Everything You Need to Know About Sunday’s Windstorm

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 - Hey folks, this is going to be a fairly straight forward article about what to expect, what the probabilities are, and how to prepare for Sunday’s windstorm forecast.   The weather forecast models are in general agreement on the windstorm.  What … Continue reading

Decoding the Area Forecast Discussion

Sun, 21 Feb 2016 - If you want to start learning more about weather in our region (and impress your friends with your weather geekiness), there is one resource that you should routinely check. The Area Forecast Discussion(AFD) written by the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS is … Continue reading

Stumping the Forecasters

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 - Every once in a while a series of atmospheric systems comes together to make the weather forecasters scratch their head in puzzlement. This is one of those times. I’ve repeatedly posted articles about the challenges of computer models and have … Continue reading

Last Storm Before Big Change

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 - Hey everyone! I regret to inform those of you who are sick of our winter that we have ANOTHER strong storm moving in. The typical impacts (albeit a little more windy) are expected from this system Friday night. Quick surge … Continue reading

Bring on The Super-Soaker Weather System

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 - A warm and soggy batch of moisture is marching across the Pacific Ocean, and within 48 hours it’s going to be pointed right at us. We’ve had a couple of these “atmospheric rivers” so far this season, but I’m going to call … Continue reading

Weather News

PHOTO: Sun tries to peak through Thursday evening over Vashon Island

PHOTO: Sun tries to peak through Thursday evening over Vashon Island

Courtesy resident Elston Hill comes this amazing photo which shows the Sun trying to peak through Thursday evening (May 26) over Vashon Island, as seen from Burien (click image to see larger version):  Read More →


PHOTO: Panoramic photo of puffy clouds over Puget Sound from Burien

PHOTO: Panoramic photo of puffy clouds over Puget Sound from Burien

Courtesy resident Elston Hill comes this great panoramic photo of Puget Sound showing some nice puffy clouds over Vashon and Blake Island on Saturday morning (May 21) shot from the hills above Three Tree... [Read more]


PODCAST: Huge drug bust, local weather forecast, Jack Mayne Commentary…

PODCAST: Huge drug bust, local weather forecast, Jack Mayne Commentary…

Here’s episode #49 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]


PODCAST: SeaTac City Manager on leave; Burien parking law upsets some…

PODCAST: SeaTac City Manager on leave; Burien parking law upsets some…

Here’s episode #45 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]


PHOTOS: Wow…what a Sunset that was!

PHOTOS: Wow…what a Sunset that was!

Did you see the Sunset Tuesday night (March 29)? Wow! Resident Elston Hill shares these great photos of our local beauty at its finest (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):  Read More →


PHOTOS: Huge car-carrying ship, double rainbow spotted off Three Tree Point

PHOTOS: Huge car-carrying ship, double rainbow spotted off Three Tree Point

It was a very scenic weekend in Burien, with plenty of showers, squalls and sun breaks – as well as some great photos – the first a pic of a huge car-carrying cargo ship called ‘The Grand Eagle,’... [Read more]


PHOTOS: The full Moon sets, as seen from Burien

PHOTOS: The full Moon sets, as seen from Burien

Resident Elston Hill photographed a recent full Moon from Burien as it set over our western neighbors of Vashon and the Olympic peninsula (click images to see larger versions):  Read More →


Major windstorm knocks out power for over 4,100 in Burien Sunday

Major windstorm knocks out power for over 4,100 in Burien Sunday

Sunday’s huge windstorm has knocked out power to over 4,100 homes and businesses in Burien. Seattle City Light said that the cause(s) are downed trees, and the estimated restoration time is 7:16... [Read more]


WEATHER GEEK: Everything you need to know about Sunday’s big windstorm

WEATHER GEEK: Everything you need to know about Sunday’s big windstorm

Press “Play” button to view/hear the live, local weather stream. by Chris Scragg Puget Sound Weather Geek Hey folks, this is going to be a fairly straightforward article about what to... [Read more]


PODCAST: Arson burns middle school; rape accusations hit high school & more…

PODCAST: Arson burns middle school; rape accusations hit high school & more…

Here’s episode #39 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]


PODCAST: Fatal shooting victim identified; Jack Mayne Commentary…

PODCAST: Fatal shooting victim identified; Jack Mayne Commentary…

Here’s episode #34 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]


PHOTO: Another day, another dang fine Sunrise as seen from Burien

PHOTO: Another day, another dang fine Sunrise as seen from Burien

Another day, another dang fine pic of a beautiful Sunrise reflecting on the Olympics and Vashon as photographed by resident Elston Hill (click image to see larger version):  Read More →


Ring in 2016 by diving into the Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge on Friday

Ring in 2016 by diving into the Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge on Friday

Folks will be ringing in 2016 this Friday, Jan. 1, at the annual Polar Bear Plunge, starting at Noon from the beach in the 3400 block of 172nd SW Street (map below) in Burien’s Three Tree Point... [Read more]


PHOTO: A rare, full Christmas Moon shines down on Burien

PHOTO: A rare, full Christmas Moon shines down on Burien

Resident Elston Hill sent us this great photo of the rare, full Christmas Moon over Burien (click image to see larger version): Elston adds: I was excited in anticipation of a full Moon for Christmas,... [Read more]


Mudslide victim tells B-Town Blog ‘it was like a runaway locomotive’ + how to help

Mudslide victim tells B-Town Blog ‘it was like a runaway locomotive’ + how to help

This photo, taken from the water by South King Fire & Rescue, shows the devastation a powerful mudslide caused on Dec. 8. The white Jeep underwater belongs to Greg’s 74-year old Mom. by Scott... [Read more]


PODCAST: Normandy Park puts Levy back on ballot; Jack Mayne, more…

PODCAST: Normandy Park puts Levy back on ballot; Jack Mayne, more…

Here’s episode #32 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]


Geotechnical report on mudslide released; evacuation for 2 homes still in effect

Geotechnical report on mudslide released; evacuation for 2 homes still in effect

Photo courtesy South King Fire & Rescue. Click image to see larger version. On Thursday afternoon (Dec. 17), the City of Burien received a geotechnical report on the state of the Dec. 8 mudslide... [Read more]


UPDATE 3: Toe of Tuesday’s mudslide still moving, though at a ‘very slow pace’

UPDATE 3: Toe of Tuesday’s mudslide still moving, though at a ‘very slow pace’

The City of Burien released an update Friday morning (Dec. 11) on Tuesday night’s mudslide, stating that reports from the area indicate that the toe of the slide is still moving, though at a very... [Read more]


UPDATE 2: Mudslide victims allowed to retrieve belongings Thursday morning

UPDATE 2: Mudslide victims allowed to retrieve belongings Thursday morning

UPDATE THURSDAY, DEC. 10 12:30 p.m.: On Thursday morning (Dec. 10), City of Burien officials allowed residents who were evacuated from four of the five homes along Standring Lane to return to the area... [Read more]


UPDATE: Mudslide area still unstable, evacuation orders remain in effect

UPDATE: Mudslide area still unstable, evacuation orders remain in effect

Photos courtesy City of Burien UPDATE WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9, 4:40 p.m.: The City of Burien has worked throughout the day with geotechnical specialists to assess conditions at the site of the mudslide that... [Read more]