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.
Michael McCormack has a web camera situated at Sebec Lake. About 1:45 p.m., a strong gust front went through the region, and the winds went from near calm to roaring over 60 mph in seconds.
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: