Miss the Northwest rain? This video will help

It's been a whopping 25 days since it last rained in Seattle as of Thursday, and aside from some isolated thunderstorms Saturday night, the forecasts don't hold out much hope for any kind of widespread rain still for several more days.

Instead, sunshine and 90-plus degree heat beat down on the Puget Sound region for the third and fourth time this week, and I'll bet many longtime Seattleites might find themselves missing our gentle Northwest rains a bit. I know I sure do.

If so, I've got 5 minutes and 48 seconds of bliss:

This is video shot by YouTube contributor MclaughlinTV of the rains that fell on Seattle on July 3, 2012 (yes, a day before the Fourth of July, which turned out nice.)

I'm not sure what it is about the rain that is so soothing to many, including me, but I for one can watch this video over and over...

But if living in past isn't your thing and you need to reconnect to the gray, check out this relatively new site from the National Weather Service. (Note: as of Thursday, the cameras seem to have not updated since Aug. 13)

Its official intention is to show the current conditions along the bars on the ocean beaches, but for those of us who aren't bar pilots, it provides a live peek in on the coast, which is commonly gray and cloudy even when the sun's out here. (This Thursday not included -- it's sunny and hot there too. But the clouds are expected to be back on Friday.)

It can also be a great resource if you're planning a trip out there to see if you'll find sunshine there as well.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go watch that rain video again...