5:24 PM: If you hadn’t noticed it’s been raining for the better part of an hour – the thunder might have startled you. The National Weather Service does have our area under a “short-term forecast” alert, including thunderstorms and possibly even “small hail.” (On the literally bright side, the forecast says sun returns Tuesday and continues through Seafair’s big weekend.)
5:57 PM: Added a photo shared by Lise Thivierge, who says the neighbors were out “celebrating the rain.”
After our area’s biggest day of summer fun – a mesmerizing moonset, with Venus in view. Thanks to David Hutchinson for the view from Alki Beach, above; below, Gary Jones caught a slightly later view from Alki Point:
P.S. You can check the moon phase and moonset/moonrise time (along with sunset/sunrise) any time on the WSB West Seattle Weather page.
(Photo by Lura Ercolano)
A show in the sky as we head into another big weekend of summer fun – with 90ish highs forecast to return.
(Photo by Greg)
Thanks for sharing the photos! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
9:27 PM: As the forest-fire smoke continues to linger, tonight brought another vividly hued sunset. Thanks to James Bratsanos for the photo. Don’t count on a three-peat tomorrow – the National Weather Service‘s forecast discussion says tonight that “the smoke should leave the area Thursday morning as flow aloft becomes more southerly.”
ADDED 9:36 PM: Thanks to Jamie Kinney for this view:
Smoke from fires to the north of us filtered tonight’s sunset in a big way – enough to see sunspots in some of the views we received, including the one by Neal Chism, above. The big pink
moon sun was just a disc suspended in the sky for a while, as shown in John Bartell‘s photo …
… until, as shown in Long Bach Nguyen‘s photo below from Gatewood, it edged behind the Olympics:
Long also shared a sunspot view – note the band of smoky haze:
You might recall similar sunset views back in April, when smoke drifted this way from fires in Siberia.
(Photo by James Bratsanos)
A hot-pink sunset starts another hot night. The National Weather Service‘s “heat advisory” alert for our area is now extended until at least 9 pm tomorrow; the NWS also made this observation, “An interesting climate stat: Sea-Tac Airport averages 3 days of 90 degrees or better per year. Today’s high of 93 was the third day of 90-plus this year, and it is only July 2nd.” (An NWS tweet adds that it’s been 80+ for five days in a row, 15 of the last 30.) We’re still in the 80s right now, and it’s after 10 pm; the forecast still says Sunday will be the hottest day of the week, mid-90s.
(Added: Photo by John Hinkey)
P.S. If you have an eastern view, the full moon has risen!
That’s the late-afternoon scene at E.C. Hughes Wading Pool in West Seattle, which opened for the season today; from here on out, it’s the full wading-pool schedule for the rest of the summer. Just in time, too, as the warmer-than-normal weather continues; the National Weather Service has the city under a Heat Advisory until Thursday night, with temperatures potentially reaching into the 90s again tomorrow.
Tonight, no excuse for running pretty sunset photos – no weather alerts, for example – James Bratsanos just happened to share the photos, and with the holiday on the way, a sunset-pic break just feels like the right thing to do before the next few stories we’re working on.
Forecasters now say the 4th of July is expected to get into the mid-80s, cooling a bit from temps that they believe will peak on Thursday in the low 90s.
It’s hot already – 86 degrees at the top of the hour, according to the closest official National Weather Service gauge at Boeing Field, and this isn’t even typically the hottest time of day. But the NWS now verifies it’s going to get hotter, and has issued an Excessive Heat Watch alert for Friday/Saturday – see it here. By Saturday afternoon, it could be into the mid-90s, says the NWS. The mayor’s office, meantime, has published a list of “cooling centers,” including, in West Seattle, the Delridge (5423 Delridge Way SW) and High Point (35th/Raymond) branches of the Seattle Public Library, and the Senior Center of WS (Oregon/California). We’ll be compiling a list of other air-conditioned locations – email@example.com – thanks!
Thanks to Lynn Hall for capturing the end of the longest day of the year, almost 12 hours after the arrival of summer. Tonight’s sunset came 16 hours after sunrise; now the days start getting a bit shorter, as Alice Enevoldsen explained at last night’s quarterly Solstice Park sunset watch. Most notable in the days ahead: The forecast suggests hotter weather next weekend – upper 80s on Sunday.
