West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle weather http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:36:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Weather Watch update: ‘High wind warning’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weather-watch-now-theres-a-wind-advisory/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weather-watch-now-theres-a-wind-advisory/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:58:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289833 FIRST REPORT, 6:58 AM: First, the National Weather Service canceled the “special weather statement” that had been up for our area. But now, early this morning, a new weather alert was announced, a “wind advisory” from 3 pm today until 6 am Sunday. See it here. The NWS says the strongest winds are expected this evening, out of the southwest, with gusts possibly up to 45-50 mph.

10 AM UPDATE: The time frame is moved back a bit: 6 pm tonight to 6 am tomorrow. Charge everything now, just in case!

1:13 PM UPDATE: Thanks to the commenters who point out that this is now a “high wind warning,” in effect for 8 pm tonight until 2 am tomorrow. Gusts could be as high as 60 mph. As longtime readers know, weather coverage is a specialty here, so you can count on updates here, whatever happens; please let us know what happens where you are, too. (Get our hotline in your phone for texting/calling – 206-293-6302 – thank you.)

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West Seattle Weather Watch: Mountain snow; storm alert canceled http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weather-watch-mountain-snow-sighting-storm-alert-canceled/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weather-watch-mountain-snow-sighting-storm-alert-canceled/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:24:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289779

Look what’s back! Gary Jones shares the photo of snow on the Olympic Mountains, first major sighting from West Seattle this fall. Other weather news: The “special weather statement” suggesting possibly strong wind tomorrow has been dropped. Areas east of Seattle are under a wind advisory for tonight/tomorrow, but the forecast for our area is now back down to just rainy and breezy through Saturday night. For Sunday’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival (next big preview later tonight), things still look calmer still – cloudy with only a chance of showers.

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West Seattle wind watch: ‘Special weather statement’ just issued http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-wind-watch-special-weather-statement-just-issued/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-wind-watch-special-weather-statement-just-issued/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:39:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289678

(Added 4:42 pm: Rainbow this afternoon, photographed by Julie)
3:39 PM: Weather experts (like West Seattleite @MetPatrick22) have been watching this for some days – and now the National Weather Service has issued a formal alert, in the form of a “special weather statement”: Looks like it’s going to get windy on Saturday. At this point, gusts aren’t expected past 45 mph, but they’re watching closely. Here’s the full text of the alert.

4:11 PM: Again, that’s just for the weekend, but things are a little crazy right now – burst of hail followed by major downpour.

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West Seattle scene: Maybe the sun will come out tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-scene-maybe-the-sun-will-come-out-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-scene-maybe-the-sun-will-come-out-tomorrow/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:18:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289612

Sunbreaks can strike at the most surprising times. So in case somehow the partial solar eclipse tomorrow afternoon becomes visible, you want to be prepared. For the past three days, Alice Enevoldsen of Alice’s Astro Info and Skies Over West Seattle fame has helped West Seattleites do just that, with pre-eclipse events at local Seattle Public Library branches. This afternoon, Alice was at Delridge Library coaching prospective eclipse-watchers through the creation of pinhole viewers (so you can experience the eclipse without damaging your eyes by looking at the sun). The photo was shared by the family of Raina (at center, with Alice at left and Chrissy the librarian at right). But even if the sun doesn’t make it through the clouds here, you’ll be able to check out the eclipse through webcasts.

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West Seattle weather: Rainbow before sunset http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weather-rainbow-before-sunset/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weather-rainbow-before-sunset/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:41:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288702

Thanks to Carolyn Newman for sharing the beautiful photo from just before tonight’s sunset – she said it’s the first time she’d seen anything like that in 40 years of living on Harbor Avenue!

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West Seattle Weather Watch: Saturday night thunder, after rainbows http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weather-watch-saturday-night-thunder/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weather-watch-saturday-night-thunder/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 01:28:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288463

(Photo tweeted by Patrick Gerding, looking this way from Vashon ferry)
6:28 PM: We’re not seeing it in the forecast, but that is most definitely thunder rolling through – and lightning. No short-term alerts, either. Rainbows earlier, though!

