Last night was one of the coldest nights so far in our region, with a number of rural western Washington locations getting into the teens, much of eastern WA falling into single digits, and some eastern WA/eastern Cascade valleys falling below zero. Olympia Airport, a well known cold spot, dropped to 18F this morning (see below), hitting the coldest temperature so far this winter season.
Regarding last night's aurora, it ended up being a disappointment, but is was visible at some locations. Undoubtedly the past cam site for viewing local aurora activity is Greg Johnson's Skunk Bay tri-cam facility on north Kitsap. Here is a special video of last night's action he prepared for your viewing pleasure (hint: watch in a darkened room):
Northern Lights - 12/31/15 from SkunkBayWeather on Vimeo.
He supports his site by selling sweatshirts, hats, and other Skunk Bay items....I am wearing one as I write this.
2016 Northwest Weather Workshop On March 4-5, 2016
The Northwest Weather Workshop, the big regional meeting on Northwest weather will take place in Seattle on March 4-5, 2016. At this meeting we talk about the latest advances in understanding our local weather. There will be a special session on the OLYMPEX project. It is open to all. For more information go here.
If you want to give a presentation, abstracts are due on February 1.