The Mist, A Stormy Sunday, And The Rarest Sunset In Manhattan

Note: some of this post goes into weather jargon, so feel free to skip down to the bottom and read about the featured sunset.


This is one of those situations that forecasters and meteorologists dread. When/if low-cloud/fog/mist will burn away to clear, blue skies.  

This satellite imagery was taken at 930 PST:

 UW Visible Satellite Imagery

UW Visible Satellite Imagery

Just looking at the photo it's clear how extensive the low cloud layer is, as the cloud has infiltrated the many inlets in and around the North Shore and Vancouver area. 

Here's an image, just after 1230 PST shows marginal improvement, but there's still the chance the Vancouver area won't see the sun today. If that's the case, it could be the coolest day since June 20th, 2013. 

 UW Visible Satellite Imagery

UW Visible Satellite Imagery

Now on to the exciting stuff. Sunday is a day of transition around the area with the break down of the ridge of high pressure. When this ridge collapses moisture and instability will move north from Washington State.  

One index meteorologists look at when predicting thunderstorms is CAPE (Convective Available Potential Energy). A map of the forecasted level of CAPE lies below, and take note at some of the values. Normally the Vancouver area rarely sees CAPE above 200-300 J/kg. 



Several different models are predicting elevated CAPE values so be on the lookout for thunderstorms along the coast tomorrow. Some of these thunderstorms could be similar in strength and intensity to the storms the formed during the last couple of weeks, so be prepared for the possibility of heavy downpours, small hail, and strong winds.

When thunder roars, go indoors! 



The Manhattan Solstice:

Normally, to view a sunset the best spots are away from obstructions such as buildings and trees. There's one massive exception. Two times a year an event called the "Manhattan Solstice" occurs, where the sun aligns with the west-east facing streets of Manhattan, creating a beautiful scene pictured below.

This effect, also coined 'Manhattanhenge' creates a stunning visual, as light bounces of the myriad of buildings and glass downtown New York City.

2014 Manhattan Solstice Times: 

  • May 28, 29, 30
  • July 11, 12, 13

Source: Manhattanhenge