If you've been following my blog here over the past few months, you've seen the forecasts that show a greater than average odds of a warmer-than-normal winter.
The forecasts were based on an expected El Nino event to develop this winter, along with warmer-than-normal water temperatures in the northern Pacific Ocean.
This is one of those times that if you have a large, HD monitor around, go find it and then reload this blog. It'll be worth it.
Mike Olbinski, a fantastic photographer who lives in Arizona, has spent the summer chasing the monsoon storms that wrought towering thunderclouds, vivid lightning, incredible downpours and intense dust storms.
I'm sure we've all had times where a rain shower has ruined a picnic, or perhaps turned your commute into a trip rivaling Wagner's "The Ring" for length of time.
But I'll bet it's never cost you a cool half million dollars!
The rains this morning were an emphatic end to what will go down as the second-hottest summer on record at Sea-Tac Airport, which has data going back to 1945.
The average high temperature from June 21 through September 21 this year was 79.3 degrees, falling just behind 1967's 79.5 degree average (and just ahead of 3rd place. Guess what summer that was? Last year! 2013 averaged 78.6 degrees)
Our toasty numbers this year make sense when you consider 40 of the 92 days of our summer were warmer than 80 degrees -- meaning nearly half our summer was spent over 80 degrees! And 21 of those days were 85 degrees or warmer with five days at 90 or hotter.
Now, I've learned over the years there is a fairly even split here between those who love the days on end of 80 degrees, and those who much prefer 60s and cloudy. Now that the sun fans have had their tune, it's time for those who are eager to do so to celebrate autumn.
With that, I present this melody to hum today, sung to the tune of Olaf's "In Summer" song from the movie Frozen. (If you have don't have kids, and/or don't know the melody -- which if you do have kids it's likely impossible not to have heard this song, here is the original, and you're welcome for getting this stuck in your head for the next week :)