If it was in Mother Nature's playbook, it was used against parts of Nebraska Tuesday evening: Torrential rain, constant lightning, near-hurricane-force winds, tornadoes, and tennis ball-sized hail...
Pretty much all at the same time.
Let's start with the torrential rain as I was wide-eyed watching the rainfall numbers come in from Omaha.
The storm began with quite the punch, bringing a burst of rainfall and a gust of wind that was clocked at 72 mph!
The rain just kept going from there, which included jaw-dropping rainfall rates that saw over a half-inch of rain (0.53") fall in 3 minutes! That's 0.01" of rain per 3.4 seconds.
'Tis the season for severe weather across the Midwest and storm chasers have been out in full force capturing Nature's fury.
We're all likely familiar with what a hail storm looks like from the ground -- around here, it's as if someone dumped gazillions of frozen peas on the ground... if the peas were made of ice.
But have you ever seen a big hailstorm from the top? (And I mean BIG hailstorm, not the "what passes for big in Portland but Midwesterners and East Coasties laugh as child's play" hailstorm? The kind that could be disguised as a golf ball or, when you're really in for it, a softball?)
Storm chasers near Newcaslte, Wyoming lucked out this weekend in capturing an amazing supercell thunderstorm into its formation, then rapid dissipation.
The BaseHunters Chasing team followed the weather east into Nebraska on Monday and captured more supercells:
Nothing shows off the beauty of fog like time lapse video.
Photographer Simon Christen, who put together one of my all-time favorite videos, "Adrift" that shows a series of foggy time lapse videos in San Francisco, is out with a new video "A Time Lapse Collection" that has more fog from the Bay Area, as well as a trip to Dubai.
With cameras everywhere these days, it's inevitable that a tornado will find a few over the course of the stormy seasons.
The most recent one was a surveillance camera stationed outside a church in Tupelo, Miss. as an F3 tornado struck in April.
Tuesday was a big day in the science community with the release of a major federal scientific report on climate change.
The 840-page report, several years in the making, looks at regional and state-level effects of global warming, compared with recent reports from the United Nations that lumped all of North America together. A draft of the report was released in January 2013, but this version has been reviewed by more scientists, the National Academy of Science and 13 government agencies and had public comment.
It is written in a bit more simple language so people could realize "that there's a new source of risk in their lives," said study lead author Gary Yohe of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
The report breaks the nation down into 8 geographical regions, including the Pacific Northwest, which for their report encompasses Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
Local photographer Don Jensen is on a mission.
An outdoor and astronomy enthusiast, Jensen has developed a narrative time lapse video that shows what humanity's efforts to erase the nighttime darkness in our cities has taken on the night sky, and the interaction (or lack thereof) that we are having with starry skies.
"Escape the Light Dome" introduces us to our world where we are blinding ourselves to a view of the universe.
Our sunrises and sunsets are legendary around here, but how would you like to see all the sunrises and sunsets on Earth -- at the same time! And it doesn't even require a trip to outer space.
Instead, the moon is going to essentially turn into an astronomical version of a projection screen as we get the first of four consecutive lunar eclipses over the next two years.
Even though the moon will be in the Earth's shadow, it should appear a bit colorful, some shade of red or orange. That's from light around the edges of the Earth - essentially all the sunrises and sunsets at the moment - splashing on the lunar surface and faintly lighting up the moon, said Alan MacRobert, senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine.
Happy first day of spring! The planet hit its equinox at 9:57 a.m. PDT and now every second that passes is one closer to the start of summer, or as those on the frozen tundra that is the East Coast will tell you, one second farther away from winter.
Today brings us equal daylight of 12 hours (within a few minutes) and the annual trek to see if you can stand up an egg today.
Surfing is quite popular along California's shores, but near the state's eastern border there was a different kind of surfing going on.
Darren Springer posted this great video of "Kelvin-Hemoltz" clouds over Diamond Peak Ski report at Lake Tahoe (technically on the Nevada side of the border there):