Washington has four unique seasons with four different weather patterns
Eastern Washington also has what is referred to as the rainshadow effect. The rainshadow effect is large amounts of moisture from the pacific going over the mountains and emptying over the mountains thus giving us less rain or snow
One of the four seasons we have in eastern Washington is summer now it is a lot hotter here in eastern Washington than in western Washington during the summer because west has a natural air conditioner called the pacific ocean now thanks to the cascades the cool ocean breeze doesn’t each us so we get to bake in the summer all season long with temps up to the three digits!
Climate Washington's climate varies greatly from west to east. An oceanic climate (also called "west coast marine climate") predominates in western Washington, and a much drier semi-arid climate prevails east of the Cascade Range. Major factors determining Washington's climate include the large semi-permanent high pressure and low pressure systems of the north Pacific Ocean, the continental air masses of North America, and the Olympic and Cascade mountains. In the spring and summer, a high pressure anticyclone system dominates the north Pacific Ocean, causing air to spiral Washington's climate varies greatly from west to east. An oceanic climate (also called "west coast marine climate") predominates in western Washington, and a much drier semi-arid climate prevails east of the Cascade Range. Major factors determining Washington's climate include the large semi-permanent high pressure and low pressure systems of the north Pacific Ocean, the continental air masses of North America, and the Olympic and Cascade mountains. In the spring and summer, a high pressure anticyclone system dominates the north Pacific Ocean, causing air to spiral out in a clockwise fashion. oceanic climatesemi-arid climatehigh pressurelow pressure anticyclone oceanic climatesemi-arid climatehigh pressurelow pressure anticyclone
Consistently ranked as one of the most pristine waters in the United States, Lake Chelan’s 55 mile length acts as a natural conduit between the rugged mountain peaks up lake and the lush, fertile down lake valley. At 1,486 feet, Lake Chelan is the third deepest lake in the nation, extending nearly 400 feet below sea level. Lake Chelan
Banks Lake The reservoir is 27 miles long with 27,000 water surface acres. Fishing opportunities for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, yellow perch, rainbow trout, walleye, kokanee, black crappie, bullhead, and whitefish.
Moses Lake Moses Lake, on which the city lies, is made up of three main arms over 18 miles (29 km) long and up to one mile (1½ km) wide. It is the largest natural body of fresh water in Grant County and has over 120 miles (190 km) of shoreline covering 6,500 acres (2,600 ha). Before it was dammed in the early 1900s and then incorporated into the Columbia Basin Project, Moses Lake was a smaller, salty, shallow lake. One of its early names was "Salt Lake".  To the south of the town is the Potholes Wildlife reservation that has a number of seep lakes and vast amounts of migratory birds and other fauna natural to the area..Columbia Basin Project seep
Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake The length of Franklin D. Roosevelt is over 150 miles, extending from, The width of the lake generally varies from one half to one miles.
Lake Wallula Lake Wallula, stretching more than 50 miles in length with an average width of one mile.
Palouse hills The Palouse hills are 4983ft tall at its highest point. They are located near the Blue Mountains. The Palouse hills extend into Oregon and also in to Idaho.
Rattlesnake Hill Rattlesnake hill is 3629ft tall at its highest peak. It is located in Yakima valley.
Horse Heaven Hills Horse heaven hill is located near Yakima. It is 4327ft tall at the highest point and is estimated to be 7,000 to 12,000 yeas old.
Elderberry Rocky Mountain Maple Leaves Tall Oregon Grape
Green Rabbit-Brush is a freely branched shrub. Also in 20-120cm tall.
Highly toxic, buttercups were once used by Native Americans for poison on spear tips and to poison coyotes that ate their smoked meat supply. Highly toxic, buttercups were once used by Native Americans for poison on spear tips and to poison coyotes that ate their smoked meat supply.
These flowers mock the orange tree blossoms so that animals don’t eat them. Real orange blossoms will make the animal sick.
These cacti go through a These cacti go through a dormant stage where the plant shrinks and retains water. Unlike other cacti, they can become dormant and survive in climates where there is lots of snow Hedgehog Cactus
The Blue Mountains are characterized by a broad uplift, reaching elevations of more than 6,000 feet above sea level. In the Blue Mountains, Grande Ronde Basalt lavas of the Columbia River Basalt Group were extruded from northwest-trending fissures. Dikes now represent the locations of these vents
Even so, among the rolling hills of eastern Washington's desert, Red Mountain's sloping hillside is a prominent landmark, storing radiant heat for the growing vines of the valley floor. The Yakima River flows nearby, helping moderate climate extremes, as do so many major rivers in wine country regions throughout the world.
