“Clouds will thicken up, too, and a vigorous cold front will arrive later as well. This front is going to kick up our winds – so much so that a HIGH SURF ADVISORY will be in effect along the coast and heavy rain will fall across the interior. Rainfall amounts could easily exceed .5-1″ and some of the downpours will take place during the evening commute.”
The official forecast is here. The Seattle Times has a story here.
Also, because we know everyone who follows Maple Leaf Life cares as much about the weather as we do and would really, really like to know how much it’s rained so far this year: 6.68 inches at Maple Leaf Life South, as of this morning.
Boy Scout Troop 151 has finished a successful Christmas Tree sale. We earned enough to finance our program for the upcoming year.
We would like to thank all our returning customers who tracked us down, and for their ongoing support. We want to thank all our new customers, many who told us they found about our tree lot from Maple Leaf Life.
In a separate post on their Facebook page the Scouts thanked members for “their time and commitment to the many hours everyone spent in the rain at the tree lot.”
How much rain, you ask.
Here at Maple Leaf Life South we know the answer: During the time the tree lot was open – Nov. 28th to Dec. 22nd – it rained 9.13 inches in the neighborhood.
During that time the single wettest day was Dec. 9th, at 1.36 inches.
Update Dec. 9th: 1.31 inches of rain overnight here.
Over the last two days it’s rained 1.71 inches here at Maple Leaf Life South.
Much more is coming – with the possibility of another three inches by morning, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle….”These will likely pale in comparison to what we receive in the next 24 to 36 hours. Heavy rain will lead to flooding concerns on area rivers. In addition, windy conditions are expected at times through Wednesday.”
Cliff Mass has pointed out that Monday “was the darkest December day in Seattle in nearly 9 years”.
“Dawn at NWS Seattle on what is expected to be the 40th day of 80 degrees or higher in Seattle this year.
“There have only been 7 years in the past 121 with 40 or more days this warm in Seattle. We’re still well ahead of last year’s pace in which we had 45. The all-time record is 47 set back in the summer of 1958.
About three hours later the city of Seattle announced a further stage in water restrictions: voluntary reductions.
Together with Tacoma and Everett, “the three cities are working together to manage water supplies for people and fish during the drought and higher-than-normal water use. They are asking customers for their help by voluntarily reducing their water use by 10 percent starting today.”
According to a press release from the Seattle Public Utilities: “Seattle customers know it is important to manage their water use during these dry conditions,’ said Seatte Mayor Ed Murray. ‘Today we are asking residents and businesses to continue to reduce water use both indoors and outdoors.'”
“The 5 day rainfall total for the mountains could be 10 to 13 inches in some areas, with 1 to 4 inches for the lowlands…. Winds will be southerly and gusty for nearly all areas tonight through Friday, with the strongest winds on the Coast and North Interior.
“Winds could be gusty again Saturday. Stay tuned to the latest forecasts for this wet and windy weekend!”
Probably the most significant West Coast heavy rain event of the winter will occur during the next few days, with Northern California being the hardest hit. Three “atmospheric rivers” will strike the coast between now and Sunday, with the middle one possibly being the strongest in years.
Overnight Wednesday into today 0.72 inches of rain fell at Maple Leaf Life South.
In more terrestrial pursuits – mail theft, John emails:
Found a big pile of stolen mail at Olympic View Elementary School playground. Included some folks’ tax stuff. I’d found more in early January along Eighth Avenue Northeast in the vicinity of the school and dumped near my house on Northeast 97th Street.
One neighbor’s stolen mail included a credit card statement, and someone subsequently tried to use that card fraudulently.
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).