Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Don’t worry, this is not an alien invasion. Here, we see several lenticular clouds!
Mt. Rainier is also the most heavily glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S., and gets tremendous amounts of snowfall. Paradise, on the windward side of Mt. Rainier, can get particularly snowy. It averages over 53 feet of snow each year, and some years, the average snowfall reaches over 90 feet! Check out the historical snowfall data for Paradise below.
Of course, it snows when it is cold outside, but when it rains on Mt. Rainier, it pours. Mt. Rainier was particularly hard hit in November of 2006, when places of the national park surrounding the mountain received 18 inches of rain in 36 hours. Here are some photos below. These are all taken from the National Park Service.
Pretty incredible stuff!
But the main reason I decided to write this blog post today was because I saw some pictures of an amazing shadow Mt. Rainier cast during sunrise. We get these shadows during the autumn and winter when the sun is positioned directly behind the mountain for somewhere in Puget Sound. We don’t get these shadows in our area in the summer because the sun is too far north to cast a shadow in the Puget Sound area.