Wuthering weather is kind of a duplicitous word pair. Wuthering is a Yorkshire word referring to turbulent weather. So maybe the title of this post ought to be simply "Wuthering." Maybe Withering Wuthering? Whatever.
The current NWS AFD has some pretty stark language in it. Here are the relevant excerpts from the Weather Wonk capital letter psychobabble:
WET CONDITIONS RETURN TO PORTIONS OF EASTERN IDAHO TODAY AS A PACIFIC SYSTEM SLIDES INTO THE REGION. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST TO PRODUCE LOCALLY HEAVY RAINS TODAY. SMALL HAIL AND GUSTY WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. SO NEXT 48 HOURS VERY RAINY. TEMPERATURES COOL TO 20 TO 35 DEG F BELOW NORMAL. THIS COULD ALSO PRODUCE SNOW ACCUMULATION...UNSTABLE MOIST AIR COULD LEAD TO SOME HEAVY DOWNPOURS ON ALREADY SATURATED SOIL THAT MAY EXACERBATE CURRENT MAIN STEM FLOODING ALONG THE UPPER SNAKE RIVER SYSTEM...SO HAVE ISSUED FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF THE FORECAST AREA.
Sounds real cheery, eh? It's definitely "wuthering" in the sense the word was used on the Elizabethan Yorkshire moors. At least we're not going to be camped in it until next Tuesday night. We have the distinct pleasure of watching this Withering Wuthering Whatever Weather from the cozy confines of a real house with a gas heater!
A phrase we coined recently and used a lot on our most recent wet trip: "This ain't no smore weather" eventually morphed into "Smore no more, watch it pour."
In the three graphics below, you will see the situation. The jetstream is almost perfectly zonal and taking bulls-eye aim right at Idaho. Meanwhile, there is a very ample and large supply of water vapor being entrained from Siberia and, to some degree from the Asian subtropics. It looks like we will be getting breaks every now and then but until this pattern changes the predominant forecast will be simple: Wet, wet, wet and, oh by the way, did we tell you it is going to be wet?
Since wuthering already means turbulent weather I suggest you rename your weather reports "wuthering phsychobabble".
It's hard to imagine a weather forecaster from NOAA or NWS using the word "exacerbate" in a sentence about the weather report. But there it was in print. Simply amazing. I bet that person could be in a spelling bee and actually win!
If it's any comfort it is raining in Boise. It always rains on Wednesday in Boise in the later spring and early summer because there is an event called "Alive at Five" with music every Wednesday downtown outside. And virtually every Wednesday it rains so it gets cancelled. Maybe they should move it to Tuesday. But I bet the weather gods would laugh and move the rain to Tuesday.
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