, and the impact on our temperature variations.

I don’t know when it’s been this unchanging grey for this long. Here’s a screenshot from WeatherSpark, showing the official temperatures in the Spokane area. Left hand side-show the typical cold-night/warmer-day pattern you’d expect. Right hand side shows the same thing, now that we’re forecast to move back to more unsettled conditions. In between? Eleven days of 28F +/- 4F. And in the middle is a week of 27F+/- 2F.

Temperature variation, 13-29 January 2014

Temperature variation, 13-29 January 2014

It feels like we’re living in North Korea.

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