The Pacific Northwest is among the most beautiful spots on the planet, but it doesn't have a monopoly.
Photographer Randall Kayfes has lived much of his life in the Northwest, but recently moved to Marana, Arizona and how has a front row seat from his home to a desert landscape that can really put on a show.
"As far as the majority of the photos go, you may find this hard to believe but that is my 'backyard,' " Kayfes told me when I asked him where his amazing portfolio was shot. "I don't own any of it but it is protected land. The mountains are the Santa Catalina's. A lot of the panoramic photos are taken from my second story window."
There's a reason the Columbia Gorge has some of the best wind surfing around but even the most brave wind surfers might have had a challenge this weekend.
The Crown Point observatory near Corbett -- noted for its extreme winds -- really outdid itself with some unofficial peak gusts of over 100 mph Monday. The official wind gauge hit 87 mph but those with hand-held wind gauges recorded gusts of 103 mph with another person -- Steve Pierce with the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society -- registering an unofficial gust of 115!
The impending cold snap into the upper Midwest that's making big news this weekend comes on the heels of NOAA announcing it has discovered what it believes is the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth.
Now, before I give the answer, I thought I'd give a quiz where you think that spot might be:
2013 was quite the year for weather photography and videos. From dramatic fog to brilliant lightning to... projecting a movie onto snow? Now that essentially everyone has a video camera on their phone, amazing weather events rarely go uncaptured.
I went back over all my blogs this year to find my favorite photos and videos that have been featured here and compiled many of them here in one spot to reminisce over the year that was in meteorology.
An Atmospheric Sciences professor at the University of Utah, who also holds a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington, is seeking to improve global snow forecasting through the simple act of taking photographs of snowflakes.
OK, so it's not simple. In fact, it's quite complex.
We're about halfway through the heart of the October-to-March wet season and it's been anything but for this year.
Not only are many cities well behind for the year in the rainfall column -- Portland is almost 7 inches behind for the year -- but the mountains are reeling with some resorts only about 40 percent of their normal snowfall.
And the short term forecast is not good with another long, dry stretch looming to end December. We've already had several dry streaks in October, November and December with perhaps another several day streak in the offing now.
But! There is some hope for skiers -- and maybe it'll even translate to the lowlands?!?
There's nothing like a blanket of fresh snow to make for picturesque scenes around the Pacific Northwest, but among the snowmen and sleigh rides are hidden secrets of the breath-taking beauty of Mother Nature.
But photographer Alexey Kljatov has unlocked some of those secrets, using a unique camera set up to get intricate photos of individual snowflakes, which show off an amazing level of detail that each snowflake carries. They say no two snowflakes are alike, and these photographs show why.
Park rangers and tourists alike at the Grand Canyon over Thanksgiving weekend were treated to a sight only seen on average once every few years: Fog.
It takes a rare inversion set up where cold air gets trapped in the canyons and warm air sits above the rims.
"Much better than Black Friday!" National Park Service Ranger Erin Whittaker posted on the Grand Canyon's Facebook page. "Rangers wait for years to see it. Word spread like wildfire and most ran to the rim to photograph it. What a fantastic treat for all!"