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WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Islands in the fog, after record rainfall

Once the rain stopped this evening, fog started seeping over nearby islands. Above, that’s Bainbridge Island in David Hutchinson‘s photo from Alki; below, our peek view of Vashon Island from the Gatewood/Fauntleroy line:

More rain might be on the way, but we’ve already set a June 13th record – .68 of an inch measured at Sea-Tac, breaking the old half-inch record set in 1946.

P.S. Summer is exactly one week away – the solstice moment is 8:31 pm next Sunday (June 20th).

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Breeze brings down branches

Thanks to Ted for the photo. Breezy weather has brought down branches at the south end of Admiral Way just north of the West Seattle Bridge. Forecast says it’ll be even breezier – with gusts up to 30 mph – tonight.

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Semi-heat wave still on the way, forecasters say

(Saturday photo by James Bratsanos)

Checking on weather for tomorrow and beyond … the National Weather Service says 80s are still on the way, but not until after the holiday. Memorial Day’s forecast is sunny and 70s; then Tuesday and Wednesday could get into the mid-80s. (Today’s high was 73, four degrees above the usual high for this date.)

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Thunderstorms!

5:22 PM: Don’t let the sunbreaks fool you. We’ve had hail (or some form of icy precipitation) within this past half-hour, and now a loud clap of thunder. The forecast for this evening does include a “slight chance of thunderstorms.” An overall ongoing chance of showers continues until Friday.

9:13 PM: The weather’s calmed a bit – still raining off and on. Added a photo by Jerry Simmons, pre-dusk rainbow sighting.

10:30 PM: Two more photos – this one by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor:

And this one by Beth Davis:

WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Dawn of a sunny week

May 10, 2021 11:32 am
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Unless you’re a very early riser – sunrise today was at 5:38 am – you’re missing views like that, so thanks to photographer Jerry Simmons for sharing what he saw as the new week dawned. The current outlook is for sunshine every day this week, thanks to a ridge of high pressure, says the National Weather Service.

ROAD WORK, TRAFFIC, WEATHER: April’s final Monday

6:03 AM: Good morning! Partly sunny forecast for today, after the weekend concluded that way – Jerry Simmons sent this photo from Lincoln Park:

ROAD WORK

35th/GrahamAs work continues, Graham is closed on both sides of the intersection.

Delridge project – Delridge/Orchard work continues; here’s what else is in the plan for this week.

SW Yancy east of Avalon – As first noted on Friday, this closure will last a few more weeks, according to the project team.

TRANSIT

The West Seattle Water Taxi is on its spring/summer schedule – all day, 7 days a week, plus Friday and Saturday evenings.

Metro has increased the number of passengers allowed on buses.

BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES

399th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here’s how it’s looking on other bridges and routes:

Low Bridge: 16th week for automated enforcement cameras; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends, when the bridge is now open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Read about other changes here.)

Here’s a low-bridge view:

West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:

Highland Park Way/Holden:

The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):

And the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):

For the South Park Bridge (map), here’s the nearest camera (it’s been intermittently out):

To check for bridges’ marine-traffic openings, see the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.

See all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also shown on this WSB page.

Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Please let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: 4 scenes as 1st round of ‘early summer’ ends

(From Nancy via Twitter)

You knew it couldn’t last forever. But it ended with a splash … of color – a beautiful sunset to wrap up our long stretch of early summer. We’re not using the word glibly – the National Weather Service says the average high temperature this past week was 75.7 degrees, exactly the normal average high for July 11th-17th.

(From Bob Burns)

Earlier in the day, another hint of changing weather – fog:

(from Mike Burns)

(From Lura Ercolano)

Tomorrow’s forecast, mostly cloudy, maybe making it into the 60s, and by Friday night, the rain is expected to return.

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Captivating clouds

Thanks to Jim Borrow for two memorable views of clouds from Alki – above, early this morning, and below, last night.

Jim notes that the top formation is known as Kelvin-Helmholtz – we featured a daylight view of a similar formation last spring. Here’s why they form.

Meantime, the other weather note of the night – it’ll be colder than normal again, with more frosted windshields expected tomorrow morning (the Sea-Tac low was 34, seven degrees below normal for this date)

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: The calm after the storm

(Photo by David Hutchinson)

After 5+ blustery hours, the weather has calmed, without reports power outages or downed trees this time around. The National Weather Service says it’ll stay breezy for the hours ahead – and dark clouds on the horizon suggest the rain might return – but one thing has vanished from the forecast – the mention of possible snow mixed in. The weather is getting drier faster than predicted, and should be clear by the early morning hours, when temperatures will drop into the 30s. And then – sunshine is on the way,

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Wind Advisory alert for Sunday

March 27, 2021 4:26 pm
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It’s charge-everything time – the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory alert for our area (the taupe area on the map above), expecting strong wind noon-6 pm Sunday: The prediction is for “southwest winds 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph.” Rain is forecast for much of the day, and believe it or not, some snow might be mixed in tomorrow night!

