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Puppy dogs spotted in the skies over Ontario

Puppy dogs spotted in the skies over Ontario
Could this be what the skies looked like near Sudbury, Ontario Monday? (FILE photo taken Aug. 2, 2014 from Seattle, Wash.)

We've all done it before -- a day with bubbling cumulus clouds stacked against a crystal blue sky and your mind starts wandering to what the clouds look like: A bunny? Elephant? The Mona Lisa?

In Ontario Monday, it was apparently a puppy dog, as one observer in Sudbury noted on the official weather observation log:

Time lapse video beauty: The amazing night skies

Time lapse video beauty: The amazing night skies
Photo: Don Jensen

Don Jensen, whose work has been featured a number of times in my blog, has just released his latest time lapse video called "Darkness."

"The night sky can be amazing. And one of the coolest things about it, is how the moon effects that sky," he wrote on his Vimeo page. "I wanted to do a video that really captures the eloquence of the moonlit sky. So with that, I present "Darkness," a monochrome view of the night sky."

Weather whiplash: Denver drops 40 degrees in 3 hours

Weather whiplash: Denver drops 40 degrees in 3 hours
Snow falls in Denver on Nov. 10, 2014 just a few hours after it was 64°. (Photo courtesy: Daryl Orr, KDVR-TV, Denver)

Days like today are not unheard of in Denver and the Midwest when you've got a massive cold front barreling through... but they're still fun to marvel at.

Check out how residents there kicked off their work week:

Photos: Incredible weekend sunsets in Western Wash.

Photos: Incredible weekend sunsets in Western Wash.
The second weekend of November ushered in a powerful storm followed by two nights of gorgeous sunsets in the Pacific Northwest. Photos courtesy KOMO viewers, shared with KOMO News on Facebook. Nov. 8-9, 2014.

El Nino flaking out on us again? Chances of it forming drop to 58%

El Nino flaking out on us again? Chances of it forming drop to 58%
Yakima River Upper Kittitas County on Nov. 5, 2014 (Photo: Stephanie Hansen)

El Nino may be flaking out on its winter date with us again, but for skiers and snowboarders it'd be akin to having better plans lined up anyway.

The latest word from NOAA is that the odds of El Nino forming this winter are down to 58 percent -- a far cry from the 80 percent chances we had in the early summer.

Forecasts are still indeed for El Nino conditions to develop this winter (better hurry up!) but now we're leaning toward a borderline event that may just barely qualify.

This snowman will help put Alaska's massive storm in perspective

This snowman will help put Alaska's massive storm in perspective
This Sunday, March 2, 2014 photo shows a giant snowman created by Greg Novak in Gilman, Minn. (AP Photo/ St. Cloud, Jason Wachter)

With all the hype over the big storm off Alaska's (far) west coast and the talk of the impending arctic doom and gloom heading toward the Midwest this week being blamed on this storm, you might think the photo above is current -- or a forecast of how much snow is about to fall out there.

Well, no. Not quite.

Impending super storm in Alaska to bring...sun to Seattle!

Impending super storm in Alaska to bring...sun to Seattle!
This Nov. 5, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows a picture captured by NASA's Aqua satellite of Typhoon Nuri. (AP Photo/NASA)

If Sesame Street's Count was an Alaska meteorologist, he'd have to have quite a bit of hot tea handy, because his voice was going to run out long before he could count down to the central pressure of a major storm brewing off the Aleutians.

The storm, which is currently the remnants of Super Typhoon Nuri, is expected to undergo a change to a non-tropical storm and then experience explosive development when it taps into some colder air in the Bering Sea and become among the stronger non-tropical weather systems recorded in the Pacific Ocean.

With record warm October nearly in the books, could 2014 be Sea-Tac's warmest year on record?

With record warm October nearly in the books, could 2014 be Sea-Tac's warmest year on record?
Photo: Crooked Shadows Photography

It's seemed like a broken record of late -- the end of the month comes, and we talk about how warm the month has been. July, August, September and now October have been among the warmest on record at Sea-Tac Airport (since 1945) in all three categories: average monthly high temperature, average overall temperature and average minimum temperature.

For October, it'll end up the second-warmest by high temperature (64.6 through Oct. 30, record is 65.4 degrees in 1987, second place was 63.8 in 1965.) But by average temperature (high+low/2) and average low, 2014 is the champ -- and by quite a bit. The average October temp this year is 58.2 degrees; old record 56.4 in 1965, and average October low temp is an amazing 51.7 degrees, obliterating the old record of 49.2 degrees in 1988.

Flight taking longer than normal? Blame Mother Nature

Flight taking longer than normal? Blame Mother Nature

I just got back from a recent trip to Denver last week and it amazed me that my flight down there was about 35 minutes shorter than the flight coming home.

The pilot on the return trip had mentioned we were running into over 100 mph head winds on the way home and it got me to thinking: You know, you can look these things up ahead of time and get a general idea if your flight is destined to zoom to your destination like a Ferrari, or putter along like 4 cylinder compact.

Photos: Stormy skies bubble with activity

Photos: Stormy skies bubble with activity
Storm clouds over Western Washington on Oct. 23, 2014. (Photo: Shubha Tirumale Photography)

Well, Thursday will go down as quite the active day around Western Washington.

Sure, the Longview tornado got top billing, with the partial solar eclipse a close second.

But even if the skies were too cloudy for the eclipse, but not cloudy enough to spin out tornadoes, there were some amazing sights around the greater Puget Sound region.