Winter WX Outlook

National Weather Service Releases Winter Weather Outlook for Western Washington

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) recently released their latest winter weather outlook including for the Pacific Northwest. NWS Seattle produced a YouTube weather briefing on the latest winter weather outlook plus a peek ahead for the rest of 2016. Here is the link – El Nino conditions in the eastern Pacific […]

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  • Son Assaults Father, Then Steals His Car

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – An Aberdeen man is in custody for assaulting his father, and stealing his car Wednesday afternoon.

    The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department tells us the sister of the 35 year old Aberdeen man contacted authorities when the father and son began fighting outside of a residence in the 3900 block of Aberdeen Lake Road. The son fled the scene in the father’s 1984 Cadillac El Dorado.

    Aberdeen Police pulled over that stolen vehicle near Junction City Thursday afternoon and arrested the man for theft of the vehicle and Domestic Violence Assault.

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  • Low runoff cuts hydropower, revenue forecasts

    Portland, Ore. – The Bonneville Power Administration has reduced its expectations for hydroelectric power revenue this year by more than $200 million because of new forecasts for a continued depressed runoff in the Columbia Basin

    Based on the forecasts, BPA now estimates it will finish the fiscal year with a loss of $6 million in modified net revenues instead of the $231.9 million in positive revenues projected at the start of the fiscal year in October. BPA markets power from dams in the Federal Columbia River Power System, and water serves as the fuel that turns hydroelectric turbines. 

    BPA compiled the new estimates as part of its Quarterly Business Review. However, runoff projections have further declined since the estimates were developed. 

    “This is a very serious decline that impacts our power supply and therefore our finances,” said BPA Administrator Steve Wright. “We’re hopeful that the outlook will improve, but we cannot count on it. The reality is that water is the fuel that provides much of the Northwest’s electricity.” 

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  • Doppler Weather Radar Coming to Grays Harbor

    Doppler Location

    GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. –  The National Weather Service says Grays Harbor’s Doppler Weather Radar system should be in place and operational by September of this year.

    Doug McDonnal with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said they’ve always had a blind spot in Grays Harbor.


    Cliff Mass with the National Weather Radio service tells us construction on the Doppler Radar site at Langley Hill in Northern Grays Harbor should begin during the next few months, with the radar installed by mid summer.

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  • Spring snow too little, too late to keep BPA prices down

    Portland, Ore. – The Bonneville Power Administration now estimates it will likely finish the fiscal year with negative net revenues of approximately $230 million. This shortfall was reported in BPA’s second quarterly review published April 30 and is a direct result of the Northwest’s low snowpack. Reduced stream flows have resulted in $450 million less revenue than BPA anticipated at the beginning of the fiscal year.

    Traditionally, BPA’s sales of surplus power – power available beyond BPA’s commitments to its customers – have represented about a fifth of the agency’s revenues. Snowpack is the fuel that typically provides surplus power from the hydro system, and revenues from these sales help keep Northwest electricity rates down.

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