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Big Apple needs a big umbrella

Big Apple needs a big umbrella

New York City has turned into "Seattle east" this spring, with a relentless rainy pattern parked over the Northeast and turning what should be their warming spring-into-summer pattern more reminiscent of a Seattle autumn.

So far in June, it has rained on 22 of the 28 days in New York. To put that into perspective, Seattle has gone at least a full year without having 22 wet days in a month -- yes, even including November, December and January.

This comes on the heels of a May that saw 13 days of rain, including a 7-day rain streak. Not to be outdone, June brought an 8-day streak, good for fourth longest ever there.

We have to go back to mid March to look how long it took us to accumulate 35 days of rain.

Other Random Notes:

The park area known as Petrified Forest in Arizona had a strange day on Thursday. In the morning, they set a record for the warmest low temperature for the date with a 70 degree reading. But later that afternoon, they set a record for coldest high temperature for the date at 78 degrees.

Guess the thermometer is used to a greater workout around there :)

Also in the interesting weather bin -- did you hear Honolulu, Hawaii had a recent stretch of record-breaking heat? Actually, perhaps not.

It turns out after breaking record high after record high, observers got suspicious and checked the calibration on the thermometer at Honolulu's airport. Turns out, it was consistently registering 2-4 degrees too warm.

But in a controversial move, the National Weather Service is going to keep those new records and not toss out the data.

More on that here.

(Thanks again to UW Research Meteorologist Mark Albright for the Arizona and Hawaii tidbits.)

Another Good Time Lapse

Recent weather news has messed up the traditional Time Lapse Fridays, but since it's summer, there hasn't been much to look at.

However, the video from last Thursday was pretty amazing from Silverdale -- note the lenticular clouds flowing over the Olympics and how the air is in motion, yet the cloud itself seems stationary. Take a look!