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November 22, 2011 at 6:55 AM

The Morning Memo / Tuesday: No chocolate milk, a pricey prank and rain

Weather: Whoa! Rain continues to fall and it’s expected to keep coming down throughout the day and into tomorrow and, let’s see… through next MONDAY. And it will be windy  in places. Here’s our weather story from overnight.

Here’s what the National Weather Service in Seattle says this morning:

RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES TODAY AS THE SNOW LEVEL RISES TO AROUND 5000 FEET…THEN ANOTHER 1 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY WITH THE SNOW LEVEL LOWERING DOWN TO 3000 TO 4000 FEET ON WEDNESDAY.

There are flood watches in many counties including King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.

There’s standing water in many places, so don’t drive through it. The roads are slick, so slow down.

A link to our weather page. A link to the Weather Service site.

Traffic: With all the rain, the commute could be a mess. The map and the cams

What’s this? No chocolate milk served at school? KING5 reports that schools in Maple Valley will no longer serve chocolate milk because it’s not in the best interests of kids nutritiously. We love chocolate milk!

Into palindromes? If so, take note of today’s date: 11/22/11.

Aziz Inan, a professor at the University of Portland and a guy who is seriously interested in palindromes — words or numbers that read the same backward as forward  —  points out that today is not just any palindromic date, but the 22nd one of the year.

It also comes just days – 11, to be exact — after November’s earlier whopper of a palindrome: 11/11/11.

Inan also points out that 200 years from today, the date (with the year fully expressed) will be an even more impressive palindrome, an eight-digit wonder reading 11/22/2211. More information can be found at this web site by Inan.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) (C) is followed by reporters as she arrives for a meeting between Republican and Democratic members of the "Super Committee", or Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, in U.S. Sen. John Kerry's office November 21, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Members of the committee have struggled to come up with a plan to cut at least $1.2 trillion of the federal deficit over the next ten years.

The look on the face of Sen. Patty Murray pretty much tells the story of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction’s struggle to find a way to cut $1.2 trillion of the federal deficit over the next decade. They did find a way to meet a lot. Finding a way to cut the deficit? Not so much.

A teen prank gone wrong: Ya think? A Prosser teen in Eastern Washington admits he was involved in a break-in at a school where electronics and other things were either vandalized or stolen to the tune of $400,000.

Most-read stories on seattletimes.com this morning: 

  1. Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman killed
  2. Heavy rain, strong wind kick off wet Thanksgiving week
  3. The top 10 restaurants of the year
  4. Gregoire asks for sales tax increase
  5. Boeing says Wichita defense plant could close

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