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Mountain Weather Browser
|Organized for quick browsing of pages containing recent, current and forecast weather, snow and avalanche conditions in the Pacific Northwest. Links cover the Washington Cascade and Olympic Mountains, and the Oregon Cascades. Included are NWAC mountain telemetry data; avalanche, trip, and snow reports; mountain weather cameras; text- and image-based weather forecasts; radar and satellite images; and related home pages.|
Updated November 25, 1011:
Added NWAC Regional Avy forecasts for the Olympics and Snoqulamie, Stevens and White Pass.
Updated November 23, 1011:
Fixed Crystal webcam titles, fixed Hurricane Ridge cam, added Longmire parking lot cam. Disabled Port Towsend 360 camera.
Updated November 21, 1011:
Added Muir webcam, Crystal Mt. Gondola cam, Summit West Wildside cam. Reactivated Franklin Falls I90 cam.
Updated December 13, 2010:
Updated cameras and conditions links, added "UW Compilation - PNW" to Radar section.
Updated January 20, 2010:
Changed many forecast links from graphical to text-only; added text-only NWAC mountain weather forecast link; added back 24-hour telemetry links for backup.
Updated December 27, 2009:
Fixed broken links and added new ones in Radar and Weather Cams sections.
|How to use this section:
Each of the eight links in the left-hand menu is a virtual folder containing a sub-menu of weather links. Click one of the eight links to reveal the sub-menu, then click a sub-menu link and a data page will be displayed in the main window (this one). A few links will display in a new browser window on top of the existing window. The sub menu will remain unchanged, so it is easy to quickly browse many data pages. To view a new sub-menu, click another virtual folder link and browse some more. The most useful virtual folders are as follows:
-- NWAC Telemetry: Upon opening this virtual folder, the left-hand menu will display links for 21 Northwest Avalanche Center mountain telemetry stations. To view the most recent 24 hours of data, click a red "NOW" link and the data page will be displayed in the main window. To view the past 10 days of data on one page, click a purple dot and the data page will be displayed in the main window (thanks to www.skimountaineer.com). Be sure to check the date and time on the data pages, as they are sometimes not current.
-- Mountain Conditions: This virtual folder contains links for Pacific Northwest avalanche reports (in season), trip report forums, and snow reports from state highway departments and ski areas.
-- Weather Cams: This virtual folder contains links for 22 Washington and Oregon mountain weather cameras, and browsing these can provide very good information about current conditions in the mountains.
-- Forecasts: Text: This virtual folder contains links for 36 Washington and Oregon weather forecasts, with mostly text data pages for quick display. Of particular note are the IWIN discussion pages (IWIN "Disc" links), which are written for other weather forecasters but can provide the backcountry skier with clues about uncertainties and subtleties lacking in the public forecasts.
-- Other virtual folders The remaining virtual folders of links are not generally as useful as those discussed above, but have their uses and are often interesting.
|Abbreviations used in this section:|
|NWAC = Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center
WSDOT = Wash. State Dept. of Transportation
ODOT = Oregon State Dept. of Transportation
NWS = National Weather Service
IWIN = Interactive Weather Information Network
NOAA = National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
CSAC = Cyberspace Snow and Avalanche Center
CAA = Canadian Avalanche Association
GMT = Greenwich Mean Time (also designated by "Z")
PST = Pacific Standard Time (8 hours earlier than GMT)
PDT = Pacific Daylight Time (7 hours earlier than GMT)
|fcst = forecast
disc = discussion
pptn = precipitation
QPF = quantitative precipitation fcst
IR = infrared
Vis = visible
WV = water vapor
enh = enhanced
IC = Intellicast
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