West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle weather http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:08:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle weather: South Delridge loses a tree on a breezy night http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weather-south-delridge-loses-a-tree-on-a-breezy-night/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weather-south-delridge-loses-a-tree-on-a-breezy-night/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:45:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291962

Thanks to Dillon for sharing that photo via Twitter – a tree down across Delridge about a block north of Roxbury. City crews were on the scene when we went by a little while ago, and looked as if they’d be finishing cleanup before long. Forecast calls for breezy conditions to continue – let us know of any weather trouble you spot, 206-293-6302, text/voice 24/7.

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West Seattle weather: Vivid sunset tonight, chillier temps soon http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weather-vivid-sunset-tonight-chillier-temps-soon/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weather-vivid-sunset-tonight-chillier-temps-soon/#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 01:19:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291512 Hope you saw it! If not, from the past half-hour …

5:19 PM: That’s from Christopher Frankovich, and the next is from Ghazal Sharifi:

Before sunset, it was a little unsettling to see the Olympic Mountains devoid of snow, as we head into mid-November. Perhaps that will change – next week, the forecast warns of a cooldown, with daytime highs in the 40s.

ADDED 9:40 PM: Two more photos – moonrise from Carolyn Newman:

And one more look at the sunset colors, from JayDee in Upper Alki:

Thanks to everyone who shares photos, from sunset sights to breaking news (and more along the way)!

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West Seattle Weather Watch: Wind woes, including toppled tree http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weather-watch-wind-topples-tree-in-seaview/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weather-watch-wind-topples-tree-in-seaview/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 20:51:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291280

12:51 PM: That’s the first big problem reported so far during our wind-advisory afternoon – a big evergreen down in Seaview, across 49th SW at Graham (map). Seattle City Light reports one customer there has lost power. Thanks to the person who texted the photo/report – 206-293-6302 is our 24/7 text/voice line, and editor@westseattleblog.com works too. The wind advisory, warning of gusts up to 50 mph, is in effect until 6 pm. More storm updates to come.

1:12 PM: The SCL map now shows four homes without power by the downed tree. Meantime, on the water:

The photo above was shared by Dan Ciske, who caught a flock of birds passing a sailboat that he says had its sails torn away in the wind.

Back to the tree:

2:39 PM: SCL and SDOT crews are at the scene of the downed tree, which blocked 49th completely, on the south side of Graham. They expected repairs/clearing would take a few hours.

3:10 PM: Just added photos from the tree cleanup.

(Added: Photo by Deb Barker)
Meantime, we’ve also been over to Constellation Park south of Alki Point, where the waves are hitting the seawall:

High tide is still about 20 minutes away.

4:09 PM: The stormy weather – which has been coming and going these past few hours – has spooked a few dogs, apparently; we’ve just published listings for three separate found dogs on the WSB Lost/Found Pets page.

4:25 PM: The Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth ferry run has been about 20 minutes behind because of the weather, says WSF, and now they say the runs between south Vashon and Tacoma are canceled TFN because there’s no power at south Vashon (Tahlequah), which will mean heavier traffic through north Vashon.

7:27 PM: Within an hour of that last update, the Tahlequah-Point Defiance run was back in business. Meantime, a couple photos from the WSB inbox:

That’s from Laura Goodrich, who went down to Constellation Park to wave-watch – check the driftwood! Next, from MM, who caught the colorful sunset:

If you ever need the sunset/sunrise times (moon, tide, etc. too), check the WSB West Seattle Weather page.

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West Seattle weather: Alert for possibly ‘blustery’ Thursday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weather-alert-for-possibly-blustery-thursday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weather-alert-for-possibly-blustery-thursday/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 01:18:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291191 Given what happened last time it got windy – we’re sharing this heads-up for possibly blustery conditions tomorrow. (Charge everything!) The National Weather Service has posted a “special weather statement” (caps are theirs):

Blustery winds are likely on Thursday … A vigorous cold front will sweep through Western Washington on Thursday. It will likely be windy in many areas. This weather system might be strong enough for wind advisories in some areas. A High Wind Watch is in effect for the coast, where strong and damaging winds are possible. This weather system will develop overnight, so stay tuned to updated forecasts.

Next update is expected around 9 pm; we’ll update if and when the alert changes.

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West Seattle weather: Get ready for slide season http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weather-get-ready-for-slide-season/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weather-get-ready-for-slide-season/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:11:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290411

(WSB photo from 2009 – slide behind condo building in 1200 block of Alki SW)
If you live in a potential slide zone – it’s time to take note and take precautions: Seattle Public Utilities says the wet weather has brought our area to the brink of what’s considered slide season, which means time for a few important reminders:

With more than an inch of rainfall forecast for Seattle over the next two days, the city is expected to cross the official U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) landslide threshold for the first time this year.

