It was a bit of a surprise considering there wasn't much solar flare activity but the Northern Lights made a faint appearance over Western Washington Monday night.
Those who were up early enough Sunday morning in Surrey, B.C. and happened to look up were treated to a spectacular scene in the heavens that looks like something straight out of the imagination of a futuristic Hollywood alien blockbuster film.
In actuality, it was the combination of two rather routine events that just happened to have impeccable timing:
A sunrise (one for the ages on its own) …and a plane descending through a solid, stable cloud layer.
It's the third week in February, and that means it's time for NOAA's monthly long range forecast update. But while skiers and snow lovers have probably trained themselves by now to just skip reading this type of entry in my blog, I bring tidings of GOOD NEWS!
Let's hold off the inevitable bad news for a few paragraphs to show this map in all its glory:
One nice benefit from the rather sunny February is that the sunshine and fog have been making for some dramatic sunrises and sunsets around here.
Michael Reid has been capturing quite a few of the amazing sights and has put together a few time lapse video.
The weather pattern this winter has been stark in its dramatic differences -- temperatures at record-warm levels in the West, and a relentless march of arctic air masses pummeling the East.
The map above is a snapshot in time -- actually a forecast depicting areas of expected below and above normal temperatures for later this week, but it's been the consistent story the past several days anyway.
As you look around to flowers budding, lawns needing mowing, and skiers frowning, signs are everywhere it's been a very mild winter. So it should come to no shock that we are indeed on pace to shatter records for warmest winter -- and autumn-winter combined -- since 1945 when Sea-Tac Airport became Seattle's official observation.
First, let's look at the overall numbers:
The numbers have been ugly…and they're getting uglier by the hour.
The National Weather Service has put out its twice-monthly report on the mountain snowpack and the numbers for Feb. 15 and, well, skiers should probably stop reading here. Perhaps water managers and those who have to battle wildfires might just head on over to the sports sectio…well, maybe the offbeat news?
To those who are brave enough to stomach the results, here goes:
Who'd have thought a simple right turn in the sky could make such an interesting photo opportunity?
I spotted this as my family was driving down the Mukilteo Speedway Sunday morning -- at first thought it looked like a massively tall mountain had sprung up over the Cascades with snow blowing to the right off the summit! (Well, if the mountain was indeed that tall, at least it'd be one of the few places this winter that was cold enough for snow!)
Drivers stopped along the park's main highway Thursday morning to gaze in awe and shoot photos of the rare phenomenon hovering over Grand Teton mountain. At 13,775 feet above sea level, the Grand Teton is the highest point in the Teton Range.
Photographer and time lapse video artist Don Jensen is out with his second installment of time lapse photography/video that shows off the beauty of Seattle called "The Emerald City Experience II."
He began shooting this video in October.
What to do when you're into knitting and are keenly interested in Seattle weather patterns?
Why, combine the two passions into an awesome scarf!
Nine-year-old Rebecca Ryan came up with the idea as she watched her mom knitting clothes for her over the years.
The mystery surrounding a white, milky rain that fell across Eastern Washington and parts of Oregon and Idaho Friday has a new theory, although I'd call it more of a tweak of the previous theory.
The event coated vehicles and windows in more than 15 cities, including Spokane, the Tri-Cities, and Hermiston, Oregon. Initial thoughts of the source originating as volcanic ash from a distant eruption or debris blown from summer wildfire-scarred terrain were quickly disproven.