What Makes A Sea Breeze?

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By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - Seabreezes are most common along the coast and near Puget Sound during the summer months. They occur because the sun heats the land much quicker than it will heat the water. As the heat rises from the land, the air from the cooler Pacific Ocean will rush in to replace the rising air.

Around here, that usually translates to an afternoon westerly breezy along the coast and through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, keeping summertime temperatures in the mid-upper 60s. In Seattle, it comes as a north breeze and tends to keep us in the low-mid 70s -- some of the best weather days Seattle sees during the year, if you're a sun fan.

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These images were taken Sunday, December 14 with a Nikon D3100 and an Explore Scientific ED127 (Moon) and ED80 (M42
and M31).
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The images of M42 (Orion) and M31 (Andromeda) are short
stacks (lights only) taken Sunday evening with an Explore
Scientific ED80 (wide angle) telescope and a Nikon D3100 DSLR. The image of the moon was taken with an Explore Scientific ED127 (5-inch) refractor.