“Historically, the end of October is the start of landslide season,” said Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) meteorologist James Rufo-Hill, who writes a blog on local weather conditions. “Despite the fact that we have yet to experience widespread flooding or soil saturation this season, October is already much wetter than normal, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that landslide season is here.”

“The latest forecast indicates that by tomorrow over an inch of rain will fall citywide. SPU neighborhood rain gauges will have recorded nearly two inches in the past three days and nearly four inches over the past two weeks. Those totals are certain to push Seattle beyond the landslide threshold developed by the USGS and SPU,” he said.

Rufo-Hill said now is a good time for Seattle residents to prepare for landslides and to learn procedures to ensure their safety. He offered these pointers for protecting yourself and your property from landslides:

· If a landslide damages your property and you have an immediate concern for your safety, leave the premises and call 9-1-1. If you see uncontrolled street water in a steep slope area, please call SPU’s Operations Response Center, at 206-386-1800.

· Seattle property owners with structures that may be affected by or endangered by a landslide should contact a geotechnical professional for structural evaluation.

· For more information about Seattle landslides, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/aboutus/whoweare/emergencymanagement/

· Protect yourself and your property by inspecting sloping areas for indications of slope movement (such as cracks in the ground, and newly tilting trees) and erosion.

· Check your downspouts, to make sure they are functioning and routed to a safe location.

· Be sure that your irrigation system is shut off.

· Keep fill and yard waste off slopes.

To view the current conditions of the USGS rainfall threshold for landslides, please visit: http://landslides.usgs.gov/monitoring/seattle/rtd/plot.php

Rufo-Hill’s blog,“The Convergence Zone,” discusses local weather events, implications of climate change and provides raw data about Pacific Northwest weather. SPU monitors a set of rain gauges stationed throughout Seattle, providing residents with up-to-date information about weather affecting their neighborhoods. Learn the facts beyond the forecast here.

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West Seattle scenes: Colorful late-October sunset, your views http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-scenes-colorful-late-october-sunset-your-views/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-scenes-colorful-late-october-sunset-your-views/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:26:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290357

(Photo by James Bratsanos)
8:26 PM: This year of sunset spectacles just doesn’t end. Thanks to everyone who’s sent photos of tonight’s painted sky – this is the start of a mini-gallery.

(Photo by Mark Dale)
Adding a few more shortly. The rain’s back tomorrow, and who knows when we’ll see this again!

ADDED 9:18 PM: Click ahead for more (or scroll, if you’re viewing this from the standalone story page and not the home page)

From @BitOfButter via Twitter:

From Delaine “over Alki”:

From JayDee, also in Upper Alki:

Thanks again for sharing!

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West Seattle windstorm aftermath: Scattered outages, not just power http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-windstorm-aftermath-scattered-outages-not-just-power/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-windstorm-aftermath-scattered-outages-not-just-power/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:44:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290078 On the second morning after Saturday night’s windstorm, some scattered outages persist. Seattle City Light‘s map shows 379 homes/businesses still without electricity around its service area. And while other types of utilities don’t have comparable maps that we know of, we know of at least one other outage – because we’re part of it; CenturyLink isn’t working yet in our area (a few blocks east of south Lincoln Park) and told us (inquiring as customers) that “repairs are under way.” Anyone else?

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West Seattle windstorm aftermath: City Light says ‘most’ back on http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-windstorm-aftermath-city-light-says-most-back-on/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-windstorm-aftermath-city-light-says-most-back-on/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:09:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290015 5:09 PM: Are you still without power? Seattle City Light says in an update for media around its service area that it’s “restored power to all but 803 customers who lost power during (the) windstorm. The customers who remain without power are likely connected to smaller side lines. These lines involve fewer buildings and are often the hardest to repair. We estimate that crews will restore these connections late tonight or early into Monday morning. If your home is not connected, please call 206-684-3000 so that we can restore power.” At the peak of the outages, more than 52,000 homes/businesses in City Light’s service area were reported without electricity; an exact West Seattle count was pretty much impossible because of how the SCL map displays outages, but, starting with the 120-home outage along Beach Drive reported before 8 pm, we calculated more than 10,000 in WS were among those who lost electricity at one point or another.

7:50 PM: Commenters checking in from Gatewood say they’ve been without power going on 24 hours now. The official map shows multiple spots still out around West Seattle as part of the 600 homes/businesses still out service-area-wide. Most outages are blamed on trees hitting wires.

