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Photos: A hike through January's foggy inversion

Photos: A hike through January's foggy inversion
Photo of the fog layer below Angel's Rest. (Courtesy: Tyler Mode)

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!

Interactive web site allows you to easily visualize Earth's wind patterns

Interactive web site allows you to easily visualize Earth's wind patterns

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.

* Link to current wind field pattern

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.

122 mph winds wreak havoc with Oregon tourists

122 mph winds wreak havoc with Oregon tourists

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:

Photos: Arizona desert puts on spectacular natural displays

Photos: Arizona desert puts on spectacular natural displays
Photo courtesy: Randall Kayfes

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."

Crown Point hits 100+ mph gusts amid blazing sun

Crown Point hits 100+ mph gusts amid blazing sun

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!

How cold is the coldest place on Earth?

How cold is the coldest place on Earth?
NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.

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:

Best weather videos and photos from 2013

Best weather videos and photos from 2013
Space Needle above the fog. Tim Durkan

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.

Watch: Intense thunderstorms light up the night skies over Hawaii

Watch: Intense thunderstorms light up the night skies over Hawaii

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.

UW alum seeks to forecast perfect ski day through 3D snowflake photos

UW alum seeks to forecast perfect ski day through 3D snowflake photos
Photo of snowflake courtesy of Dr. Tim Garrett, University of Utah.

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.

Latest winter outlook gives some hope for skiers

Latest winter outlook gives some hope for skiers

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?!?

Photos: Bubbles crystallize into spherical beauty during freezing temps

Photos: Bubbles crystallize into spherical beauty during freezing temps
Intricate patterns revealed themselves when bubbles froze during a blast of single digit temperatures around Arlington, Wash. in early December. (Photo courtesy: Angela Kelly, Kelly Images and Photography)

What to do when you've got a creative mind, a knack for photography, and temperatures are hovering near single digits?

Go blow bubbles! Then take pictures of what happens next.

Arlington's Angela Kelly of Kelly Images and Photography has been featured in this blog before for her beautiful natural displays of dew drops and melting frost.

Unusual ice circle forms in North Dakota river

Unusual ice circle forms in North Dakota river
In this Nov. 24, 2013 photo provided by George Loegering is a large spinning circle of bits of ice that Loegering spotted in North Dakota's Sheyenne River while out hunting with friends. (AP Photo/George Loegering)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — When George Loegering saw a large spinning circle of ice in the Sheyenne River while out hunting with relatives, the retired engineer couldn't believe his eyes.