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Goodbye drizzle: Spring-like winter weekend in store


Several days of drizzle are giving way to a pleasant--and unseasonably warm--weekend.

The best day for outdoor plans should be Saturday, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.

By Sunday, gray clouds will be working their way back across western Washington, although he sees no rain likely before Monday. Then, next week, some Pacific fronts will bring back the showers.

Even though drizzle seems like the signature of Puget Sound life, it's unusual in winter, as Mass explains in his weekly weather science discussion (click "listen" above), and on his blog.

(If you live in the north Puget Sound area, you can catch Mass tomorrow for a lecture giving his view of climate change and its impacts. That's Saturday at 9am, in Oak Harbor, as part of a day-long weather event sponsored by WSU.)


The weekly KPLU feature "Weather with Cliff Mass" airs every Friday at 9 a.m. immediately following BirdNote, and repeats twice on Friday afternoons during All Things Considered. The feature is hosted by KPLU’s Science and Health reporter Keith Seinfeld. Cliff Mass is a University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, a renowned Seattle weather prognosticator, and a popular weather blogger. You can also subscribe to a podcast of “Weather with Cliff Mass” shows.

Keith Seinfeld has been KPLU’s Health & Science Reporter since 2001, and prior to that covered the Environment beat. He’s been a staff reporter at The Seattle Times and The News Tribune in Tacoma and a freelance writer-producer. His work has been honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.