Intense Heat Bakes Pacific Northwest, Will It Affect the Snow Come Winter?

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 29, 2009 12:05 pm

The National Weather Service is predicting record hot temperatures for Wednesday throughout the Pacific Northwest. The brutal temperatures could easily tie or break the all-time record of 100 degrees, which was set on July 20, 1994. Residents are doing whatever they can to keep cool, but I’m hoping these record temperatures don’t find their way past the fall.


Last winter, most Pacific Northwest ski resorts had their latest start ever and to make matters worse, January and February delivered little snow but lots of sunshine. However, March produced record numbers for snow falls combined with colder-than-normal temperatures. Last year, Mt. Baker Ski Resort in Washington had 786 inches of snow and 93 powder days. Let’s hope this coming winter will be just as epic.


The NWS said the upper ridge system that is causing the intense temperatures will weaken by Friday. However, high temperatures will remain 10 degrees above average.