In the North Cascade Mountains, rising to an elevation 10,778 feet (Washington third largest peak), sits glorious Mt. Baker. Back in 1998-99 winter season Mt. Baker set the United States record of the most snow fall in a single season at 1,140 inches.
The Columbia River is a 1,200 mile river beginning in the Canadian Rockies and emptying into the Pacific Ocean. Some Native Americans call this river Nichi-wana which means The Big River before the inhibition of the white man the Columbia River was of great importance to the Native Americans and wildlife that lived off of the riverThe Big River
The Snake River originates in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, at 9,500 feet and winds through southern Idaho before turning north to form the boundary between Idaho and Oregon. It joins the Columbia River at Columbia River Mile (RM) 325, near Pasco, Washington, at 340 feet in elevation and 1,036 miles from its source. The Snake River is the largest tributary of the Columbia River, with a total drainage area about the size of the State of Oregon. Lewis and Clark traveled down the Snake and reached the Columbia River on October 16, 1805. The men set up camp on a point where the Snake meets the Columbia, today the location of the Sacajawea State Park.Columbia RiverPasco, WashingtonSacajawea State Park
Our State tree is the western hemlock Tamaracks can be found in high elevations. There are 115 different types of pines. Western cedars can grow 130-200 feet in the wild. Junipers grow low to the ground and don’t get very tall. An evergreen tree is gymnosperm conifer, a tree that keeps its leaves through all seasons and has seed- bearing cones instead of nuts or flowers.. Our forest have been in decline over the last 20 years because we are cutting them down faster than we plant them.
Approximately 21 million acres in Washington are forested. Eighteen million acres are classified at "timberland" of which two million are dedicated to non timber production such as parks and wilderness areas. Major owners of Washington commercial forest lands from National forests (federal) - 5 million acres Tribal-owned forest land - 1.38 million acres Timber industry owned lands - 4.61 million acres Non-industrial private forest landowners (also referred to small forest land owners and small tree farmers) - 2.96 million acres State and local - 2.23 million acres
Snoqualmie River Valley It hosts runs of winter and summer steelhead as well as four species of Pacific Salmon. Silvers and pink salmon with a few Chinook and chum joining the mix. The Snoqualmie hosts an excellent run of sea-run cutthroat which are available from August until high water raises the river in late fall. The Snoqualmie River is a 45- mile long river in King County and Snohomish County
Cowlitz River Valley Fish in this river valley Steelhead Salmon 105 miles in length and has three major hydroelectric dams.
Satsop River Valley The Satsop river provides good to excellent winter steelhead (Dec - March) as well as some good summer steelhead fishing. Good cutthroat fishing can also be found here from July thru Oct. Silvers can be caught here from Nov into Feb. Satsop joins the Chehalis River 3 miles south of the community of Satsop. The Satsop river valley is 48.5 miles long.
o When there is little or no rain in Thurston or Grays Harbor counties, but heavy rain in Lewis and Pacific counties this causes flooding to occur later than normal. o When heavy rain falls in Grays Harbor County, but not in Thurston or Lewis counties, feeder streams can fill the Chehalis and cause water to "back up" into Thurston County. Chinook salmon Coho Length 115 mi (185 km)
Newaukum River valley The word Newaukum means “big prairie” The Newaukum river flows 10.9 miles before emptying into the Chehalis. The word Newaukum means “big prairie” The Newaukum river flows 10.9 miles before emptying into the Chehalis.
Vegetation in Western Washington Bigleaf Maple Bitter Cherry Black Cottonwood Black Hawthorn Cascara Douglas’ Maple Grand fir Orange Honeysuckle Hairy honeysuckleTrailing Blackberries
Floods of the River Valleys IN 2007 The Chehalis river Valley flooded into the town of Chehalis causing major damage to the roadways. In 2009 the Newaukum River Valley flooded at 2pm on a Wednesday. In 2009 the Satsop River Valley flooded at 8:30 am on January 7 th followed by the Snoqualmie River Flood. In the winter of 2009 the Cowlitz flooded causing roads to be unusable.
