February 10th, 2017 by Mike
Noon update: High wind gust so far here 31 mph. About 100 customers are without power in Maple Leaf, out of 138 citywide, according to Seattle City Light.
The headline on Cliff Mass’ post today is: “Hold on to your hats! Western Washington winds are about to blow!”
Which about tells it.
Winds in Maple Leaf are currently (mostly) in the single digits, but gusts are already sending trash cans blowing across the street.
The forecast: The high winds arrive within the hour (around 10 a.m.), and should blow steadily between 2o-30 mph. Gusts, however, are forecast to hit 44 mph here.
Mass: “So batten down the hatches and get ready…the wind is about to blow. City Light and the other utilities should get read…some folks are about to lose their power.”
Tags: Cliff Mass, weather, wind
January 8th, 2017 by Mike
Update: The Seattle Times has a story here.
At 1 p.m. Seattle City Light is reporting over 20,000 customers without power, including in Maple Leaf, Ravenna and Phinny.
The cause is unknown apparently equipment failure, according to a video posted to Facebook by City Light. A a surge hit Maple Leaf at 11:41 a.m., briefly cutting power.
There is a high wind warning in effect until 6 p.m., but its boundaries don’t quite reach Maple Leaf.
City Light estimates power will be restored in about two hours.
Tags: power outage, weather, wind
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.
Tags: National Weather Service, weather, wind
October 14th, 2016 by Mike
Sunday Oct. 16:
Rain = .89 inches. Storm gone.
Saturday, Oct. 15.
9 p.m. done.
6 p.m. Wind to 33 mph.
Ready for the storm: Northgate QFC. Same story at Walgreens.
Rain = 0.95 inches.
Big Storm ETA 4 6 p.m. Gusts 50-60 45 49 mph late this afternoon.
There is one power outage in Maple Leaf, between Eighth Avenue Northeast and Roosevelt Way Northeast, at around 100th Avenue Northeast.
Friday, Oct. 14.
2:15 p.m. New high wind speed 32 mph at 2:02 p.m.
10:30 a.m. More heavy rain, wind heading our way after short break. Wind at Sea-Tac 43mph.
9 a.m. There is a power outage in Pinehurst, just north of Northgate, affecting one customer. Otherwise, quiet rain.
7 a.m. Storm No 1 arrived (finally, some 14 hours late) at around 6:24 a.m. (Although the main front passed through six hours ago.)
Overnight rain at Maple Leaf Life south = 1.71 inches. KOMO’s Scott Sistek says Oct. 13 now the wettest day in Seattle this year.
High wind 27 mph at 12:18 a.m.
Lightning. Some thunder.
Tornado warning on the coast just expired. Wind warning here has expired, although wind advisory still in effect through 6 p.m. From the National Weather Service in Seattle:
SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL RISE AGAIN MIDDAY TODAY AND PEAK THIS AFTERNOON OR EARLY EVENING…THEN EASE TEMPORARILY TONIGHT. A STRONGER STORM WILL ARRIVE SATURDAY EVENING WITH HIGH WINDS LIKELY.
* WINDS…SOUTH WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH TODAY…STRONGEST MIDDAY THROUGH AFTERNOON.
* SOUTH WINDS 20 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH ARE POSSIBLE SATURDAY NIGHT.
Seattle City Light reports one (1) customer without power (in Wedgwood),
Tags: power outage, rain, storm, weather, wind
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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March 10th, 2016 by Mike
Update 8:13 a.m.: Wind gust to 35 mph.
Update: City Lights estimates power returns around 8:30 a.m. For updates go to the utility’s outage map.
Power was lost at 5 a.m. to over 3,400 neighbors in the northeast part of Maple Leaf and up into Pinehurst.
Winds at the time were blowing up to 39 mph as measured here at Maple Leaf Life South. (Rain = 1.15″.)
Shortly before 6 a.m., Seattle City Light has 3,544 customers without power, most of them here.
In the broader area, Puget Sound Energy reports over 43,000 without power.
The Seattle Times is updating a regional story.
Tags: power outage, wind
March 1st, 2016 by Mike
March 2nd: Tuesday’s night’s downed tree is being removed from Eighth Avenue Northeast just north of Northeast 92nd Street.
Lightning strike on 8th by Olympic View Elementary felled a big tree in a back yard. 3 cop cars.
James Ratzliff @jermainiac 56m56 minutes ago
@MapleLeafLife Power out at QFC Northgate. Also traffic lights on NG Way at Roosevelt and 15th Ave NE.
Update 4:15 p.m.
Much of the area around Maple Leaf has lost power.
Seattle City Light says there are currently just over 6,000 customers without power in the city.
In all of western Washington that number is closer to 50,000 75,000.
Wind gusts here hit 33 mph at 2:21 p.m.
Incidentally, Cliff Mass says that as of 1 p.m., Seattle officially has its wettest winter ever.
Here at Maple Leaf Life South, a quarter-inch of rain has fallen since this morning, on top of .41 inches overnight and Leap Day.
The lights flickered at 2:09 p.m., then again, then darkness. Back, now.
Winds to 26 mph at 2:06 p.m.
Tags: power out, weather, wind
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.
Tags: Cliff Mass, National Weather Service, rain, storm, weather, wind
December 3rd, 2015 by Mike
“More high winds on the way; Eastside reports power outages” is the current headline in The Seattle Times.
“Windstorm may be a bust” is the header of Cliff Mass’ post this afternoon.
A short-lived but powerful windstorm is expected to hit the Puget Sound area Thursday afternoon with enough force to topple trees, cut power service and make a mess of the evening commute.
Sustained winds of 25 to 40 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph, are forecast to hit Pierce County by about 3 p.m., King County about 4 p.m. and shortly after that in Snohomish County and farther north.
The Woodland Park Zoo WildLights have been cancelled because of the predicted winds this afternoon and tonight.
The latest hourly HRRR forecasts are suggesting that the wind event may be MUCH less than predicted, particularly over Puget Sound.
Here’s the official National Weather Service forecast.
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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.
Tags: National Weather Service, rain, snow, weather, wind