Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Pluviophile's Paradise....

I just had to post this....  A breathtaking video I have titled "A Pluviophile's Paradise"....  google it.... 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Time Lapse Review Of A Very Stormy Day

Thought I'd put together a 3 cam panorama time lapse of today....  It was quite a day with a lot of variety in this video...  Lots of rainbows between the downpours and even some blue sky with towering cumulus....

 

There were so many rainbows I decided to extract them and put them into a separate time lapse.  

Chapter One Of Today's Storm

More wind and rain on the way...  In the last 24 hours we have received 1.18" of rain and the top gust .... so far.... is 46mph.  There have been some ominous images today... Like this one:

There has also been a steady parade of rainbows.  Thought I'd put this all together into a 3 cam panorama time lapse.... 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Mt. Baker Showing Off...

Perfect lighting this afternoon....  Mt. Baker was beautiful....

 

Recent Aurora Activity

We are in the midst of a fairly decent geomagnetic storm.  If the weather would cooperate, we would be having a great show.  Last night it was VERY active and we had a nice view of the clouds.  The night before, the clouds parted just enough at times to give us a glimpse of what we have been missing.....  Besides the clouds being an issue, a bright moon makes it difficult as well.  But....  We did pick up some decent images and a time lapse.  

Here is the best image:

The time lapse shows the activity taking place overnight
 

Monday, October 2, 2017

October Posts

October 31
This week my night cam caught Orionid meteors two nights in a row.  This is rare.  Plus, they were both fireball status....
  






October 21
Cliff Mass gives a nice, comprehensive overview about this "little" atmospheric river event we are going to have today.... One thing that stands out for me is the forecast for our own personal rain shadow....   It's gonna be wet here, but nothing like areas around us.
http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/…/5000-mile-atmospheric-river…




October 19
At one of the PNW Weather Workshops I attended, there was a great presentation on "Sneaker Waves". It is really easy to see how folks underestimate how fast this can happen. The NWS posted this on Twitter today and I thought this would be appropriate to share now with all the HUGE waves out on the coast during these storms.  The most important thing they stressed at the presentation was to NEVER turn your back on the ocean. In this video, no one was killed, but lives are lost every year to these powerful waves.... In the video they showed at the conference, lives were lost.....

The wave shows up about 30+ seconds into the video.... Wait for it!



October 18
It looks like we are in for another round of wind and rain. Yesterday was probably just the opening act for a lot of weather coming our way. The atmospheric river we have coming our way even has Ginger Zee talking about us on GMA….
I thought I would share a little caveat about the warning zones in our area. We are at the very northern tip of Seattle / Hood Canal forecast zone. At the same time, if you draw a line across the Admiralty Inlet and Northern Puget Sound zones, we are in that zone. To illustrate, I put a blue dot on the current advisory map. This is why I have the Marine and Weather Advisories for both zones on my site.

So…. Which advisory do we look at? I would think we will be high end “Wind Advisory” or low end “High Wind Warning”…. In the end, all this means is that it is going to be a pretty good blow today and we may have winds in excess of 40mph. My generator will be ready…..




October 17
Scott Sistek does a nice job of describing what we experienced today....

Click Here For Scott's Blog

Earlier Today:
A good blow going on this morning....  Gusts to 40 mph so far.  Cam 3 picked up the transformer on Whidbey Island blowing this morning that left 3,487 customers without power....






October 14
We did have a decent show from Aurora between 10:30 and 12:30 last night...








October 13
A possibility of Aurora activity tonight....



October 12
Huge wind shear yesterday afternoon....





October 11
The instability today caused some incredible cumulus activity....  Clouds on Steriods...



There were a couple of lightning strikes North of us last night....













Yesterday there was a lot of instability in the clouds....  Here is an 80 second "Weather Nerd" video of yesterday




October 3
A bright moon, bright Mt. Baker and a bright Meteor....




October 2
A bright moon is typically not a good time for night photography. Last night’s time lapse came out very interesting though. Watch the sky as the moon sets and the clouds move over….


Friday, September 1, 2017

September Posts....

September 28
We had an awesome Northern Lights show last night.  Here is a 2 minute time lapse and a few images....








September 27
We had a decent Aurora show last night and there "could" be more tonight....


The time lapse shows that it went on for most of the night...



September 23
Have you ever noticed the Doppler radar showing rain when we know it isn't raining. Sometimes it is just clutter from the sensitivity settings.... But, this time of year it is birds.... migrating south.... Cliff Mass covers this in his blog today. He talks a bit about our dry summer and then covers the "bird radar"....

http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2017/09/autumn-starts-today-following-driest.html





September 20
This morning's sunrise was pretty awesome....  Here is one image from the time lapse below.....







September 19
The sky was beautiful and very active today....

Best viewed on high speed internet at :  
http://skunkbayweather.com/AwesomeSkyClouds091917.mp4






September 18
Yes...  The skies are changing....



This morning we had the "New Normal" sunrise....




September 17
Summer says goodbye....



September 16
It seems like there is always something going on out front.

Today we had some incredible superior mirages on Whidbey Island. These are caused by a large temperature difference between the lower level (sea level) and the air above. It actually works like a prism and bends the light. When it severely distorts the image, it is given the label of Fata Morgana…. Historically, there are many references by ancient sailors. For a little more information, this is a pretty good read:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fata_Morgana_(mirage)

Today I captured my best Fata Morgana image yet. This is a photo of Bush Point on Whidbey Island which is approximately 8 miles away. If you look closely, the houses are stacked on top of each other with a little sea in between. A large majority of those homes are single story. It really is a pretty remarkable phenomenon….



 Last night we had a visit from Aurora and it appears to be erupting from Mt. Baker...


Here is a brief time lapse of this event:




This was followed by an awesome smoky sunrise....




And....  Let's throw in a couple of meteors too....  It was a busy night....






September 15
We had a minor Aurora show most of the night last night. It was also crystal clear all night, so this made for a very nice time lapse. Here is a YouTube version, but the quality of the video is much better here if you have a fast internet connection:
http://skunkbayweather.com/AuroraAllNight091517.mp4




September 14
Nice moon rise followed by the sunrise this morning....



September 13
We had a minor Aurora event overnight....


We also had some awesome clouds this morning....

HD Link: http://skunkbayweather.com/MorningClouds091317.mp4



September 12 
Beautiful Moonrise last night followed by a sunrise in the fog...



September 6
Today, Bush Point completely disappeared....  



September 5
Today started with horrific smoke.....


Now with all this smoke and the only relief in sight is rain and clouds later this week....  This is a VERY frustrating development.  Very bad timing....
Large Aurora Storm Coming 

September 4
We had a very nice fireball meteor this morning that looked like it was targeting Mt. Baker...




September 3

A time lapse of the smoke moving in at sunrise...



September 2
We had a modest Aurora event and a nice meteor...





September 1
Caught a Aurigid meteor this morning. This shower peaked today. Weather (and moon) permitting, we should start seeing some September Perseid meteors that peak on the 10th....