(added) Wider shot from Upper Alki, by JayDee:
9:23 PM: Thanks to Jissy for being the first to send a photo of the truly spectacular sunset that’s gracing the northwestern sky right now. We’ll add more if we get them! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
9:41 PM: Thanks to those who’ve tweeted …
— David Nyro (@DavidNyro) June 18, 2015
… and to those who’ve e-mailed. From Chris Frankovich:
From Darren Pilon, the sunset over the Arbor Heights Elementary construction site:
From Greg Snyder:
From Lynn Hall:
10:14 PM: Still adding – this one came in via text (remember we don’t see names with texts and don’t generally know your phone number on sight, so please mention your name so we can credit you!):
From Don Brubeck via e-mail:
And from Kristin Widman, taken at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor):
Adding a few more when we get back to the keyboard in a bit – been dealing with breaking news.
12:37 AM: And two from beach level – this is from Paula G:
And from Jeremiah:
P.S. Speaking of sunsets … Saturday night, it’s Solstice Sunset Watch with Alice Enevoldsen, 8:45 pm at Solstice Park.
(Thanks to Karl for the rainbow photo from Westwood Village)
4:53 PM: Yes, that was thunder, as a storm cell moves through the area – we saw a big bright bolt of lightning a bit northwest of us a few beats before the boom. No special weather alerts but the forecast overall did warn of a chance of thunderstorms.
— Jason G (@jgrotel) May 6, 2015
5:13 PM: Longtime WSB’er “MetPatrick” is watching the charts and warns of another one that appears to be headed this way.
— NLB (@g7on) May 6, 2015
6:21 PM: Did you catch the hail (ice pellets) and downpour? If you use the Periscope livestreaming app, be sure to follow @westseattleblog – we were experimenting during all that. Meantime, thanks to everyone who’s sent rainbow photos – we’re adding a few here!
Tonight, the photo’s by Jamie Kinney, from the second consecutive night with a pink/red-ball sunset whose cause is no longer a mystery – the National Weather Service pointed out a NASA update showing the plume of smoke crossing the Pacific from fires in Siberia.
(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
8:33 PM: So many beautiful sunsets – but seldom one quite like tonight, with the sun seemingly suspended high in the sky, intensifying pink against a backdrop of gray, as it slowly slid toward the Olympics.
9:22 PM: Thanks for sharing photos! Laura‘s view from over Beach Drive included the reflection of the sun’s color from high in the sky:
From Don Brubeck, what it looked like a bit further down:
ADDED 10:12 PM: From Neal Chism, another view of the sun at its most-intense color:
The photo above is by “Diver Laura” James, one of several people who sent pics of the phenomenon in Tuesday’s sunset sky. Thanks also to JayDee and to Kerry, who described it, aptly, as: “Amazing clouds over West Seattle tonight!”
2:38 PM: We weren’t sure that was thunder until we got up from the desk and looked out to the southwest. Storm moving in! Checking the National Weather Service to see how long (or short) it might be. (Added) Forecast for the afternoon does say “possibly a thunderstorm.”
3:35 PM: And as is so typical for spring weather … now, even as rain continues, a sunbreak is moving our way from the same direction that yielded the big boom earlier.
7:13 PM: Thanks to Patrick for tweeting this photo of a between-showers rainbow:
— Patrick kelly (@MetPatrick22) April 14, 2015
One night after the eclipse, two photographers caught the full moon on the rise with a vantage point toward Harbor Island – above, David Hutchinson; below, Chris Frankovich.
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8:36 PM: Thanks to Ramona (who also sent the photo) and Matt for the tip – a slide is covering part of Fairmount Avenue, near SW Hill (toward the north end of Fairmount; here’s a map). We’re hearing Seattle Fire crews heading to check out a slide report in that area right now – not sure if it’s the same one, since as you can tell from the photo, this slide happened before nightfall.
9:22 PM: The SFD response closed fairly quickly. Slides are causing trouble elsewhere in the region, too, blocking rail travel between Seattle and Everett, and also blocking part of a road in the Southworth area, on the other side of the ferry route from Fauntleroy. The rain is expected to ease overnight.