7:02 PM: Seems to have quieted down. “Low level instability,” explains MetPatrick, via Twitter. Meantime, thanks for more photos from the sky sights before sunset – dark clouds behind the gleaming skyline, in this photo from Melody in Admiral:

The second rainbow seemed to emerge from the base of the main rainbow, in an unusual “V” configuration, as you can see in this photo from Russ:

7:11 PM: The National Weather Service, whose forecasts hadn’t mentioned thunderstorms, just tweeted: “Line of heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms from Sea-Tac to east of Enumclaw will move SE and weaken in the next hour.”

7:37 PM: The photo above is from Lise in High Point. In comments, Emily offers an explanation.

7:54 PM: One more rainbow view:

Don Brubeck caught that angle from Alki. Looking ahead in the forecast – Monday looks very rainy – get those storm drains cleared of leaves before the weekend’s out!

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West Seattle scenes: Two Three memorable views http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-scenes-two-memorable-views/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-scenes-two-memorable-views/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 03:35:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287626

Two beautiful views to share tonight: Above, James Bratsanos‘ photo of tonight’s colorful sunset; below, Long Bach Nguyen‘s view of West Seattle after dark, photographed last night:

Thank you to both for allowing us to share these images!

ADDED: Moksha shared a panoramic view of the sunset that we just have to add:

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Happy fall! Equinox sunset watch with Alice at Solstice Park, plus views from beyond http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happy-fall-equinox-sunset-watch-with-alice-at-solstice-park-plus-a-view-from-beyond/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happy-fall-equinox-sunset-watch-with-alice-at-solstice-park-plus-a-view-from-beyond/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:51:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286579

As of 22 minutes ago, autumn has arrived! Above, our quick Instagram clip of Alice Enevoldsen talking astronomy and weather with the youngest attendees at her Solstice Park sunset watch – 22nd time she has led an equinox/solstice watch! (added) As usual, she brought a planetary prop:

Sometimes, the littlest detail attracts attention – like the armband with her name:

Color streaked the sky as Alice explained where the sun lines up for the equinox:

She answered a variety of questions, not just about the equinox – for example, she was asked questions about the official times of sunset and sunrise and how they’re determined – locally, for example, they don’t seem to take the Olympics into account, so she points out the sun usual disappears behind the mountains about ten minutes before the listed sunset moment. Between sunset watches, Alice writes about other astronomy news on her site AlicesAstroInfo.com, and every month or so, she writes a new edition of “Skies Over West Seattle” for WSB.

SUNSET, FROM ELSEWHERE IN WEST SEATTLE: Below, James Bratsanos shared the full-strength sunset view we didn’t quite get from Solstice Park (where the sun sets behind Lincoln Park’s beautiful forest this time of year):

(added) A few more sunset views have since come in:

(Photo copyright 2014, Eric Shalit/Box Turtle Design)
From John Bartell at Brace Point:

P.S. Looks like rain’s in store for the first day of fall.

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West Seattle sunsets: Photos from tonight; equinox viewing tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-sunsets-photos-from-tonight-equinox-viewing-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-sunsets-photos-from-tonight-equinox-viewing-tomorrow/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:22:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286502

(Photo by Greg)
Thanks to everyone who shared photos from tonight’s sunset. In addition to publishing a few for starters (and we’ll likely add to them later), here’s one more reminder that you are invited to watch TOMORROW’s sunset, minutes before the fall equinox arrives, with “Skies Over West Seattle” correspondent Alice Enevoldsen at Solstice Park – details here. Now, back to tonight’s showstopping sunset:

(Photo by Chris Frankovich)
The fiery pink intensified as the sun disappeared behind the Olympics:

(Photo by James Bratsanos)
The forecast suggests tomorrow’s sunset won’t be much like this one, but we hope to see you at Solstice Park anyway (if you haven’t already followed the link, note that Alice plans bonus info, including next month’s partial solar eclipse and the MAVEN Mars mission).

