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Beautiful billows, bountiful breezes, and busy birds

Beautiful billows, bountiful breezes, and busy birds
Sun sets behind Seattle's Pike Place Market on May 15, 2014. (Photo: KOMO News Photographer Mitch Pitman)

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.

First up: From Kathryn Schipper on Vashon Island: 



Then Greg Johnson of Skunkbayweather.com had this dual-cam shot:



Meanwhile over in Port Angeles it was both the sunset and the bountiful breeze. The winds had been flowing east down the Strait of Juan de Fuca for much of the day, keeping temperatures in the 70s. But watch on here around 7 p.m. when the marine push comes in off the Pacific Ocean. You can see the wind roll along the water, then hit with gusto.

And then watch the temperature instantly dive-bomb 10 degrees to the low 60s. Yes, that is our natural air conditioner:



As for busy birds -- did anyone see the radar Thursday night? You'd have thought it was pouring rain around Western Washington, but nary a drop was falling from the sky:



Nope, it wasn't rain, but...birds! On clear nights, the radar goes into super sensitive "clear air mode" to better pick up the winds. But then the radar picks up other stuff, like birds.

According to UW Atmospheric Sciences Professor Cliff Mass, What you're seeing is the normal northward migration of birds in the spring -- they tend to go after sunset. In the fall, we'll see this again when they head south.

Mass has way more details about this unique biannual event in this blog entry.