10:43 PM: Updates from comments – Seola is back, Glenridge/Gatewood still out. It’s not on the map, either. A new outage is – not in our area, and not related to the storm, SCL says – more than 3,000 customers in Tukwila/Boulevard Park.

11:50 PM: Thanks for the continued updates in comments. Glenridge/Gatewood is back on, but now there’s a new outage reported, west of Westwood Village. Not on the map so no idea of the extent, but if you’re affected, be sure to call City Light- outage hotline 206-684-7400 – even if you think someone else has reported it.

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West Seattle windstorm: Sunday power outage, cleanup updates http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-windstorm-sunday-morning-outage-cleanup-updates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-windstorm-sunday-morning-outage-cleanup-updates/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:18:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289946

(Added: WSB photo, trees blocking sidewalk, southbound Fauntleroy by The Kenney)
7:18 AM: As dawn breaks, hundreds of West Seattleites (including us) are among the 14,000 listed by Seattle City Light as still without power.

We’ll be updating that and cleanup – of trees and debris – as the day unfolds. Thanks to everyone who shared updates from their neighborhoods during as-it-happened coverage last night, and please let us know what you’re dealing with today. The forecast indicates the worst of the weather is past. Meantime, for those wondering, the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival is still on as scheduled, 10 am-2 pm. We’ll have the daily “what’s happening” list up by 8:30 am, and it leads the way.

8:14 AM UPDATE: If you’re without power and/or cable/internet service, please be sure you’ve reported it (again, if necessary) – things are still in flux; we’ve noticed the City Light map jumped from 14,000 out to 18,000 out in the past hour or so (service-area-wide) – and please note that even if there is an estimate listed for restoration, it’s just a guesstimate, and SCL will be the first to tell you that; ours, for example, originally was guesstimated at 2 am-ish, and now that’s pushed back to 2 pm-ish. If you’re looking to watch the Seahawks game – most affected by the outage are residential, not business, so there’s LOTS of places to watch. WSB sponsor Feedback Lounge, for one.

8:35 AM UPDATE: Via Twitter, Comcast acknowledges outages and says they’re deploying generators “where it will help.”

10:13 AM UPDATE: Be careful when you’re out there – trees are still blocking roads and sidewalks, like the ones that came down in front of The Kenney (WSB sponsor) – we added a photo atop this story – in the 7100 block of Fauntleroy. The wind did other damage – this photo is via Twitter:

That building’s been undergoing renovations.

11:14 AM: City Light still lists 2,100 without power in its service area. Parts of Gatewood and Upper Fauntleroy (including our HQ) are among the last big pockets in West Seattle. And while the wind has mostly passed – the rain hasn’t (big shower right now while the Harvest Festival continues in The Junction).

12:13 PM: Important reminder from Stephanie:

REMINDER!!! When the lights are out you must treat like a 4-way stop. People are blowing through the light out at 35th and Webster on 35th. I fear an accident (although I guess the fire station is super close).

Also, we heard earlier today from Samantha in the 6000 block of 46th SW, looking to get some help dismantling a big tree that came down.

If you have a chainsaw, she said, you can have some of the firewood, and lunch. Caveat: It’s been a while since we first heard from her and our mention of this was delayed but if you’re in the neighborhood, maybe go check!

1:37 PM: Samantha posted an update in comments – the tree’s been cut up but there’s still some firewood to be had. Meantime, branches are still falling from trees – look what this dashcam caught:

We hear power is back in a few more neighborhoods including ours – we’ll be heading home from the Harvest Festival shortly and will report back. City Light tweeted earlier that some in the service area might not be back until early tomorrow.

2:40 PM: Back from the Harvest Festival and can verify that the map is accurate as least so far as our neighborhood goes.

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West Seattle weather: Thousands lose power in Saturday night windstorm http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weather-watch-windy-saturday-night/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weather-watch-windy-saturday-night/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:55:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289889 (NO POWER? BE SURE CITY LIGHT KNOWS: 206-684-7400, OUTAGE HOTLINE)

(One of several photos @Naurthon tweeted showing tree blocking part of Delridge near Home Depot)
7:55 PM: Minutes before the National Weather Service‘s “high wind warning” for our area was originally to officially take effect, the wind is already gusting big time, at least where we are, and lights have flickered numerous times. We’re already seeing the first West Seattle power outage – about 120 people along Beach Drive. We’ll be covering this throughout the night – please let us know of any problems where you are – editor@westseattleblog.com, text or voice at 206-293-6302.

8:10 PM: Tree reported to have fallen on a house in the 5600 block of SW Admiral Way – no one hurt. We’re en route. (Update: Couldn’t find it.) Also, a power outage is reported in Gatewood, but not on the map yet – the map grab above still just shows the one on Beach Drive, which is blamed on a tree (not sure where that one is).

