West Seattle weather – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:25:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Seeing some snow http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-weather-seeing-some-snow-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-weather-seeing-some-snow-2/#comments Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:26:52 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909311 8:26 AM: Thanks for the texts! We’ve heard from Highland Park, The Junction, and Jacobsen Road so far, as very light snow falls around West Seattle – seeing it here in Upper Fauntleroy too. As noted in weather updates earlier in the weekend, forecasters don’t expect much accumulation. But SDOT was out treating roads last night just in case – lots of salt on our hill, which is at 300′. No current alerts for our area; the forecast mentions “scattered snow showers (this) morning.”

9:21 AM: Over for now, and some sunshine has emerged.

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WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Coastal Flood Advisory for early Sunday morning, and maybe a bit of snow http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-weather-coastal-flood-advisory-for-early-sunday-morning-and-maybe-a-bit-of-snow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-weather-coastal-flood-advisory-for-early-sunday-morning-and-maybe-a-bit-of-snow/#comments Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:01:53 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909274 7:01 PM: The wind alert is an hour away from expiring – but it’ll still be breezy, and that’s brought another weather alert: A Coastal Flood Advisory for 4 am-8 am. From the alert:

Minor flooding along the beaches is possible early Sunday morning–mostly because of the action of wind waves around the time of high tide which is around daybreak on Sunday.

High tide will be about one foot below the typical highest tide but windy weather and waves could cause some minor flooding along the beaches because of the waves.

High tide in this area will be 12 feet at 6:46 am Sunday. Meantime, you might have heard some talk of snow. In Seattle, it’s possible after midnight, according to the newest forecast, but not expected to total more than an inch.

11:11 PM: Just back from basketball coverage in Bellevue, and noticed the streets have been salted up here at 300 feet. It’s 10 degrees above freezing, still, so quite a ways to go before we are anywhere near snow mode. But whenever you see some, please let us know – text/call our hotline, 206-293-6302, 24/7 – thank you!

8:15 AM: Thanks for the texts! Light flurry here in Upper Fauntleroy, and texters are seeing a bit in The Junction and Highland Park too. If it goes on for a bit longer we’ll start a separate story.

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WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Today’s updated wind alert http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-weather-todays-updated-wind-alert/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-weather-todays-updated-wind-alert/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:51:08 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909230 The National Weather Service has made some changes to the Wind Advisory alert for today, first issued Friday morning. See the new version here. It’s now in effect 9 am-6 pm, and at the heart of it, “Southerly winds will increase to 20 to 35 mph with gusts near 45 mph about midday.” Strongest winds are expected this afternoon, and power outages are possible, so keep everything charged, and look around outside for anything that could cause a problem if blown around.

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WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Wind alert for Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-weather-wind-alert-for-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-weather-wind-alert-for-saturday/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:00:28 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909165 There’s been a lot of talk about wintry weather this weekend, but the only official National Weather Service alert for our area so far is one that warns of wind – 7 am-7 pm Saturday, a “wind advisory” with gusts possible up to 45 mph. See the full advisory here.

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WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: After a beautiful Saturday, maybe a few flakes early Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-weather-after-a-beautiful-saturday-maybe-a-few-flakes-early-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-weather-after-a-beautiful-saturday-maybe-a-few-flakes-early-sunday/#respond Sun, 11 Feb 2018 04:34:58 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908601

Thanks for the photos! Above, Jim Spraker‘s view of the sunset; below, Lynn Hall‘s look at The Brothers in the sunshine, and JayDee’s wider morning view of the Olympics.

With clearing skies, temperatures are already into the 30s, and the forecast warns of a “chance of rain and snow showers in the morning.”

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WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Just because it’s Friday … http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-weather-just-because-its-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-weather-just-because-its-friday/#respond Fri, 02 Feb 2018 20:33:24 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907823

… as soon as we saw a hint of sun and a glimpse of the Olympics’ famous peaks The Brothers, we ran out with the camera. The enthusiasm is justified by these stats:

But if you’re no big fan of cold weather, you might have enjoyed January – the NWS also tweeted that only one day had a low temperature below freezing.

