Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Victoria BC EQ.

Earthquake Report Magnitude: 4.9 Date: Tue December 29, 2015 11:39:28 PM (PST) Event Id: 61114971 Overview Maps Technical Data Waveforms Version #1: This report supersedes any earlier report of this event This event has been reviewed by a seismologist Magnitude 4.9 Ml Time Tue December 29, 2015 11:39:28 PM (PST) Wed December 30, 2015 07:39:28 (UTC) Distance From 20.0 km ( 12.5 mi) N ( 8. azimuth) from Victoria, BC 23.5 km ( 14.6 mi) WNW ( 289. azimuth) from Friday Harbor, WA 55.3 km ( 34.3 mi) N ( 10. azimuth) from Port Angeles, WA

Monday, October 26, 2015

Wild Whidbey: Living with bats on Whidbey Island

Wild Whidbey: Living with bats on Whidbey Island: Plucking a tiny, female bat from the main entrance to Langley Library on Thanksgiving Day, Sarah Schmidt was relaxed. “I never had...

Friday, October 9, 2015

From the desk of WSDOT

WSDOT Logo Be ready for driving on dark, wet roads Fall is here, and with it comes shorter days and more rainy weather. That means reduced visibility and wet roadways, which requires even more attention when you’re behind the wheel. Here are a few hints to keep your travels safe: Allow plenty of stopping distance, especially on wet roads. Check your windshield wipers to be sure they function properly, and fill your wiper fluid container. Check your tires to be sure the tread is good and they’re properly inflated. Check all your lights – headlights, taillights, running lights, turn signals. Have an emergency kit in your car.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Raptor Resource Project Blog: Bob Anderson

Raptor Resource Project Blog: Bob Anderson: I am deeply sorry to confirm that Bob Anderson passed away this morning. Out of respect for Bob and his family, we are asking that everyone ...

Friday, July 17, 2015

High heat warning.

Watches, Warnings & Advisories Go to the NOAA Homepage NWS Homepage Local weather forecast by "City, St" or zip code One product issued by NWS for: 6 Miles NE Greenbank WA More Sharing ServicesShare | Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email Share on print Share on gmail Special Weather Statement SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA 1022 PM PDT FRI JUL 17 2015 WAZ001-503-504-506-507-509>512-514>517-555-556-558-559-181730- SAN JUAN COUNTY-WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY-SOUTHWEST INTERIOR- WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY-EVERETT AND VICINITY-TACOMA AREA- ADMIRALTY INLET AREA-HOOD CANAL AREA-LOWER CHEHALIS VALLEY AREA- EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-WESTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- NORTH COAST-CENTRAL COAST-EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS- BELLEVUE AND VICINITY-SEATTLE AND VICINITY-BREMERTON AND VICINITY- INCLUDING THE CITY OF...FRIDAY HARBOR 1022 PM PDT FRI JUL 17 2015 ...VERY WARM WEATHER WILL DEVELOP OVER WESTERN WASHINGTON SATURDAY AND PERSIST OVER THE INTERIOR SUNDAY... DRY NORTHERLY FLOW ALOFT AND LOW LEVEL OFFSHORE FLOW WILL BRING SUNNY AND UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES TO MUCH OF WESTERN WASHINGTON TOMORROW AND AGAIN OVER THE INTERIOR ON SUNDAY. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURES WILL BE THROUGH THE CENTRAL PUGET SOUND SOUTH INTO THE SOUTH INTERIOR ON SATURDAY WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES REACHING INTO THE UPPER 80S AND LOWER 90S. TEMPERATURES ALONG THE COAST...STRAIT AND NORTH INTERIOR WILL BE SOMEWHAT COOLER...RISING INTO THE MID 80S. OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES WILL DIP DOWN INTO THE UPPER 50S TO LOW 60S SATURDAY NIGHT. DEVELOPING ONSHORE FLOW ON SUNDAY WILL HELP COOL THE COAST AND WESTERN STRAIT ON SUNDAY...BUT HIGH TEMPERATURES THROUGH MUCH OF THE INTERIOR WILL BE SIMILAR TO SATURDAY...WITH THE WARMEST AREAS OVER THE SOUTHWEST INTERIOR RISING INTO THE LOW 90S AGAIN. HOT WEATHER CAN PLACE EXTRA STRESS ON THE BODY AND POSSIBLY LEAD TO HEAT EXHAUSTION. IN ADDITION IT IS EASIER TO BECOME DEHYDRATED. THE INTERIOR OF AUTOMOBILES CAN BECOME VERY HOT...CREATING A DANGER IF CHILDREN OR PETS ARE LEFT UNATTENDED. TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS...IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE...RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. USE SUN BLOCK.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fires in the Pac.NW

