West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle weather http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 26 May 2015 04:19:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Weather Watch: Lightning, thunder, rainbows http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-weather-watch-lightning-thunder-move-through/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-weather-watch-lightning-thunder-move-through/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 23:53:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309276

(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.


5:13 PM: Longtime WSB’er “MetPatrick” is watching the charts and warns of another one that appears to be headed this way.


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!

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Second night of Siberian-smoke sunsets, seen from West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/second-night-of-siberian-smoke-sunsets-seen-from-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/second-night-of-siberian-smoke-sunsets-seen-from-west-seattle/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 03:38:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307541

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.

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West Seattle pre-weekend scene: Friday night’s setting sun http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-scene-friday-nights-setting-sun/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-scene-friday-nights-setting-sun/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 03:33:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307409

(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:

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West Seattle weather: ‘Amazing clouds’ at sunset http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-weather-amazing-clouds-at-sunset/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-weather-amazing-clouds-at-sunset/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:46:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307086

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!”

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West Seattle weather: Thunderstorm moving through http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-weather-thunderstorm/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-weather-thunderstorm/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:38:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307043 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:


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West Seattle weekend scene: Full moon on the rise http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-weekend-scene-full-moon-on-the-rise/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-weekend-scene-full-moon-on-the-rise/#comments Sun, 05 Apr 2015 09:16:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306227

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.

We appreciate photo contributions – editor@westseattleblog.com or share via the WSB Flickr group!

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West Seattle weather: Slide blocks part of Fairmount Avenue; water woes on West Marginal http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-weather-slide-blocks-part-of-fairmount-avenue/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-weather-slide-blocks-part-of-fairmount-avenue/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 03:36:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304025

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.

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West Seattle weekend scenes: February’s final sunset & moonrise http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-weekend-scenes-februarys-final-sunset-moonrise/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-weekend-scenes-februarys-final-sunset-moonrise/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 04:46:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302444

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.

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West Seattle Sunday sky scenes, from the jets to the sunset http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-sunday-sky-scenes-from-the-jets-to-the-sunset/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-sunday-sky-scenes-from-the-jets-to-the-sunset/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:42:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301833 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.

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West Seattle sunsets: Fine end to Fat Tuesday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-sunsets-fine-end-to-fat-tuesday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-sunsets-fine-end-to-fat-tuesday/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 02:43:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301352

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.

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West Seattle sunsets: Vivid end to a springlike holiday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-sunsets-vivid-end-to-a-springlike-holiday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-sunsets-vivid-end-to-a-springlike-holiday/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 02:19:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301243

(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.

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West Seattle sunset scenes: Foggy Friday’s finale http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-sunset-scenes-foggy-fridays-finale/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-sunset-scenes-foggy-fridays-finale/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:54:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299755 Sunset splendor tonight, with the fog. Thanks for sharing photos! This one’s from Jeff:

From Cam:

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.

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West Seattle weekend scenes: Spring-y Sunday, near-historic high http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-weekend-scenes-spring-y-sunday-near-historic-high/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-weekend-scenes-spring-y-sunday-near-historic-high/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 03:40:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299239

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:


Tomorrow’s forecast suggests a sunny afternoon and high near 60.

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West Seattle windstorm update: Power back on to all but a handful as of midafternoon http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-weather-watch-wind-arrives-at-least-1-outage/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-weather-watch-wind-arrives-at-least-1-outage/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:40:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298461 (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:


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:


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!)

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West Seattle Weather Watch: Wind advisory, tonight into tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-weather-watch-wind-advisory-starting-late-tonight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-weather-watch-wind-advisory-starting-late-tonight/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:16:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298435 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!

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