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WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Stormy early morning; Arbor Heights power outage http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-weather-stormy-early-morning/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-weather-stormy-early-morning/#comments Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:00:09 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906577 1 AM: Just in case you wondered … yes, that was thunder, and lightning. So far we’ve seen at least two big bolts to the west, not long after a short but major downpour. While the basic forecast didn’t mention thunderstorms, they were in the regional “forecast discussion.”

6:40 AM: Thanks for the tip – the City Light map says almost 100 Arbor Heights homes lost power overnight because of a downed tree. The current projected restoration is around 8 am.

7:22 AM Power’s back.

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2018 NEW YEAR’S SUPERMOON: Views from West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/2018-new-years-supermoon-views-from-west-seattle/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 03:11:59 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905161

7:11 PM: Passing Don Armeni Boat Ramp just before sunset tonight, on our way back from the Alki kitchen fire, we noticed many photographers awaiting the rise of the “supermoon,” aka the Wolf Moon. Thanks to those who have shared the images that resulted – above, from David Hutchinson; below, from Chris Frankovich:

The next full moon also will be a “supermoon” – moonrise that night will be at 5:42 pm. In the meantime, this moon is scheduled to set after 8 am tomorrow – could be a good show if the western sky isn’t cloudy.

ADDED 8:32 PM: Thanks to Susan Numbers for this later view:

And to Jamie Kinney for a close-up look at the star of the show:

ADDED 9:36 PM: Just received this from Jon Shields, who photographed the supermoon from Anchor Park:

As West Seattle’s expert skywatcher Alice Enevoldsen points out, January 31st also will bring a lunar eclipse – partial in our area.

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WEST SEATTLE NEW YEAR’S EVE: Last sunset, moonrise of 2017, plus moon halo http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-scene-last-sunset-moonrise-of-2017/ Mon, 01 Jan 2018 04:31:43 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905065

8:31 PM: Thanks to Peter Commons for catching the last sunset and moonrise of the year in one reflective scene. The official full moon is tomorrow – and that’ll be followed by “king tides” of 13 feet (or slightly higher) on Wednesday (13.1′ at 6:26 am), Thursday (13.2′ at 7:11 am), Friday (13.2′ at 7:55 am), and Saturday (13′ at 8:39 am).

ADDED 9:52 PM: Thanks to Alice Enevoldsen for the moon-halo photo, taken in Arbor Heights:

Alice explains that this is caused by ice crystals high in the sky – more info here.

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WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Alki Avenue slope slide http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-weather-alki-avenue-slope-slide/ Sat, 30 Dec 2017 03:56:55 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=904935

FRIDAY NIGHT: Those Seattle Parks vehicles are the only hint you’ll see in the 1300 block of Alki Avenue SW that there’s a slide behind one of the residential buildings across the street. We got a tip tonight (thank you!) about the slide. The Parks crews explained that it’s on a city-owned slope, and they are trying to access it to assess what’s happened. (The tipster said it was affecting one building’s rear entry but we weren’t able to get a look.) Parks says it’s the same area as a past slide; our archives show one in the same block in November of last year.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON: By daylight, here’s how the slide aftermath looks from a nearby building’s driveway:

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WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Wind alert for tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-weather-wind-alert-for-tonight/ Fri, 29 Dec 2017 17:04:34 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=904895 Looks like a windy night ahead, according to a National Weather Service alert issued this morning – a Wind Advisory for sustained wind up to 30 mph and gusts up to 45 mph, expected between 6 pm tonight and 4 am tomorrow. So make sure everything’s charged. And check around outside for anything in danger of getting blown around.

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WEST SEATTLE SNOW AFTERMATH: Metro back to regular routing http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-snow-aftermath-metro-back-to-regular-routing/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-snow-aftermath-metro-back-to-regular-routing/#comments Tue, 26 Dec 2017 05:05:28 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=904678 Just in from Metro: Buses are back to their regular routing after a day on snow routes. Separate from the weather, remember that it’s “reduced weekday” service this week.

