Once again, our clear early autumn skies have come at a great time -- this time to catch another show of the Northern Lights across the Pacific Northwest.
Meg McDonald of Wild Northwest Beauty Photography just spent several days hiking around Mt. Baker and had her cameras at the ready when this dazzling display of the aurora peeked out Saturday night.
Beachgoers and outdoor cafe connisours weren't the only people to benefit from the summer of sunshine this year. So did the Boys of Summer.
The super warm Seattle Summer of 2015 just narrowly missed setting a Safeco Field record for fewest number of times the roof has been extended in a season.
This year, just 11 of the Mariners' 81 home games have been played with the roof closed for all or part of the game, according to team spokesperson Rebecca Hale (5 games under the roof from the start; 6 closed duing the game.) The rains Friday night left it one short of matching 2006 and 2012 for the fewest closures in a year.
Happy start of the rainy season in Seattle! Sure, it's blazing sunshine of late again, but Oct. 1 is the official start and thus also marks the start/end point of the "water year."
In addition to tracking rainfall from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, NOAA also tracks it from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 (calling it the "water year" rainfall) since our rainy season goes from October to March, this way we can also get a good gauge of the autumn/winter as a whole and its impact on our water and snowpack situations.
For 2014-15, Seattle ended up with 36.82 inches of rain, just 2/3" below the normal of 37.49 inches.
But this year, it'd be real nice if "rainy season" lived up to its title, since our drought is still going stong.
Now some are probably wondering: "Wait a minute, but you just said we weren't that far below normal for our past 'water year', how can it be a drought?" Indeed, last year we had about 39.11" for our 2013-14 water year -- just a little more than 2" than this year -- and we weren't in this bad of shape.