I live north of Bellingham, where it seems to be warmer than anywhere else...with winds from the northeast. Is this a summer 'noreaster'?

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by Jeff Renner

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Posted on August 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I live north of Bellingham, where it seems to be warmer than anywhere else...with winds from the northeast. Is this a summer 'noreaster'?

Our warmest weather in western Washington occurs when high pressure sits to the north and east of Puget Sound, with a zone of lower pressure (called a thermal, or heat, trough) sits along the coast. Because air moves from high to low pressure (though not directly in most cases), than generates northeasterly winds (remember winds are named for the direction the air is moving from!) That wind direction also causes winds to move downslope over the Cascades, which warm as they descend and move toward the west. It's not really called a 'nor'easter', famous for creating stormy weather along the east coast...but the wind certainly does move from that general direction.

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