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Weekend eye candy: Weather time lapse videos

Weekend eye candy: Weather time lapse videos

With the weather relatively tame and no more drama around what the record rainfall will be in March (9.44" for those who missed it), I figure we can use a relaxing weather blog to get us through the weekend.

And what better way to relax than watching some gorgeous time lapse video?

'Scud clouds' -- Don't be fooled by Mother Nature's ultimate prank

'Scud clouds' -- Don't be fooled by Mother Nature's ultimate prank
Nope, nothing to see here folks. Just harmless scud cloud approaching Mukilteo on March 30, 2014.

Coming off of April Fool's Day and coming into the month that traditionally has the most "severe" weather (at least by paltry Pacific Northwest standards) I wanted to highlight a trick of atmospheric dynamics that fools countless people every year: "Scud" clouds and their tornado-like funnel impersonations.

Tornadoes are quite rare around here -- Washington just averages about 1-2 a year somewhere in the state, the last notable one being the tornado that damaged a Frederickson plant last September. The vast majority of them are quite weak thanks to our climatology that greatly inhibits tornado development.

Hilarious video shows how meteorologists help Canadians deal with endless winter

A bit of a Thursday funny for you today in the weather blog, courtesy of Canadian humor show "the Rick Mercer Report."

Ever wonder how Canadians get through days and days... (and days) of brutal freezing temperatures in the winter? Apparently their meteorologists hold their hand a bit. (Remember, they use Celsius for temps and 0° is freezing.)

No comment on whether we always put a sun on Day 7 of our forecasts during our relentless Seattle rainy stretches :)

Scientific breakthrough: Raindrops that smell like french fries?

Scientific breakthrough: Raindrops that smell like french fries?

Sometimes advertising is a bit subtle (watch KOMO!) and other times it's more of a blaring, in-your-face barrage (NO, REALLY! WATCH KOMO-TV -- WE HAVE A GREAT NEWS TEAM!)

But now one Seattle-based company wants to take advertising to a whole new level: scent-based marketing using the world's first branded aromatic rain.

That's right -- next time you're doused by a rain shower, it's not just clean air you'll smell, but perhaps doughnuts? Or cupcakes?

Seattle smashes record for all-time wettest March

Seattle smashes record for all-time wettest March
A soggy day at the Seattle's Space Needle. (Photo courtesy: Brendan Ramsey)

SEATTLE -- We all know it's been a soggy month of March. Now we have the trophy to prove it.

The rains Friday were enough to set the record for the all-time wettest March in Seattle history.

That's not just Sea-Tac Airport,which goes back to 1945, but also far and away surpasses anything the Downtown Federal Building measured in its years from 1891-1972.

50 years ago today: Alaska rocked by record 9.2 quake

50 years ago today: Alaska rocked by record 9.2 quake

Scott's Note: Mark Furman is a fellow web producer at our sister station KVAL-TV in Eugene. He put togehter this recap of the great Alaska "Good Friday" Earthquake that hit 50 years ago today.

The earth shook for 4 1/2 minutes on March 27, 1964, at 5:36 p.m. as the largest earthquake in U.S. history tossed and bent Alaska.

The damage was costly: $113 million in 1964 dollars, more than $2.3 billion by today's standards.

PHOTOS: Aftermath of 1964 magnitude 9.2 earthquake in Alaska

The legacy of the quake is still paying scientific dividends.

Photos: Northern Lights dance over Alaska's frozen north

Photos: Northern Lights dance over Alaska's frozen north
Northern Lights shine over Chandalar Lodge and Two Rivers Lodge. (Photo courtesy: Tyler Mode. See more pics at weathercrazy.smugmug.com)

Latest forecasts reaffirm warmer than normal summer for Northwest

Latest forecasts reaffirm warmer than normal summer for Northwest
Sunset over Deception Pass on Oct. 13, 2013. (Photo: Dana Weber)

SEATTLE -- Evidence is growing that after a very soggy February and March, that we're going to dry things up for a while around here.

Latest 30- and 90-day forecasts from the NOAA's National Center for Environment Prediction continue to forecast a long period of warmer-than-normal temperatures through spring and the summer across the West, and are now starting to forecast slightly higher odds of a drier than normal spring as well in the Northwest.

An 'Egg-xaggerated' tale: You can stand up an egg on the equinox!

An 'Egg-xaggerated' tale: You can stand up an egg on the equinox!
Photo of egg standing up on its side on March 20, 2014, courtesy Heidi and Todd Larson of Grace Cafe in Bellingham, Wash.

Happy first day of spring! The planet hit its equinox at 9:57 a.m. PDT and now every second that passes is one closer to the start of summer, or as those on the frozen tundra that is the East Coast will tell you, one second farther away from winter.

Today brings us equal daylight of 12 hours (within a few minutes) and the annual trek to see if you can stand up an egg today.

Potpourri blog: A waterspout (almost), strange radar blob, wind microclimates

Potpourri blog: A waterspout (almost), strange radar blob, wind microclimates

As Western Washington finally gets a chance to wring out after what was a record wet March 16 and may soon be a record-wet March in general (7.69" of rain so far this month; record is 8.40") there's a few interesting weather tidbits of late I wanted to highlight.

First, let's start with the thunderstorm that rolled through the Whidbey Island/Snohomish County areas on Friday. It brought some lightning and hail, but did you know it almost brought us a waterspout as well?

Amazing 'surf' clouds over Lake Tahoe

Amazing 'surf' clouds over Lake Tahoe
Photo of K-H clouds over Lake Tahoe's Diamond Peak, courtesy Darren Springer.

Surfing is quite popular along California's shores, but near the state's eastern border there was a different kind of surfing going on.

Darren Springer posted this great video of "Kelvin-Hemoltz" clouds over Diamond Peak Ski report at Lake Tahoe (technically on the Nevada side of the border there):

A foot of rain in Seattle in 30 days? That's....not that rare

A foot of rain in Seattle in 30 days? That's....not that rare
A rainy window pane on a stormy day in Seattle. (Photo courtesy: Michael Mclaughlin Photography

I was surprised when I calculated the numbers -- Seattle received just over a foot of rain in the 30 days from Feb. 8 through March 10, coming in at 12.01 inches.

A foot of rain? Even in soggy Seattle, that seemed pretty wet, especially since we only average about 37 inches of rain per year.

I knew it wouldn't be a record -- November 2006 had 15.63" of rain. But I figured it had to be near the top?