West Seattle Weather Watch: Thundershower, and wind advisory too

November 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle weather | 6 Comments

Wild weather this afternoon! The photo was shared by Carlos H. via Twitter. And though there’s a band of blue sky advancing as we type, you should know we’re under a wind advisory till early evening, too, as the next front literally blows through. Local meteorologist Patrick K. points out that what you see in Carlos’s photo is a “squall line.” Latest forecast says rain/showers are expected to continue off and on all week. If you can, take advantage of the impending break in the rain to clear your nearest storm drain! It’s usually a quick job, since yours probably isn’t THIS imposing:

That’s the Longfellow Creek sluice gate at 25th and Juneau; Lauren has been telling us about it, and shared the above “before” photo, with leaves, sticks and logs cluttering it till cleared – not by city crews (though we’ve seen them out and about all day) but by her husband. If it gets clogged, there’s a risk of big flooding, Lauren explains.


  1. I know they don’t have time to get to ALL of them, but we did see some SPU crews around WS over the weekend (Saturday AND Sunday), proactively cleaning out storm drains with their vac truck and other stuff.

    Comment by sam-c — 3:02 pm November 20, 2012 #

  2. Way to go, Lauren’s husband! It would be good if we could all get into the habit of becoming aware of the status of our storm drains on a regular basis, and taking just a few minutes to clear them out. Good neighborhood activity.

    Comment by Margaret in Vashon — 5:36 pm November 20, 2012 #

  3. Yes, that gate at 25th and Juneau is an important one. I think that’s the one that was blocked by a dislodged tree trunk a few year ago, which flooded a big area nearby.

    Comment by jay — 8:35 pm November 20, 2012 #

  4. Thank you, Lauren’s husband! I live very near Longfellow Creek and the waters, they were a’rising.

    Comment by BeckBe — 8:58 pm November 20, 2012 #

  5. Traveling for Thanksgiving, so sorry to miss the dramatic weather! Sounds intense.

    Comment by Trileigh — 9:03 pm November 20, 2012 #

  6. Thank you, Lauren, for letting us know about your husband’s good deed and example. Stories like that make me so proud to be part of the West Seattle community. I’ll check my nearby drains this morning.

    Comment by JennyB — 5:28 am November 21, 2012 #

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