As dry weather returns this weekend and temperatures soar past 80 for what will be at least the 46th time, the brilliant sun glare may be preventing you from seeing the cliff we're about to fall off.
Some years, such as this one, summer can hang on with all its might, clinging-- nay, clawing into the dirt, refusing to give up. But in the Pacific Northwest, the period from early September to late October represents the wildest change in weather during the year.
We've all heard how it's been such a hot summer. And you've likely been reading about how the Pacific Northwest is expected to maintain a warmer than normal autumn and winter.
UW Atmospheric Sciences professor Cliff Mass just did an excellent blog post showing why we're expected to be so warm. In a nutshell, Mass says a persistent ridge of high pressure last fall that kept the storms away also keep the ocean from churning very much, which is needed to mix in some cooler water from the depths of the ocean.
Most longtime locals know the drill: It rains often in Seattle but as far as quantity, Seattle is nowhere near the top of the charts.
Now there’s a handy interactive chart that helps illustrate this fact.
A strong solar storm is in progress, and for those ever hoping to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, its timing couldn't be better.
Spaceweather.com says not one, but two coronal mass ejections (CMEs -- fancy word for solar flares) erupted and came hurtling toward Earth.
The first one has already passed, but the second one is in progress which means Friday night could see a display of the Northern Lights. It's a near slam dunk for the higher latitudes but even our area has a chance to get a peek if the stars align.
I would think being an astronaut living on the International Space Station would find a new sight each day in the cosmos to be in sheer wonder.
Friday brought a rare sight to NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman -- something he says never happens and he had a front row seat.
A galaxy supernova? Not quite; seen it before.
Rain on the moon? That would qualify but still no need for meteorologists there.
No, while it was weather-related, it had to do with our own Pacific Northwest: