Topic: Weather Service
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September 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM
As predicted, the region is experiencing a host of hassles this weekend wrought by winds and steady rain that could make this the wettest September in Seattle since 1978.
By mid-afternoon on Saturday – with the worst still expected to come – there were:
Power outages, although scattered, due to broken tree limbs and other causes.
Puget Sound Energy reported 2,788 out of power in the Somerset area of Bellevue (cause undetermined); 1050 out of power in Mount Vernon (mostly restored); 1175 customers without power in Juanita (about two-thirds restored) and 805 customers on Bainbridge Island out of power (all restored).
Fender benders all over the place — on Interstates 5 and 405, as well as State Routes 520 and 99. The State Patrol recommended the obvious – drive carefully and give yourself space between cars.
A number of rivers listed on a flood watch by the National Weather Service, but with only the Skokomish River on the southeastern slopes of the Olympic Mountains almost certain to exceed the flood stage, said meteorologist Andy Haner. “But it’s the most flood-prone river in Western Washington,” he said.
Flooded streets and parking lots, although that didn’t seem to faze the locals.
At the Canyon Ridge Plaza in Kent, where Target and other stores are located, 104th Avenue Southeast was closed with the water reaching half-way up the door of a car.
But as Laura Allie, a cashier at Party City, which, as its name states, sells party supplies, explained, “People just drive down to another entrance.”
Andy Haner, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said that rain was expected in the Seattle area through 11 p.m. Saturday, with three-fourths to 1 ¼ inches of rain. He said the Cascades could get 2 to 5 inches of rain on Saturday but that the rain would lessen in the Seattle area Sunday, to a total of three-quarters of an inch.
The Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for Seattle for late Sunday afternoon and into the evening, with winds of 40 miles an hour and gusts to 60 miles an hour.
Haner said that those who haven’t brought their garbage cans in from the sidewalk should do so or they “might see them sailing down the street.”
February 3, 2012 at 5:33 PM
Did someone say early spring?
The temperature hit 62 at Weather Service offices in Seattle’s Sand Point neighborhood Friday afternoon as the Puget Sound area got its warmest day of the year so far, said meteorologist Dennis D’Amico.
Seattle-Tacoma International, where the city’s official readings are taken, topped out at a more conservative 58 degrees, but also achieved it high for the year.
And the sunshine is expected to stick around, with no rain in the forecast until a chance of showers returns Tuesday night.
Forecast highs at the airport are 55 on Saturday, 54 on Sunday, 57 on Monday and 50 on Tuesday. Sea-Tac’s normal high temperature in early February is 49.
January 15, 2012 at 9:50 AM
Weather: There was on-again, off-again light snow falling in many parts of the Seattle area and in Tacoma this morning, and you can expect more of the same today, with less than half an inch of snow expected to stick by day’s end, and maybe another scant half inch tonight. Monday’s forecast is much the same, but the likelihood of snow increases Tuesday, and come Tuesday night, up to an inch or even three could stay with us. The rain is expected to return Wednesday morning, but don’t count the snow out just yet — up to an inch or two could fall and stick. Come Wednesday night, though, think rain, showers and clouds — and hold that thought the rest of the week. Ugh. Here is the link to the Weather Service. Also, view photos from yesterday’s snow flurries.
So … wanna get away? Just FYI — it’s mostly sunny in Miami today, with temperatures this week expected to be in the mid-70s, and much the same in Honolulu. And it’s nicer still in Cancun, where temperatures are supposed to hover in the high 70s and low 80s all week. Sigh.
Traffic: The map and the cams.
Body found: The body of an unidentified man was found in the driveway of a vacant house Saturday in Auburn. A contractor who had been hired to clear brush from a neighboring field found the body at 11112 S.E. 304th St. Auburn police say the man appeared to suffer a violent death, though they did not give additional details.
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November 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM
The Seattle area could get 1 1/2 to 3 inches of rain – and some parts of Western Washington may get twice that amount — from a storm due to arrive Monday evening, bringing heavy rains expected to continue into Wednesday, according to the Weather Service
The storm is expected to pound the Pacific Coast with sustained winds of 45 to 58 mph and gusts up to 70 mph by noon on Tuesday..
“The heaviest rain is going to fall tonight and continue pretty much all day Tuesday and into Tuesday night,” said Doug McDonnal of the Weather Service.
McDonnal said Southwest Washington may see up to 4 inches of rain during that period, and 6 inches or more could fall in the Olympic Mountains, where the freezing level is rising to 4,000 feet.
The Weather Service has issued a ”flood watch” Tuesday and Wednesday for areas near rivers fed by runoff from the Olympics.
The overall one-day record for rainfall measured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is more than 5 inches.
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