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Gonna be chilly through New Year's Eve

December 29th, 2014 by Mike

A frontal line moving south produced a spectacular sunset tonight over Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

The forecast calls for lows of 25 degrees for the next three nights, through New Year’s Eve.

Days should remain sunny, but cold, through New Year’s Day .

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Gonna be chilly through New Year’s Eve

December 29th, 2014 by Mike

A frontal line moving south produced a spectacular sunset tonight over Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

The forecast calls for lows of 25 degrees for the next three nights, through New Year’s Eve.

Days should remain sunny, but cold, through New Year’s Day .

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A Red-breasted sign of winter's cold

November 30th, 2014 by Mike

During a cold snap (21 degrees this morning in Maple Leaf) this bird is sometimes seen here instead of in the hills.

“A few birds reliably move into residential areas during the winter months” or after a snowstorm, Birds of Seattle and Puget Sound says about the Red-breasted Sapsucker.

This bird is on a Deodar Cedar at Maple Leaf Life South.

“With its scarlet hood, the Red-breasted Sapsucker is the most brightly colored of the North American sapsuckers,” the book, by Chris C. Fisher, states.

“The Red-breasted Sapsucker is one of the easiest woodpeckers to identify by sound. It often meows like a cat, and its territorial drumming sound like random Morse code.”

In Birds of Washington, author Stan Tekiela notes it is “most common in  higher elevations, it is rare in residential areas or city parks.”

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A Red-breasted sign of winter’s cold

November 30th, 2014 by Mike

During a cold snap (21 degrees this morning in Maple Leaf) this bird is sometimes seen here instead of in the hills.

“A few birds reliably move into residential areas during the winter months” or after a snowstorm, Birds of Seattle and Puget Sound says about the Red-breasted Sapsucker.

This bird is on a Deodar Cedar at Maple Leaf Life South.

“With its scarlet hood, the Red-breasted Sapsucker is the most brightly colored of the North American sapsuckers,” the book, by Chris C. Fisher, states.

“The Red-breasted Sapsucker is one of the easiest woodpeckers to identify by sound. It often meows like a cat, and its territorial drumming sound like random Morse code.”

In Birds of Washington, author Stan Tekiela notes it is “most common in  higher elevations, it is rare in residential areas or city parks.”

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A week of cold, clear weather – and dicey driving

January 12th, 2013 by Mike

Good morning!

It’s mid-morning and still below freezing out there.

And the forecast calls for next week to be just like this.

From the National Weather Service special weather statement: “USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING AND ALLOW FOR

SOME EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION.”

Also read Cliff Mass on “A dangerous night.”

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Winter arrives – bringing the first snow of the season?

November 15th, 2011 by Mike

It’s been whispered about for days – but this morning snow was reported mixed with rain in Marysville, and by Friday it could well be on the ground in Maple Leaf.

Arctic air from Canada is expected to move south on Thursday night, driving the snow level in some places down to 500 feet or even sea level, according to the National Weather Service.

Maple Leaf tops out at 466 feet, but we’re also close to the Puget Sound Convergence Zone that typically forms along the King-Snohomish border.

KOMO News puts it this way this morning: “Friday will be the coldest day since late February with daytime temperatures barely breaking into the 40s.

Yes, if you are lucky, you may wake up to a dusting of snow on either Friday or Saturday morning.

No, this isn’t the last snow chance we’ll see… so don’t be too bummed if you miss the snow this time.

Don’t expect much accumulation, though.

Our news partners at The Seattle Times are setting up a live chat about winter weather. It’s to come off at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and include information about La Nina, bus service and Seattle road clearing. To chat, go here tomorrow morning. To submit questions in advance, click here.

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