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Monday ties record as Seattle's most boring weather day... ever!

Monday ties record as Seattle's most boring weather day... ever!
A very gray, overcast Seattle on Jan. 13, 2014. (Photo: Puget Sound Clean Air Agency)

SEATTLE -- Hard to think a mundane cloudy day would set much of a record for Seattle, home to 220 cloudy days a year, but Monday will go down as one of the most boring weather days in Seattle's history.

Saturday's Seahawks game was their wettest ever at CenturyLink

Saturday's Seahawks game was their wettest ever at CenturyLink
The 12th Man battled the cold, rain and wind, but were loud when needed and helped the Seattle Seahawks to a 23-15 win over the New Orleans Saints. The Seahawks and 12th man will host the NFC Championship on Sunday January 19th. January 11th 2013. (Joshua Lewis / KOMO News)

If the 12th Man felt a bit more water-logged than usual after cheering the Seahawks on to their 23-15 victory over the New Orleans Saints -- they would be right.

The 0.22 inches of rain that fell at nearby Boeing Field made it the wettest home game the Seahawks have had since they've opened Seahawks/Qwest/CenturyLink Field.

I wrote a blog earlier this year showing that the wettest regular season home game at CenturyLink field since it opened in 2002 was 0.19" that happened twice including the Jacksonville game earlier this year. (The 49ers home opener thunderstorm-delay game "only" tallied 0.17".)

Mother Nature gives shout out to 12s in blustery Saturday forecast

Mother Nature gives shout out to 12s in blustery Saturday forecast

SEATTLE -- For all the talk last weekend about how cold it was where the NFL playoff games were held, this weekend the story is going to be the rain and the wind...

At least, in Seattle (and Boston, but who cares about the AFC yet?)

A potent storm system is forecast to bring heavy rains and strong winds to the region -- the rainiest period will be Friday night into Saturday morning although some rain will be around for game time in the afternoon.

Time lapse videos show off nighttime beauty around Northwest

Time lapse videos show off nighttime beauty around Northwest

Local photographer Don Jensen has come up with a interesting way to show off not only the nighttime beauty of a clear sky in the Cascades, but also a unique lesson in just how fast the Earth spins on its axis.

This video shows just over 7,000 images stacked into an animated star trails display over the Washington's North Cascades. (The straight lines are passing airplanes.)

2013 weather review for Seattle: Thunderstorms take center stage for once

2013 weather review for Seattle: Thunderstorms take center stage for once
Photo: Anthony May Photography

SEATTLE -- 2013 will go down as the year Mother Nature tossed out the script of how weather is supposed to progress through the year around Western Washington, and essentially winged it like a Will Ferrell monologue.

How else to explain a year where Tucson had more snow in winter than Seattle did, yet just a few months later, Seattle would match Phoenix as the hottest city in the nation?

The wettest months were not the stalwarts of November or January, but September and April -- the first time September has ever worn the wettest month crown in Seattle's 120 years of record-keeping.

Best weather videos and photos from 2013

Best weather videos and photos from 2013
Space Needle above the fog. Tim Durkan

2013 was quite the year for weather photography and videos. From dramatic fog to brilliant lightning to... projecting a movie onto snow? Now that essentially everyone has a video camera on their phone, amazing weather events rarely go uncaptured.

I went back over all my blogs this year to find my favorite photos and videos that have been featured here and compiled many of them here in one spot to reminisce over the year that was in meteorology.

How cold is the coldest place on Earth?

How cold is the coldest place on Earth?
NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.

The impending cold snap into the upper Midwest that's making big news this weekend comes on the heels of NOAA announcing it has discovered what it believes is the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth.

Now, before I give the answer, I thought I'd give a quiz where you think that spot might be:

Pity the 49ers? Seahawks dodge -37 degrees in getting No. 1 seed

Pity the 49ers? Seahawks dodge -37 degrees in getting No. 1 seed
Fans tailgate outside a snowy Lambeau Field before an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
There are all sorts of obvious benefits to securing the top seed in your conference as the Seahawks did with last weekend's victory over St. Louis: Getting a week off, getting to play all your games in the comforts of your own stadium and, in the Seahawks' case, in front of the best, most raucous fans in the NFL that create an immense home field advantage.

