Gave the sun ‘some talkin’, perturbed weather patterns, UFO sighting over Rainier

So I just did me some talkin’ to the sun
And I said I didn’t like the way he got things done
Sleepin’ on the job
Those raindrops are fallin’ on my head, they keep fallin’
— “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” B.J. Thomas

Rain drops continue to fall in our soggy part of the world.
And they just kept falling all through the night. We won’t find respite from this weather until the weekend, according to the weather geeks.

Good morning Longbranch.

I hate it when the weather geeks are right. It is currently 59 degrees and raining, and pretty hard at times during the night. Our day will be a bit muggy with a high of 68 and even more rain. Don’t think things will change anytime soon. According to the geeks, we will have rain until about Thursday.

Cliff Mass on says “The wet pattern on Monday and Tuesday is associated with a highly perturbed weather pattern, with a deep low forming over the eastern Pacific.”

He explains that the origin of this “perturbed” weather “is an extraordinary summer atmospheric river, one that is stronger and extends farther west than most of us can remember seeing in decades during this time of the year. (an atmospheric river is a long, narrow current of high moisture values originating in the tropics or subtropics).”

But there is a silver lining in this proverbial dark cloud says Mass: “The cool, wet pattern should be a memory by next weekend–the models are suggesting a huge high pressure ridge developing over the western U.S. during the second half of the week.”

So there you have it. I couldn’t give the sun “some talking’,” but Mr. Mass’ weather blog seemed the next best thing.

On that soggy note, I give you the day in history.

When Kenneth Arnold said he saw saucer-shaped objects flying over the Cascade mountain range, I’m sure he didn’t mean lenticular clouds. Or did he?

I bet most of you did not know that today in 1947, a man by the name of Kenneth Arnold first reported seeing flying saucers over Mount Rainier. This was the first time anyone had ever characterized unidentified flying objects as saucer-like.

Here is an account from “The modern phenomena of UFOs and ‘flying saucers’ began in Washington state on June 24, 1947, when Kenneth Arnold spotted nine mysterious, high-speed objects ‘flying like a saucer would’ along the crest of the Cascade Range near Mount Rainier. His report made international headlines and triggered hundreds of similar accounts of ‘flying saucers’ locally and across the nation.”

To be honest, I did not know this either until just now.

So, now we know.

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