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September 11, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Winds fan wildfire that damages 3 Wash. homes

PORTLAND, Ore. — High winds and warm temperatures are challenging Northwest firefighters, especially in the typically windy Columbia River Gorge where a windblown wildfire on the Washington side damaged three homes and smoke from a fire on the Oregon side temporarily restricted traffic on Interstate 84. The National Weather Service says winds in the White Salmon,…

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September 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Weather Service issues red flag warning for W. Washington

A forecast combination of strong winds, low humidity and dry fuels has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for a large portion of Western Washington from Thursday morning to Friday evening. A red flag warning means that weather conditions could contribute to active fire behavior that would spread rapidly, the National…

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September 2, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Storm brings flooding, power outages to Seattle, Eastside

An early evening storm dumped  almost half an inch of rain on Seattle and contributed to flooding and power outages around the area Tuesday. The National Weather Service office in Sand Point recorded about four-tenths of an inch between 5 and 7 p.m., with peak gusts at 30 mph, meteorologist Allen Kam said. The storm system…

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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 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 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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July 2, 2014 at 7:47 AM

Hot enough? Tuesday was hottest day since 2010

You probably know the 94-degree high set at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport yesterday was a record for the day, but get this: It hasn’t been that hot since 2010. Kirby Cook, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said Sea-Tac hasn’t recorded a temperature that high since Aug. 15, 2010 — when the high was 96 degree during…

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July 1, 2014 at 5:15 PM

How hot is it? Record-breaking hot in Seattle today

UPDATE, 6:30 p.m. | Things are heating up. At 5:40 p.m., the temperature reached 94 degrees at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, according to the National Weather Service. ORIGINAL POST | The start of July brought a temporary blast of hot air to the Seattle area with a record-high temperature of 93 degrees on this afternoon, according…

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May 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Damaging Snohomish County wind not a tornado

The Associated Press SNOHOMISH — The National Weather Service says the wind that caused minor damage Sunday at Lake Roesiger, near Snohomish, was not a tornado. The Weather Service said Monday it was a straight line wind, estimated at 70-to-75 mph. The wind uprooted a couple of trees and blew limbs off others. It destroyed a playhouse and tore…

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May 1, 2014 at 4:39 PM

With a high of 85 today, we broke a 16-year record

UPDATE, 7 p.m. | Today’s high was 85, according to Ni Cushmeer of the National Weather Service. ORIGINAL POST | Today has been record-breaking hot, but Seattle residents shouldn’t get used to the summer weather just yet, the National Weather Service said. Seattle’s temperature late this afternoon of 83 degrees broke the previous record set in 1998…

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