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Turbulent Skies Over Green Lake

December 14, 2018 9:11am

Though I often capture scenic photos of colorful serene skies, today’s morning sky was all about the drama. With a strong storm system moving into the region today, I captured these images.

I’ll dip into my background as a meteorologist to define what makes them unusual. You’ll notice the surface of the lake is glassy. But looking at the chaotic appearance of the skies above, I can tell you that the atmosphere not far above the surface is turbulent. If you were flying in or out of an area airport this morning, you probably had a bumpy ride.

At the time the photos were taken, the wind was blowing 40 mph just 1200 feet above the ground. This creates an environment of what’s called “low level wind shear.” Essentially, the wind speed can change quickly only a few hundred feet off the ground and is challenging for pilots.

I checked and, sure enough, there were pilot reports of moderate to severe turbulence over the Olympic Peninsula this morning in the low levels of atmosphere. Welcome to storm season in Western Washington!

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Green Lake Heron

December 13, 2018 10:36am

Photo by Tammy Marx, http://www.tammymarxphotography.com

While many birds visit Green Lake seasonally, our Great Blue Herons live here year round. These prehistoric-looking inhabitants add such an interesting element to the landscape of the park.

Special thanks to photographer Tammy Marx for sending us this amazing photo.

 

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Sunshine Music Together Free Classes For Children Starts January 8

December 13, 2018 8:22am

Via Red Tricycle

Sunshine Music Together is hosting three free music sample classes.

Sunshine Music Together is a researched-based, Internationally recognized early childhood music development program for children ages birth to five and their parents or caregivers. The 45-minute classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play.

Here’s the times for the free sample classes.

01/08 – 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
01/11 – 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
01/12 – 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

The NEST (Green Lake)
6600 1st Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Community members can reserve their seat now and join by following this link.

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A Crescent Moon

December 5, 2018 8:07am

Photo by Dustin Guy

If you were outside early this morning perhaps you saw the crescent Moon? That’s the planet Mercury below it. Interesting to note that our Moon and Mercury are similar in size, but Mercury is over 280 times farther away (more than 56 million miles!).

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