8:30 PM: Thanks to everyone who’s commented/messaged with information on other spot outages – from Bonair to Puget Ridge to Highland Park. Remember that if you have to be out driving and happen onto a non-working signal – that’s a 4-way stop intersection. (added) Annie sends this photo of a tree down on 24th between Barton and Cambridge:

8:44 PM: Just heard a scanner report of a tree down on Delridge at 21st SW, blocking southbound lanes. And we have this photo via Twitter:

Jeff tweets that a tree is down on Roxbury at 34th. Thanks again to everyone sharing info and photos.

9 PM: 55 outages are now reported around the city, affecting more than 22,000 homes and businesses. Several are now mapped in West Seattle – see here for the latest. If you lose/find a pet during the storm – or any other time – remember that for six years, WSB has had the only West Seattle-specific lost/found pets page – westseattleblog.com/pets; just added a dog found tonight. Meantime, in comments, flynlo has noted 48 mph gusts on Gatewood Hill.

(Added: SFD at wires-down site on SW Ida – WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)
9:20 PM: Now, add outages in Arbor Heights – we saw the 35th/Roxbury signal go out as that happened – and Morgan Junction; Arroyos, too, per comments. The tree down on Roxbury, meantime, is at 32nd – we’ll have a photo shortly (update: tree photo courtesy Dustin Smith).

If you have to go out, slow down – our photographer said people were coming up on the tree way too fast for safety. Meantime, every gust seems to take more people out – some now out in Fauntleroy. Also, trees down in two spots in Highland Park, Andrea e-mails: “One heading down Highland Park (Way) just after Holden and the other on 9th right side northbound.”

9:45 PM: Power outage finally hit us in Upper Fauntleroy. We’re continuing to report with backup power and Internet. Wind still strong. Re: Roxbury tree, Joe Szilagyi shows us via Instagram that the Roxbury tree is being towed. Meantime, you’re probably wondering how long the power will be out. Even the “guesstimates” you might see on the City Light map are not reliable (and SCL acknowledges that). 52,000 homes and businesses are now out citywide, according to the map. *Or it could be sooner rather than later – commenter Petertut says power’s BACK in the 5900 block of Beach Drive.

10:21 PM: Minutes after @naurthon tweeted that photo, he reported that the tree is clear and Delridge is open again in the SW Orchard vicinity. The weather *sounds* as if it’s calming a bit – we’re looking around to see if forecasters have any insight. This was only supposed to last until the early-morning hours, and we’re still counting on “all systems go” for the Harvest Festival in The Junction 10-2 tomorrow.

10:48 PM: Chet says a tree and wires are down on Fauntleroy Way north of Lincoln Park. Also a new report from Sharryn of a tree down by 35th/Roxbury. And Shane sent photos of two trees down along the street in the 2100 block of California SW.

We’re also adding the newest screengrab from the City Light map, showing the many outages on the peninsula – looks like more than 10,000 homes/businesses. Far more of the former than the latter – it appears The Junction has kept power, for example (“live” traffic cam image added, to prove it):

So if you need food/beverages, there’s one direction to head in.

(Added: Fauntleroy ferry dock – WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)
11:15 PM: WSB’s Christopher Boffoli has been roving to see what’s happening where. He reports, “Pitch black from Morgan Junction all the way down past Lincoln Park. Ferry dock is still without power and is waiting for generators to arrive. They somehow still have one terminal open and they’re able to check people in (right side ticket booth). Ferry traffic is very light.” SCL has done some restoring – the total citywide is now down to 50,000. Meantime, trees aren’t just out in roads – Dianne in Admiral e-mailed, “My neighbor’s tree fell in 3 or 4 spots, and they are on top of my house, and hanging next to it. My Willow tree is badly damaged and I think my Maple is down. I’ll know more tomorrow morning. Very frightening.” Then a bit later:

Likely going to be much to clean up – branches and leaves in the streets and on the sidewalks … in the morning.

1:26 AM: City Light is making progress – the outage map now shows 38,000 customers (homes/businesses) without power around its coverage area, down from a peak past 52,000. We’re still out in Upper Fauntleroy after almost four hours.

Adding several photos from Christopher Boffoli’s travels checking out storm damage, including the one above, a fence knocked down on 37th SW.

5:10 AM UPDATE: Many are back on. Not us, yet.

7:07 AM: Same as above. We will launch a new story shortly. Meantime, the Harvest Festival is ON – The Junction didn’t even lose power last night.

7:32 AM: That new story is here.

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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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