West Seattle sunset: Vivid end to wonderful weekend

July 13, 2014 at 9:36 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle weather | 10 Comments

(Photo by Don Brubeck)
Hope you were able to see the colors firsthand … after some drizzle and lightning, one of the most intensely colorful sunsets we’ve seen in a long time.

(Photo provided by Gary Smith with permission of anonymous photographer)
It’s only now ebbing with a line of deep pink in the northwest.

(Photo by Greg)
What a way to end West Seattle Summer Fest weekend!

(Photo by James Bratsanos)
Thanks to everyone who’s sharing photos – more:

(Photo by Jissy)
The colors were visible from the stands during the Sounders game, and back across the bay, from the sands of Alki:

(Photo by Eilene Hutchinson)
Might be another two or three to add – still reviewing the mail – again, thank you.


  1. This was just a phenomenal sunset tonight!
    Amaaaazing! Thanks for the great photos!

    Comment by LatteRose — 10:43 pm July 13, 2014 #

  2. Agreed! It was amazing.

    Comment by Klk — 5:30 am July 14, 2014 #

  3. Great pics! Thanks to everyone who shared!



    Comment by miws — 5:53 am July 14, 2014 #

  4. Wow, if that paddleboard lightning pic wasn’t blurry, you could sell it to Seattle Tourism Board :)

    Comment by Delridge Dude — 8:47 am July 14, 2014 #

  5. Yes, the sender noted that it was taken by a visitor at a neighbor’s house with a cell phone, and certainly it was my choice to publish it or not, but it was the only shot we received with lightning and I thought that plus the paddleboarder trumped a bit of blur – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:51 am July 14, 2014 #

  6. Paddle boarding in an electrical storm? The Darwin Awards await your entry.

    Comment by Seriously? — 9:45 am July 14, 2014 #

  7. Sorry, didn’t have time to publish the entirety of the note sent to me by the person who forwarded the photo but OF COURSE the paddleboarder returned to shore upon sighting lightning.

    Comment by WSB — 10:16 am July 14, 2014 #

  8. Seattle Times had a brief explanation of why the sunset was so red: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024068140_sundaysunsetxml.html

    paywall, unfortuneately.

    Comment by Lura Ercolano — 12:09 pm July 14, 2014 #

  9. Up at 38th and Willow there were cars pulling in left and right and maybe 40 people, then over at 38th and Frontenac another 25, many with cameras, tripods, and zoom lenses. Never seen a sunset that dramatic in my life: wild color blanketing a huge expanse, threatening skies, lightning, and vivid reflections off the eddies in an otherwise calm puget sound.

    Comment by residents — 8:12 pm July 14, 2014 #

  10. It was amazing! People were standing on the roofs. It almost looked unnatural. And…there was also a rainbow!
    What a gift!

    Comment by Niuvis — 12:10 pm July 21, 2014 #

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