The mystery surrounding a white, milky rain that fell across Eastern Washington and parts of Oregon and Idaho Friday has a new theory, although I'd call it more of a tweak of the previous theory.
The event coated vehicles and windows in more than 15 cities, including Spokane, the Tri-Cities, and Hermiston, Oregon. Initial thoughts of the source originating as volcanic ash from a distant eruption or debris blown from summer wildfire-scarred terrain were quickly disproven.
One is a bustling ski resort; the other is a major metropolitan area that touches the Atlantic Ocean.
But this year, they're tied in the winter snow season department -- and neither spot is cheering about it.
Update: Further investigation by a Washington State University meteorologist shows the origin of the light-colored dust wasn't from a dust storm northern Nevada, but a dust storm from Oregon's Summer Lake -- also home to very light-colored sands.
Strange things were afoot in Eastern Washington and parts of eastern Oregon and the Idaho panhandle Friday when the day's rain showers left a bit of a milky residue on cars and whatnot.
Social media filled up with photos of the aftermath, with the National Weather Service in Spokane posting a photo of the rather cloudy rain they collected in the rain gauge at their office.
After a few days of sleuthing, meteorologist Greg Koch with the National Weather Service in Spokane has posted a blog on what they think is the likely cause of the strange-colored rain.
In short: Blame Nevada.
We all know it rains a lot in Seattle, but what about when it pours? I mean, REALLY pours. This fall and winter has been one Pineapple Express warm storm after another and while we have managed to dodge a lot of major flooding this season, those whose job it is to protect us from flooding have been busy.
And that includes those at the Army Corps of Engineers -- among the unsung heroes of keeping people and property safe during intense rain storms as they are tasked with, among other things, regulating the amount of water coming through the dam-controlled river flood plains.
Update: The Spokane National Weather Service now has a pretty good theory on what caused the milky rain. Updated story here>>
While it's been a routine, rainy day in Seattle, those over in southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon have had a strange phenomenon: A dirty, milky rain.
Several reports have come in from Spokane, Walla Walla, Pendleton -- and really across much of that region. The rain has left a dirty residue on cars and has flooded social media over there with people wondering what is causing the odd rain.
SEATTLE -- It's been the consistently warm temperatures that have been getting much of the attention in the weather department the past several months, but it looks like dry weather may be starting to fight for some headlines as well, at least according to one researcher.
Utah State graduate student Jason Phelps has been researching the correlations between weather patterns in the West and a slowly oscillating wind high up in the atmosphere that is part of the "Quasi-Biennial Oscillation" or QBO.
Looks like Mother Nature wanted to show off a bit as well.
A thin fog -- only a few hundred feet high, if that, settled in over Downtown Seattle Friday evening, making for some dramatic scenes around the Emerald City.
Nick Barber posted this time lapse video on YouTube of the Boston blizzard that dropped about 30+ inches of snow between 3 p.m. on January 26 to 8 a.m. on January 28.
Sports betting places really pull out all the stops for the Super Bowl -- allowing you not only to just bet on the big game but several different facets of the game.
Most are pretty routine stuff: Number of yards Russell Wilson will throw, who will score more points in the second half, etc.
Amidst all the chaos of the Seahawks amazing NFC Championship comeback, there was a tornado that touched down in Gig Harbor Sunday afternoon. I was actually quite surprised anyone noticed it since I figured everyone was glued to the TVs, but it turns out tornados are in fact something that can be louder than the 12th Man.
The tornado touched down around 2:18 p.m. about 4 miles West/Southwest of Gig Harbor, and lasted 4.1 miles -- pretty impressive for a Northwest tornado. It crossed the Gig Harbor waterway and finally dissipated around 2:30 p.m. shortly after making landfall again just past the Gig Harbor public boat launch.
The monthly 30- and 90- day long range forecast maps have come out this week and the story is like a broken record....broken record....broken record....
As in, the maps show greater-than-average chances of continued warmer and relatively drier than average conditions in the Pacific Northwest.
Northwest photographer Don Jensen has found more beauty in the skies with his camera.
His latest project took him up to "Poo Poo Point" on Tiger Mountain on a cold, mostly clear night in late December to see what he could find from the spot that offers a sweeping view from Sea-Tac in the distance, to Issaquah below.
SEATTLE -- The fog that rolled in last night over Seattle was a sight to see...
But not a sight to smell, apparently.
The United States is about to take a big leap forward in its ability to forecast the weather. Word came Monday that NOAA will indeed be getting two new super computers that will greatly enhance the computing power of our forecasting models.
The way computer models work is that we take weather observations from around the globe from various sources -- such as weather instruments on the ground, ships at sea, weather balloons, satellites, pilot reports, etc. All that data then gets fed into the computer, and using what we know about how the planet and dynamics work, we apply incredibly complex mathematical equations to that data to try and figure out how the conditions right now will change over time.