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Category: Weather Beat

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

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…

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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…

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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…

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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 |…

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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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August 4, 2014 at 6:51 AM

Strong winds bring blackouts to the Inland Northwest – again

The Spokesman-Review The Inland Northwest was flung back into storm cleanup mode Sunday after being clobbered by high winds for a second time in 10 days. Thunderstorms packing gusts of 40 to 55 mph brought down hundreds of trees and power lines over a wide swath of the region Saturday evening. Firefighters pounced on new brush fires…

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July 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Wednesday’s 0.74 inches of rain breaks records

Today’s heavy rainfall broke the record for the most rain on July 23. According to the National Weather Service, Seattle received 0.74 inches of rain. The previous record for today was 0.54 inches in 1949. “We’ve received more rain today than we normally get in the whole month of July,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Johnny…

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July 23, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Rain, rain and more rain, for now anyway

Heading out the door to work? Ditch those cute sandals and grab your umbrella because the Seattle gloom is back … for now. The National Weather Service said to expect a day of rain and thunderstorms in Western Washington, with temperatures in just the upper 60s. The showers will taper to a drizzle before disappearing Thursday…

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