In certain countries in far away Asia, the weather is either hot or cold, wet or dry, sunny or cloudy. But some geographical pockets across the globe are not content to describe weather conditions in such minimalist fashion. They have sophisticated tools to predict the weather, measure the elements, and pay attention to the finer details that would normally bore an individual who lives in a place where weather talk is worse than small talk.
What’s the weather like in Burbank? At least, Burbank has not figured in wide media coverage due to a hurricane or a forest fire. Thank goodness. It does not mean, however, that it does not get its share of weather watch alerts.
Take today, for instance (I am writing this in Winter!). We spotted this online alert for Burbank a few minutes ago, courtesy of the government weather web site of Pendleton:
•A freeze warning in effect from 10 tonight until 10 am tomorrow, Monday,
•Wind advisory is also in effect until 9:00 tonight,
•Windy conditions will prevail, owing to a cold front that will be passing the area today, carrying northwest winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts of 50 to 55 miles per hour in lower areas of the Columbia basin,
•Conclusion: driving may be difficult especially for high profile vehicles
What in heaven’s name are high profile vehicles, anyway? And what’s this business about particulates?
There’s absolutely nothing to worry about. Burbank won’t be in the news tomorrow just because of these advisories. In fact, at the end of the warning, they simply encouraged residents to bring potted plants indoors or at least cover them, which is typical this time of the year. The possibility of a human being getting frostbite and frozen toes and fingers is as remote as flying saucers.
We have yet to hear about weather dramatics in Burbank, and like the lay of the land, the weather is friendly, harmless and at times playful. That playfulness is demonstrated by the continuing presence of gusty winds. If you take this week’s forecast, for example, you’ll realize that there may be some blowing dust, a lot of sun on Monday with highs of 43 to 48. They’re predicting more sun on Tuesday but cloudy and a chance of rain the rest of the week.
Now about those particulates – these are merely fine particles that are suspended in the atmosphere and are minuscule in size. They occur in windy places, the winds carrying fine particles of dust. Burbank has these, and the city’s Ecology Department is well-equipped to monitor them. Particulates, in the world of meteorology, are expressed by the acronym PM. Sources include wind-blown dust, volcanoes and forest fires.
Back to weather basics – the average temperature in Burbank, Washington ranges from 30 degrees Fahrenheit in January and climbing steadily throughout the first half of the year, peaking at around 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit in July, and then decreasing gradually for the second half of the year. There are no drastic fluctuations in precipitation throughout the year, and compared to the US average, Burbank’s precipitation is fairly low, with 1 inch during the cooler months (US average 3 inches) and lowest in July ranging from zero to 1 inch (US average 3.5 to 3.8 inches).
As for snow conditions, Burbank registers about 6 to 7 inches of snow during December, January and tapers off beginning February.
All in all, it’s a city where the weather won’t make you cower in fear!