Chocolate and flowers might be traditional Valentine's Day gifts, but Mother Nature gave a little treat to those up early enough to look out to their north over Puget Sound. And if you weren't up to see it, luckily it was caught on camera.
Greg Johnson of Skunkbayweather.com noticed this rather diffuse rainbow out his window Friday morning -- making it appear more like it was raining colors than a traditional rainbow:
Editor's Note: This story was originally published in Sept. 2012, but I figure it being Valentine's Day, it makes sense to dig it out of the archives...
What's next? Raining candy hearts that say: "Be Mine"?
Twitter user @teirconnel snapped this photo of a heart-shaped sunbreak over North Tacoma in late July. (Cue the, "awwww".)
While that was neat, what made it interesting was that another heart recently popped up in a photo around here. This one is a heart-shape cloud as seen from Mukilteo, taken by Dewana Lennon:
The National Weather Service doesn't usually resort to dire language when giving forecasts for storms -- the two most famous examples I can think of are Hurricane Katrina and SuperStorm Sandy.
But NWS forecasters in the southeast are making no bones about the severity of an ice storm that is pushing into Georgia and parts of South Carolina.
These snippets are from the 3:39 a.m. forecast discussion on Feb. 12 from the National Weather Service office near Atlanta:
Seattle is going to try to accomplish a daunting feat: Make up for a fairly dry autumn and winter by pouring nearly non stop for two weeks in February.
Watching the forecast models for the next two weeks suggests the rain that returned earlier this week is going to stick around in the forecast for quite some time.
Skiers always get excited when we weather forecasters talk about "boatloads of snow coming to the Cascades" but the forecast for this upcoming week is so promising, simple "boatloads" is an understatement.
How about "tens of thousands of boatloads"?
Just for fun, I wanted to see a rough guesstimate (emphasis on "rough"...and "guess" for that matter) of just how many boatloads of snow it would take to match the expected snow totals through the weekend.