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Researcher suggests Northwest in for very dry spring

Researcher suggests Northwest in for very dry spring
Photo: Archana Bhat

SEATTLE -- It's been the consistently warm temperatures that have been getting much of the attention in the weather department the past several months, but it looks like dry weather may be starting to fight for some headlines as well, at least according to one researcher.

Utah State graduate student Jason Phelps has been researching the correlations between weather patterns in the West and a slowly oscillating wind high up in the atmosphere that is part of the "Quasi-Biennial Oscillation" or QBO.

Photos: Blanket of fog makes for dramatic beauty around Seattle

Seattle has been showing off with its best Blue Friday performance of the season.

Looks like Mother Nature wanted to show off a bit as well.

A thin fog -- only a few hundred feet high, if that, settled in over Downtown Seattle Friday evening, making for some dramatic scenes around the Emerald City.

Seattle finishes up January as 5th warmest

Seattle finishes up January as 5th warmest
Photo: Shubha Tirumale Photography
Just because we flipped the calendar to 2015 doesn't mean that we've flipped the weather pattern. Oh no, January picked up right where December left off -- warmer than normal.

Groundhog wager proves you really can bet on everything in the Super Bowl

Groundhog wager proves you really can bet on everything in the Super Bowl
This Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 file photo shows Punxsutawney Phil after the Groundhog Club said Phil did not see his shadow and there will be an early spring. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Sports betting places really pull out all the stops for the Super Bowl -- allowing you not only to just bet on the big game but several different facets of the game.

Most are pretty routine stuff: Number of yards Russell Wilson will throw, who will score more points in the second half, etc.

Gig Harbor tornado rated an EF-1 by National Weather Service

Amidst all the chaos of the Seahawks amazing NFC Championship comeback, there was a tornado that touched down in Gig Harbor Sunday afternoon. I was actually quite surprised anyone noticed it since I figured everyone was glued to the TVs, but it turns out tornados are in fact something that can be louder than the 12th Man.

The tornado touched down around 2:18 p.m. about 4 miles West/Southwest of Gig Harbor, and lasted 4.1 miles -- pretty impressive for a Northwest tornado. It crossed the Gig Harbor waterway and finally dissipated around 2:30 p.m. shortly after making landfall again just past the Gig Harbor public boat launch.

New long range forecasts suggest two words: 'Sorry, skiers'

New long range forecasts suggest two words: 'Sorry, skiers'
Photo: Crooked Shadows Photography

The monthly 30- and 90- day long range forecast maps have come out this week and the story is like a broken record....broken record....broken record....

As in, the maps show greater-than-average chances of continued warmer and relatively drier than average conditions in the Pacific Northwest.

Watch: The heavens show off during a cold winter's night in Washington

Watch: The heavens show off during a cold winter's night in Washington
Photo of the Issaquah light on the nighttime sky, courtesy Don Jensen.

Northwest photographer Don Jensen has found more beauty in the skies with his camera.

His latest project took him up to "Poo Poo Point" on Tiger Mountain on a cold, mostly clear night in late December to see what he could find from the spot that offers a sweeping view from Sea-Tac in the distance, to Issaquah below.

Weather mystery: A stinky fog envelops Seattle

Weather mystery: A stinky fog envelops Seattle »Play Video
Fog rolls into Seattle the evening of Jan. 6, 2015, courtesy Twitter user @aspseattle37

SEATTLE -- The fog that rolled in last night over Seattle was a sight to see...

But not a sight to smell, apparently.

NOAA to take big leap forward in weather forecast capabilities

NOAA to take big leap forward in weather forecast capabilities

The United States is about to take a big leap forward in its ability to forecast the weather. Word came Monday that NOAA will indeed be getting two new super computers that will greatly enhance the computing power of our forecasting models.

The way computer models work is that we take weather observations from around the globe from various sources -- such as weather instruments on the ground, ships at sea, weather balloons, satellites, pilot reports, etc. All that data then gets fed into the computer, and using what we know about how the planet and dynamics work, we apply incredibly complex mathematical equations to that data to try and figure out how the conditions right now will change over time.

Photographer captures 2 brilliant sun halo effects at Whistler

Photographer captures 2 brilliant sun halo effects at Whistler
Sun halos as seen from Whistler, B.C., courtesy of Travelingbhat

Whistler is already quite the beautiful place in winter, but the sun kicked it up a few notches during Archana Bhat's trip up there last week.

The photo above captures a who's who of sun-related halo and arcs. You've got sundogs (also known as parhelia) on each side, half of a "22° halo" (the half-circle that connects the two sundogs), and a sun pillar in the middle.

2014 weather review: Seattle had warmest year in decades

2014 weather review: Seattle had warmest year in decades
Photo: Crooked Shadows Photography

SEATTLE -- For those that think it's always cold and rainy in Seattle, we can definitely say, without reservation, that at least for 2014, nothing could be further from the truth.

It was warm and rainy, thank you very much.

This map might explain the warm weather of late…

This map might explain the warm weather of late…
Is that a fire-breathing dragon?!?!

Here we go again -- another warm and wet storm is coming in to kick off 2015, right on the heels of quite a number of similar storms last year that pushed us toward the warmest year in decades.

And nowhere is the symbolism as great as it is on this map, which depicts the amount of moisture in the atmosphere (darker colors= more moisture.)