The clear skies of the past few nights have allowed it to be quite the easel for some pretty impressive shows.
Especially Saturday night, when a moderate solar flare brought a semi-rare viewing of the Northern Lights to the Puget Sound area.
If it was in Mother Nature's playbook, it was used against parts of Nebraska Tuesday evening: Torrential rain, constant lightning, near-hurricane-force winds, tornadoes, and tennis ball-sized hail...
Pretty much all at the same time.
Let's start with the torrential rain as I was wide-eyed watching the rainfall numbers come in from Omaha.
The storm began with quite the punch, bringing a burst of rainfall and a gust of wind that was clocked at 72 mph!
The rain just kept going from there, which included jaw-dropping rainfall rates that saw over a half-inch of rain (0.53") fall in 3 minutes! That's 0.01" of rain per 3.4 seconds.
'Tis the season for severe weather across the Midwest and storm chasers have been out in full force capturing Nature's fury.
I have to admit, I never really give much thought to hurricane names, especially since we don't have to deal with them out here. Since 1979, names have alternated between male and female names and run on a six-year rotation, so that this year's list is nearly identical to the one that ran in 2008, save for any names that get retired when they cause destruction.
The World Meteorological Organization chooses the names -- how a name makes the list is secret but it has to be easy to understand and come from names that represent the cultures of the areas affected. (So for example, in the Caribbean, you have a mix of English, Spanish, Dutch and French names on the hurricane list in deference to the nationalities represented in the many islands there.)
And to think in January, we were worried our mountains were going to go bare..
With the massive rally in February and a continued occasionally chilly pattern, the snowpack up at Mt. Rainier's Paradise Ranger Station is not only healthy, but among the best in the past few decades.
We're all likely familiar with what a hail storm looks like from the ground -- around here, it's as if someone dumped gazillions of frozen peas on the ground... if the peas were made of ice.
But have you ever seen a big hailstorm from the top? (And I mean BIG hailstorm, not the "what passes for big in Seattle but Midwesterners and East Coasties laugh as child's play" hailstorm? The kind that could be disguised as a golf ball or, when you're really in for it, a softball?)
You know how sometimes in baseball and football your team clinches the division with several games still left in the regular season?
Seattle just did that, meteorologically speaking, by breaking a six month rainfall record... and only needing four months to do it.
Spring time brings sunshine, decreasing showers, and tons and tons of pollen.
Sometimes it's so much pollen it appears to make its own weather patterns.
Check out this video (above) by Andy Walgamott from Tukwila.
It's not often in a lifetime you get treated to a brand new meteor shower that no one has ever seen before, but that is the case Friday night with the (pardon me a moment while I go copy and paste this:) Camelopardalids Meteor Shower.
This meteor shower with likely the most complex name for journalists to type since that volcano erupted in Iceland four years ago, comes courtesy of Comet 209P/LINEAR, discovered 10 years ago, according to NASA. But two years ago, it was discovered Earth would cross into the comet's dust paths leftover from the 1800s on Friday night.
You've likely heard the old tale of how a butterfly flapping its wings in China can make it rain here on a weekend, but what if I told you a moderate breeze high above the clouds around the equator could be the reason we just had a very wet spring? Or lend credence to other forecasts that we've got a hot summer looming?
Jason Phelps, now a graduate student at Utah State University after completing his undergraduate Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington, is working on research that could help give long-range forecasters another tool in spotting upcoming weather trends over several months.
Right now, many of those long range forecasts are aided by research in certain oscillations in the atmosphere that occur somewhat regularly over a period of months to decades.
Storm chasers near Newcaslte, Wyoming lucked out this weekend in capturing an amazing supercell thunderstorm into its formation, then rapid dissipation.
The BaseHunters Chasing team followed the weather east into Nebraska on Monday and captured more supercells:
So here we are again, Seattle.
After a sunny and warm week, the clouds roll in and the showers arrive just in time for the weekend. Just like it did two weeks ago. And if rainy weekends seem like a frequent occurrence this spring, your memory does not deceive you. It's rained on the past four weekends, and five of the last six.
Wow, what a gorgeous evening out there! After a day of temperatures in the upper 70s and low 80s, enough high clouds were around to make a great sunset easel, and our marine seabreeze kicked in to boot to return a comfortable night's sleep.
Several people had their cameras rolling to capture the amazing scenes around the region.