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Early risers to be treated to a lunar eclipse Saturday

Early risers to be treated to a lunar eclipse Saturday
FILE -- A lunar eclipse shines over the Space Needle in Seattle on Feb. 20, 2008 (Photo courtesy: Clane Gessel)

 

Editor's note: Didn't get to see the lunar eclipse? Check out what you missed in our Blood Moon photo gallery!

SEATTLE -- Usually Saturdays are made for sleeping in but if you want to get up super early this Saturday, you might just catch a lunar eclipse.

Scientists expect totality - when the full moon is completely obscured by Earth's shadow - to last just several minutes, beginning at 4:57 a.m. PDT. Most of the eclipsed moon should appear reddish-orange.

Watch: Lightning strikes two jets on approach to Sea-Tac Airport

Watch: Lightning strikes two jets on approach to Sea-Tac Airport

SEATTLE -- Some of the people on their way into Seattle Wednesday evening got quite the hello from Mother Nature as lightning struck two different jets as they approached Sea-Tac Airport.

University of Washington student Owen Craft was out in the University District trying to film lightning strikes as a thunderstorm moved through and caught the two massive bolts as they passed through the planes' fuselage.

"I was stunned for a second because I couldn't believe what I just saw," Craft said. "After the second (plane) got hit, I knew I was on to something spectacular!"

Surf's up? Massive 'wave' cloud spotted near Boeing plant

Surf's up? Massive 'wave' cloud spotted near Boeing plant
Photo of Kelvin-Helmholtz cloud over Everett on April 2, 2015. (Photo: Chuck Benson)

Chuck Benson snapped these rather strange looking clouds outside the Boeing Everett 87 building Thursday morning.

It looks like the surf's up in the sky, and in a way it is. These are called "Kelvin-Helmholtz" clouds, caused when you have wind shear --that is, layers of air moving in different speeds or directions. As those layers interact with clouds, you can get turbulence that causes these impressive wave-like formations to occur.

Add it to the pile: March sets record for all-time warmest in Seattle

Add it to the pile: March sets record for all-time warmest in Seattle
Sunset on another mild day in Seattle on March 21, 2015.

The end-of-the-month blogs these days seem to write themselves, just change the month...

For the fourth time in the past six months, Seattle has set the record for all-time warmest month. March 2015 now joins brethren October, December and February as the warmest on record at Sea-Tac Airport (70 years of data) by average monthly temperature -- found by taking the high and low and divided by two.

Time lapse video shows how those spooky 'hat' clouds form on Mt. Rainier

The sometimes-eerie-looking "Hat" clouds -- officially known as lenticular clouds -- are no stranger to Mt. Rainier. But while to many it might just look like a cloud frozen in time, there is actually quite a bit of air movement involved in making the clouds.

KOMO News photographer Mitch Pittman was up hiking in the Cascades recently and managed to get this amazing time lapse video (above) of a lenticular cloud sitting atop Mt. Rainier. The video is a great illustration of the flow that goes into making the cloud's lens-type feature.

Strange but true: Washington has more tornadoes this year than Midwest states

Strange but true: Washington has more tornadoes this year than Midwest states

Scott's Note: The story was true when published on March 23, 2015. There have since been tornadoes in the Midwest as of March 25.

In proof that you can spin statistics in numerous ways, you could truthfully declare that Washington has been one of the most tornado-prone states in the nation this year.

That includes typical tornado alley stalwarts Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. At least as of March 23, they haven't had any tornadoes reported! They join 43 other states with that distinction.

Say what? Seattle had as many spring days as winter days this past season

Say what? Seattle had as many spring days as winter days this past season
Daffodils bloom in view of the Space Needle and clear blue skies, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

As winter comes to a close Friday afternoon at 3:45 p.m., pardon us in Seattle if we hardly notice.

In fact, if it's felt like spring has been around a while, you'd be right, no matter what the calendar tells you.

Northern Lights turn region's skies green for St. Patrick's Day

Northern Lights turn region's skies green for St. Patrick's Day
Photo of the Northern Lights as seen from Picnic Point in Edmonds early on the morning of March 17, 2015. (Photo courtesy: Julia Kelley)

Surprise!

A bit of a sneaky and severe solar storm hit the planet last night, bringing a show of the Northern Lights in the wee hours of St. Patrick's Day morning.

The photo above was taken by Julia Kelley who went down to Picnic Point Beach last night to catch some fresh air and relax.

How long did the warmth last in past record-warm winters?

How long did the warmth last in past record-warm winters?
Will Seattle ever see snow again in the lowlands? While this warm winter might have you thinking not, all hope is not lost.

The winters of 1976-77 and 1991-92 have been getting a lot of attention of late as they've been the previous standards to which past warm winters have been compared to. It'll be this current winter from here on out as we've already essentially shattered records for mild winters in Seattle, but I have received quite a few emails from people wondering how long can we expect this pattern to continue?

Specifically, they've asked how long it took after those aforementioned two winters to "get back to normal"?

Sunday's soaking showers stats for Seattle

Sunday's soaking showers stats for Seattle

Seattle's little-known fact outside the local area is how we get rain quite often, but it usually comes in drips and drizzles and it's why Seattle ranks behind several other U.S. Cities in annual rainfall.

But Sunday? Not so much.

Moments of zen: Amazing time lapse videos from around the globe

Moments of zen: Amazing time lapse videos from around the globe
Screen grab of time lapse video presented by Bevan Percival showing a sunset in New Zealand.

I focus a lot on Northwest photography in my weather blog - and why not? The natural beauty here is the gift that keeps on giving.

But in today's blog, I'm spanning the globe to showcase some of the gorgeous scenes Nature provides, via a compilation of time lapse videos.

El Nino finally here, now that the party's almost over

El Nino finally here, now that the party's almost over
Daffodils bloom in view of the Space Needle and clear blue skies, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

It was supposed to the guest of "honor" at the annual fall and winter festivities in the Pacific Northwest this year, but as we all stood milling around, El Nino was fashionably late.

Then it was pretty late.

Then we all started glancing at our watches. Did El Nino get lost? Did its GPS lead it astray? Car broke down?