West Seattle weather alert: Thunderstorm moves through

8:02 AM: If you didn’t hear the thunder just now – forecasters are warning that despite the sunshine, a thunderstorm is about to move through, bringing heavy rain. Past that, though, the forecast says sunny and 80s for the afternoon.

8:15 AM: It’s been raining for going on 10 minutes now. Still partly sunny out there, and more thunder in the distance. (added) Commenter DTK offers the real-time radar link.

9:11 AM: More thunder – so it’s not over yet (as the radar suggested) …

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21 Replies to "West Seattle weather alert: Thunderstorm moves through"

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    BrianF August 2, 2014 (8:05 am)

    Ha. I just heard the thunder too. I checked yahoo weather and the weather channel. No mention. I check here and shazam! Awesome. If you have any links regarding the impromptu thunderstorm, please post and share.

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    Andi August 2, 2014 (8:05 am)

    It is currently thundering, pouring and sunshining brightly here in Arbor Heights!

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    TMO August 2, 2014 (8:10 am)

    Just started pouring in Admiral neighborhood.

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    Not sleepless in WS August 2, 2014 (8:11 am)

    Thunder at 8:00 in the morning? Now big raindrops. In the Midwest this is called a sunshower.

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      WSB August 2, 2014 (8:12 am)

      “Not sleepless,” I was going to dub it a sun-derstorm. I like sunshower better.

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    DTK August 2, 2014 (8:12 am)

    Real time radar:


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    Sue August 2, 2014 (8:19 am)

    When I heard the thunder I looked up the radar on weather.com and saw the storm over WS. Looks like it won’t last long though.

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    Kipseawa August 2, 2014 (8:38 am)

    No wonder our kitty was slinking around…

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    Danny Downer :( August 2, 2014 (8:57 am)

    Just lost $300 in self leveling underlayment (concrete). Guess I shouldn’t trust the “zero % chance of rain” for the next 5 days.
    -First world problem :(

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    JayDee August 2, 2014 (9:00 am)

    Awakening to
    Thunder rumbling and rain
    Blue sky over mountains

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    Ray West August 2, 2014 (9:09 am)

    That was very weird: pouring rain and thunder with bright sunshine. I know we get all kinds of weather, but all at once? ;-)

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    Ray West August 2, 2014 (9:23 am)

    Here it comes again!

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    miws August 2, 2014 (9:49 am)

    Danny, Yes, in the scheme of things, probably a “First World Problem”.


    However, I don’t think you are being a “Downer” by sharing your frustration here, especially if 300 bucks isn’t something you can generally toss around with ease.



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    Chris August 2, 2014 (10:33 am)

    Because it’s not really a thunderstorm unless the internet tells you so.

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      WSB August 2, 2014 (10:47 am)

      Chris, I know, it sounds silly, but there is a basic human need – among some, anyway – for “was that what I thought it was? am I the only person who heard/saw that?” Often it’s “just” a thunderstorm. And then, there was “O-boom-a”

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    Graham Morgan August 2, 2014 (12:34 pm)

    Also saw lightning in what seemed to be relatively blue skies – had to confirm with the person I was with that I wasn’t seeing things complements of my cold medicine.

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    Diane August 2, 2014 (1:20 pm)

    I REALLY appreciate this story because I was completely puzzled when hearing what sounded like thunder, but outside did not look like that was possible; and it was too early for Blue Angels; so thank you

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    Bradley August 2, 2014 (2:39 pm)

    Felt like I woke up in Hawaii this morning….humid and sunny with rain and thunder.

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    Paul August 2, 2014 (3:29 pm)

    There was a short term weather alert this morning about the thunderstorm. https://nwschat.weather.gov/p.php?pid=201408021349-KSEW-FPUS76-NOWSEW

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      WSB August 2, 2014 (3:32 pm)

      First thing I did was go to the map on the NWS Seattle main page looking for an alert. Didn’t show, though your link shows it was timestamped more than an hour earlier. But they did mention thundershowers in the city forecast, updated at 7 am, which I linked.

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