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Snow coming later today!

December 23rd, 2016 by Mike

Update 4 p.m.

9:20 a.m. Snowing.

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a winter weather advisory for up to three inches of snow here this afternoon into Christmas Eve.


The elevation of Maple Leaf is 466 feet above sea level, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation. We’re the third-highest hill in Seattle.

The advisory is in effect from noon now until 3 a.m. Christmas Eve.

KOMO’s Scott Sistek isn’t so sure:

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Fireworks viewing July 4 at Reservoir Park?

June 29th, 2014 by Mike

Deb emails:

Some friends and I thought about trying to watch fireworks around the city from the Reservoir Park.

Since it’s the highest point in Seattle we thought perhaps we could see something, but I wanted to check with Maple Leaf Life if anything more is known about this. Is any activity planned at the park, and do you think it’s possible to see Seattle (and Bellevue?) fireworks from there?

We know it may not be the best view in the city but it would be convenient to see at least something!

In past years people have often gathered on the southeast side of the old (lower) park to watch the Seattle fireworks. We don’t recall being able to see across the lake to Eastside fireworks.

The view should be spectacularly better from the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

We haven’t yet heard about any organized viewing parties. But the forecast for July 4 is great: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70 and an overnight low of 53 degrees.

Incidentally, we are a high hill – but not the highest

Maple Leaf tops out at 466 feet above sea level on Roosevelt Way Northeast next to the Blue Saucer.

PS: The view from the park is good – but the video above was taken from a houseboat dock on the east side of Lake Union.

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Heavy weather – with possible snow – heading toward Maple Leaf

December 15th, 2012 by Mike

The National Weather Service forecast this morning looks quite different from yesterday – it features high winds, especially Monday, and probable snow through at least the first part of the week.

It was snowing earlier this morning in Renton, Maple Valley and along Hood Canal.

Cliff Mass, at the University of Washington, says Monday could feature a major wind event. “Although powerful, this system is NOT in the same class as the Inauguration Day Storm (1993) or the Chanukah Eve Storm (2006).”

The snow starts as soon as tonight, at 1,000 feet or higher, and by Monday night drops to 400 feet. The forecast calls for accumulation of less than an inch, though.

Maple Leaf, the third-highest hill in Seattle, tops out at 466 feet up on Roosevelt Avenue Northeast by the Blue Saucer.

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