Not that we really missed it, but the large 'blob' of warm waters off the Pacific Coast is strengthening again, and the main reason why the forecasts have been steadfast in maintaining our persistently warm weather patterns, according to University of Washington Atmospheric Sciences professor Cliff Mass.
The original 'blob' -- the moniker the UW weather department has given it -- has been there since the fall of 2013. It had faded a little bit last fall, but here it comes again.
The mystery surrounding a white, milky rain that fell across Eastern Washington and parts of Oregon and Idaho in early February has finally been solved, definitively.
Actually, it's more of a confirmation that the leading theory was correct -- a bit of a fluke in a strong wind storm over a dry lake bed, an unusual wind pattern, and then a whole lot of rain.
They're tough to get in the summertime here due to our shorter periods of darkness, but the Northern Lights managed an appearance last night!
Liem Bahneman captured this time lapse video from the Mukilteo pier. These photos are using time-expsoure, but he said they were visible to the naked eye for a solid three hours:
WASHINGTON (State & D.C.) - With 26 days of dry weather around here in May, it might surprise you to learn that last month just went down as the wettest on record for the contiguous United States, according to federal meteorologists.
On average, 4.36 inches of rain and snow - mostly rain - fell over the Lower 48 in May, sloshing past October 2009 which had been the wettest month in U.S. records with 4.29 inches. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration records go back to 1895.
All of the press this year has been focusing on Seattle's long stretch of warm weather dating back several months now, but in case you hadn't noticed, it hasn't been raining as often either.
While Seattle sits somewhat close to normal for annual rainfall as far as measured rain goes, we've been doing it with much fewer rainy days.
I've found even when you take a couple weeks off, the weather blog material still flows into the ol' email (along with thousands of other emails. 3,797 emails awaited my return! E-gad.)
So much like Thanksgiving leftovers, here are a few tidbits that probably would have been posted in the blog had someone been here to write them.
Another month has changed, but the story of our stubborn weather pattern… hasn't. And signs say Western Washington has among the best chances in the nation to stay warm for a long time.
May went down as the 15th consecutive month with above average temperatures in Seattle, checking in at 59.1 degrees, 3.1 degrees above normal and the 5th warmest May on record.
If that sounds familiar, then (A) you really read my blog a lot and (B) you have a great memory, because (stay with me here) it’s the third consecutive year it's been the 5th warmest May on record. The year we replaced was… 2014, which was also at 59.1 degrees, which last year replaced 2013 as the 5th warmest May, now the 7th-warmest May. (If you followed all that, you are now qualified to calculate "OPS" in baseball statistics.)
If this looks rather strange for a rainbow, it's because it's not quite a rainbow...
Instead, this photo by Larry Rogers in Cle Elum depicts a "fog bow."
They're sometimes mistaken for aliens, but really, it's just a sign rain might be on the way.
Luke Meyers just recently published this time lapse video of a rather strange-looking lenticular cloud over Mt. Rainier last March. It's a good illustration of how they form -- the clouds look stationary but there's quite a bit of movement in them as air rises just enough to saturate, then dries enough as it sinks to "go invisible" again.
NOTE: Story orignally posted May 8, 2013
The first week of May is probably better known around here as the Opening Day of Boating Season but did you also know it's when we kick off the fire rainbow season?
Fire rainbows, or more officially (and more boringly) known as "circumhorizonal arcs" are caused by ice crystals in the thin, distant clouds being at just the correct angle to refract the sunlight into the colors of the prism.
Ron Glowen, now of Arlington, Wash., just sent me these photos that were taken in June of 2006 while visiting his hometown of Spokane.
Not sure I've ever seen a photograph that captures the beauty and power of weather in one singular shot.
Snohomish's Benjamin Jurkovich, part of the JWSevere Weather Chasing Team has been out storm chasing in the Midwest for the past few weeks and he's had his share of twisters, super cells, and other images that define Tornado Alley in the spring.
But this one he got near Wiley, Colorado Saturday afternoon might be the most unique in his portfolio -- a tornado at the same time as a rainbow.
As sunshine and 70s become more common this time of year, so do the spontaneous trips out to enjoy the warmth out on the water. And with that comes the busiest time of the year for water rescuers.
Sadly, May is the month with the highest amount of water-related fatalities in the Northwest and this year is no different.
When one (or two) rainbows just won't do, head to Orcas Island during a rain storm.
At least that was the case Monday evening when Donna Means snapped this photo showing three rainbows!
Three rainbows? Aren't those super, super rare?