Seattle has been showing off with its best Blue Friday performance of the season.
Looks like Mother Nature wanted to show off a bit as well.
A thin fog -- only a few hundred feet high, if that, settled in over Downtown Seattle Friday evening, making for some dramatic scenes around the Emerald City. We sent Air 4 up for a look and the views were breathtaking.
The following video is a three-hour timelapse of the afternoon and evening fog crunched into 45 seconds, as seen from our Queen Anne tower cam.
And here is another time lapse video of the fog hugging the Space Needle, courtesy of Tim Durkan:
Amidst all the chaos of the Seahawks amazing NFC Championship comeback, there was a tornado that touched down in Gig Harbor Sunday afternoon. I was actually quite surprised anyone noticed it since I figured everyone was glued to the TVs, but it turns out tornados are in fact something that can be louder than the 12th Man.
The tornado touched down around 2:18 p.m. about 4 miles West/Southwest of Gig Harbor, and lasted 4.1 miles -- pretty impressive for a Northwest tornado. It crossed the Gig Harbor waterway and finally dissipated around 2:30 p.m. shortly after making landfall again just past the Gig Harbor public boat launch.
Northwest photographer Don Jensen has found more beauty in the skies with his camera.
His latest project took him up to "Poo Poo Point" on Tiger Mountain on a cold, mostly clear night in late December to see what he could find from the spot that offers a sweeping view from Sea-Tac in the distance, to Issaquah below.
The United States is about to take a big leap forward in its ability to forecast the weather. Word came Monday that NOAA will indeed be getting two new super computers that will greatly enhance the computing power of our forecasting models.
The way computer models work is that we take weather observations from around the globe from various sources -- such as weather instruments on the ground, ships at sea, weather balloons, satellites, pilot reports, etc. All that data then gets fed into the computer, and using what we know about how the planet and dynamics work, we apply incredibly complex mathematical equations to that data to try and figure out how the conditions right now will change over time.
Whistler is already quite the beautiful place in winter, but the sun kicked it up a few notches during Archana Bhat's trip up there last week.
The photo above captures a who's who of sun-related halo and arcs. You've got sundogs (also known as parhelia) on each side, half of a "22° halo" (the half-circle that connects the two sundogs), and a sun pillar in the middle.
SEATTLE -- December in Seattle may have begun and ended in the 20s, but in between were a whole lot of 50 degree days -- and even a couple in the 60s, and it was enough for us to set the record for warmest December since records have been kept at Sea-Tac Airport (1945).
The average high temperature for the month was 50.2 degrees, breaking the old record of 49.8 degrees set in 1976. (We may climb to 50.3 depending on Wednesday's final high temperature). The city also broke the record for warmest average overall temperature (45.3 degrees, record 45.2 in 1969).