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    Posted January 1, 2014 by
    seattle, Washington
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    Your New Year's Eve celebrations

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    Seattle welcomes in a Foggy New Year!


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Tim Durkan says he normally travels to Maui this time of year, but for 2014 he vowed he would stay home in Seattle and photograph the fireworks at the Space Needle. He said he spent weeks thinking about how the shoot was going to go, but Mother Nature had other plans.

    'It’s a lot of work leading up to a show that only last 15 minutes and you really have to be prepared in order to get interesting shots. Just a few minutes before the midnight extravaganza, the fog started rolling in over Puget Sound and completely blanketed the city. Before anyone even realized it, the Space Needle had disappeared from view and replaced with a sea of grey cloud ... poof! Weeks of planning and anticipation seem to vanish right before my eyes. But in typical Seattle fashion, we never let a little inclement weather get the best of us and the party continued without the visuals. So with only the sound of large fireworks off in the distance, we raised our glasses of champagne and toasted the New Year anyway! It was the most memorable New Year’s Eve I can recall specifically because of the fog - awesome!!'
    - nsaidi, CNN iReport producer

    It is an honored tradition that our beloved Space Needle rings in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks show to be watched by the whole city. Mother Nature, though, has a funny way of reminding us Seattleites that you’d best not take her for granted. From its perch above the central downtown core, Capitol Hill is a neighborhood famous for its festive gatherings and raucous night-life. Excited crowds numbering in the tens of thousands gathered to watch what had been billed as the “biggest show ever” by it’s organizers.

    It wasn’t meant to be, though, as a heavy fog completely obscured the iconic structure just minutes before the show. Only the lucky ones who had placed themselves directly under the Needle were able to catch a modest glimpse of the usually spellbinding pyrotechnics.

    In a city famous for football, coffee and gray skies that are predominant half the year – Seattlites still rallied around the celebratory spirit that had been growing all afternoon and welcomed in the new with style and energy. Spontaneous and slightly intoxicated renditions of Auld Lang Syne filled the air along with a sense of love, togetherness and positive energy.

    Fog might have ruled the skies over Seattle tonight but fireworks seemed only a state of mind as we raised our glasses high to the world – Happy New Years everyone. Peace/Love in 2014!
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