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October 18, 2013 at 1:59 PM
EVERETT (AP) — Snow geese have begun arriving in Western Washington for their winter stay.
The Daily Herald reports birds have been landing this week in fields near Stanwood.
The state Fish and Wildlife Department says about 80,000 snow geese winter in Western Washington each year, most in the Skagit Valley.
Birdwatchers can see them at the Fir Island Farm Reserve Unit of the Skagit Wildlife area.
November 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM
If all this rain hasn’t been a warning, winter’s a-comin’ and Seattle Mayor McGinn wants to make sure you’re ready to deal with it. (Even if you don’t live in Seattle, there’s some good information to be had here.)
Hizzoner’s staff has put together a list of things to think about and gather if and when rain, sleet and snow come to the Emerald City.
Here’s the city’s list of things to do to prepare for winter:
So button up and batten down.
October 31, 2012 at 1:46 PM
The Associated Press
Studded tires are legal again on Washington state highways starting Thursday, as winter travel laws take effect Nov. 1.
Drivers will have to take them off by next March 31, because of damage they cause to pavement and bridges.
The Transportation Department also reminds drivers of big trucks they need to carry chains in case they need to chain up to cross mountain passes. The department says the Washington state troopers will have a chain emphasis patrol in early November to make sure trucks heavier than 10,000 pounds are carrying chains.
And, any car or truck driver who ignores highway advisories this winter to chain up will face a $500 penalty.
January 7, 2012 at 9:18 AM
Weather: If you’re planning some outdoor time this weekend, Sunday might be the best bet. Expect some light rain and temps in the mid-40s today, but it should warm up and dry out a bit by Sunday.
Traffic: Volumes picked up on the 520 bridge by Thursday this week, despite the new variable tolls, says the state Transportation Department. Travel speed were good, though, due to fewer vehicles overall and drivers commuting earlier or later in the day to hit the bridge when tolls are a bit easier on the pocket book. Tolls are higher during the peak commute times. The map and cams.
A bit of color in winter.
Now really… trying to steal a man’s dog? Did you ever wonder how safe it is to leave your dog tied up outside when you go into a store or eatery. Someone left their dog tethered outside a Capitol Hill restaurant last week when, according to police, a guy tried to steal the pooch, according to the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog. Cops caught the would-be thief, thank goodness.
Most-read stories on seattletimes.com:
December 22, 2011 at 7:09 AM
Weather: First day of winter today. Some folks were scraping ice off their windows this morning, with temperatures hovering around 32 degrees. But it could be mostly sunny later today. That’s cool. Could be rain tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. We’ll wait until tomorrow to talk about Christmas Day, but don’t get your hopes up about a white Christmas. The details.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Snow and rain: OK, we’ll talk about a white Christmas, but you’ll have to head to the mountains for that … or to the east side of the Cascades. The National Weather Service says the dry weather we’ve enjoyed this month could go bye-bye with the likelihood of fresh snow in the mountains and rain down here starting Christmas Day, according to an Associated Press story. It’s been mighty dry this month.
No Grinch here: You’ll remember we told you about the customer who started a “Grinch fund” for workers who abruptly lost their jobs at a diner in Aberdeen when they showed up for work the other day and the doors were locked. Well, some $17,000 has been raised, and there’s more to come. Nice story, that.
King tides come rolling in: These tides are higher than typical winter tides and will hit the Washington coast and the Strait of Juan de Fuca starting today and continue this month and into next year, according to a Field Notes blog post by staff writer Lynda Mapes. They occur when the gravitational pulls of the sun and the moon reinforce one another.
520 tolling newser: The state Department of Transportation is scheduled to hold a news conference this morning on the upcoming tolling on Highway 520, looking at traffic expectations, sales data and upcoming tolling events.
Most-read stories on seattletimes.com this morning:
October 18, 2011 at 8:45 AM
Expect a wet start to winter and a cold, snowy finish that should delight skiers and water-resource managers. That’s the word to Western Washington residents from AccuWeather.com.
The Pennsylvania-based private forecasting agency this week said precipitation is likely to be above normal in the Seattle and Portland areas in December, and then ease back closer to normal levels in January.
The big story of the winter – heavy snowfall – could hit in February and last into early March, said Ken Clark, AccuWeather.com’s Western U.S. expert. Although overall precipitation during that period may not be above normal, more of it is expected to fall as snow, as frigid conditions spread from the Pacific Coast to the Rocky Mountains.
Clark said the forecasts, generated by computer models, are driven by the fact that surface water temperatures are below normal in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean near the equator. That’s the signature of a “La Nina” pattern which, in the Northwest U.S., often means higher than usual winter precipitation and colder temperatures, Clark said.
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