Weather Forecasts: A Good Lesson for Us

The story of the two snowboarders that eventually were rescued on Mt Rainier this week has a lesson in it for all of us.


The story of the two snowboarders that eventually were rescued on Mt Rainier this week has a lesson in it for all of us.  The lesson is PLEASE use the accurate
forecasts available today to plan outside activities, especially ones that
could potentially prove deadly. 

I checked at the forecast from Saturday morning and it clearly showed a
significant storm moving into Western Washington on Sunday during the day with
strong winds and snow on Mt. Rainier. 

The snowboarders get kudos for keeping their heads and surviving, but
deserve failing grades for not using or paying attention to the forecast. 

The Atmospheric Sciences Department at the UW has a wonderful site that has loads of information from current conditions to long-range forecasts (http://www.atmos.washington.edu/data/).

I’ll be happy to help anyone that drops in to our Enumclaw flower shop with
understanding the website.

Life is too precious to waste it.

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Jerry Gropp Architect AIA November 16, 2012 at 04:26 PM
The Seattle Mountaineers have also long dispensed this valuable advice. J-
dexterjibs November 17, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Good advice, John. I love the fact that there are people that live life on the edge and i don't want government telling guys like this to stop doing what they are doing, but maybe some insurance should be a required purchase so tax payers don't foot the bill for their rescues. And, some common sense like looking at the weather report will help prevent expensive rescues.
Bob McCoy November 17, 2012 at 08:04 AM
Great advice, John. After checking the WX, be sure to take adequate clothing and equipment for the worst possibility. I don't know about today's Navy, but whenever we received a flight weather briefing, after the meteorologist was done with all his charts and winds aloft, etc,, we would ask what The Farmer's Almanac was calling the weather that day. The briefer would reach over and grab the copy conveniently hanging from a nail, and tell us. If there was a discrepancy, he would then tell us why we should use his forecast, and not the tried and true FA. When I was young, everybody talked about the weather, but no one did anything about it. Now we've done something to it, but few talk about it.
John Anderson November 18, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Good post, John. And thanks for the link, and also for giving us a tour of the website during our Wine Walk stop at the flower shop. I came home and started exploring. With all the works fresh in my mind from the artists at Wine Walk, I got off the weather track and starting finding beautiful abstracts in NOAA graphics.


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