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Windstorm updates in Maple Leaf

November 17th, 2015 by Mike

Update 3 p.m.: Scott Sistek at KOMO says peak winds here have passed.

11 a.m. So far only one neighbor appears to have lost power.

The average wind speed is 11 mph. The highest gust so far was 29 mph at 9:49 a.m.

At West Point (Magnolia) a wind gust hit 55 mph, according to KOMO.

In Seattle, nearly 1,800 5,000 City Light customers are without power.

The high wind warning is in effect until 4 6 p.m.

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Power’s out, trees down on roads and homes – storm update

August 29th, 2015 by Mike

Not every neighbor has power yet (2 p.m. Sunday).

IT’S BACK! (Power) (Sunday 11:56 a.m.)

Andrew sent this from Northeast 80th Street and Brooklyn Avenue Northeast.

Estimated power restore time to largest chunk of Maple Leaf is 12:33 p.m. (Thanks, Kristen.)

Midnight to 6 a.m. Sunday: power off again. Seattle City Light says fewer than 20,000 remain without power.

Cliff Mass on “Extraordinary August Storm“:

“This is perhaps the strongest August storm on record—certainly the most impressive in my memory.

High wind gust Saturday at Maple Leaf Life South: 32 mph. Rain before 7 a.m.: 1.17”

7 p.m. Power’s back!

Tree onto house near Northeast 89th and 20th Avenue Northeast. Photo tweeted by KIRO TV.

Storm update 1:45 p.m.

Power remains out in south Maple Leaf.

Seattle City Light reports 40,000 58K customers without power.

Trees across Lake City Way Northeast at Northeast  97th and 107th streets.

The Seattle Times has regional coverage of the storm here.

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Rare summer storm brings rain, WIND, possible power outages here

August 28th, 2015 by Mike

Update 12:30 p.m. power out. Wind gusts to 30 mph.

View from Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, 9 a.m. Saturday.

Update 6:45 a.m. Saturday. Overnight rain = 0.27 inches.

The National Weather Service in Seattle is predicting winds gusting to 45 mph here in a  storm expected to blow in overnight.

“Gusts of 40-45 for the I-5 corridor; 50 mph for the areas around the Admiralty Inlet,” the weather service said in a comment on its Facebook page.

From a  Special Weather Statement issued early this morning:

WINDS THIS STRONG USUALLY OCCUR IN FALL AND WINTER. THUS…THIS WIND EVENT COULD CREATE MORE PROBLEMS DUE TO THE DECIDUOUS TREES STILL HAVING THEIR LEAVES. THIS WILL MAKE THE BRANCHES MORE PRONE TO SNAPPING IN STRONG WINDS. IN ADDITION TO THE POSSIBILITY OF DOWNED TREE LIMBS…THE GUSTY WINDS COULD CAUSE LOCAL POWER OUTAGES.

Rain totals of perhaps an inch are expected here this weekend.

Scott Sistek at KOMO TV (source of the graphic above) this afternoon posted:

A potent — and apparently calendar-challenged — storm is swirling offshore and is expected to roll into Western Washington on Saturday, not only bringing a heavy dose of rain, but wind speeds typically unheard of in summer. It’s even prompted wind advisories for most of the region in a time when local forecasters can’t ever remember issuing one before.

The storm will push inland into the Seattle Metro and I-5 corridor by late Saturday morning into early Saturday afternoon and then into the Northwest Interior. A Wind Advisory is in effect for the greater Seattle/Puget Sound metro area from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Update: 50 mph winds and power outages tonight

December 11th, 2014 by Mike

Updates:

All over.

9:20 p.m.: Part of ViewRidge is out.

9:15 p.m.: 3,000 out in Laurelhurst.

8:50: Outage in Maple Leaf. Three customers at about Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 90th St.

8:40 p.m.3,000 out in Lake Forest Park.

At 8:20 p.m. winds gusted to 38 mph here at Maple Leaf Life South. Lights are flickering, radio’s in and out.

1:46 p.m.: This update from Cliff Mass:

Nearly everyone will experience gusts to 40-50 mph tonight and some more (coast, near the Sound, NW Washington).

I would not plan any ferry trips tonight and if you need to cross the Sound do it before dinner. I suspect a few hundred thousand folks will lose power in our region, so be ready.

