West Seattle Weather Watch update: Now it’s a ‘flood watch’

ORIGINAL REPORT, NOON: Might want to doublecheck your gutters/storm drains/etc. before tomorrow. A “special weather statement” issued by the National Weather Service (read it here) says up to two inches of rain is possible in this area Thursday/Friday, with the heaviest rain likely to start around midday Thursday.

3:55 PM: The NWS now has upgraded it to a “flood watch,” starting noon tomorrow. Read the new alert here.

17 Replies to "West Seattle Weather Watch update: Now it's a 'flood watch'"

  • Around the Sound September 4, 2013 (12:29 pm)

    Thanks for the heads up.

  • Bsmomma September 4, 2013 (12:50 pm)

    Good Bye Summer!

  • MetPatrick September 4, 2013 (1:59 pm)

    Good early afternoon everyone, I have taken a look at the newest model package and current Meso data for later tonight into Thursday am and if you like T-storms then you are in luck.

    there is an increasing chance of some decent nocturnal T-storms around the sound especially Seattle south and east later tonight into Thursday morning.

    Surface CAPE and MUCAPE values increase later this afternoon to around 1500-1800 J/kg, LI’s near -4 in the south sound areas and MLLR’s around 7C, increased Southerly/Southeasterly flow and VERY good shear will increase the threat of T-storms.

    Once the ULL ( Upper Level Low ) starts to exit the region, wrap-around moisture will stabilize the mid and upper levels and allow for just stratiform precip ( steady rain ) to invade and persist for almost 18 straight hours leading to a VERY wet Thursday/Friday time frame.

    The likelihood of small urban flooding and ponding on roadways is a very real threat with this system. so be mindful of water around your property or low lying areas.

    STAY DRY!!!

    • WSB September 4, 2013 (2:09 pm)

      Thanks, MP. I’ve seen some leaves falling already from our deciduous trees/shrubs so we’ll stay vigilant with our drains too … TR

  • MetPatrick September 4, 2013 (2:09 pm)


    Summer returns starting Saturday INTO next week with sunshine and 80F+ temps. tomorrow and Friday are just speed bumps in our amazing Seattle summer of 2013.

    And if the CFS model is correct we stay dry and warm well into October as well

  • JoB September 4, 2013 (2:34 pm)

    anybody know if we should be covering our tomatoes?

  • Jupiter Jonny September 4, 2013 (3:35 pm)

    MetPatrick is the man! Thanks for the update!

  • joya September 4, 2013 (3:40 pm)

    let’s hear it for an Indian summer ;)

  • pupsarebest September 4, 2013 (3:46 pm)

    Bring on the RAIN, we need it badly, especially if our meteorologist friend is correct about the long-range forecast.
    Please skip the thunderstorms—although I love it, my poor dog is left trembling and terrified. :)

  • i'mcoveredinbees September 4, 2013 (4:42 pm)

    Thanks for the heads up.

  • Smitty September 4, 2013 (4:56 pm)

    Can this sudden shift in weather be attributed to Global Wa………..I mean, Climate Change?

  • Roxxy G. September 4, 2013 (5:02 pm)

    Eek! Good thing I just waterproofed my shoes this last weekend. Do your worst, Nature, I’ll make it to my bus stop somehow!

  • chris w September 4, 2013 (5:24 pm)

    Thanks Patrick! And thanks WSB. I haven’t paid much attention to the forecast lately!!

  • MMB September 4, 2013 (7:40 pm)

    Yes, thanks WSB and MetPatrick! Bring on the weather!

  • Johnny September 4, 2013 (8:03 pm)

    “Can this sudden shift in weather be attributed to Global Wa………..I mean, Climate Change?”

    * yawn *

    Don’t you have an “I Blame Obama” rally to attend or something?

  • JayDee September 4, 2013 (8:12 pm)

    Nothing to do with climate change, it is clear that this year is an outlier (best summer in 20 years) according to St. Mass.

    I sealed my front door cedar gutter (yes cedar) this PM because the drips have started to soak the morning news, and cleaned the others of detritus. Let the flood come! (I live on a hill, sorry).

  • Ex-Westwood Resident September 4, 2013 (9:54 pm)

    I hear ya JD, I just hope the fool at the bottom of our hill has ensure the grating for the storm drain has been cleaned (it’s on his property).
    In the 2007 storm it wasn’t and contributed to the landslide that busted a sewer main.

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