The story of the two snowboarders that eventually were rescued on Mt Rainier this week has a lesson in it for all of us. The lesson is PLEASE use the accurate
forecasts available today to plan outside activities, especially ones that
could potentially prove deadly.
I checked at the forecast from Saturday morning and it clearly showed a
significant storm moving into Western Washington on Sunday during the day with
strong winds and snow on Mt. Rainier.
The snowboarders get kudos for keeping their heads and surviving, but
deserve failing grades for not using or paying attention to the forecast.
The Atmospheric Sciences Department at the UW has a wonderful site that has loads of information from current conditions to long-range forecasts (http://www.atmos.washington.edu/data/).
I’ll be happy to help anyone that drops in to our Enumclaw flower shop with
understanding the website.
Life is too precious to waste it.