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University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and renowned Seattle weather prognosticator/personality Cliff Mass has joined KNKX’s roster of commentators. "Weather with Cliff Mass", our five-minute feature hosted by KNKX's environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp, airs every Friday at 9 a.m. following "BirdNote", and repeats twice on Friday afternoons during All Things Considered.
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An impressive storm was looming offshore Friday morning, promising to bring significant rain and wind to the Puget Sound region. But KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says it won’t hit too hard and should give way to a relatively quiet weekend, with plenty of breaks to get outside.By (Bellamy Pailthorp).
Western Tanagers dart from tree to tree, on the lookout for delicious bugs. They’ll find them by scanning the tree bark — or maybe snatching them from mid-air during flight — a tactic called hawking.By (Tune In to
We've all heard that the early bird gets the worm. But research shows that birds dining early and heavily may lower their life expectancy. Socially dominant birds stay lean (and agile at avoiding predators) during the day, and then stoke up later, before a cold night.By (Tune In to
Birds can be sleek, aerodynamic, and powerful — all in one package. Automakers picked up on this early: a cool bird name will sell cars. So far, more than twenty models of cars have been named for birds — some real, some mythical — and they go way back.By (Tune In to
For today’s bird walk, we’re going to need binoculars, sunscreen, hiking boots, annnnnd a time machine. Let’s set our course for the late Cretaceous Era, 65 million years ago. Stay alert!By (Tune In to
Have you ever seen a bird foraging in the rain and wondered why it isn't soaked to the bone? While every bird wears one feather coat, different kinds of feathers – and even different parts of the same feather – can perform various functions.By (Tune In to
A birder may have a target bird so elusive that the bird becomes a kind of "jinx bird." But there was a real bird by that name! The bird once called the "jynx" is known today as the Eurasian Wryneck. When a wryneck is threatened, it twists its head like a snake and hisses.By (Tune In to
National Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is birdy at any time of year. But in winter, this mixture of cypress swamp and pineland comes alive with migratory songbirds. On a warm, sunny morning, birds are active all around, from the tops of the tall cypresses to the shrubs along the boardwalk.By (Tune In to
The persistent pattern of stormy weather that caused sweeping power outages in the Northwest and restored our snowpack and water supplies in recent weeks is in the rearview mirror, for now. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says it will be dry and mild till the middle of next week. And the sun will break through this weekend.…
The treeswifts of India, Southeast Asia, New Guinea, and beyond make their nests out of bits of plants and feathers and hold it all together with some very sticky saliva. A treeswift’s whole nest is but a tiny cup — just large enough to hold a single egg — stuck to a bare upright branch.By (Tune In to
It's winter, and apples litter the ground. A few still hang, frozen and thawed again and again. Suddenly a flock of hundreds of birds rises from the ground beneath the trees, swarming in tight formation, wing-tip to wing-tip.By (Tune In to
Hooded Mergansers, affectionately known as “Hoodies,” nest across most of the northern US and well into Canada. They’re especially prevalent around the Great Lakes, though some winter as far south as Florida. By November, courtship and pair formation is well under way.By (Tune In to
Blustery, wet weather blanketed the region overnight into Friday. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says you can expect the generally stormy pattern to continue for several weeks, despite a break on Saturday.By (Bellamy Pailthorp).
Rainy weather continues to dominate the forecasts in the Pacific Northwest. A healthy dose of wind enters the picture this weekend too, and it will be strong enough to cause some power outages, says KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass. But all that weather should blow through in time for a relatively dry New Year’s Eve.…
Indulging the curiosity of a loved one who wants to learn more about the weather is a great way to show your affection over the holidays, says KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass. And he says it’s one of the most frequent questions he gets.By (Bellamy Pailthorp).
After an unusually dry and sunny start to the season, fall in the Northwest is getting back to normal. Earlier this week, Seattle charted the darkest day its skies had registered in three years, as clouds and wet weather blotted out the sun. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says the outlook for the week ahead is a smorgasbord of the things we usu ...…
A week of sunny skies that capped nearly a month of unusually clear, bright weather for late fall is wrapping today. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says the sun will be a bit filtered as a weather front moves in.By (Bellamy Pailthorp).
An atmospheric river came through the Pacific Northwest last week, dousing the region with enough precipitation to bring accumulated rain levels almost back to normal after an extremely dry start to November. But KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass said the storms were headed southward on Friday, giving California some much-needed rain.…
After a string of dry and sunny weekends in greater Puget Sound that had some of us here a bit concerned about the water supply, KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says don’t worry. He says the normal late November pattern of heavy precipitation has set in and will extend into next week and beyond. It even dusted the mountains with some Thanksgivin ...…
Normally, mid- to late November in the Pacific Northwest is a time to bundle up and get cozy indoors, as the wettest and stormiest weather settles in and provides a stark contrast to the blue skies of late summer and early fall. But this weekend, similar to last , people in the region can expect a really nice weekend for all manner of outdoor p ...…
It’s that time of year when seasoned Northwesterners soak up as much sunshine as they can when they can — because the end is near. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says the last two weeks of November predictably bring the worst weather of the year. But this weekend, he says there will be quite a bit of sun. Mass expects many people will get out a ...…
People in the Pacific Northwest experienced wet but weirdly warm weather on Thursday as rain generated by an atmospheric river came through. These plumes of moisture are a classic feature of late fall and winter weather on the West Coast, and are also known around here as "The Pineapple Express" because they originate in the tropics near Hawaii ...…
The rain is back. After a lengthy stretch of fog last week, storms are coming in and promising a mostly soggy week ahead, although the sun will break through on at least one day. That’s according to KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.By (Bellamy Pailthorp).
Sun lovers in the Puget Sound region have one more weekend to get their fill of the dry, clear skies and mild temperatures that have dominated the weather lately. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says enjoy the lovely October days while you can because the end is near.By (Bellamy Pailthorp).
A big ridge of high pressure is setting up that will lock in increasingly sunny and warm days in the week ahead all around Western Washington. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, says if you’re into watching storms or other exciting weather features, you’re not going to find them in ...…
It happens every year. As the summer wanes and fall sets in, people start thinking about the coming winter and how much snow we’ll get, especially in the mountains. In the Pacific Northwest, that can mean dreams of snowy ski slopes or how much snow pack we’ll have to fill reservoirs and water dry streams when the spring melt comes.…
Fall got off to a glorious start in most of western Washington, with the first week offering consistently clear blue skies and mild temps in most places, most days. That pattern continued Friday morning, with the promise of more clear weather through Saturday.By (Bellamy Pailthorp).
Friday is officially the final day of summer, marked by the fall equinox. Showery weather is ushering in the transition in western Washington, though it’s expected to make way for some glorious conditions next week.By (Bellamy Pailthorp).
Heavy rain hit many parts of western Washington overnight and into Friday morning – a change welcomed by many, after what was reportedly the state’s third-driest and third-hottest summer of the century.By (Bellamy Pailthorp).
The good news is that air quality has improved dramatically, and we no longer have to worry about breathing in smoke from wildfires. The bad news is that the clouds and showers moving in with a rapid cooldown this weekend are just the beginning of what will likely be several months of cooler fall weather. “Summer is over,” said KNKX weather exp ...…
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