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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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Return of the Scout Christmas tree lot – plus snow coming!

November 20th, 2015 by Mike

The Boy Scout Christmas tree sale – a fixture in Maple Leaf for decades – will be open a week from Saturday in a new location.
This email from the Scoutmaster:

Boy Scout Troop 151 annual fund raising Tree Lot has found a home for the 2015 season.

The new location will be at St. Catherine’s Church, in the back parking lot off Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

Boy Scout Troop 151 has been selling Christmas Trees in the Maple Leaf Neighborhood since 1934.

The past 30 years have been at Safeway on Northeast 75th Street and Roosevelt. This year we are moving to St. Catherine’s Church.

We are open daily from November 28th until December 22nd. We will have a large selection of Noble Firs, Grand Firs, White Pine,  Spruce, and sheared Douglas Fir Christmas Trees. We also have handmade Garland and Wreaths. Our Christmas

Trees are grown and fresh cut during the season in Shelton, Washington by Hunter Farms.

We are open:

Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sundays 9:00 a/m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monday – Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

We would like to thank Maple Leaf Life, St. Catherine’s Church and all our neighbors for their support over the past 81 years.

Speaking of holidays, there’s a chance of a white Thanksgiving. From the forecast:

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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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Rain – lots of it – forecast tonight, and wind

January 17th, 2015 by Mike

The local weather map is very colorful this evening – and for good reason.

We are under both a flood watch and a wind advisory.

The flood watch is mostly east of us, but does headline the Maple Leaf forecast.

THE LOWLANDS CAN EXPECT ABOUT 1-2 INCHES OF RAIN FROM ABOUT SEATTLE SOUTHWARD. IN ADDITION…THE SNOW LEVELS WILL BE RISING TO OVER 7000 FEET TONIGHT MAKING THE MAJORITY OF THE PRECIPITATION FALLING OVER THE MOUNTAINS IN THE FORM OF RAIN.

As to wind:

TIMING…WINDS WILL INCREASE DURING THE EVENING HOURS THEN WILL SLOWLY DECREASE DURING THE DAY ON SUNDAY.

* WIND…SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH.

* IMPACTS…WINDS THIS STRONG CAN SNAP SMALL TREE BRANCHES… TOPPLE SMALL OR SHALLOW ROOTED TREES…AND CAUSE LOCAL POWER OUTAGES.

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Snow! (following a LOT of rain)

November 29th, 2014 by Mike

Snowing steadily at 6 a.m.

Sun’s out at 8 a.m.

Total at the Maple Leaf Life South official Snow Measuring Car: 1.50 inches.

Though it doesn’t seem that much.

As to Friday’s rain: 1.25 inches.

And it did seem every bit that much.

As to the forecast: Cold clear skies.

“SYNOPSIS…THE CONVERGENCE ZONE THAT BROUGHT SHOW SHOWERS TO SEATTLE HAS MOVED SOUTH AND EAST AND BEGUN TO DISSIPATE.

“WEAK HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT AND LOW LEVEL OFFSHORE FLOW WILL KEEP COOL AND DRY CONDITIONS OVER THE REGION SUNDAY INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK.

“A SYSTEM MOVING INTO OREGON WEDNESDAY WILL BRING A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.”

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Snow's heading south on Black Friday…plus downtown protests

November 28th, 2014 by Mike

4:35 p.m.


2:50 p.m.:

2:47 p.m. Weather service issues Winter Weather Advisory from 9 p.m. to 11 a.m.

ACCUMULATIONS…1 TO 3 INCHES.  MAIN IMPACT…ROADS WILL BECOME SLIPPERY

2:15 p.m. Maple Leaf outside temperature was 53 degrees at 7:30 a.m. Now 37 degrees.

2 p.m. Twitter reports mix of snow and rain in Shoreline.

1:45 p.m. National Weather Service in Seattle notes: “We have heard reports of snow mixed in with the rain in parts of King and Snohomish counties. This is due to the moderate rain bringing some snow down to the surface. However, no accumulation is expected.”

Then, this:

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Snow’s heading south on Black Friday…plus downtown protests

November 28th, 2014 by Mike

4:35 p.m.


2:50 p.m.:

2:47 p.m. Weather service issues Winter Weather Advisory from 9 p.m. to 11 a.m.

ACCUMULATIONS…1 TO 3 INCHES.  MAIN IMPACT…ROADS WILL BECOME SLIPPERY

2:15 p.m. Maple Leaf outside temperature was 53 degrees at 7:30 a.m. Now 37 degrees.

2 p.m. Twitter reports mix of snow and rain in Shoreline.

1:45 p.m. National Weather Service in Seattle notes: “We have heard reports of snow mixed in with the rain in parts of King and Snohomish counties. This is due to the moderate rain bringing some snow down to the surface. However, no accumulation is expected.”

Then, this:

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No Thanksgiving trash pickup, but Saturday snow?

November 26th, 2014 by Mike

Two things:

Not trash nor recycling not even yard waste will be picked up Thanksgiving Day. Put it out Friday instead.

Snow.

Here’s the National Weather Service forecast for Maple Leaf:

Friday Night. Rain before 4 a.m., then rain, possibly mixed with snow showers. Low around 34. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday. Snow showers likely, mainly before 10 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

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Light, wet snow falling in Maple Leaf at 9:30 a.m.

February 22nd, 2014 by Mike

A mix of snow and thick rain is falling in Maple Leaf’s higher hills at 9:30 a..m.

It’s 35 degrees, and calm, at Maple Leaf Life South.

The  snow is forecast to turn to rain soon, but tomorrow might be different.

Cliff Mass has an updated post on lowland snow Sunday.

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