Check out these photos from Pamela Maring of a column of ice that rose out of a dog dish in Marysville Wednesday morning. A frozen version of the Loch Ness Monster attempting to escape from its icy prison?
Nope, just some neat physics in play.
Updated Friday 5:20 p.m.
Half and half -- not just for coffee on a chilly November night, but also an adept description of the forecast over the next week or so.
In the short term, it's status quo. High pressure remains in charge that will keep skies clear through Sunday with lows in the low 20s in the outlying areas to near 30 in Seattle both Friday night and Saturday night, with daytime highs both Saturday and Sunday in the low-mid 40s.
The pattern has created a very strong inversion and that's trapping pollutants near the surface. Regional air quality has taken a hit and Air Stagnation Advisories and burn bans are in effect.
The winds of change come on Monday as the first weather system takes aim at the ridge. Sure it's doomed to fail -- we'll just see an increase in clouds Monday with some sprinkles or light showers in the afternoon or evening as the system gets shredded on impact, but it will be the sacrificial lamb that will open the door to more robust systems for Tuesday through Thursday. Thus, expect a return to more traditional rainy days as we kick off December with rainy days expected Tuesday through Thursday with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s.
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