West Seattle Weather Watch: Thunderstorms arrive

August 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle weather | 6 Comments

(Photo by Christopher Frankovich)
9:18 PM: As predicted, thunderstorms have arrived – coming up from the south/southeast right now, and you might even have seen lightning over downtown already. This follows a record-setting high temperature today, 96 degrees (it was still 85 at 9 pm). The thunderstorms are expected to stay in the area through at least tomorrow.

10:42 PM UPDATE: Rain arrived with the most recent cell. Also a reminder … we had one short-lived lost pet report, a dog spooked by the thunder and lightning, so make sure your pet is extra-safe. Meantime, just received, and added, an excellent lightning photo from West Seattle photographer Christopher Frankovich - thanks!

11:04 PM NOTE: And in case you’ve noticed this too – yes, that’s aircraft heading westward, likely because of the weather, in a different pattern than usual this time of night.

1:24 AM: Thanks also to Doug B for sharing a view of a bolt spotted from Hamilton Viewpoint in North Admiral. Things have calmed down since our last update – the air traffic shifted away, no further thundershowers – but they remain in the forecast for today (Tuesday) as of a late-evening update.


  1. Thank you wsb! I thought the airplanes seemed to be flying lower or louder for some reason. Glad to hear I’m not imagining things!

    Comment by nosleep — 11:17 pm August 11, 2014 #

  2. Haven’t heard any more since about quarter-past – was probably a last-minute “shift around the storm cell” order.

    Comment by WSB — 11:24 pm August 11, 2014 #

  3. Awesome photo; thanks for sharing Christopher and WSB.

    Comment by Graham Morgan — 12:10 am August 12, 2014 #

  4. Up in the Highland Park/S. Delridge area, last night, heard the low flying jets between 10:00, or maybe 10:30 and 11:00. Didn’t step out to visually investigate, as I was too wrapped up in my Tee Vee show. :-)



    Comment by miws — 7:37 am August 12, 2014 #

  5. Beautiful photographs!

    Comment by quilter woman — 9:01 am August 13, 2014 #

  6. Awesome pics! Too hot to sleep inside, feel like grabing a blanket and heading to the beach… The slumber will come easy when my toes are being cooled and tickled wave after wave… Got to go, now.

    Comment by Stormlover — 4:23 pm August 13, 2014 #

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