As I stared at my Twitter feed blowing up on Thursday with excited Tweets about potential snow -- for the following Tuesday -- it really dawned on me just how things have changed in the meteorology field over the past 10-20 years. We're publically talking about a marginal snow event -- in Seattle -- already? When it's still five days away?!?!?
Fog and sunrise: it's a lovely combination around Seattle.
Michael Reid of Mike Reid Photography was in the perfect spot Friday morning to get this video (shown above) of the sun rising as a layer of fog was draped over Downtown Seattle.
SEATTLE -- It's probably the first time in several months an update to the long range seasonal forecasts hasn't been met with total dread by skiers, snowboarders, and anyone else who is a fan of a snowy winter.
That's probably because November has been kind to snow lovers so far with a parade of storms that have brought enough mountain snow for some ski resorts to open before Thanksgiving!
Scott's Note: In the original text, I erroneously crowned White Pass the wind champ at 119 mph, but it turns out I didn't run Mission Ridge's data back far enough. Lo and behild, they hit an eye-popping 137 mph gust Tuesday evening!
The Olympic Mountains may be home to Hurricane Ridge, but it was some of the Cascade ridges that took on hurricane-force winds during Tuesday's windstorm.
As an intense low pressure system passed by just to the north, it created an incredible pressure difference along the eastside of the Cascades, bringing triple-digit wind speeds to some spots.
SEATTLE -- November is traditionally the rainiest month in Seattle, and 2015 is sure following suit.
Through early on November 15, the month has already collected over 6.5 inches of rain -- already filling the typical monthly average (6.57") with still half a month to go.
Both Friday (1.32") and Saturday (1.86") were the second-wettest November 13th and 14th (respectively) on record in Seattle, and Sunday November 15 was already approaching another inch of rain.
Saturday will be remembered a soaker of a day, registering the second-wettest November 14th on record with 1.86" of rain in Seattle.
It was also the first time since Feb. 1 -- yes, the day of the Super Bowl -- that Seattle failed to reach 50 degrees (getting a high of 49 just after midnight, the cooling from there.)
Think of all the weather stories your dad or granddad told you were a kid about how difficult it was.
Probably had nothing on what Des Moines, Iowa had on Wednesday. We've joked during our own storms about needing "weather bingo" to account for all the different events. We lose.
The morning started simple enough: Cloudy skies gave out a little drizzle. Temperatures in the mid 50s warmed into the low 60s at lunch. Clouds were pretty low and thick, but winds were only blowing at 15 mph.
"If you have never had a chance to stand on top of the clouds, put it on your list."
So says local photographer Don Jensen, who earlier this year got to spend a night doing just that, and the results were incredible.
Why would a pack of mules be carrying weather equipment up into the Olympic National Park this October? It's all in the name of weather research!
NASA has undertaken an ambitious research project this fall and winter called OLYMPEX (Olympic Mountains Experiment) to cover the Olympic Peninsula -- even its most remote locations -- with all sorts of weather instrument goodies in an effort to help NASA calibrate some new advanced weather satellites.
GIG HARBOR, Wash. -- It's a bit early for the snow season around here, but Gig Harbor got enough hail Sunday evening to at least catch a glimpse.
Most times when you see a video of the Northern Lights, it's in time lapse so you can get a better idea of the shimmering waves of color.
Not this time -- not needed.
Check out this video taken over Lake Superior from Marquette, Michigan on Friday night, courtesy of Lake Superior Photo.
News sites (and weather blogs) have been filled with stories about how the raging El Niño in the South-Central Pacific Ocean is set to rival, if not surpass the strongest event on record in 1997 and have accompanied daunting forecasts of what could happen in El Niño years.
For the Pacific Northwest, El Niño years have typically meant warmer and drier winters with less than average mountain snowpacks, and the long range forecasts have been consistently trending that way. So much so that it's become somewhat of a tradition in this weather blog to have cute "Emergency Kitten" video therapy for snow lovers who happen upon the forecast.
Turns out in Auburn, if you're a bird who likes to sleep in, you still won't go hungry.
Crystal Clarity was out for a walk in Auburn Sunday afternoon after the heavy rains that hit on Saturday, only to find a rather gross, slimy situation.
"At first, we didn't know what to make of it. There were so many of these odd, pink clumps all over the sidewalk. From a distance, it looked like raw hamburger," she said.
"But once we got close, we realized each of these clumps was actually tens of thousands of intertwined, living worms!"