Wildfire History: The Yacolt Burn Forest Fire

February 20, 2013
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Wildfire History: The Yacolt Burn Forest Fire

              When the wildfire’s smoke and ash first filled the air in September of 1902, terrified residents in the state of Washington thought Mount St. Helens, Silver Star Mountain, or perhaps even Mount Rainier had exploded with their volcanic fury. They grabbed what they could–sometimes only their children–and...

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Driving on Ice: One Truck Driver’s Chilling Experience Over the Holidays

January 26, 2013
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Driving on Ice: One Truck Driver’s Chilling Experience Over the Holidays

An Icy Situation By Gregory R.C. Hasman, Wild West Weather Contributor The wind howled.  Sweat trickled down my left cheek bone.  The vehicle veered softly to the right, but fortunately the hands were able to steer her back on the right path. Minutes later, the pavement grew more slippery, hands turned white, and my...

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Kelvin-Helmholtz Wave Cloud

December 28, 2012
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Kelvin-Helmholtz Wave Cloud

This was an absolutely perfect example of a Kelvin-Hemholtz Wave Cloud, but by the time I found my camera it was falling apart. You can still see the waves, though. I’ve seen better examples out here in New Mexico so I’m sure I’ll post another soon. This particular cloud formation was named after the German...

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Morning Sun Pillar

December 28, 2012
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Morning Sun Pillar

This lovely sun pillar appeared over the Sandia Mountains in the early morning hours of Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. Sun pillars are vertical streaks of light that appear above and below a low sun shining through ice crystal clouds, such as cirrus clouds. I’d been waiting for the first sun pillar of the...

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Cirrus Clouds: Curl of Hair

December 28, 2012
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Cirrus Clouds: Curl of Hair

    The highest clouds in the sky, composed completely of ice crystals, are also the most ethereal-looking, like wisps of hair. In fact, Cirrus clouds look exactly like the Latin root of the word–curl of hair. This picture shows a variety of cirrus, including a few hooked cirrus clouds called uncinus. The weight...

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Tornado Watch in Colorado

Storm moving in on Severance, Colorado. Photo by D.S. Dollman. For the second time in a month Eastern Colorado is tracking a string of...

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