West Seattle Weather Watch update: Rain, thunder, lightning

September 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle weather | 17 Comments

(If you can’t see the Instagram video above, click here to see it there)
4:27 PM: In case you’re wondering if that expected downpour is still on the way – YES, says the National Weather Service. Its latest alert is a “Hazardous Weather Outlook,” predicting heavy rainfall into tonight, possibly up to two inches. Read the alert here. The flood-watch alert remains effect through tomorrow; read the latest version here.

P.S. One weather-related cancellation so far – Schmitz Park Elementary’s Friday night outdoor-movie fundraiser has been canceled because there’s a 90 percent chance of rain; no new date yet.

6:18 PM UPDATE: The 15-second Instagram video is from just before 6 pm, south of Alki Point. And just minutes ago, the rain resumed here at HQ in Upper Fauntleroy. We hope this storm will pass trouble-free, but if it gets to the point of trees down, clogged street drains, or anything else people should know about, as with all breaking news, please let us know too, once you’ve alerted authorities – text or call 206-293-6302 any time.

10:59 PM UPDATE: As discussed in comments, the rain’s returned. Thunder and lightning too.


  1. Just a few sprinkles here in Arbor Heights –the sky is actually clearing.

    What a disappointment. I’ve been looking forward to a big boomer all day.

    Comment by anonyme — 6:28 pm September 5, 2013 #

  2. Typical Seattle weather forecast… For the last day or so, it’s been “Heavy rain in about six hours”. Six hours later, “Heavy rain in about six hours”

    Comment by twobottles — 6:52 pm September 5, 2013 #

  3. I will believe it when it happens.

    Comment by pupsarebest — 6:56 pm September 5, 2013 #

  4. Sprinkles in Seaview. What do I need to do to get your video to play?

    Comment by shed22 — 7:38 pm September 5, 2013 #

  5. Shed – should work with clicking the triangular “play” button in the middle of the screen, unless there’s a Flash incompatibility or something … Re: the “where IS the rain?” looks like the metro area has been in a shadow of sorts these past few hours. I just got out of a meeting in White Center and wasn’t in my car a minute, headed west, before I saw lightning in the distance. If you check the radar from our friends at KING, looks like it’s heading this way – unless whatever has kept us in the shadow will route it around!


    Comment by WSB — 9:07 pm September 5, 2013 #

  6. … and as I hit “publish” on that comment, the rain resumed.

    Comment by WSB — 9:08 pm September 5, 2013 #

  7. the video doesn’t even appear for me; just a big, completely blank space between the headline and story.
    For those of you who think the storm is over, just wait …

    Comment by metrognome — 9:37 pm September 5, 2013 #

  8. Thunder & Lightning!!! Again!!! Admiral district West Seattle!!! We are having one heck of an end to summer!! Love it!!!

    Comment by Noelle — 9:43 pm September 5, 2013 #

  9. If you have a problem with flash, that might happen. Sorry – I will add a direct URL below it to view on Instagram. They have a handy feature where you can easily shoot and upload 15 seconds of video and all I did was stand against the railing at Constellation Park and pan from side to side – there was a big blue patch in the sky over Lincoln Park, ominous clouds to the west and northwest at the time. This rain tonight is wacky so far – it rained for a while after my last comment, stopped, now it’s starting again. Guess we’ll see if the really serious stuff does get here, or not. Uh oh, a power flicker …

    Comment by WSB — 9:50 pm September 5, 2013 #

  10. Thanks, WSB. I am that capable. Clicking the play arrow just doesn’t do anything. You are my primary news source. I love everything you do. I want to enjoy the environment you create. The video doesn’t play for me, Flash compatible and all.

    Comment by shed22 — 9:53 pm September 5, 2013 #

  11. I just added the link below the window.

    Comment by WSB — 9:57 pm September 5, 2013 #

  12. Heads up folks, BIG Squall line moving into the Seattle area within the next 30-45 mins with frequent lightning, heavy rain and small hail

    Comment by MetPatrick — 10:37 pm September 5, 2013 #

  13. shed – sometimes I have issues randomly with video playback if I’m in Internet Explorer. If you have Firefox and you’re not using that, try it over there it might work.

    Comment by Cait — 10:47 pm September 5, 2013 #

  14. I am using an android. There is a little bar at the bottom of the video that isn’t quite as wide as it should be, but there is a blue dot there that functions like a Play button.

    Comment by Chris W. — 10:50 pm September 5, 2013 #

  15. I enjoy thunderstorms, keep em coming. Its common in the summertime on the east coast, and it’s a change from just boring ol rain.

    Comment by strike em out kinney — 11:55 pm September 5, 2013 #


    Comment by Chris — 7:08 am September 6, 2013 #

  17. … and as I hit “publish” on that comment, the rain resumed


    MetPatrick, do you think there’s any connection? ;-)



    Comment by miws — 7:30 am September 6, 2013 #

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