10:59 PM: New problem (via scanner): Vehicles reported to be stalled in water across West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way – frequent trouble spot in heavy rain, with runoff down the HP Way hill and from the West Duwamish Greenbelt. Police are on the way.
11:07 PM: Police are also at another flooded section of West Marginal, 6300 block (map), and closing it in both directions.
Sights tonight, shared by community contributors – above, Danny McMillin caught sunset colors over Mount Washington toward the south end of the Olympics; below, the rising moon, photographed by Chris Frankovich:
By the way, Daylight Saving Time returns one week from tonight – 2 am Sunday, March 8th, we’ll spring forward to 3 am.
Thanks to everyone sharing photos! First one’s from a flyover this afternoon:
John Bartell sent that photo tonight, showing the military jets that flew over northeastern West Seattle around 2:15 pm. We happened to see them from North Delridge. In the hours since, we’ve looked around and asked around and haven’t found any specific reason for the flyover. (Please comment if YOU know – thanks!) John also photographed tonight’s beautiful sunset, which many might have missed since the Oscars were on by then:
That’s from the Brace Point area. Meantime, near High Point, Yma photographed the sunset through bubbles.
No major chance of rain in the forecast until Thursday.
Thanks for tonight’s sunset views – the one above is courtesy of MM, and we’ll add a few more – as Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) concludes colorfully.
(Added above – photo by Lynn Hall.) Forecast now suggests the rain won’t return until Thursday.
(Photo by Chris Frankovich)
6:19 PM: Today’s temperature set a record (59 at Sea-Tac) – and as we hope you got to see firsthand, was followed by sunset beauty. We’ll be adding a few more photos soon – thanks for sharing!
ADDED 7:19 PM: Thanks to Megan Jasper for this one:
And from JayDee:
One more sunny day tomorrow, and even warmer, says the forecast.
Sunset splendor tonight, with the fog. Thanks for sharing photos! This one’s from Jeff:
From Mike, looking toward West Seattle from downtown:
And from Clay:
More fog in the forecast for tomorrow – but it’s expected to accompany clouds, no sun sightings, with rain to follow on Super Bowl Sunday.
The National Weather Service says today was the second-warmest January day in Seattle history – high of 63 (warmest on record, 64 on January 20, 1981). If you were anywhere near Alki Beach today, you too might have observed that it looked and felt a lot like spring. Above, JayDee caught the beach scene – including volleyball! Below, a sunset scene from the west-facing shore:
— Sage Parsons (@Sageey) January 26, 2015
Tomorrow’s forecast suggests a sunny afternoon and high near 60.
(SCROLL DOWN FOR NEWEST INFO! And in case you need these, City Light outage hotline 206-684-3000 **** Click for mobile version of SCL outage map)
(Updated City Light map screengrab, as of 2:10 am)
1:40 AM: After midnight, the wind kicked up, as the National Weather Service had warned it was likely to do. There’s word of a tree down at a house in the 1300 block of Alki SW and possibly a slide too. (Added: Photo from Suzanne, showing one of the firefighters who were working on the downed trees in that area:)
And power’s starting to go out around the city – including the first West Seattle power outage report, in the Fauntleroy/Lincoln Park area. We’re watching the map. (added) Just got texts from Arbor Heights and north White Center about power woes there too. Let us know in comments or via text (206-293-6302) what’s up where you are.
1:45 AM: The southwest-end outages are now on the City Light map. We’ll add a screengrab – or, wait, maybe not yet; just got a text from Admiral.
1:56 AM: The Admiral outage is on the map as a small pocket, 9 customers; from Gatewood through Fauntleroy and into Arbor Heights/Arroyos, more than 4,700 customers (homes/businesses) are out.
2:07 AM: Map has now added a pocket of 100+ customers out in The Junction, and the Admiral pocket has grown to about that same number. We’ll change the screengrab. Note we have added the City Light outage hotline AND link to mobile version of the outage map, atop this story.
