Posts Tagged ‘weather’


May 20, 2016

It is amazingly hard to get a reliable pollen forecast around here. And by reliable, I mean, one that isn’t contradicted by a different website.

The other problem is inconsistency of reporting. Today, May 20th, the Weather Channel website says the tree pollen forecast for the next three days (Saturday/Sunday/Monday) for Cheney, WA, is high/high/high. Twelve hours ago it said low/medium/high.

If you ask for Spokane, WA (99223) you get vhigh/vhigh/vhigh, but if you just ask for Spokane, WA, you get moderate/high/high.

All is grey

All is grey

Their source for current reporting actual levels for this region is Twin Falls, ID. They’ve been forecasting high threats for most of this month (and right now show high/ vhigh/ vhigh. However, reporting from Twin Falls for the first two weeks of May shows a pollen count of 125 for the first week, and 438 for the second week, both in the upper moderate range.

Meanwhile, the website shows we’re currently medium-high, with a forecast of low-medium/ medium/ medium-high. And says we’re currently low, with a forecast of low/low/low.

On the left is the map, as of today. Twin Falls is in the center (E/W) and a short ways north of the southern border, smack in the center of the low-moderate range. Spokane itself is in a grey area that is either no threat, or no data.

All is green

All is green

Which is fine, except that the AccuWeather map, on the right, shows us in a low pollen area.

So, do I take my Claratin, or not?


Cold and dry and, well, cold

February 7, 2014

While there’s lots of places with colder weather, we seem to have spent the last couple of days setting records for cold here in the Cheney, WA, area.

If I am reading this WeatherSpark output aright, our temps have been continuously below the previously recorded minimums for at least 48hrs.

That pale grey line is the minimum measurement for that date and time

That pale grey line is the minimum measurement for that date and time

We’ve warmed up, mostly because it’s been snowing.

Cold and dry and foggy

January 28, 2014

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.


October 27, 2011

Found an incredibly cool weather site, WeatherSpark. You can get a graphical weather forecast, a historical overview, even a long term look at warming trends. The site is well designed and easily navigable, except that the home page is a little sparse. It doesn’t invite you in. Which is why I jumped past it and have linked to my favorite city.