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High winds expected today until 3 p.m.

November 12th, 2016 by Mike

Update 2 p.m. High of 26 mph just after 10 a.m. at Maple Leaf Life South.

Expect winds locally today to gust as high as 45 mph, the National Weather Service in Seattle forecasts.

* TIMING…STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING THROUGH 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON.

* WINDS…SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

* IMPACTS…WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE CAN BREAK TREE LIMBS FALLING ONTO ROADS…VEHICLES…AND ROOFTOPS. ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE.

Otherwise, expect rain during the daylight hours, but diminishing in the afternoon. Up to a tenth of an inch.

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“Make sure you have batteries!” Sunday storm

March 12th, 2016 by Mike

Update Sunday March 13:

5  p.m.: Map is back. 51,000.

4:30 p.m. The Seattle City Light outage map appears to be down.

2 p.m. Lights flickering. Up by Northgate, 4,400 without power. Citywide, 28,000 41,000 46,000 48,000 out.

Winds at Maple Leaf Life South to 34 40 51 mph.

Cliff Mass: Windstorm Update: Could This Be a Big Fizzle over Puget Sound?

Today’s weather: Roily.

“Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1 p.m. Steady temperature around 48. South wind 14 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.”

Sunday’s weather: “Make sure you have batteries!” (Cliff Mass – Sunday Windstorm.)

The National Weather Service – Seattle has issued a high wind watch beginning Sunday afternoon.

WINDS…SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS 20 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 60 MPH ARE POSSIBLE.

*IMPACTS…FAIRLY WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES AND DOWNED TREES ARE POSSIBLE, ALONG WITH SOME DAMAGE TO BUILDINGS.

Timing: Sunday afternoon through late Sunday night.

Winds hit 39 mph here during Thursday’s storm. Thousands lost power.

Cliff Mass: “Bottom line: The south/central coast will get hit hard, with gusts reaching 50-70 mph. For Puget Sound, it will probably be similar to the storm of this week, but it could be worse.”

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Wind’s from the east – rain coming in

February 13th, 2016 by Mike

Update 3:30 p.m. Cliff Mass has posted here: Atmospheric River Fest: A Very Wet Week.

“Now, some of you will want to know about snow. Don’t ask. The air will be relatively warm and the snow levels will be around 6000 ft. Rain will fall on the lower ski areas, like Snoqualmie and Stevens, but higher elevations should get some….”

7:26 a.m., Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

We’ve had 1.39 inches of rain this week, all recorded over the last three mornings here at Maple Leaf Life South.

We’ll get a lot more over the weekend.

The forecast calls for perhaps over another inch before Presidents Day.

More amusingly, the forecast discussion warns:

PRECIP IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO TAPER OFF THROUGHOUT THE MORNING BEFORE THE FIRST OF A PAIR OF WARM FRONTS STARTS TO MOVE INTO THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON. THIS AND ITS SEQUEL FRONT…WARM FRONT PART 2 THE REVENGE…WILL KICK OFF A VERY WET AND ACTIVE PATTERN FOR THIS WEEKEND.

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Good morning, Maple Leaf

February 7th, 2016 by Mike

Mostly cloudy, calm. High near 51 degrees.

Rain returns … Wednesday night.

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Snow? Here? Tonight? NO, THIS AFTERNOON!

January 3rd, 2016 by Mike

Update Monday Jan. 4, 9 a.m.: Snowing lightly.

4 p.m.: Cliff Mass.“Quite honestly, our forecasting models had the timing of this band off by at least 6 hours….it came much earlier than expected.”

2 p.m. Sticking.

Update 1 p.m. Snowing lightly here. National Weather Service, Seattle, says up to a half-inch on the ground by morning.

Yes, we are semi-obsessed with snow.

It’s been too long since there were over a dozen snowmen in the park.

Yet, here is tonight’s forecast for Maple Leaf:

“A chance of rain before 10 p.m., then snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Light east northeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.”

And for Monday:

“Rain and snow likely, becoming all rain after 10 a.m.”

Those are from the National Weather Service, Seattle. However, the Old Farmer’s Almanac thinks Seattle is in for it:

“Jan 4-12: Snowstorm, then rain, heavy at times, turning mild.”

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A White Christmas here? (Also, trouble in the passes)

December 20th, 2015 by Mike

Monday update: The snow has officially made its way into the icons:

More good news: After the (possible) snow: Christmas Day should be partly sunny, 41 38 degrees.

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Fact: Maple Leaf is the third-highest hill in Seattle – 466 feet outside the Blue Saucer on Roosevelt Way Northeast.

Fact: The current National Weather Service forecast discussion for Seattle notes:

THE AIR MASS WILL GET COLDER WITH EACH SYSTEM PUTTING SNOW LEVELS DOWN TO 500 FEET BY THURSDAY EVENING…. THIS COULD DROP SNOW LEVELS TO SEA-LEVEL WITH SNOW SHOWERS OR FLURRIES THURSDAY NIGHT INTO CHRISTMAS MORNING. THIS IS STILL FAR OUT IN THE FORECAST PERIOD BUT MODELS HAVE SHOWN THIS WITH JUST ABOUT EVERY RUN. ANY SNOW THAT DOES FALL WILL LIKELY BE LIGHT.

By the way, the forecast discussion also notes that due to heavy snow, travel through the Cascade passes will be “difficult or impossible” at times Tuesday and Wednesday.

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And now, a “drunken storm” after 4.5 inchs of rain

December 10th, 2015 by Mike

Noon update: Another third of an inch of rain since morning. Highest wind gust: 34 mph at 11:07 a.m.

Garbage cans and tree limbs litter the streets.

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Nearly 4 1/2 inches of rain has fallen on Maple Leaf Life South so far this week – 4.44 inches, to be exact, as of 7 a.m.

And we’re enjoying serious rain now.

Cliff Mass has decided to dub the system now hanging off our coast a “drunken storm.”

Drunken Storm: a storm that circles around and has minimal forward motion, in contrast to normal storms that move rapidly to the east or northeast.

(Today), an usually powerful storm for our region will careen around in our offshore water for an extended period before making landfall. A very strong storm and unusual behavior.

It will be followed by a sober storm, with wind, this weekend.

The National Weather Service’s current discussion of all this distinguishes itself with the phrase: “A BENT BACK OCCLUSION OR STINGER JET.”

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“Darkest day,” inches of rain, plus windstorm

December 8th, 2015 by Mike

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”.

And then there’s the coming wind.

WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON…SOUTH WIND 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH.

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Rain overnight in Maple Leaf: 1.79″

November 15th, 2015 by Mike

Snow is being reported this morning in Tacoma, Puyallup and Eatonville. Also, Auburn.

The south hill in Puyallup is 400 feet above sea level, the National Weather Service says.

Maple Leaf is at 466 feet outside the Blue Saucer on Roosevelt Way Northeast.

So far, though, just rain.

Totaling 1.79 inches overnight plus .95 inches overnight Friday into Saturday.

The rain is expected to slack off after 10 a.m. before a triumphant return Monday night into Tuesday.

PS: The current forecast discussion posted by the National Weather Service/Seattle speaks of a possible major windstorm here on Tuesday.

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It’s (wet, windy, wonderful) Halloween!

October 31st, 2015 by Mike

The good news: As of 8:30 a.m. there are no power outages in Seattle, according to Seattle City Light.

The bad news, from Cliff Mass:

Total daily rainfall this morning at Maple Leaf Life South: 0.73 inches. Wind to 27 mph at 7 this morning.

Halloween forecast: wind gusts to 37 mph, 100 percent chance of up to another three/quarter inch of rain.

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