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March-April 2015

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Anyone who has watched weather forecasts on television in the United States has probably noticed that weather in the Pacific Ocean is often referred to but never shown. The left sides of national weather maps are commonly cut off about 100 miles off the Washington coast. It's ironic, because a significant amount of weather that reaches North America originates from these vast waters. In this issue, we will dive in and head west into the deep Pacific and see what kinds of elements matter to a forecaster. We'll also look at it in detail during its stormiest season: wintertime.

TIM VASQUEZ is a former Air Force forecaster and author of Digital Atmosphere, a weather forecasting software program. He lives near Norman, Oklahoma, where he keeps busy as a weather consultant and software developer.

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