West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle weather http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:47:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle weather: King tide and north wind indeed make a splash on Alki; ‘coastal flood advisory’ alert http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weather-king-tide-and-north-wind-indeed-make-a-splash-on-alki/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weather-king-tide-and-north-wind-indeed-make-a-splash-on-alki/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:42:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330117

(Added 3:45 pm, WSB photo by Patrick Sand)

ORIGINAL REPORT, 1:42 PM: Thanks to David Hutchinson for photos from Alki showing north-wind-fueled waves against the seawall well before the 2:40 pm high “king” tide (previewed here last night).

He also shows us that Alki Bathhouse has sandbags out just in case:

This isn’t even the highest “king tide” of winter – but of course, without the wind, higher tides can be far more sedate. Updates to come.

2:54 PM: Just back from the totally swamped Alki boardwalk – water over the walkway, and the Bathhouse certainly needs the sandbags. This :15 Instagram video clip is only a taste:

And we do mean “taste” – if you are anywhere within a block of the water, you’ll taste salt spray. Felt like stronger wind/waves than the corresponding “king tide” + north wind event last year. Downloading more images when everything dries out. (Also – We were live on Periscope for about four minutes until conditions shut down our phone; the archived video is visible for 24 hours at this link.)

3:39 PM UPDATE: The National Weather Service has a “coastal flood advisory” in effect through 5 pm because of the overflow in areas like Alki.

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West Seattle wind & waves: Season’s first ‘king tide’ arrives tomorrow, potentially breeze-blown http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-wind-waves-seasons-first-king-tide-arrives-tomorrow-potentially-breeze-blown/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-wind-waves-seasons-first-king-tide-arrives-tomorrow-potentially-breeze-blown/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2015 04:53:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330070

(November 2014 photo by Long Bach Nguyen)
While the “s”(now) word has vanished from the city forecast, another force of nature is on the way: The first “king tide” of the season. The 2:40 pm high tide will be 12.3 feet, one of the highest of the season (here’s the full regional “king tide” chart for this month through January) – the state is again looking for photos of the tides’ effects. Tomorrow has a potential complication – wind from the north, 15-25 mph, which could bring the water over the seawall on the Alki promenade. Not likely anything resembling the famous December 2012 storm-surge-enhanced king tide – but depending on the wind, conditions could resemble what happened when high tide met gusty north wind a year ago.

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West Seattle weekend scenes: Sunset shine, and the moon that followed http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weekend-scenes-sunset-shine-and-the-moon-that-followed/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weekend-scenes-sunset-shine-and-the-moon-that-followed/#comments Sun, 22 Nov 2015 07:46:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329890

Thanks to David Hutchinson for sharing the two scenes from another cloudless evening – “Clear, cool and a bit breezy out around sunset this evening. Made for a nice view from Don Armeni of the skyline and the gibbous moon.”

You’ve probably heard we might get snow showers Monday night/Tuesday morning … here’s the newest forecast.

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West Seattle weather: Hail after the wind and rain http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weather-hail-after-the-wind-and-rain/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weather-hail-after-the-wind-and-rain/#comments Wed, 18 Nov 2015 03:09:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329502

7:09 PM: Commenter “Community Member” first mentioned it in comments on our previous storm story – but we could hardly believe it until we saw it in the photo above: Hail/sleet has fallen in various West Seattle spots. We’re checking the forecast to see what’s next.

7:20 PM: More photos – this one is from Steve:

He explains, “It sounded like really heavy rain for the past 10 minutes up here in Admiral (Just East of Schmitz Park). When I let our dog out, the rear deck was covered in some kind of frozen precipitation. You can also see our umbrella that was broken off in the windstorm.”
Video from Mark in High Point:

From Kate in Seaview:

And from Kyle near Ercolini Park:

Closer look at what fell from the sky, tweeted by Amy (as mentioned in comments):

So far as we can tell, this wasn’t forecast, but in this kind of storm, just about anything can happen. Tonight’s low is expected to be in the 40s.

ADDED 8:49 PM: One more photo – texted, so we don’t know who to credit:

Hiawatha Playfield, if you don’t recognize it.

