Sunday, November 22, 2015

13 FEET of snow, 65 mph winds Mt. Rainier

 Just another day atop Mt. Rainier

13 FEET of snow, 65 mph winds -- just another day atop Mt. Rainier
You think it's been a little stormy around Seattle this weekend? Child's play to the Mt. Rainier summit.

How's this for a weekend forecast: Between 122 and 162 inches of snow (10-13 FEET!), 65 mph winds, and temperatures in the 20-30 degree range, making wind chills near zero.
At least, that's what the automated forecasts have from the National Weather Service. Check it out:

Now, crazy extreme weather is nothing new for the summit -- you're half way to general flight paths and, of course, there's no other topography around to stand in the way of a raging atmosphere.

But still, even by summit standards, that has to be pretty intense. I'd hope any climbers wouldn't be daring enough to think this is the right time to attempt a climb.

I have to give a shout out to this this ski site that was first to notice the forecast. For skiers, we of course aren't looking at 13 feet of snow anywhere where there are chair lifts, but Mt. Baker and Stevens Pass should get their first decent coating of the season.

Apple Cup 2015 Kicks Off time set

Cougs, Huskies will tee it up early on Black Friday
It's an early one, and the stakes are high as the Washington
State Cougars face the Washington Huskies in the Apple Cup 
on Black Friday.
    (1200)WWWllllllnnWWWWelcome back to a Black Friday Apple Cup once again. The Washington State 
Cougars and Washington Huskies will face off in Seattle in the final regular season
 game of the season on the day after Thanksgiving, and it's going to be a (relatively) 
early one. On Monday, the Pac-12 announced that the Cougs and Huskies will kick
 the Apple Cup off at 12:30 pm PT on Nov. 27th, live on FOX.
We know what's at stake here. The Huskies, with four wins on the year, need to beat
 Oregon State this weekend to even have a shot at going into the last week with bowl
 eligibility on the line. This means, in all likelihood, that the already bowl eligible,
and red hot, Cougs have a chance to improve their own bowl positioning while
 keeping their hated rival out of the postseason.
In a bit of a weird twist for a conference that probably wants to show off its marquee
 rivalry games, as well, Oregon and Oregon State will kick the Civil War off at 1 p.m.
PT, right on the heels of the Apple Cup beginning.
We'll be back with plenty of Apple Cup coverage next week. Until then, plan your
days and shopping accordingly. The Cougs have a chance to finish strong, and the 
Apple Cup may just present a very sweet opportunity to play the role of spoiler
 despite being favorite.

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