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November 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM
A storm is bringing high winds and mountain snows to the Pacific Northwest this weekend. If you have weather pictures or videos, please share them here.
August 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM
Victoria Jurgens and her husband celebrated their 11 wedding anniversary this past weekend by hiking the popular Sahale Arm in North Cascades National Park.
They will remember this one.
They were among a number of people stranded by the washout of Cascade River Road.
Here’s her account of their adventure, er, maybe misadventure when they became rain soaked and stranded and the efforts by the National Park Service to get them out.
My husband and I were backpacking for our 11th anniversary. We got hit pretty hard by a thunder, lightning, and hail storm on Sunday on the way down from the Sahale Arm. The water was running down the trail so hard that it was sloshing up over the tops of my boots! It was pretty wild.
We encountered a fresh rock slide after we crossed over Cascade Pass, and the water was coming down in torrents. When we finally arrived at the parking lot, completely soaked, with pizza and beer in Marblemount on the mind, we were informed that the road was out.
We knew there were two rangers who had hiked into the back country, but they were both supposed to be out for several days. There was a guy from Chicago at the trail head, who was suposed to be picked up by a friend at 6:00. We figured when his friend discovered the wash out, he would alert the ranger station in Marblemount about the situation. There wasn’t much anyone could do, so we all just sort of tucked in for the evening.
We were lucky we had been backpacking because it meant we were well prepared to spend the night. We were however very low on food. After a long day of hiking, we each had an energy bar for dinner.
Later in the evening, one of the rangers showed up. Apparently the station alerted him via radio of the situation. He checked on everyone and took names and numbers of people to be notified of our situation. After that, everyone pretty much went to bed. There were a few tents, but most people slept in their cars. We adopted the guy from Chicago and let him sleep in our car.
The next morning the ranger called a meeting at 7:30 to let us know that people were working on the situation and that we might be going out by choppers, or by a zipline type system to get us over the 25 foot deep wash. He said we would have a meeting every hour on the half hour to get updates.
Later, the second ranger arrived from the back country. After a very light breakfast, we headed out to get water. A few people had filters, and pulled together to take care of those who did not. People with food were also very generous.
We spent the day trying to stay entertained. Someone had a guitar, and another person had a mandolin, so they played and sang songs to pass the time. We took a walk down the road a mile and a half to see the wash out. It was bad. We figured we would have to leave our car up there, possibly for months. Apparently the culvert became clogged with logs and debris during the massive runoff from the storm, so the water tore through the road to find a new route down the mountain.
We walked back up to our camp. As the day wore on, there was talk of a crew possibly trying to build a temporary road. By noon, people were running out of food and no one knew if we would be spending another night. The hourly meetings continued, and we were told that a chopper might come in if the cloud layer lifted enough to make it safe.
The cloud layer did lift, and sure enough, a chopper arrived carrying boxes of sack lunches made by several restaurants in Marblemount. It was pretty great. We also got a third ranger. She told us that the temporary road might be ready between 5:00 and 7:00pm, and that the chopper had gone to access the situation upstream. She said thunder storms were in the forecast again, and that if the road did not hold, we would likely be going out by chopper.
A while later, we got a fourth ranger via helicopter, and just after 4:00, they said the road was ready, and to be packed and ready to go by 4:45. Everyone loaded up and we headed out. We could not believe what the road crew had managed. They dumped huge logs in the wash, and then dumped rock and dirt over them. The logs allowed the water through, making a temporary culvert. It was very impressive.
I have to say, we were extremely impressed with how the rangers handled everything. They did a great job and we are very grateful to be safe and sound in our own beds this evening!
Correction: In an earlier version of this post, the headline and the introduction mistakenly said Jurgens and the others were stranded on the North Cascades Highway. They were not. They were stranded when Cascade River Road washed out because of the storms.
May 29, 2013 at 7:50 AM
November 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM
We do it every year.
Haul out the old, rickety ladder and the 20 tangled strings of lights collected over the last eight years. Battle with that one broken light bulb that seems to control all the other lights on the strand. Then venture out into the elements, braving wind, rain and frozen fingers, to arrange those stubborn strands of lights on our homes and in our yards.
All that, just in the name of holiday spirit. And bragging rights, of course.
As in past years, The Seattle Times is giving readers a chance to show off their light-design chops. Check out the online photo album.
Once your display is up, take a picture and post it to the album. Write your address in the caption so others can drive by and admire your handiwork.
If Seattle Times editors see something they love, they may send out a photographer and feature your house in the paper. So climb in those attics, drag out the decorations and show off your stuff.
November 5, 2012 at 9:17 PM
The Associated Press
Police in Burien are trying to determine how a woman ended up seriously injured on a downtown street.
KING-TV says witnesses report they saw a gray van swerve and then saw the woman in the street Monday evening.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West says the woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Officers are trying to figure out if she was hit by a vehicle or suffered some health condition and fell in the street.
The owner of “A Place for Pets” pet store tells KING that the woman had just left his store after buying a couple of crickets. He says she is a regular customer who comes in every two weeks to buy crickets for a pet tarantula.
June 23, 2012 at 6:54 AM
Tens of thousands of runners are descending upon Seattle Center Saturday morning for the fourth annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Every mile of the revamped course, which highlights the city’s notable landmarks, will be marked by mini-concerts. The day will end with a free post-race festival and concert featuring Gym Class Heroes. The event benefits the American Cancer Society.
Will you be Rock ‘n’ Roll running today? Share your Instagram photos by tagging them with the hashtag #RnRSEA. If you want to share a photo you have already uploaded to Instagram, just leave the hashtag in a comment on the photo.
March 23, 2012 at 3:12 PM
The start of spring in Seattle brought clouds and scattered showers, some mixed with snow. But the first weekend of spring is expected to bring some sunshine, with a forecast that calls for sunny skies and temperatures that hit the 50s on Friday. A sunny Saturday is also expected, with a high near 56, according to the National Weather Service.
How are you enjoying the first weekend of spring? Share your photos through the iPhone app Instagram by tagging them with the hashtag #springinseattle. If you want to tag a photo you’ve already uploaded to Instagram, just include the hashtag in a comment on your photo. We’ll publish some of our favorites in this blog. If you share your photo with us, it means you give us permission to use your photo on our web site and/or other social networks.
January 25, 2012 at 1:07 AM
Flags waved, stop lights swayed, trees toppled and trash cans rolled as strong winds hit Seattle Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, causing temporary power outages in some areas. Many followers described the wind as “howling” when we asked on Twitter and Facebook about neighborhood conditions.
“In Auburn, the wind and rain sound like a hurricane,” one reader tweeted. ”Coming from a Florida native.”
More reactions are captured below.
The NOAA extended the wind advisory until 4 a.m. for Seattle, Tacoma and Bremerton, warning that more power outages are possible.
November 24, 2011 at 11:36 AM
We asked our readers to tell us to sum up, in one word, what they’re thankful for this year. Below, reader submissions are visualized as a word cloud. See a bigger version of the word cloud here. (Note: Your submission won’t appear immediately. The word cloud is updated every hour or so).
November 23, 2011 at 4:09 PM
We’re asking readers to tell us to sum up, in one word, what they’re thankful for this year. Fill out the form below to submit your word. See a bigger version of the word cloud here (updated at 11:30 a.m. Thursday).
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