The Seattle office of the National Weather Service says:

THE REMAINING LOWLANDS INCLUDING PUGET SOUND AND THE NORTH INTERIOR WILL HAVE HIGH WIND GUSTS DEVELOPING AFTER 6 P.M. THIS EVENING.

How high? Up to 60 mph here, the weather service says.

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Wet, followed by WIND (65 mph?)

December 10th, 2014 by Mike

Wednesday night, 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 92nd Street.

The ponds on the east side of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park this morning. Wind shakes the camera.

Update 6 p.m. Power out in several nearby communities – including Richmond Beach, Shoreline. All remaining ferry sailings canceled tonight. Sustained winds to 50 mph now expected Thursday.

It’s wet outside, and windy.

It’s supposed to get wetter today, and a LOT windier Thursday.

(We’ve closed the deck umbrella, which we really should have taken down while it was dry. Might move the outside chairs inside, too.)

Here’s the rundown:

* It’s ridiculously warm. Cliff Mass this morning posted:

At 10 AM, Seattle-Tacoma Airport reported 65F, the WARMEST TEMPERATURE EVER OBSERVED AT SEA-TAC FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. I repeat this is the warmest temperature every reported for any day in December in the entire climatological record. Amazing.

(It got 1 degree warmer after that,)

* It’s going to remain wet. The forecast this afternoon is for perhaps a quarter-inch of rain, followed by more Thursday. That’s on top of .84 inches on Tuesday here at Maple Leaf Life South, and another two-thirds of an inch overnight into this morning.

* The big news is the wind. Our news partner The Seattle Times is reporting there have already been tens of thousands of people without power as early winds up to 71 mph hit the Washington coast.

* Thursday morning’s storm – the third to hit here this week – could bring wind guests of 40 mph or even 55-65 mph depending on forecast, to the central Puget Sound (i.e., us).

Mass, the University of Washington professor, thinks Ground Zero will be the Oregon coast, with hurricane-force wind gusts.

The National Weather Service, Seattle, has issued both wind and rain bulletins.

CURRENT TIMING SUGGESTS HIGH WINDS ARE POSSIBLE DURING THE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING COMMUTE.

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UPDATE: Windstorm now expected here 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

October 25th, 2014 by Mike

“A tree between the sidewalk and the street broke off, crashing over the white metal fence along the stairwell, breaking it, and crashing into the second floor condo deck, seriously damaging the deck fencing.”

This occurred around 8:30 last night at First Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street. Photo and report from Bob Junell.

Nearly 53,000 lost power overnight, many just east of Maple Leaf on the other side of Lake City Way Northeast. Wind at Maple Leaf Life South guested between 30-40 mph.

BTW, that Subaru was reported stolen to Seattle Police well over a week ago.

Posted by the National Weather Service, Seattle, at 3:30 p.m.

(Sorry, joeblow.)

The storm is coming in from the south; more than 32,000 66,000 have already lost power outside Portland.

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Clean those gutters and storm drains – front's moving in NOW

October 21st, 2014 by Mike

This just in from the National Weather Service in Seattle:

A front will bring heavy rain and wind to Western Washington this evening through early Wednesday….

1 to 2 inches of rain is expected for the interior lowlands. Expect strong southerly winds throughout Western Washington.

And it doesn’t stop there. On Monday Cliff Mass posted:

An atmospheric river, a warm current of large amounts of water vapor, will be approaching our region starting later tomorrow (Tuesday), but it will be coming from a less frequent direction: the west. And the result will be the heaviest rainfall to strike our region since last winter.

Finally, a number of the modeling systems are predicting that a deep low pressure center will approach our coast on Saturday morning.

It will take a few days for the solutions to stabilize…but this is worth watching….

The latest run is in…and it is getting more threatening for western Washington! This is valid 5 AM Saturday. Only a 108 hr forecast…close enough that you got to be concerned. 985 hPa low. This would be a major windstorm folks.

And by 10 AM Saturday, the low moves north of Puget Sound after crossing the Olympics…the most threatening windstorm path. I am going to COSTCO tomorrow to buy batteries.

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Clean those gutters and storm drains – front’s moving in NOW

October 21st, 2014 by Mike

This just in from the National Weather Service in Seattle:

A front will bring heavy rain and wind to Western Washington this evening through early Wednesday….