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Winter’s not quite done yet

March 14, 2021 7:04 pm
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(Today’s sunrise – photo by Jim Borrow)

As springish as the past few days seemed – with Saturday’s temperature hitting 60 – winter isn’t officially over until next Saturday, and the forecast for late tonight/early tomorrow warns we might see a bit of snow. The temperature’s already dropped into the upper 30s by our gauge – official 7 pm temp at Boeing Field is 40. (Forecasters insist, “No snow accumulation.”)

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Weekend preview, and time for a change

Thanks to JayDee for the photo – tonight brought the second-to-last sunset of Standard Time, with Daylight Saving Time arriving tomorrow night (technically Sunday morning, 2 am “springs forward” to 3 am). More sunshine is in the forecast for tomorrow, and another high near 60 – today hit 57.

WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Seeing snow-coated ‘siblings’

March 8, 2021 10:16 am
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While we’re working on the rest of the day’s news – a quick look at a striking sight this morning: Before the clouds move back in, the Olympic Mountains are out in all their snow-coated glory. The photos – by Kyle Reichenbach, above, and David Hutchinson, below, focus on the Olympic peaks known as The Brothers.

Fun fact: The Brothers have a West Seattle connection – according to this infopage from the Washington Trails Association, the peaks are named after Edward and Arthur Fauntleroy, members of the same family whose name graces a West Seattle neighborhood. Their highest point is 6,842 feet.

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Possible thunderstorms

March 5, 2021 4:56 pm
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Thanks to Lorabeth for sending the photo! As she described it, we have seen some “dramatic” weather this afternoon – and it might not be over yet. The updated forecast includes a chance of thunderstorms tonight. If you’re longing for sunshine, some of that may show up tomorrow.

P.S. Almost forgot to mention – tonight is the first 6 pm sunset of the year. (And it’ll be after 7 pm soon, with Daylight Saving Time arriving at 2 am March 14th, when we’ll “spring forward” an hour.

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: More ice from the sky

Thanks for the texted/tweeted photos of the hail/thunder shower that just moved through (the scene above is from Highland Park).

Brad shows us these weren’t just little ice pellets:

Hard to believe, but tomorrow’s forecast is still “mostly sunny.” Then again, it was a promising sunset, as Marc Milrod‘s photo shows:

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Hello, hail – twice! (Sunset & rainbow photos too)

2:07 PM: After a sunny morning, an unsettled afternoon – A reader texted that short clip of hail (or something like it – graupel, sleet, etc. …) in the Lincoln Park area. On Twitter, @WestSeaWX described it as a thunderstorm with an “expanded Puget Sound convergence zone” setting up behind it. Other areas including Fairmount Park and High Point reported the icy shower too.

2:36 PM: Classic Seattle almost-spring … the sun’s out again.

ADDED 6:07 PM: Another round of hail this past hour – plus a rainbow – here are some photos we received – first, from Barb in Westwood:

From Brandy, seen over Solstice Park:

And from Fred, the sun/cloud “mashup” before sunset:

(added) More photos! From Mark:

And via text:

Thanks to everyone!

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Wind, waves, and a ‘wave cloud’

Thanks to Troy Sterk for the video from Lincoln Park earlier today. It’s been windy all day and the forecast says that’s going to continue through Tuesday, with gusts to 35 mph tonight and tomorrow, to 30 mph on Tuesday. Another sight of interest as the weather changes:

Perhaps this cloud, in a photo texted to us around sunset:

ADDED 8:18 PM: More views of the cloud – this one from Lynn Hall:

And this composite view from Dan Ciske:

P.S. The rain has arrived.

WEATHER, TRANSIT, TRAFFIC: Thursday morning watch

February 18, 2021 6:16 am
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6:16 AM: Good morning. Rain in the forecast today.

(Wednesday rainbow, photographed by Jay Gewin)

TRANSIT: Metro is on its regular routes. … The Water Taxi has its regular vessel, regular schedule … The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry route is (UPDATE) down to 1 boat because the Cathlamet needs repairs.

BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES: 332nd morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here’s how things are looking:

Low Bridge: Sixth week for automated enforcement cameras, while restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily. Here’s a bridge view:

West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:

Highland Park Way/Holden – with a new left-turn signal for northbound HP Way, turning to westbound Holden:

The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):

The 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):

For the South Park Bridge (map), here’s the nearest camera:

To check for bridges’ marine-traffic openings, see the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.

See all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also shown on this WSB page.

Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.

WEATHER, TRANSIT, TRAFFIC: Post-holiday Tuesday morning watch

6:07 AM: Good morning. Still melting – with a showery forecast today, high in the 40s – and still some snow out there. Shouldn’t be as slushy as Monday’s roads, though – Eric Bell shared this view:

TRANSIT: Metro is back on regular routes. … The Water Taxi is back in service (added: Doc Maynard returns to the run Wednesday) … The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry route is back to 2-boat service.

BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES: 330th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here’s how things are looking:

Low Bridge: Sixth week for automated enforcement cameras, while restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily. Here’s a bridge view:

West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:

Highland Park Way/Holden – with a new left-turn signal for northbound HP Way, turning to westbound Holden:

The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):

The 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):

For the South Park Bridge (map), here’s the nearest camera:

To check for bridges’ marine-traffic openings, see the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.

You can view all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also shown on this WSB page.

Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.

WEST SEATTLE MONDAY: Presidents Day and other info to start the week

(Saturday photo by Jay Gewin)

It’s Presidents Day and we’re watching a foot of snow melt away. Here’s more hopefully helpful info, beyond the transportation info noted earlier:

ICYMI – NO TRASH/RECYCLING PICKUP: As we reported just before 8 am, no pickup today, and the city confirms the rest of the week will slide a day too (so if you have Tuesday pickup, it’ll be Wednesday, etc., assuming they can indeed make Monday collections tomorrow).

NO SCHOOL: Besides the holiday, this is midwinter-break week for Seattle Public Schools.

NO LIBRARIES: Curbside service is closed for the holiday.

NO MAIL: It’s a USPS holiday. (Added: Some readers note in comments that they ARE seeing mail delivery today, though.)

NO BANKS: It’s a Federal Reserve holiday.

(added) PARKS & OTHER CITY NOTES: West Seattle Golf Course is open for snow play again today (but not for golf). That and other city department post-storm notes are here.

WEATHER: Rainy and warmer – back into the 40s.

STATE OF THE CITY: Mayor Durkan gives her last annual address at 5:05 pm, streamed on Seattle Channel.

We’ll add to this list throughout the day if and when other announcements come in. Any info to share? westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

WEATHER, TRAFFIC, TRANSIT: Melting Monday

UPDATE, 10:30 AM: Metro says some buses have returned to regular routes … Washington State Ferries remains on its “severe weather schedule” today, which means Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth is on the two-boat schedule with one boat, skipping everything that is scheduled for boat #2.

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6:34 AM: Good morning. The melt continues – with a rainy forecast – but still a lot of snow out there. Major streets are bare and wet.

ROAD MAP: While this map is primarily for showing recently treated (plowed when it’s actively snowing) roads, it also shows closed roads, including a few steep stretches in West Seattle.

TRANSIT: Check for Metro route status here. … Here’s the ST 560 express bus reroute … The Water Taxi is not running because of the Presidents Day holiday.

Now, our usual checks:

BRIDGES

Low Bridge: Sixth week for automated enforcement cameras, while restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily. Here’s a bridge view:

West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:

Highland Park Way/Holden – with a new left-turn signal for northbound HP Way, turning to westbound Holden:

The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):

The 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):

For the South Park Bridge (map), here’s the nearest camera:

To check for bridges’ marine-traffic openings, see the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.

You can view all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also shown on this WSB page.

Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.

UPDATE: No garbage/recycling pickup Monday; delays all week

(Near 35th/Henderson, photographed by Mary Burki)

8:59 PM SUNDAY: Biggest question of the night: Will there be garbage/recycling pickup tomorrow? The Seattle Public Utilities update we included in afternoon coverage remains the newest information:

If there is still snow and/or ice on the ground Monday and conditions are determined to be unsafe for SPU contractors, the Utility will operate on a one-day delay for garbage, recycling and food/yard waste pickup this coming week. SPU will be sure to communicate just as soon as decisions are made.

Whenever we get word of that decision, we’ll update this story.

6:23 AM MONDAY: Still no announcement.

7:50 AM: No pickup today, says Waste Management: “Attention Monday Residential Customers: Your services cannot be provided today. Please leave carts at the curb. We will collect tomorrow or as conditions allow. We will collect materials missed during this delay – no extra charge.”

9:36 AM: And, as per the original city announcement above, the rest of the week will be delayed too, SPU says.

SNOWBIRDS: West Seattle feathered friends weather the weekend

From the photos sent by WSB readers throughout the snowy weekend, we’ve saved these for a separate “snowbirds” collection. Even as the snow buried birdbaths and froze feeders, the birds were in view seeking food, water, and refuge. Above, a Great Blue Heron “got comfortable on a branch right outside of my daughter’s window,” reports Mrs. E. Below, 15-year-old Drew Atkinson photographed a Crow in the Roxhill area:

The most frequently sighted birds, though, were Hummingbirds. First, from (corrected) Jamie Kinney:

From Brad Lovejoy, a hummingbird on a magnolia:

From Eric Bell, “Buzz” was hanging out in the bamboo:

Steve Fredrickson recorded the scene at a busy feeder:

The one in Lawrence Heeren‘s photo had a feeder to itself:

Lawrence also photographed a Barrow’s Goldeneye off the snowy shore:

The European Starling and American Robin are from J:

And a Dark-eyed Junco from Yma in Gatewood:

(added) Here’s a Spotted Towhee, from Rick Rasmussen:

Big thanks to all the bird photographers – we publish galleries periodically (and have a few non-snowy images in queue for the next one) – westseattleblog@gmail.com next time you want to share your pic of a West Seattle bird!