WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Wind alert extended

(Beach Drive photo by Steyn Benade – @alwayslocalphotos)

The Wind Advisory alert that was previously set to expire at 4 pm has been extended into evening – the National Weather Service says wind “20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph” can now be expected until at least 7 pm.

(Constellation Park photo by Jerry Simmons)

Earlier, we reported on two more downed trees on public property. We asked Seattle Parks what they’ve been dealing with – spokesperson Rachel Schulkin replies, “We had 10 tree failures over the weekend. We are responding to another 11 today. And have responded to over 66 tree failures this month so far.” (And again, that’s just on Parks property.)

17 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Wind alert extended"

  • N November 15, 2021 (5:21 pm)

    Tree Failure is the official term?  Learn something new everyday.

    • N.A. November 15, 2021 (6:32 pm)

      I agree.  Is that a PC term for tree falling down?

    • Auntie November 15, 2021 (7:37 pm)

      How sad it must be to be a failure at being a tree. ;(

    • Kersti Muul November 15, 2021 (10:00 pm)

      Yes and can get even more detailed such as ‘mid-stem failure’, wind throw, on so on..

  • Jort November 15, 2021 (5:39 pm)

    “Tree failures.” Man, these guys come up with the dumbest phrases.

    • Lol November 15, 2021 (11:49 pm)

      This is such an odd thing to pass judgement on. It’s just what this phenomenon is called, it’s just not in your industry. Google it.

    • Pelicans November 16, 2021 (2:41 am)

      First time I’ve agreed with you, Jort…👍😃

    • S.A. November 16, 2021 (9:10 am)

      What do you want them to call it?  “Tree-fall-down-go-booms”?

  • Cass n November 15, 2021 (6:51 pm)

    That’s just wrong—tree failure? Do they tree successes? 

  • Keri November 15, 2021 (7:47 pm)

    Thanks Jerry Simmons! That’s my water girl-  this was an impromptu stop – was wishing I had my camera when I saw you. Love the capture 

    • Jerry Simmons November 16, 2021 (6:06 pm)

      Awesome and you are welcome! I love the brave ones and it is so much fun to watch. 

  • Kersti Muul November 15, 2021 (10:04 pm)

    Not a dumb phrase. It’s a descriptor we use in arboriculture. Like mid stem failures. It’s where the tree failed and it’s important to know where, how and why. All tree species have unique ways of failing. Some uproot, some have mid stem failures, some wind throw, some chunk down…

    • CJ November 15, 2021 (10:36 pm)

      Thanks for the info, very informative!  

    • JJ November 16, 2021 (2:37 am)

      It is a funny new lexicon for us. I guess windstorms can make some trees chuck down, while also causing some ferry passengers to have digestive failure, and chuck up. We all know too much about bridge failure around here, but I suppose it seems strange to apply engineering analysis to trees, who naturally live and grow, and are not designed and built, at least not by people. It seems a bit… um… pretentious perhaps, or grandiose– as of through after proper analysis we could build a better tree than God. 

    • Pelicans November 16, 2021 (2:46 am)

      Ok, many thanks Kersti. Now I understand the terms arcane to the industry. But I still agree with Jort. 😉

    • Jort November 16, 2021 (8:24 am)

      Doctors also call a heart attack a “myocardial infarction,” which is important for doctors to know, but not for anybody else. Everybody else just calls it a heart attack. I can accept that jargon has its place in certain specialized industry situations, but by and large, for most normal people, when a tree falls down, it’s a tree that fell down, not a “tree failure.”

  • John November 16, 2021 (11:55 am)

    Video from Beach Drive Monday afternoon: https://www.facebook.com/1305005524/videos/pcb.10220823969731455/415717050165498

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