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Hydrologic Outlook issued February 13 at 2:55PM PST until February 14 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...MILD, WET, AND BREEZY CONDITIONS MAY LEAD TO STREAM RISES... AN UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE WEEKEND AND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK. EXPECT RISING SNOW LEVELS AND MILD TEMPERATURES LEADING TO MELTING OF THE MID AND LOW ELEVATION SNOW. THE SNOW MELT IN COMBINATION WITH RAIN MAY LEAD TO RISES ON MANY OF THE AREA`S STREAMS. TEMPERATURES ON MONDAY...TUESDAY AND

Tonight

Lo33° Rain Likely and Patchy Fog

Sunday

Hi47° Patchy Fog then Cloudy

Sunday Night

Lo39° Mostly Cloudy

Washington's Birthday

Hi56° Partly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo41° Mostly Cloudy

Tuesday

Hi54° Partly Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo40° Mostly Cloudy

Wednesday

Hi47° Chance Showers

Wednesday Night

Lo38° Chance Rain

Thursday

Hi46° Slight Chance Showers

Memorial

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I went to the Leavenworth Ski Hill late last month to photograph a memorial ski run to honor the three men who were caught up and killed in an avalanche on Stevens Pass. I wasn't sure what to expect but I had read that at the end of the memorial, skiers would be coming down the hill with lights of some kind. I had photographed a similar scene at Mission Ridge on a New Years Eve celebration but it had been about 20 years ago. I looked up some lens and camera setting information and headed to Leavenworth.

First, I tried making pictures of the memorial around the lodge but the lighting was just terrible as you can see so I looked for some other type of light source - candles and fire.

Then scoped out a location to photograph the ski run. I wanted to concentrate on an overall photograph, using a tripod, with a long exposure. There was a little panic at first as the ski hill lights remained on but eventually they were turned off. I tried getting people in the foreground but having to make a 45 second or so exposure meant they were generally moving around too much and I'd just have an indistinguishable black blob of a silhouette. So I moved my setup off to the side of the lodge with a tree hiding a large light that was producing lens flare. Then I made about a dozen exposures, waiting for some of the lights to make the entire journey down the hill.

The next morning, the Associated Press picked up the photograph that I just learned won the Washington State AP photo of the month for February.