WASHINGTON (State & D.C.) - With 26 days of dry weather around here in May, it might surprise you to learn that last month just went down as the wettest on record for the contiguous United States, according to federal meteorologists.
On average, 4.36 inches of rain and snow - mostly rain - fell over the Lower 48 in May, sloshing past October 2009 which had been the wettest month in U.S. records with 4.29 inches. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration records go back to 1895.
Another month has changed, but the story of our stubborn weather pattern… hasn't. And signs say Western Washington has among the best chances in the nation to stay warm for a long time.
May went down as the 15th consecutive month with above average temperatures in Seattle, checking in at 59.1 degrees, 3.1 degrees above normal and the 5th warmest May on record.
If that sounds familiar, then (A) you really read my blog a lot and (B) you have a great memory, because (stay with me here) it’s the third consecutive year it's been the 5th warmest May on record. The year we replaced was… 2014, which was also at 59.1 degrees, which last year replaced 2013 as the 5th warmest May, now the 7th-warmest May. (If you followed all that, you are now qualified to calculate "OPS" in baseball statistics.)
They're sometimes mistaken for aliens, but really, it's just a sign rain might be on the way.
Luke Meyers just recently published this time lapse video of a rather strange-looking lenticular cloud over Mt. Rainier last March. It's a good illustration of how they form -- the clouds look stationary but there's quite a bit of movement in them as air rises just enough to saturate, then dries enough as it sinks to "go invisible" again.
The first week of May is probably better known around here as the Opening Day of Boating Season but did you also know it's when we kick off the fire rainbow season?
Fire rainbows, or more officially (and more boringly) known as "circumhorizonal arcs" are caused by ice crystals in the thin, distant clouds being at just the correct angle to refract the sunlight into the colors of the prism.
Ron Glowen, now of Arlington, Wash., just sent me these photos that were taken in June of 2006 while visiting his hometown of Spokane.
Not sure I've ever seen a photograph that captures the beauty and power of weather in one singular shot.
Snohomish's Benjamin Jurkovich, part of the JWSevere Weather Chasing Team has been out storm chasing in the Midwest for the past few weeks and he's had his share of twisters, super cells, and other images that define Tornado Alley in the spring.
But this one he got near Wiley, Colorado Saturday afternoon might be the most unique in his portfolio -- a tornado at the same time as a rainbow.