1 to 2 inches of rain is expected for the interior lowlands. Expect strong southerly winds throughout Western Washington.

And it doesn’t stop there. On Monday Cliff Mass posted:

An atmospheric river, a warm current of large amounts of water vapor, will be approaching our region starting later tomorrow (Tuesday), but it will be coming from a less frequent direction: the west. And the result will be the heaviest rainfall to strike our region since last winter.

Finally, a number of the modeling systems are predicting that a deep low pressure center will approach our coast on Saturday morning.

It will take a few days for the solutions to stabilize…but this is worth watching….

The latest run is in…and it is getting more threatening for western Washington! This is valid 5 AM Saturday. Only a 108 hr forecast…close enough that you got to be concerned. 985 hPa low. This would be a major windstorm folks.

And by 10 AM Saturday, the low moves north of Puget Sound after crossing the Olympics…the most threatening windstorm path. I am going to COSTCO tomorrow to buy batteries.

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Expect another windstorm today into this evening

November 7th, 2013 by Mike

Update :Metro earlier Tweeted: “If you’re just checking in, you’re facing a wet morning with horrible traffic everywhere. You can’t leave early enough.”

A wind advisory is in effect this morning through 7 p.m 8 p.m. Expect winds gusting to 45 mph in some places.

The National Weather Service’s Seattle office issued the advisory early  this morning. It also forecasts a 100 percent chance of rain (just look outside).

The screen shot at right, from Cliff Mass’s weather blog, shows the incoming storm.

The advisory:

WIND…SOUTHERLY WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH LOCAL GUSTS AROUND 45 MPH…BECOMING SOUTHWEST TO WEST IN THE AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS…DOWNED TREE LIMBS AND LOCAL POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE.

* TIMING…WINDS WILL INCREASE TODAY…WITH THE WINDIEST PERIOD PROBABLY DURING THE AFTERNOON…THEN EASE THIS EVENING.

Also this, from the forecast discussion: “THE AREAS MORE LIKELY TO GET THE SORT OF GUSTS THAT MIGHT TAKE DOWN SOME LIMBS WOULD BE FROM ABOUT SEATTLE  SOUTH AND ON THE COAST.”

Don’t expect anything approaching Saturday’s storm, though Mass notes: “I  would not take that Westport or Neah Bay fishing trip today.

He also uses takes the opportunity to write “poisonous tail of the bent-back occlusion” – a phrase he’s used before.

“I love that phrase.”

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Power out on 97th – and now much of Maple Leaf, Wedgwood

November 2nd, 2013 by master

Just before sunset Friday night, and today.

Seattle City light now says it expects to have 75 percent of customers restored by 8 p.m.

Update 5 p.m.Seattle City light now says it expects to have 75 percent of customers restored by 8 p.m.

12:15 p.m. A downed tree has closed 15th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 100th Street.

11:30 a.m. 10:15 a.m. Seattle City Light now has around 18,000 36,000 customers without power in this morning’s windstorm, with about 3,000 3,800 of them in the Maple Leaf/Wedgwood area. See current map here.

The Seattle Times reports the north Seattle outages are expected to continue until 4 p.m.

More is on the way. From the National Weather Service Seattle office:

.NOW…WINDS WILL EXPERIENCE A SUDDEN SHIFT AND INCREASE QUICKLY OUT OF  THE WEST BETWEEN NOW AND 1130 AM…AS A STRONG SURGE OF WIND SPREADS DOWN THE STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA. LOOKS FOR WINDS TO SUDDENLY INCREASE IN SPEED TO NEAR 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH.

STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR IN LOCATIONS THAT HAVE AN OPEN EXPOSURE  TO THE STRAIT. WINDS THIS STRONG WILL BE CAPABLE OF CAUSING LOCAL POWER OUTAGES AND BLOWING DOWN A FEW TREES. A HIGH WIND WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM PDT THIS EVENING.

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South fence at the upper reservoir park.

A gusty morning has already led to at least one area of Maple Leaf that has lost power, on 97th between Roosevelt and 15th.

It’s not marked yet on Seattle City Light’s outage map, so please let us know who else is in the dark out there! See comments below.

(Winds to 34 mph so far this a.m. at Maple Leaf Life South.)

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