The National Weather Service doesn't usually resort to dire language when giving forecasts for storms -- the two most famous examples I can think of are Hurricane Katrina and SuperStorm Sandy.
But NWS forecasters in the southeast are making no bones about the severity of an ice storm that is pushing into Georgia and parts of South Carolina.
These snippets are from the 3:39 a.m. forecast discussion on Feb. 12 from the National Weather Service office near Atlanta:
Arlington photographer Angela Kelly, who made waves around the Internet with her gallery of frozen bubbles featured in this blog during our last cold snap in December, was out again in the frigid mornings this week trying to add to her frozen bubble collection.
But this time, she got an added bonus for her teeth-chattering troubles: A gorgeous display of ice crystals.
Wow, talk about the fury of nature...
A time video from YouTube channel PhotoVolcanica shows an incredible display of three tornadoes in the wake of an eruption at Indonesia's Sinabung Volcano.
Tyler Mode decided he needed some fresh air -- and some sunshine -- amid the days long foggy stretch of weather we had earlier this month, so he went for a hike up Angel's Rest in the Columbia Gorge.
His reward? A few hours of warm, winter sunshine and some gorgeous photos along the way!
The planet's weather is full of complex interactions, but one web site aims to make the current weather a bit easier to visualize.
Check out this site from Earth.Nullschool.net which shows the current wind patterns around the globe at any moment.
You can click on the globe to move it around to the area you desire, scroll to zoom in, and clicking on the "Earth" button will give you other data to plot (cool!) For the wind map, the brighter the color, the faster the wind speeds.
You'd think when you register a 115 mph gust during a weather event, it'd probably be the strongest gust of your year, or... ever?
For one spot in Oregon, it's second place. Of the week.
The Crown Point Observatory on the western edge of the Columbia River Gorge outdid itself, kicking off the week Monday with a 115 mph gust and then topping it with a 122 mph gust on Friday:
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.
The Canada-France-Hawaii observatory located atop the summit of the 13,800-foot Mauna Kea is there to be a "state of the art astronomical observing facility" and researchers have placed a few web cameras nearby to record the skies at night.
The observatory also posts daily time lapse videos of what their cameras caught.
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?!?