It's seemed like a broken record of late -- the end of the month comes, and we talk about how warm the month has been. July, August, September and now October have been among the warmest on record at Sea-Tac Airport (since 1945) in all three categories: average monthly high temperature, average overall temperature and average minimum temperature.
For October, it'll end up the second-warmest by high temperature (64.6 through Oct. 30, record is 65.4 degrees in 1987, second place was 63.8 in 1965.) But by average temperature (high+low/2) and average low, 2014 is the champ -- and by quite a bit. The average October temp this year is 58.2 degrees; old record 56.4 in 1965, and average October low temp is an amazing 51.7 degrees, obliterating the old record of 49.2 degrees in 1988.
It's one of those videos you have to see to believe.
It shows the Kinder Downfall waterfall in the UK as actually turning into a… water"rise"? -- as strong winds push the waterfall back skyward.
I just got back from a recent trip to Denver last week and it amazed me that my flight down there was about 35 minutes shorter than the flight coming home.
The pilot on the return trip had mentioned we were running into over 100 mph head winds on the way home and it got me to thinking: You know, you can look these things up ahead of time and get a general idea if your flight is destined to zoom to your destination like a Ferrari, or putter along like 4 cylinder compact.
Well, Thursday will go down as quite the active day around Western Washington.
Sure, the Longview tornado got top billing, with the partial solar eclipse a close second.
But even if the skies were too cloudy for the eclipse, but not cloudy enough to spin out tornadoes, there were some amazing sights around the greater Puget Sound region.
Scott's Note: I'm taking a few days off this week so here is an "In case you missed it" blog, originally posted on June 14, 2011. Enjoy!
It takes some of the better sports cars out there about 5-7 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.
Mother Nature showed off some of her own powerful accelerations during a storm that spawned an incredible gust front in Maine last week.
And his web camera was rolling the entire time.
Here is how he described it:
"This image sequence shows a gust front approaching and raising a lot of water from the lake surface. The 4th frame shows a boat being overtaken at the leading edge of the wind. Last image shows a treetop landed in front of the cam." He estimates based on the speed of the front, the winds were blowing at about 66 mph at the leading edge.
Here are the images he was talking about. They are taken 30 seconds apart.
A somewhat sunny and 72 degree day sounds fairly routine for Seattle... for early September, maybe even late August.
But October 19? Indeed, strange enough but then when you find out it's only tied for the third-warmest day this month, it's really something.
We just passed the third Thursday of the month, and that means we get to look at the new 30 and 90 day seasonal forecast maps. (For some meteorologists, it's like Christmas coming 12 times a year!)
This month's version can be summed up in a four words: "You've seen this before."
To kick off the...middle of October week? -- I've got a bit of grab bag weather geek stuff for the blog that's been sitting in my inbox waiting for the light of day, so here goes...
First up, this neat interactive site that lets you compare weather across the nation. For those of you who liked this worldwide rainfall comparison tool I posted last month, this site is for you, courtesy Kristian Nielsen:
October has been on quite the sunny and warm kick. Four of the first six days in the 70s, with a 75 and record-tying 78 on the board already when average highs are in the mid 60s. None of the days the first week have been considered officially "cloudy" and there's been nary a drop in the rain bucket.
For many, these nice stretches in the early stages of autumn are colloquially known as an "Indian Summer." But is there any sort of official definition to make it qualify?
Growing up, I thought the term was pretty informal to mean any kind of nice sunny and relatively warm stretch in October. But a few years ago during a rather sunny and warm stretch in mid-October, I received an e-mail asking since it went below freezing at their home that night, did it make that sunny streak make an official Indian Summer?
Don Jensen was heading to Mt. Rainier for some overnight photography when the weather fates interceded. Clouds rolled into the interior, but the beaches were clear as a bell, so Jensen made the trek instead to Ruby Beach.
He wasn't disappointed.
New Year's Eve, 1968 was likely a bit of a chaotic celebration for winter weary Seattleites. Just a week and a half before, a dollop of 5" of snow fell in the city, followed a few days later by two more snow showers that dropped another 3" of snow. Christmas was rather mundane but the days after were anything but as a massive arctic blast rolled into the region.
On the 27th, the high was 37 and the low was 20. On the 28th, it only got up to 22, and dropped to 13.
The next two days wouldn't reach 20 and drop to single digits -- the thermometer tumbling to 8 degrees on the 29th and 6 degrees on the 30th as a winter storm arrived.
As we turn the page into October, it’s not only the official start of the rainy season in Seattle, but the longer nights make it easier for fog to form.
Wednesday morning brought such a foggy morning into Downtown Seattle. Sigma Sreedharan had her camera rolling to capture the fog rolling in just after dawn.
Gorgeous video, Sigma!