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Category: Weather Beat

Keeping track of news about weather in Seattle and the Northwest.

August 21, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Flooding on the heels of wildfire leaves N. Central Wash. in shock

By K.C. Mehaffey / The Wenatchee World A region still numb from the devastation of wildfires found itself in the throes of a new disaster Thursday — this time from flash flooding and mudslides over vast areas of the blackened countryside. Some people whose homes survived the 256,000-acre Carlton Complex fires were devastated by damage from…


Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit, Weather Beat | Topics: Okanogan County, Twisp

August 14, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Rains help dampen wildfires in North Central Washington

The Associated Press WENATCHEE, Wash.  — Heavy rain fell Thursday morning over north central Washington and dampened wildfires that had grown out of control in hot dry weather. The operations coordinator for the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center in East Wenatchee, Jim Duck, says significant rain is helping firefighters get a handle on some of the large…


Comments | More in General news, Weather Beat | Topics: Chelan, flooding, rain

August 13, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Rainfall overnight shatters 32-year-old record

The overnight rainstorm not only gave your lawn a much-needed watering, it shattered a 32-year-old record. According to the National Weather Service, .85 inches of rain have fallen at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport since 1 a.m. This shatters a record of .33 inches set in 1982. “1.33 inches fell since 9:53 p.m. last night. This is fairly uncommon for…


Comments | More in Weather Beat | Topics: National Weather Service, rainfall, seatac airport

August 13, 2014 at 6:46 AM

Dramatic dust storm precedes rain in Eastern Washington

The Associated Press SEATTLE — A massive, dramatic dust storm more often associated with the Southwest blew through Eastern Washington and north Idaho on Tuesday evening in advance of thunderstorms, lightning and rain. Washington state troopers said the dust storm or “haboob” reduced visibility to zero in parts of Whitman and Adams counties, leading to numerous…


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August 12, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Dust storm blows through Eastern Washington

A strong dust storm blew through Ritzville in Eastern Washington on Tuesday evening as thunderstorms developed throughout the region, bringing strong winds and abundant lightning. The storm, known as a haboob, struck the area near Ritzville, Adams County, around 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Wind speeds at the time were between 40…


Comments | More in Weather Beat | Topics: haboob, National Weather Service

August 12, 2014 at 5:50 AM

Thunderstorms forecast for Northwest; DNR bans campfires

The Associated Press SEATTLE — Forecasters say thunderstorms that moved through Oregon and Washington on Monday will flare up again Tuesday. Because of the risk that lightning will start more wildfires, the National Weather Service has a red flag warning in effect for most of both states. The thunderstorms also could be accompanied by gusty winds, hail…


Comments | More in Weather Beat | Topics: thunderstorms, wildfires

August 11, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Seattle breaks heat record; relief expected Tuesday

UPDATE, 10 p.m. | A thunderstorm near Enumclaw produced pea-sized hail and heavy precipitation around 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The storm was moving northwest toward the Eastside. Puget Sound Energy said about 5,200 people are without power in the Redmond and Woodinville areas after an outage likely caused by lightning. ORIGINAL POST |…


Comments | More in Weather Beat | Topics: National Weather Service, Seattle

August 11, 2014 at 5:58 AM

DNR bans all fires, including campfires, in Washington

UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: The parks included in the ban are the private and public campgrounds that are under Washington DNR fire protection, said Janet Pearce, Communications manager for DNR. Campgrounds on federal land are not included in the ban at this time. Pearce suggests calling ahead to check on whether the campground where you are headed…


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August 6, 2014 at 6:29 AM

Red flag issued for wildfires in Southeast Washington

The Associated Press SPOKANE  — Forecasters are warning of wildfire danger Wednesday in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon due to a combination of winds and low humidity. A red-flag warning is in effect until 9 p.m. for the area from Yakima through the Tri-Cities to Walla Walla and including The Dalles, Hermiston and Pendleton in Oregon. The National…


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