Monday, August 7, 2017

August Posts....

I am going to start replicating my Facebook and Twitter posts here....  These will be sorted newest to oldest....

August 31, 2017
We did have a nice Aurora last night.....

August 30, 2017
Possible Aurora Tonight...
August 29, 2017
There are fires throughout most of the Cascade range right now from Canada to California.  This explains the smoke we are experiencing.  One of the big contributors is the Jolly Mtn. fire just NW of Cle Elum.  Here is a map of the fires:

I just put together a time lapse of Sunday, Monday and Tuesday taken at the same time to show the progression of the smoke.


August 28, 2017
Yesterday we decided to run up to Port Hudson in our boat for lunch.  When we got there, the sky was just incredible.  We saw something that I couldn't explain.  There were dark vertical shafts across the horizon.  I took some pictures and shared it with Scott Sistek at KOMO.  He found that they were shadows on the smoke layer from the clouds above.  They were very eerie looking.  Here is Scott's Blog:

Here are the pics:

Last night the smoke started to show from the Jolly Mtn. fire that is just NW of Cle Elum.

Then, this morning's sunrise showed more of that smoke coming this way:

August 25, 2017

Incredible sunrise this morning....

HD Link to this video:
A note about Hurricane Harvey:
It is taking a very similar approach to the mainland as the most deadly hurricane on record. The 1900 Galveston Hurricane left between 6,000 and 12,000 dead. It remains the deadliest natural disaster in US history. It was believed to be a Category 4 at landfall and Harvey is currently forecast as a Category 2-3. So, the winds will not be as strong, but flooding will be the big issue. A lot of the deaths were attributed to flooding from the storm surge along with heavy rains. There will be similar, but slightly less intense conditions with Harvey. The big difference is the change in the infrastructure of Galveston and surrounding areas. Seawalls have been constructed and some areas have been elevated since then. Bottom line, thanks to good forecasting and evacuation notices this will be nothing like the 1900 storm, but it is still a storm that deserves a huge amount of respect. The rainfall associated with Harvey is forecast to be horrific and there will be flooding.

Here is more information on the 1900 Galveston Hurricane….

August 23, 2017
We had an incredible sunset this evening....

We had another minor Aurora storm last night and this morning.  Here are a couple of time lapses and an image from just before sunrise:

Here is a time lapse of just the morning when it was fairly intense:

This is a video of all night.  There was a minor storm for most of the evening: 

August 22, 2017

A nice example of a Superior Mirage today.  These images are of Bush Point on Whidbey Island ( 8 miles away).  This is the beginning, full on and then no mirage for perspective...

The eclipse was a bust for all 5 of my cams...  Unless you enjoy time lapse video of fog....  But, last night we were treated to a Northern Lights show.

The time lapse is best view here, but requires a fast internet connection:

August 20, 2017

There has been so much press about the eclipse I have not wanted to add to the noise… But here are my plans. My cams all point North and are fixed mount, so I will not be photographing the actual eclipse. There will be many, many images from far more skilled photographers than me, so I am not feeling left out…. My photography is a little different niche. 

I will have 5 cameras running tomorrow morning. Hopefully they won’t be exciting images of fog….. I have the 3 main cameras that provide the panorama image at the top of my site that run 24/7/365 and time lapse every hour.

Since we are looking at close to total darkness, I will be firing up my Canon night cam for about 30 minutes before and after the peak. My goal will be to see stars…. Lofty goal, but I will be setting the camera to capture any light available either side of the peak. So, that camera will be overexposed before and after. Hopefully it will be perfectly exposed at the peak…. It’s all guesswork and I cannot manually adjust the camera during this event without messing up the images.

I just received a new camera that I bought as a spare to my Canon night cam. I will be setting it up on a temporary tripod pointing North as well. It will be set to automatically adjust to the light levels throughout the event. With the automatic settings it will not have great detail when it gets really dark, but it should do a nice job of capturing the transition from light to darkness to light..... I plan on running it from 9:00 to noon. Hopefully it will provide nice high definition images that will transition smoothly in time lapse. Regardless, it will be an interesting day…..

There are lots of websites to look at that provide information about tomorrow, but so far, this is my favorite for simplicity…. Just plug in your zip code…. 

August 19, 2017
Spotted some very strange light coming from one of the cruise ships that went by last night...

We also had a nice moon rise / sunrise again with the moon chasing Venus....  

August 18, 2017

Thoughts I shared on Facebook tonight....
I think our simple home in Hansville is going to be a wonderful place to be around 10:20am on Monday morning.... I just hope that folks in the area will "listen" and appreciate the sounds (or lack thereof) as the eclipse happens.... I really hope that the rumor of fireworks at that time is NOT true.... I have only experienced one other eclipse in my life and it was what I heard that I remember most....

Another great night for stargazing....  A minor Aurora event along with a few small meteors....

We also had a great moonrise and sunrise.... 

August 16, 2017
A beautiful night for star gazing...
HD Link:

August 14, 2017
There was a HUGE fire on Whidbey Island this morning....

August 12, 2017
This is a time lapse video of the cloudy night last night.  There were some stars, but the real highlight here is seeing how the cruise ships light up the sky.....  Wow....

August 11, 2017
Thought I'd have a little fun with the Groundhog Day theme....  This is a bit longer than usual and intentionally annoying....  :)

August 10, 2017
Anybody else feel like Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day?.....

August 7, 2017
Tonight, in the increasing smoke from the BC fires, we had a remarkable superior mirage from Bush Point on Whidbey Island. Notice the distortion on the trees to the left. This is called a fata morgana....

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Time To Catch Up

A very busy summer for us and regrettably, I have not maintained this “blog” as I should.  My intention here is to replicate what I post on Twitter and Facebook.  It’s all pretty time consuming and I am trying to make this more efficient so the information will be current….  Meanwhile, it’s time to catch up. This past month there have been several events.  It seems like there is always something going on out there.  I am going to review some of these events chronologically..... Newest first... With very brief descriptions.

August started out with the smoke from the BC wild fires.  It was suggested that I rename my site “SmokeBayWeather”…..  Here is a time lapse showing the progression of smoke as it comes in.  3 days recorded at the exact same time. (4:00pm to 7:00pm)

We have also had several sunrises like this:


On July 19th and July 29th, we had nice meteors and beautiful starry skies overnight….

We had a very nice Aurora display on July 17th.

On July 14th there were some very strange lights in the sky.  Something was flying in circles on the right side of this video for over 2 hours…..  Never did figure out what it was.

UFO mystery solved…. It’s now an IFO (Identified Flying Object). It turns out it is a new surveillance aircraft that has been flying in the Seattle area. Here is an article about it:

On July 9th we had just an incredible sunrise….

July 9th also provided some beautiful altocumulus clouds under a bright moon and a brief showing of Northern Lights.

On July 8th, we had an incredible sunrise:

On July 6th, my cams picked up a beautiful sunrise and then sadly a house fire.  This was the arson fire in Useless Bay.

On July 5, we had a very nice display of Noctilucent Clouds….