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Old 08-24-2008, 05:40 PM
 
Location: rain city
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In the Seattle area, Kitsap, can anyone tell me where the convergence zones are?

I know Bothell is one. Every time I've been through there it's raining, but not raining just a couple of miles on either side.

We may move from west Seattle when our lease expires and I don't want to accidentally move to a convergence zone.

I like Bremerton. Is that in a conversion zone?
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Old 08-24-2008, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Sumner, WA
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I've never heard of the Kitsap Peninsula having a convergence zone. But I suppose that if a system was coming from the NW instead of the SW, given the right angle, the Kitsap area could experience a bit of a convergence zone. This is how the South Sound can sometimes end up with this weather phenomena.

I'm making these conclusions based on pics from the link below. It only takes a different direction from where a system is coming.

What is the Puget Sound Convergence Zone? | KOMO News - Seattle, Washington | F.A.Q.
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Old 08-24-2008, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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tudorjason, what a fabulous link you provided! I now understand the convergence zones, and the fact that they have no "boundaries" because they're winds converging, much better than I ever have! Thank you.
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Old 08-24-2008, 08:27 PM
 
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I don't know if Bremerton is in a convergence zone but it seems to get more rain than Seattle.

Rainfall Map of the Pacific Northwest (http://www.sequim.com/maps/rainfall.html - broken link)
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:07 AM
 
Location: WA
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I wonder if the location changes in El Nino vs La Nina years? It seems like it might, since the initial wind angle and strength coming into the Olympic peninsula should change.
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Old 08-26-2008, 12:53 PM
 
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And all this time I thought a conversion zone was a place you entered as a Baptist and emerged as a Mormon.
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:53 PM
 
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And all this time I thought a conversion zone was a place you entered as a Baptist and emerged as a Mormon.
That's close, but up here conversion zones are where you get sent if you don't agree with Mayor Nickels and Ron Simms.
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Old 08-26-2008, 03:05 PM
 
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Default LOL... funny stuff, guys

I always thought conversion zones would be found in the Bible Belt, as well.

In answer to the OP's question, I'm not as sure about Kitsap convergence zones. I do know that in the winter, the West side of the sounds tends to have cold air curl around the Olympics more often, so they'll get snow in Silverdale when it rains in E Puget Sound.

The big rainmaker convergence zone is typically found from about Edmonds north through Everett. There are countless days in Fall/Winter where it will be dry & sunny in Seattle but breezy & threatening, and you can see the wall of dark clouds up to the north. It moves around a bit, but that's it's primary landing spot.

It's been parked dead over Seattle for the last couple of days... maybe due to summer wind patterns. Much nicer out today.
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Old 08-26-2008, 06:47 PM
 
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Before wife and I came here, we never had an appreciation of just how much a coastal mountain range can affect weather. San Juans are in an almost prepetual drought thanks to the Olympics, for example.
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