The weather was incredible today. There was a downpour, and the Sun came out, so there were rainbows in the sky for the peace vigil at Percival Landing. Those clouds were intense, if you saw them, maybe you would agree.
Here are some photos and video and a little more commentary:
Bang what you got! Whether it's pots and pans, or if you're a marching band, your instrument of choice. Saxophone? Sauzaphone? Trumpet? Trombone? Glockenspiel? Banjo? Drums? Symbals? Cowbell? Bang it! for peace! Great tunes, thanks to the Artesian Rumble Arkestra
A little of what the sky looked like with dark clouds contrasting with bright sunlight... at Percival Landing.
The scene looking Eastward from downtown at a few minutes before 7 pm Monday evening:
The sky looked eerie. Very dark clouds in the East constrasted with bright setting Sun in the West. The storm system seemed to move from about NNE to SSW. There was thunder.
The day before, on Sunday, there was a vigorous small hail downpour. At least one person reported damage to a skylight in the house where they live.
Wild spring weather. What do you think?
I was in the neighborhood yesterday during one of the intermittent rain showers and sunshine breaks. The timing worked well to be at Madison Scenic Park, right when a break in the clouds let in sunshine on the downtown valley. It was raining at the same time. I heard report of an awesome double rainbow seen from the Westside. And, last night, there was an awesome scene of the new Crescent Moon appearing to cup the planet Jupiter as they settled toward the Western horizon. A larger version of the panorama is posted below the fold.
I read an article today that said the global temperature is at a 4,000 year high. The increase has been precipitous since the mid 19th century, from about 1850-1870 when industrial consumption of fossil fuels markedly increased. Here's a link: Global temperatures are at a 4,000-year high [Grist.org]
Global temperatures at 4,000 year high, after being at a 10,000 year low only 200 years ago?! That is scary! No?
Societal/Industrial activities have already had severe impacts the planet, and by many accounts, impacts are set to increase. Just that knowledge is enough to be psychologically disruptive, and damaging.
After all, what is the point of destroying the planet? Extreme riches for relatively few people? Can anyone's riches be justified when they depend upon harm to the well-being of planet and humanity?
Much of the living systems on the planet stand to be decimated, severely harmed, if not destroyed outright, and all for what? For a lifetime of luxury? How shallow is that! How uncivilized and inhumane!
What will the impacts be for Olympia? Who will pay for climate related impacts? Will it be those who have benefited most from fossil fuel extractions, or will costs be extracted from the common wealth? What do you think?
...Now, it is a beautiful sunny evening. Have a good evening, and a good weekend.
I saw some flashes of light last night. Then I saw some Facebook conversations about lightning East of Oly last night. Is it true, do you know? Was there lightning last night? People said they heard thunder.
This photo doesn't do it justice: amazing sky today. Some of the strangest and most awesome clouds I have seen. Constantly changing. Gentle breeze. A few sprinkles. Dramatic, spectacular.
You've heard of the Bermuda Triangle. Perhaps the Dragon's Triangle of the Pacific. But there is another mystery of science...the Olympia Cold Anomaly.
Its amazing and beyond our understanding.
Earlier in the day, there was fog lifting over Budd Waterway. This is from the County Courthouse vista, at about 10:30am. If you look close, you might be able to see an eagle, it is flying from West to East, toward the State Capitol Campus, which is out of the frame to the right.
Memories of the cold and snow...might get almost cold enough to snow tonight...
The clouds were pretty awesome this past Wednesday. There were rays of sunlight.
It made me think that maybe this is a special time to be alive. Maybe it is. But maybe future generations will see similar rays and think similarly. Made me wonder what kind of world to live in future generations will have... What kind of world to live in will future generations have?
Also, on the topic of weather, word has it that there is a "massive" storm system with clouds stretching from Hawaii to the PNW coast. It's predicted to arrive sometime tomorrow, and it has the potential to bring large amounts of rainfall, and to cause flooding.