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West Seattle windstorm updates, p.m. edition: Tree trouble; Beach Drive outage http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-windstorm-updates-afternoon-edition-tree-trouble/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-windstorm-updates-afternoon-edition-tree-trouble/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2015 20:55:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329455 (MORNING STORM COVERAGE IS HERE, including 2 power outages … ROAD HAZARD? Call 206-386-1218)

12:55 PM: We start our afternoon report with word of two tree-trouble spots:

*The Highland Park Way hill west of W. Marginal Way SW is reported to be closed in both directions because of a downed tree.

*A tree is also reported down at Olson and Myers. Traffic effects unknown; we’re off to check.

1:10 PM: SDOT reports Highland Park Way is open again.

1:32 PM: Just checked out the Myers/Olson situation. Southbound Myers is blocked off at Olson – you can’t turn onto it (photo above shows the roped-off exit lane from eastbound Olson); crews are on the road. Also of note, DEEP water across SW Roxbury at the easternmost entrance to Safeway. Lots of puddling on roads everywhere you go – we’ve been talking mostly about the wind, but the rain has continued, and the ground already was saturated from the recent 4-inches-in-3-days storm.

2:07 PM: While you can use Myers northbound, you can’t turn onto westbound Olson – that’s taped off too.

2:27 PM: The National Weather Service says things should start to get better after another hour or so in the metro area.

2:48 PM: As Katelyn notes in comments, SFD is responding to downed wire(s) at Beach Drive and Canada.

The Seattle City Light map (screengrab above) shows a 79-customer outage nearby. Several people have told us they heard two “booms” just before the power went out. Today’s two other multiple-customer West Seattle outages (in our morning coverage) were resolved relatively quickly.

3:42 PM: That outage is now described as “equipment failure” which would seem to verify the transformer suspicion. Meantime, if you passed a crash scene at 16th/Barton, that wasn’t weather-related – we’re working on a separate story we’ll link here when done (update: it’s here). This next photo, however, does seem to be weather-related:

Keri says that’s near Holy Rosary School.

3:52 PM: Cil says in comments that Myers/Olson is back to normal. (Thanks to everyone for updates as well as initial reports – 206-293-6302 is our text/voice hotline 24/7.)

4:22 PM: On Puget Ridge, Andy says this tree is hanging precariously low over SW Brandon:

6:36 PM: Thanks for the updates. The weather has calmed, as forecast, but still some trouble out there. Our site was down for a while but that was not weather-related – it’s hosted out of the city especially so that it will be safe in case of catastrophe here; the server company just happened to have a massive problem that affected many sites including ours. Meantime, word of more trees toppling at day’s end – one blocking part of Orchard near Delridge, and this one on Webster by the Solstice Park P-Patch (east of Fauntleroy Way):

We’ll likely start a storm-aftermath report in a bit so please keep the updates coming – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

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West Seattle windstorm scene: Side of beef in Sunrise Heights http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-windstorm-scene-side-of-beef-in-sunrise-heights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-windstorm-scene-side-of-beef-in-sunrise-heights/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2015 20:38:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329451

For the second time in a decade, a windstorm has taken its toll on the iconic cow (steer?) atop John’s Corner Deli in Sunrise Heights, via gust-powered cow-tipping. Soon as the folks across the street at West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor) mentioned it, we remembered its disappearance during the 2006 Hanukkah Eve windstorm. So far today, the bovine fixture at 35th/Webster is still in view – just lying down on the job.

3:15 PM UPDATE: @MetPatrick tweeted this photo of The Cow being secured:

Now you won’t have to worry that it will next become, as Craig put it in a comment, “ground beef.”

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West Seattle windstorm updates: 2 major power outages so far, both fixed fast http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-storm-updates-alki-area-power-outage/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-storm-updates-alki-area-power-outage/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:41:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329413 (SCROLL DOWN for updates … ROAD HAZARD? 206-386-1218 … POWER OUT? 206-684-3000)

(Added: WSB photo, wind-swept waves at Constellation Park)

FIRST POWER OUTAGE REPORT, 8:41 AM: Thanks to those who texted – the power’s out for more than 4,800 homes and businesses:

Seattle City Light‘s map says the cause is under investigation. While you’ll see “estimated restoration” times there, PLEASE remember that those are only guesstimates and almost always, the actual time is something completely different – could be much earlier or much later.

9 AM: Commenters report Alki Elementary and Pathfinder K-8 are without power. We are checking with Seattle Public Schools.

9:17 AM: About a third of those who lost power have it back – thanks to Tony in Seaview for first word on that.