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Northern Lights over West Seattle tonight? Not likely. But – did you see the ‘meteor’? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/northern-lights-over-west-seattle-tonight-not-likely-but-did-you-see-the-meteor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/northern-lights-over-west-seattle-tonight-not-likely-but-did-you-see-the-meteor/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 04:39:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285572 9:39 PM: Lots of questions about whether we have a chance of Northern Lights tonight, after their more-or-less no-show last night. Short answer seems to be “probably not.” We’re working late as usual and if that changes – we’ll update here.

But another sight in the sky has people abuzz from British Columbia to California – what’s believed to have been a meteor, streaking across the sky around 8:20 pm. We received one note even before noting the chatter on social media; Karen e-mailed to say, “Did you see that huge green meteor about five minutes ago? We just happened to be at the window as it came down.. have never seen one that big.” Anybody else? We’re looking around for images and info, and will update.

10:08 PM: We’ve put quotes around “meteor” since nobody is certain yet what it was – could also have been re-entering “space junk.” If you saw it, you can report it to the American Meteor Society (go here); its website shows the reports that have come in so far.

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West Seattle weather: Tonight’s dramatic, dark clouds http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-weather-tonights-dramatic-dark-clouds/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-weather-tonights-dramatic-dark-clouds/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 03:47:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284420

8:47 PM: It’s often the clouds that make a sunset spectacular … even if they seem ominous. Our somewhat stormy evening brought dark-cloud views in two directions – above, Jacqueline’s photo looking westward; below, Lise’s photo looking to the northeast:

Thanks for sharing!

9:28 PM: We should mention, these clouds brought big rain to some other parts of the area. And even more beautiful sights here – Mark Dale has shared this:

Newest forecast says clearer, warmer weather will return, so summer’s not quite done yet.

9:50 PM: And shortly after we updated … the rain began here, in earnest, as you are probably well aware!

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West Seattle scene: Peek-a-boo sunset hints at weekend sunshine http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-peek-a-boo-sunset-hints-at-weekend-sunshine/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-peek-a-boo-sunset-hints-at-weekend-sunshine/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:47:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283224

Thanks to Greg for sharing the view of Thursday night’s sunset, with the sun peeking through. Right now, the forecast suggests we’ll see serious sunshine this weekend.

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West Seattle Weather Watch: Thunderstorms arrive http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-weather-watch-thunderstorms-start-to-move-through/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-weather-watch-thunderstorms-start-to-move-through/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 04:18:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282258

(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.

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West Seattle supermoon scenes: So close, and yet so far http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-supermoon-scenes-so-close-and-yet-so-far/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-supermoon-scenes-so-close-and-yet-so-far/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:40:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282200

(From Harbor Avenue: Photo by David Hutchinson)
As Space.com put it, Sunday night’s full moon was the “superest supermoon” of the year – the closest one to Earth this year.

(Photo by Jim Clark)
Next month’s full moon (September 8th) will be almost as close.

(Photo by Craig Young)
As Alice Enevoldsen writes in the newest edition of “Skies Over West Seattle,” it’s only one of this week’s attractions for skygazers.

(Photo by Carolyn Newman)
How close *was* the moon, you ask? 221,765 miles. Or so. This calculator puts it a bit farther away.

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West Seattle scene: Spectacular Saturday sunset http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-spectacular-saturday-sunset/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-spectacular-saturday-sunset/#comments Sun, 03 Aug 2014 03:50:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281382

Thanks for the sunset photos, concluding a day that started with a “sun-derstorm”! Top, from Greg; next, from David Schneider.

More in the works.

ADDED 11:07 PM: From Kevin Callahan:

(Those are the “crepuscular rays.”) From “Seattletimebandit,” who noted, “Wires or not, still spectacular”:

And from Michelle Riggen-Ransom, a wider view with the aforementioned crepuscular rays:

Thanks again!

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