THE ISLANDS OF WASHINGTON…. The San Juan consists of deep green forests and sparkling clear water. SAN JUAN ISLANDS Count on temperatures around 70° in the summer and 40° in the winter. Orca Whales can be seen swimming from the shore. Summer in Washington’s San Juan Islands is all about the weather, whales, and water. The Olympic Peninsula’s rain shadow effect (basically, the mountains block rain-producing weather systems) produces dry, clear, comfortable days on the San Juan’s islands……
Ocean: The temperature of the Pacific Ocean to the west stays fairly constant year-around, about 55° F (13° C). The ocean acts as a vast heat-sink moderating temperatures in western Washington. Warm winters (40's and 50's F, 4-14° C) and cool summers (60's and 70's F, 18-25° C) are the norm on Fidalgo Island. Bringing rain, moderating temperatures and delivering storms, the ocean is the major influence on climate in the Pacific Northwest US Beginning around 18,000 years ago, these islands were sculpted by the Cordilleran ice sheet. The soil left behind is called Vashon till: sand, rocks and clay. It is similar to the glacial moraines seen in mountains ISLAND COUNTY
Precipitation amounts range from 16 to 200 inches a year. Most areas within this climatic region receive 30 to 60 inches. Much of the moisture falls from October to May. Summer temperatures are mild, normally ranging from 65 to 85 degrees. Temperatures may occasionally reach the high 90s. Winter temperatures are mild and range from 35 to 55 degrees. Temperatures below 32 degrees are rare. And subzero readings are uncommon.
This is a Vine Maple, it is native to Western Washington. This is a Cascara branch in the fall. This is Bleeding heart in full bloom. Shrub Tree Groundcover This is Yellow monkey-flower, it is in full bloom. Groundcover This is a Slough sledge. Grass-Like Vine This is an Orange Honeysuckle
Columbia Plateau The Columbia Plateau lies across Washington, Oregon and part of Idaho. It is a basalt plateau between the Rocky Mountains and the Cascade Range and it is cut by the Columbia River. Some of the cities located in this plateau lies across parts of the U.S. states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.  It is a wide flood basalt plateau between the Cascade Range and the Rocky Mountains, cut through by the Columbia River.U.S. statesWashingtonOregonIdaho flood basaltCascade RangeRocky MountainsColumbia River
Base elevation - 820 ft. Summit elevation – 10,000 ft. Vertical elevation – 460 ft. Many of the Cascade peaks rise to an elevation of 5,000 to 8,000 feat above sea level. Information of Cascade Mountain’s In the North Cascade Mountains, rising to an elevation 10,778 feet (Washington third largest peak),
About one hundred to one hundred fifty miles east of where the Pacific Ocean pounds the edge of the North American continent, a 700-mile stretch of playground runs from southern British Columbia, the length of Washington state and Oregon, and into northern California. Known as the Cascade Mountain range, it is comprised of more than a dozen major peaks - many exceeding 10,000 feet in height - and many smaller mountains and buttes in California. The Cascades
Climate The western slope of the Cascade mountains has a high climate above 3,000 feet. The lower elevation has a west coast marine climate. The highland climate can change very quickly. As storms push in from the Pacific, thick clouds form and release heavy rain or snow.
Weather The state of the atmosphere at a given time and place, with respect to variables such as temperature, moisture, wind velocity
Olympic Peninsula & West Coast Olympic Peninsula & West Coast Average annual temperatures High °F Low °F Place 58 44 Aberdeen 59 41 Clearwater 59 42 Forks 58 41 Friday Harbor, San Juan Island 58 44 Grayland 57 43 Long Beach 55 45 Port Angeles
Average temperatures of the year!! San Juan Islands, Puget Sound & South Average temperatures for the year High °F Low °F 60 44 Anacortes 58 42 Bellingham 60 44 Bremerton 61 43 Everett 62 43 Longview 58 42 Olga, Orcas Island 61 41 Olympia 59 45 Port Townsend 61 46 Seattle 62 45 Tacoma 62 42 Vancouver
Climate The meteorological conditions, including temperature, precipitation, and wind, that characteristically prevail in a particular region.
West coast marine Climate Mild and plenty of moisture throughout the year. Precipitation 16 to 200 inches per year. Most areas receive 30 to 60 in. Summer temperatures raging 65 to 85 degrees.
Highland climate Summers are short and winters are long cold and wet Precipitation from September to June received a total of 1124 in. of snow between November 1 1998 and May 12 1999.
By, Melissa Gray Western Washington’s Coastal Plain
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