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WEST SEATTLE SNOW: Views you’ve probably never seen http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-snow-views-youve-probably-never-seen/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-snow-views-youve-probably-never-seen/#comments Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:44:10 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=904664

Thanks to WSB reader photos, we’ve been able to show you many views of this first West Seattle “white Christmas” in nine years – but none like these! Trileigh Tucker photographed these jewel-like closeup views of snowflakes last night.

That snowflake was caught on a strand of spider web.

Beautiful – but when not glimmering on the shrubbery, it’s potentially treacherous, since night is falling, with a forecast low below freezing, so what’s left on the roads and sidewalks is likely to turn to ice. Hope you can stay home, cozy, safe, and warm.

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CHRISTMAS SNOW 2017: West Seattle scenes http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/christmas-snow-2017-west-seattle-scenes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/christmas-snow-2017-west-seattle-scenes/#comments Mon, 25 Dec 2017 19:57:04 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=904639 (Fauntleroy Park, photographed by Jamie Kinney)

11:57 AM: Thanks for the photos and video! The snow just stopped, again, with more than 2″ officially on the ground, 20 hours after the first flakes, and it’s time to take a good long look before the great meltdown (already four degrees above freezing where we are). Here’s an aerial view:

(Admiral area, photographed by WSB’s Christopher Boffoli)

A view from the water, passing Alki on a ferry to Bremerton:

(Video tweeted by Rebecca @ravennablog)

Back on land, first chance in a while for some serious snowman-building:

(Photo by Ann Limbaugh)

And contemplation of peaceful scenes, like this one in Morgan Junction:

(Photo by Maggie)

And in North Delridge:

(Photo via text)

Along Admiral Way:

(Photo tweeted by @karizma23)

In Highland Park:

(Photo by Deborah Kasperson)

And in Seaview:

That photo was texted by Kevin, as was this:

Maybe if Al‘s cat Star knew there were “snow rats,” it wouldn’t have been such a difficult decision about going outside:

By the way, if you find (or lose) a pet today – or any other day of the year – remember that our West Seattle Lost/Found Pets page is here, and you can e-mail us info (with a photo if you have one) at editor@westseattleblog.com. Same address for snow photos, road info, whatever, or text 206-293-6302 … thank you!

ADDED 4:13 PM: Two more photos – the snow as it fell last night:

(Jefferson Square on Christmas Eve – photo by Ben Hutchinson)

And another snow creation:

That one arrived only with the caption: “52nd Avenue snow.” (Added 5:21 pm) We’ve since learned that’s the skull’s sculptor, Sean Devenney, in the photo.

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WEST SEATTLE CHRISTMAS SNOW: How much fell, and how much more? http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-christmas-snow-how-much-fell-and-how-much-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-christmas-snow-how-much-fell-and-how-much-more/#comments Mon, 25 Dec 2017 13:54:05 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=904604 (Photo by Cynthia Reid – Charlestown Hill sledding)

Before we move on to Christmas Day coverage – you might be wondering how much snow fell, and whether we’ll see more. The National Weather Service says the official Christmas Eve total measured at Sea-Tac was 1.6 inches.

(Photo by Danny McMillin – near 47th/Genesee)

That would place this at #3 on the NWS’s list of recorded Christmas Eve snowfalls:

1. 2.6″ 2008
2. 2.5″ 1926
3. 1.6″ 2017
4. 1.5″ 1911
5. 0.8″ 1965
6. 0.4″ 1902
7. 0.3″ 1971

The NWS says we could see up to one more inch of snow this morning – the Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 10 am. After that? Here’s the forecast: Rain and snow showers possible this afternoon; then a cold, cloudy night; and Tuesday has another chance of snow showers before (relatively) warmer rain returns later in the week.


And we could see a little more Tuesday night.

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