It looks like we are finally going to get a sniff of spring this week as a ridge of high pressure builds in solidly over the west coast. High temperatures will build solidly into the 60s and stay there all weekend. While we might see occasional high cloudiness, there should be plenty of sunshine to speed up the melting of some of the snow that is hanging onto the foothills. At this point, it doesn’t look like there is a significant chance of any storms coming through the region before late next week.


A reader (he neglected to leave his name, whether by shyness or criminal record I don’t know) had this question: “Has it ever happened that a hurricane rotated clockwise instead of the clockwise we see now days?  Many thanks for your answers.”

Sure. In fact, hurricanes will always rotate clockwise… in the southern hemisphere. They will never do that on our side of the equator. The Coriolis Effect will always spin low pressure systems (and hurricanes certainly qualify as low pressure systems) counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere, and clockwise in the southern hemisphere.

Hurricane south

Cyclone Olivia off the west coast of Australia, April 1996