9:20 AM: Our crew just stopped by Alki Elementary. Aside from the lack of electricity, it’s “business as usual,” and classes continue.

9:40 AM: City Light says a tree is to blame for the outage. Don’t know exactly where. Meantime, thanks for the texted photo of this tree down by Sanislo Elementary:

The texter says it’s *not* blocking the road. Sanislo DOES have power. Alki and Pathfinder remain the only schools that lost power, but district spokesperson Stacy Howard tells WSB that they have enough natural light to keep classes going.

9:52 AM: Photojournalist Erika Schultz says Pathfinder’s back on – it was a pocket outage all along, on Pigeon Point:

10:06 AM: Thanks for the texts and comments about more power restoration – Alki, Beach Drive, Genesee Hill. Waiting for City Light map to update. (1 minute later) Looks like everyone’s back on – if you’re NOT, please be sure to call SCL – 206-684-3000.

SECOND POWER OUTAGE, 10:17 AM: Almost immediately after that outage was resolved, a new one has hit – Puget Ridge, Riverside, points south, 2,100+ customers per City Light map:

10:25 AM: Just got a texted report of wires down on Beach Drive near Cormorant Cove Park (3700 block).

11:02 AM: Thanks for the updates – the SCL map verifies that the SECOND outage is now over, in less than an hour. That includes Sanislo. Again, if you are still without power somewhere, please call to be sure SCL knows – there might be pocket outages here and there.

11:26 AM: While the power’s back for all except a spot here and there (here’s the “live” map), the storm is still going full strength – we’ve just been down and around a few spots including Constellation Park south of Alki Point, adding photo (top).

11:57 AM: We’ll be launching an afternoon edition of storm coverage soon. Meantime, latest trouble spot we’ve heard about is south of West Seattle – trees down on the north lanes of 1st Avenue South near 116th, in Top Hat.

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West Seattle weather: Tuesday alert now up to ‘High Wind Warning’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weather-tuesday-alert-now-up-to-high-wind-warning/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weather-tuesday-alert-now-up-to-high-wind-warning/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2015 05:54:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329379

(Calm between storms. Sunday sunset at Alki, photographed by David Hutchinson)
The National Weather Service‘s alert for tomorrow has escalated to a “High Wind Warning” – read it here. The warning will be in effect 5 am-6 pm Tuesday, and says that wind from the “south or southwest 25-to-40 mph with gusts near 60 mph are possible beginning Tuesday morning and continuing into the afternoon hours.” And since it’s been so soggy lately – with four inches of rain in the city in a three-day period through Sunday – that increases the likelihood of tree trouble, a top cause of power outages, so charge everything tonight and know the whereabouts of your batteries and flashlights.

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West Seattle weather: ‘High Wind Watch’ for Tuesday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weather-high-wind-watch-for-tuesday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weather-high-wind-watch-for-tuesday/#comments Sun, 15 Nov 2015 23:51:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329208

(Added: Golden Sunday afternoon – photo by Lynn Hall)

Definitely the calm between the storms right now – and this might be your best chance to go do some cleaning and inspecting before the next round, because the National Weather Service has announced a High Wind Watch for Tuesday – read the whole thing here. While there’s always a chance it won’t happen, if it DOES, it could be serious, warns the NWS: “Possible south winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts 65 to 75 mph Tuesday, shifting to the west late Tuesday afternoon.” Trees are more at risk of toppling than in previous storms because four inches of rain in the past three days has softened the ground. Updates to come!

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WEATHER/TRAFFIC UPDATE: 35th SW open again after flooding south of Barton http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weather-downpour-floods-35th-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weather-downpour-floods-35th-sw/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 22:27:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329027

ORIGINAL REPORT, 2:27 PM: After a lengthy downpour, reports of storm-related trouble are coming in. First one: The reader photo above shows 35th SW south of Barton, looking north at water over the road. It’s been raining so hard, some drains are bound to have become overwhelmed, especially with leaves still left to come off the trees – if you’re able, go check your nearest drains and make sure they’re clear.

2:37 PM: Per scanner, police are looking to block off traffic in the area as the water is at an unsafe level. We’re heading over to check. We’ve also received a report of a mudslide near Delridge and Orchard but we haven’t verified yet exactly where and how/whether it’s affecting traffic.

