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September 12, 2014 at 7:18 AM

Friday Memo: Mean virus … celebrate stars and moon … Rallying the M’s fans

National Weather Service forecast

National Weather Service forecast

Wash your hands! And make your kids wash their hands. Fifteen children have been hospitalized at Seattle Children’s with severe respiratory symptoms and may have enterovirus D68, a nasty strain of a common virus that’s made kids sick across the country.

Bright sky: We don’t normally get a chance to see the northern lights in the Northwest, but two solar flares are bringing them further south than usual. With clear skies in the forecast, you may get to see a light show. Predicting the exact timing is difficult, but “the chances are really good” for Friday and Saturday nights, said Bob Rutledge of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo.

The northern lights are visible in the Seattle sky at Hamilton Viewpoint park in West Seattle in this 2004 photo. The Northwest may get another chance to see the lights Friday and Saturday nights. (James Branaman / The Seattle Times, 2004

The northern lights are visible in the Seattle sky at Hamilton Viewpoint park in West Seattle in this 2004 photo. The Northwest may get another chance to see the lights Friday and Saturday nights. (James Branaman / The Seattle Times, 2004

Celebrate the night: The Night Market and Moon Festival lights up the evening at Union Station Plaza in the International District Saturday night. Be prepared to eat well and stay up late. More weekend festivals here.

More on the weather: The nights are chilly, but we’re headed into daytime highs in the low 80s by Sunday, according to the National Weather Service forecast. You’re not off the hook for watering the lawn quite yet.

A little respect? The Mariners are in a playoff hunt, but attendance at Safeco isn’t reflecting those winning numbers. “Our fans have been outstanding, patient and loyal. It’s up to us to get them excited,” said Mariners president Kevin Mather. The M’s begin a series with Oakland today.

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