There are a number of reasons fall and winter are my favorite times of the year, but this is one of the biggies: the amazing Mt. Rainier sunrises.
In late fall and into early winter, the sun rises in just the right spot on our horizon to where if there is a mid-to-high level cloud layer, Mt. Rainier casts its large shadow into the sky. It can make for a rather dramatic start to the day!
The photo above was taken by Luke Meyers. And there are more in our photo gallery taken from other spots around the Puget Sound region today. (Looks like there's a lenticular cloud on there to boot on a few other photos!)
El Nino may be struggling to keep a foothold in the Pacific Ocean, but the long range forecasts from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center are still sticking with their consistent theme of increased odds of a warmer and drier winter.
So far, the maps have been relatively accurate. At least in Seattle we are running counter to November's forecast from last month that was saying warmer than normal -- with the chilly nights of late we're trending about a degree cooler than normal, although really that cold pattern went away about five days ago and chilly air has been trapped at the surface with the inversion -- the atmosphere just above ground level has been fairly warm.
As parts of greater Buffalo area deal with a historic lake-effect snow storm, other parts have barely enough for a decent snowman.
An intense, but relatively narrow band of lake-effect snow unleashed a relentless attack on Erie County that seemed to cut Buffalo into half with the haves (south side) and have nots (north side). (See radar animation here).
Some snow totals from Tuesday are difficult to fathom with a spotter 4 miles south of Cheektowaga (An eastern suburb of Buffalo) reporting 65 inches of snow while Lancaster, NY, just a few miles farther east, had 63 inches.
When residents of western New York say it's the most snow they've seen in a while, that's… quite a bit of snow. Sort of akin to someone from Duluth saying it's mighty chilly outside.
A massive lake-effect snow has dumped several inches to feet of snow across parts of the region adjacent to the eastern shores of Lake Erie, including shutting down a major freeway and stranding about 150 people on the road -- some for nearly 24 hours.
How much snow? Some reports near Buffalo had 5 feet of snow -- FEET! As in, 60 inches of snow and more on the way.
How much more snow? The National Weather Service in Buffalo says another 2 feet will likely fall again with a second event on Thursday, pushing some areas close to 6-8 feet of snow.
Don Jensen, whose work has been featured a number of times in my blog, has just released his latest time lapse video called "Darkness."
"The night sky can be amazing. And one of the coolest things about it, is how the moon effects that sky," he wrote on his Vimeo page. "I wanted to do a video that really captures the eloquence of the moonlit sky. So with that, I present "Darkness," a monochrome view of the night sky."
With all the hype over the big storm off Alaska's (far) west coast and the talk of the impending arctic doom and gloom heading toward the Midwest this week being blamed on this storm, you might think the photo above is current -- or a forecast of how much snow is about to fall out there.
If Sesame Street's Count was an Alaska meteorologist, he'd have to have quite a bit of hot tea handy, because his voice was going to run out long before he could count down to the central pressure of a major storm brewing off the Aleutians.
The storm, which is currently the remnants of Super Typhoon Nuri, is expected to undergo a change to a non-tropical storm and then experience explosive development when it taps into some colder air in the Bering Sea and become among the stronger non-tropical weather systems recorded in the Pacific Ocean.