But there's a new benefit to securing that top seed that's emerging and is going to make San Francisco feel real sorry they came up a game short (provided they can feel anything at all...)

Watch: Intense thunderstorms light up the night skies over Hawaii

Watch: Intense thunderstorms light up the night skies over Hawaii

The Canada-France-Hawaii observatory located atop the summit of the 13,800-foot Mauna Kea is there to be a "state of the art astronomical observing facility" and researchers have placed a few web cameras nearby to record the skies at night.

The observatory also posts daily time lapse videos of what their cameras caught.

UW alum seeks to forecast perfect ski day through 3D snowflake photos

UW alum seeks to forecast perfect ski day through 3D snowflake photos
Photo of snowflake courtesy of Dr. Tim Garrett, University of Utah.

An Atmospheric Sciences professor at the University of Utah, who also holds a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington, is seeking to improve global snow forecasting through the simple act of taking photographs of snowflakes.

OK, so it's not simple. In fact, it's quite complex.

Watch: Gorgeous 'surf clouds' over Seattle Christmas evening

Watch: Gorgeous 'surf clouds' over Seattle Christmas evening
Kelvin-Hemholtz clouds appear over Seattle on Dec. 25, 2013. (Photo: Dan Magden)

This was supposed to be the time we were treated to sights of a brilliant Comet ISON had it not exploded when it took its journey around the sun on Thanksgiving, but we did get a nice consolation prize Christmas evening.

Many who peeked outside just before sunset were treated to a dazzling display of rolling surf clouds, officially known as Kelvin-Hemholtz clouds (or "K-H clouds" for short.)

Latest winter outlook gives some hope for skiers

Latest winter outlook gives some hope for skiers

We're about halfway through the heart of the October-to-March wet season and it's been anything but for this year.

Not only are many cities well behind for the year in the rainfall column -- Seattle is about 3 inches behind for the year but well over 6 inches behind since the start of October -- but the mountains are reeling with some resorts only have a quarter to half of their normal snowfall.

Snoqualmie Pass had just over foot of snow on the ground as of Tuesday when there should be a 3-foot base by now.

And the short term forecast is not good with another long, dry stretch looming to end December. We've already had dry streaks of 14, 9 and 9 days in October, November and December, respectively, with perhaps another 7-plus day possible.

But! There is some hope for skiers -- and maybe it'll even translate to the lowlands?!?

Friday's snow was big victory for weather model developers

Friday's snow was big victory for weather model developers
Snow sits at the Seattle Center, Dec. 20, 2013.

Chalk up a point to humanity in the everlasting battle to solve Mother Nature's meteorological whims. Predicting snowfall is the most daunting challenge weather forecasters face, because there are so many factors working against it -- namely we're flanked by a 50 degree ocean that's always ready to warm us up above freezing -- plus we have quite a bit of varied terrain and inland water bodies that are always eager to toss us a curve.

But Friday's snow event went perfectly to the script. Forecasts were for snow from about 4-9 a.m. in Seattle, peaking in the 6-8 a.m. time frame and that was the case -- nearly to the minute. (The snow did end around 8, but pretty close).

Steve Pool has his own Christmas song? Who knew?

Steve Pool has his own Christmas song? Who knew?

They say you learn something new every day. Today, it was that Steve Pool has his own Christmas song in his honor. Or, make that songs. Or just one song about a lot of songs.

I'll let Steve explain:

How much did it snow Friday morning?

How much did it snow Friday morning?
A blanket of snow covers the ground at Safeco Field on Dec. 20, 2013. (Photo: Kevin Martinez, Seattle Mariners)

Wondering how much snow fell in your neighborhood Friday morning? Here is the offiicial list from the National Weather Service: