Is the Northwest skipping winter this year?


ASSOCIATED PRESS: Mild temperatures have been the norm in the Northwest, while the Northeast is pounded by a winter storm.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Mild temperatures have been the norm in the Northwest, while the Northeast is pounded by a winter storm.

On Tuesday, meteorologists reported record highs of 61 degrees at Sea-Tac Airport, 63 in Hoquiam, 59 in Bellingham and 65 in Quillayute, Wash., while in northwest Oregon, McMinnville hit a record for the day of 66 degrees. Forecasters said the high pressure ridge responsible for the summerlike weather might weaken enough by today for some clouds and a chance of drizzle. The high pressure is expected to rebuild over the weekend and into next week.

“Typically when there is a big ridge over the West Coast, it happens when there is a big trough over the East Coast. So when they get their bad weather, often we get the good weather,” said Kirby Cook, a meteorologist for the weather service.

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