2:53 PM: Confirmed – police are blocking 35th SW both ways on the south side of the Barton intersection – only buses are being allowed through. The water’s so deep, it’s up over the sidewalk on the west side of 35th SW.

3:39 PM: We checked all sides of Delridge/Orchard, for a few blocks each way, and there’s no mudslide (or deep water) affecting traffic.

3:55 PM: Just checked back at 35th/Barton – open now.

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West Seattle weather: ‘Wind advisory’ for Thursday night/Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weather-wind-advisory-for-thursday-nightfriday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weather-wind-advisory-for-thursday-nightfriday/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 03:34:18 +0000 Patrick http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328859 Make sure everything you need to charge is charged by tomorrow afternoon – the National Weather Service has a “wind advisory” alert for 4 pm Thursday through 4 pm Friday. Right now, that means winds are likely out of the south, 20-35 mph sustained, gusts up to 45 mph. It’s going to be wet, too, with the NWS saying up to two inches of rain is likely between Thursday and Saturday in the lowlands.

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West Seattle weather: Yes, that’s a thunderstorm. Plus, advisory ahead http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weather-yes-thats-lightning-plus-advisory-for-this-week/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weather-yes-thats-lightning-plus-advisory-for-this-week/#comments Mon, 09 Nov 2015 04:06:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328597 Yes, that’s a thunderstorm heading this way. Several people have mentioned seeing and hearing it (thanks to MetPatrick for first word); the National Weather Service has a “short-term forecast” about it, too. It won’t last long but there’s more stormy weather on the way, according to the NWS, which has a “Special Weather Statement” for bouts of strong wind and heavy rain, starting Tuesday night.

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West Seattle weather: Calm after the storms http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weather-calm-after-the-storms/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weather-calm-after-the-storms/#comments Sun, 01 Nov 2015 23:33:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327848

If you take a look at the National Weather Service‘s Seattle page, our area is devoid of color – which means no more warnings/alerts in effect. The rainbow would seem to underscore that. Thanks to Max for the photo!

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STORM UPDATES: Tree trouble around West Seattle; wind advisory extended into Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/storm-updates-tree-trouble-around-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/storm-updates-tree-trouble-around-west-seattle/#comments Sat, 31 Oct 2015 17:19:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327700 (UPDATED SATURDAY EVENING with extension of wind advisory into Sunday)

10:19 AM: Rain plus wind often equals fallen trees, and that’s happened in several West Seattle spots so far this morning. One that’s potentially affecting traffic is reported to be down on the Admiral Way hill north of the West Seattle Bridge – southbound lanes close to the top, we’re told. More to come.

10:42 AM: The tree – reported by multiple texters/callers – was apparently dealt with quickly; all lanes are open, no downed tree in sight. On 44th SW over Lincoln Park, south of SW Southern, we confirmed one down on the greenbelt-bordered cut-through section east of Lincoln Park:

And in the park itself, Nate photographed this one:

The National Weather Service’s wind-advisory alert is now in effect until 3 pm. Thanks again for letting us know if you spot a storm problem (or any other kind of breaking news) – text or voice, 206-293-6302, any time, 24/7.

5:20 PM: Thanks to GB for updates in comments on a power outage that didn’t show on SCL’s map – caused by a tree over Fairmount Playfield, just resolved, GB reports, after 9+ hours.

5:53 PM: The wind advisory is now extended into tomorrow.

6:34 PM: Corrected the street on which the tree is down east of Lincoln Park to 44th, not 45th, after a note from Catherine, who mentions it’s still partly blocking the road – that stretch (also known as the switchbacks) is precarious even in the best of times so be extra careful if you’re traveling that way.

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West Seattle weather: Another wind advisory tonight & Saturday morning http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-weather-another-wind-advisory-tonight-saturday-morning/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-weather-another-wind-advisory-tonight-saturday-morning/#comments Sat, 31 Oct 2015 03:13:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327631 While the wind advisory for this morning’s stormy weather expired in mid-afternoon, another one is about to take effect. The National Weather Service has a wind advisory taking effect at 9 tonight and continuing until noon Saturday. Like this morning, the wind will be out of the south, 20-30 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Be sure everything’s charged, just in case! Heavy rain is still on the way, too; here’s the forecast. As always, we’ll continue coverage throughout the weekend, so if your neighborhood experiences storm trouble (power outage, trees/wires down, etc.) please let us know – text or call 206-293-6302 any time.

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