2:26 AM: The National Weather Service upgraded the alert to a “high wind warning” (see it here) as of about 20 minutes ago, in effect through 8 am. Our area’s holding at about 5,000 customers without power, just under half the SCL total. The “estimated time” for restoration is 8 am but keep in mind, that’s always just a guesstimate, could be earlier or later.
3:17 AM: SCL now blames a tree, somewhere, for the biggest West Seattle outage, the 4,700-customer outage in Morgan/Gatewood/Fauntleroy/Arbor Heights/beyond. The wind’s been much calmer the past hour or so, at least from our listening spot.
3:37 AM: About a quarter of those in the biggest outage zone apparently have their power back – the count has dropped from 4,700 to 3,600. By the way, no reports of any injuries so far into all this.
5:57 AM: Checking on SCL’s progress – the big West Seattle outage (now attributed to equipment failure) has halved again, now fewer than 2,000 (looks like the latest chunk of restored customers happened around 5 am). The Admiral and Junction pockets (~100 each, now blamed on trees) are still out. If you are out and don’t see your area included on the map, be sure to notify SCL at 206-684-3000 to make sure they know.
7:24 AM: Looks like no additional West Seattle restoration in the past hour and a half – still just over 2,000 customers out, and the estimate is now “pending.” Via Twitter, SCL says the main problem with which they’re dealing now, here and elsewhere in the city, is downed lines, including one near 44th/Roxbury.
8:32 AM: In terms of businesses affected, looking at the current outage map, it doesn’t look like many are still out BUT the Endolyne/Fauntleroy mini-business district appears to be in the outage zone. We are off to check and will add whatever we find. Meantime, Ocean View has lost power again, according to a text. And we’re sticking this story to the top of the site, but if you scroll BENEATH it, you’ll see our list of “what’s up today” including game-related changes and places to watch – or, click here.
8:37 AM: In all, 5,000 **more** homes/businesses just lost power, so we have 7,000 total in West Seattle. ***UPDATE*** Within minutes, that area (southeast West Seattle, White Center) got it back, though the SCL map doesn’t reflect yet.
9:17 AM: Now out and about. Went to Fauntleroy/Endolyne first, spotted City Light crews:
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) January 18, 2015
Power in that area JUST came back on but Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) tells us they won’t be ready for customers until about 11. Next door, The Original Bakery is closed because of the outage – they can’t simply reopen now because as the sign says, they lost their early-morning baking time:
9:49 AM: Spotted City Light at the Junction outage scene too, on SW Oregon:
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) January 18, 2015
According to commenters, both the Junction and Admiral outage pockets (less than 200 customers each) were caused by trees taking out wires/lines in alleys. (Added below: Photo from Gina, showing the Admiral scene. Thanks also to Sarah for sending one.)
10:42 AM: The entire southwest area is now back on, according to the map, texters, and commenters. Now it’s down to the 300 or so residences in the Junction and Admiral pockets, neither of which appears to be affecting businesses.
12:04 PM: Game time, and the number of West Seattle customers still out after 11+ hours is down to 114, per City Light.
3:36 PM: Just a handful still out, per SCL. The weather is continuing to calm, according to the forecast, but there was a bit of thunder about half an hour ago. (No, it was NOT from the stadium, but might as well have been, given what was happening in the game right about then!)
Right now, it’s drippy and foggy – but wind is scheduled to sweep in late tonight. The National Weather Service has a wind advisory taking effect for our area 10 pm tonight until noon Sunday (yes, right before game time) – see the advisory here. The NWS expects winds 25-35 mph out of the south/southwest, with gusts up to 50 mph. Charge everything!
Though right now it just looks like nothing-out-of-the-ordinary rain, the National Weather Service has a “special weather statement” in effect for our area and much of the region, warning that this could bring two to four inches of rain to the lowlands today and tomorrow. Despite the recent dry spell, the NWS warns, “the predicted rainfall by itself will be enough to raise the landslide risk to ‘moderate’.”
P.S. Think you’re totally slide-savvy? Check this city info-sheet, which includes maps of the 8.4 percent of Seattle that is slide-prone, as well as factoids (January is the month with the highest slide risk). The image at left is taken from that map – the dots show the locations of past slides, while the salmon-shaded areas show what are considered to be “potential slide areas.”
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