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“Heat Advisory” Issued; Plus, Tips On Keeping Cool In Burien

“Heat Advisory” Issued; Plus, Tips On Keeping Cool In Burien

The National Weather Service issued a “Heat Advisory” for the northwest on Tuesday (July 6), as the summer season gets “switched on,” with temps predicted to hit highs around 90... [Read more]

WEATHER ADVISORY: "High Wind Watch" In Effect For Friday

WEATHER ADVISORY: "High Wind Watch" In Effect For Friday

The National Weather Service issued a “High Wind Watch” advisory Thursday afternoon (April 1), and unlike some of our earlier stories, this one’s no joke – expect wind speeds between... [Read more]

(2/22/10) “Tsunami Advisory” Issued For Washington; Will It Hit Puget Sound?

(2/22/10) “Tsunami Advisory” Issued For Washington; Will It Hit Puget Sound?

NOTE: This story is from Feb., 2010 and is related to a tsunami warning issued after the Chilean earthquake. We’re pretty sure that the last time a tsunami hit the northwest coast of the U.S. was... [Read more]

ADVISORY: High Tides May Lead To Minor Flooding Tues./Wed.

ADVISORY: High Tides May Lead To Minor Flooding Tues./Wed.

The National Weather Service issued an unusual Advisory Monday (Jan. 18th) – this one for a “minor tidal overflow” that will be in effect for Puget Sound Tuesday morning and possibly... [Read more]

ADVISORY: Batten Down Your Blue Tarps Burien, A “High Wind Watch” Is Coming

ADVISORY: Batten Down Your Blue Tarps Burien, A “High Wind Watch” Is Coming

You know it’s November in the Northwest when another Weather Advisory gets posted – this one a “Wind Advisory” predicted to hit around 6pm Sunday night and continue for at least... [Read more]

ADVISORY: Cold/Wet/Windy Front Expected To Hit Saturday

ADVISORY: Cold/Wet/Windy Front Expected To Hit Saturday

We haven’t seen one of these since July 29th, when the temps hit 104-degrees – an actual Weather Advisory – this time for quite the opposite: a cold/wet and “breezy” front... [Read more]

ADVISORY: Strong, Windy System Blowing In Monday Night

ADVISORY: Strong, Windy System Blowing In Monday Night

The National Weather Service issued a “Special Weather Statement” Sunday afternoon about a strong, windy weather system that’s predicted to hit the area Monday night.

We’re no Cliff Mass, but one thing that struck us was the mention of the pressure in this storm, rated at 980 millibars. As comparison, Hurricane Katrina was rated at 920 mb (lower is stronger), and the Inauguration Day storm of 1993 was rated between 972-980 mb (for a great read on northwest storm systems, with info on pressures, click here).

While it’s a powerful system, since the storm will weaken as it pushes inland, wind speeds are predicted to be between 20-35 mph, with gusts up to 45. There could be downed trees and power outages though, so you may want to batten down all those flowers you worked on Sunday.

Here’s the statement:

Statement as of 3:51 PM PDT on May 03, 2009

… Very windy conditions are expected to develop in the western Washington lowlands Monday night and continue through Tuesday morning…

A developing storm system in the central Pacific is expected to deepen to around 980 mb as it moves through the Washington offshore waters toward northern Vancouver Island Monday and Monday night. A strong frontal system associated with this low will move through western Washington Monday night.

A storm and frontal system of this magnitude is more typical of late fall or winter than of early may.

At this point it appears that south winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph will develop Monday night as the front moves through and continue through the early morning hours on Tuesday. Many deciduous trees are now leafing. So winds of this magnitude may break some large branches and possibly topple a few trees.

Local power outages are possible.

ADVISORY: “Air Stagnation Advisory”; Burn Ban In Effect

ADVISORY: “Air Stagnation Advisory”; Burn Ban In Effect

Late Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued an “Air Stagnation Advisory,” which basically declares a burn ban – so even though it’s cold outside, don’t you... [Read more]

ADVISORIES:Major Winds/Rain/Floods/Landslides Coming?

ADVISORIES:Major Winds/Rain/Floods/Landslides Coming?

Long story short: if you live in a valley, near a river or flood zone, or on a bluff above or near a slide zone, you’re SCREWED, as a major storm is moving in and the National Weather Service has... [Read more]

ADVISORY: Flood Watch In Effect Through Friday

ADVISORY: Flood Watch In Effect Through Friday

At 3:24pm Monday Jan. 5th, the National Weather Service issued the following Flood Watch Advisory: … Flood Watch in effect from Tuesday evening through Friday afternoon… Rain will fall over... [Read more]

UPDATE: Snow Melting, Monday School Closures/Delays

UPDATE: Snow Melting, Monday School Closures/Delays

6:15am UPDATE 1/5/09: :Last night’s snow is melting (or has melted depending on where you are), and it looks like all Highline Schools are operating on a normal schedule, with NO delays. However,... [Read more]

Snowfolk Melting; Flood Watch In Effect For Small Streams

Snowfolk Melting; Flood Watch In Effect For Small Streams

Only patches of snow remain in the Burien area Saturday (some side roads may still be slushy), and proof that it is melting lies above in the sad crime scene photo of a one-time Snowman’s remains... [Read more]

1st-Hand Eyewitness Account: Snowplow Activity In Burien!

1st-Hand Eyewitness Account: Snowplow Activity In Burien!

As we were returning (slowly of course) on Sylvester Road from an all-day excursion to the eastside, we were nearly run off the road by an approaching large truck-like vehicle in the opposite lane. Turns... [Read more]

Saturday’s Burien-Area Snow/Storm Update – 4-8 Inches?

Saturday’s Burien-Area Snow/Storm Update – 4-8 Inches?

“Woo! Snow happens even in Burien” by Flickr Photog Crocidillicus The big storm’s a-comin’ folks, and should hit sometime tonight and continue through Sunday morning. Most likely... [Read more]

ADVISORY: Next Storm Will Have Snow, Wind & Sleet

ADVISORY: Next Storm Will Have Snow, Wind & Sleet

A big new winter storm is barreling towards us, and will strike sometime Saturday, Dec. 20th, possibly around “dinner time,” possibly earlier. I heard a live broadcast on the radio thingy this... [Read more]

ADVISORY:Up To 4 Inches Of Snow Today; School Update (2008)

ADVISORY:Up To 4 Inches Of Snow Today; School Update (2008)

The National Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory for Wednesday Dec. 17th, and says we should expect up to four inches of snow over the next 24 hours. Also, most schools in the Burien area are... [Read more]

Weather Advisory:Unseasonably Cold Storm Coming

Weather Advisory:Unseasonably Cold Storm Coming

So let me get this straight – last weekend the temp hit 75 or so, and this coming weekend it may…gulp…SNOW??? Or at least freeze all the spring blooms? What’s going on? Is this... [Read more]