From the desk of Accuweather.com Wildfire Season Returns With a Vengeance to Pacific Northwest By Becky Elliott June 30, 2015; 10:05 AM ET We are well into the driest time of year for the Pacific Northwest and the vicious threat of wildfire has already reared its head. When thinking about the Pacific Northwest, cities like Seattle and Portland probably come to mind. There is also the thought that those cities are usually pretty rainy and wet. Sometimes the association is then made that the entire region has a wet climate, but that is not at all the case. West of the Washington and Oregon Cascades, the climate is considered to be temperate maritime. The region experiences mild temperatures year round and receives an average of 30 inches of rain annually. Some locations can pick up as much as 200 inches, the majority of which falls in the winter. On the east side of the Cascades lies the Yakima Valley, the Columbia River Basin and the Harney Basin. These regions are considered continental and semi-arid. They can be compared to the deserts in California and Nevada. These desert regions usually only receive between 5-10 inches of rainfall each year. The reason for this drastic difference in rainfall amounts is the terrain. The Cascade mountains reach a peak elevation of 14,411 feet at the summit of Mount Rainier. This creates what is called the "rain-shadow effect." When storm systems move onshore in the Pacific Northwest, the air is forced to lift up and over the mountains. This is called orographic lifting. All of the moisture gathered from the Pacific Ocean is forced to rise and as it rises, the parcel of air cools and creates clouds and precipitation. Once the air mass has made it over the 10-14 thousand foot peaks and begins to descend into the valleys, most of the moisture has already fallen. This is why regions east of the Cascade Mountains are so arid and rarely receive wet weather. This year is no exception. Wenatchee, Washington is located right in the center of Washington state, on the confluence of the Columbia and Washington Rivers. Wenatchee's rainfall total for the year is 3.73 inches. June has been a particularly dry month, with only 0.04 inch of rain, all of which fell on Tuesday. This is only 6 percent of normal precipitation. While the exact cause is still unknown, the dry weather has helped the Sleepy Hollow Fire near Wenatchee burn out of control since it started on Sunday. Fire burning in Wenatchee. Black smoke is from a tire store on fire, and the hills behind are still burning, flamed by winds. (Photo taken by Chad Dahmen) The Incident Information states that nearly 30 residents have been burned and the fire is estimated to be 4,000 acres. The other major contributing factor to the wildfire is the extremely hot temperatures across the region. The normal high temperature this time of year in Wenatchee is 83 degrees. The temperature has been 95 or higher since June 25 and above 100 for three of those days. The high temperature reached a blistering 109 F on Monday, which is 23 degrees above normal. Unfortunately, the end to the scorching weather is nowhere in sight for central Washington. Temperatures are forecast to be in the upper 90s or above well into next week, with several of those days approaching or breaking high temperature records.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Special Weather Statement

Alerts/Warnings for Camano Island, WA | All Alerts Special Statement ... Hot temperatures and the potential for dry lightning will increase the fire danger this weekend... The hottest temperatures so far this year is expected Saturday for many parts of interior western Washington. High temperatures in the upper 80s to mid 90s across greater Puget Sound and other areas inland from the waters could break records. Higher level clouds are expected to increase Saturday afternoon through Sunday night allowing high temperatures to cool slightly on Sunday but maintain unusually warm overnight lows. Although coastal areas and other areas near large bodies of water will be a little cooler... temperatures in those places will still be well above normal on Saturday. Increasing moisture could also trigger thunderstorms across parts of western Washington from Saturday afternoon through Sunday. Thunderstorms will likely develop first over the Cascades late Satur day afternoon or evening... then expand across The Lowlands later Saturday night into Sunday. The low level air mass is expected to remain quite dry through Sunday morning so little if any rainfall will accompany lightning. Given the dry fuel conditions... any lightning will greatly increase fire danger. By Sunday afternoon and evening... the lower level air mass will moisten with some light rain showers but amounts will not be significant. During hot weather it is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If you are more susceptible to the heat... stay inside in air conditioned areas. Avoid leaving children and pets unattended in cars... as temperatures inside parked cars can rise very quickly to deadly levels. Remember to apply sunscreen if you are outdoors. To help avoid starting any wildfires... avoid any outdoor burning including tossing any burning materials out of your vehicle. With the Fourth of July Holiday just around the corner... practice safety with your fireworks. Have a bucket of water or a hose nearby in case they are needed. Call 911 if a fire emergency arises. A good alternative is to visit your local fireworks display rather than use fireworks yourself.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

High Heat warning

Issued by The National Weather Service Seattle/Tacoma, WA Tue, Jun 23, 4:07 pm PDT ... HOT TEMPERATURES FRIDAY INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK AS WELL AS RISING FIRE DANGER... STRONG HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT OVER THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST WILL PUSH TEMPERATURES INTO THE 90S BY SATURDAY IN PARTS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON AWAY FROM WATERWAYS. TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN WARM THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT... WITH MANY AREAS NOT DROPPING BELOW THE MID 60S. ON SUNDAY... HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL BE JUST A FEW DEGREES COOLER AND VERY WARM TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN IN PLACE THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK. ALTHOUGH COASTAL AREAS AND OTHER AREAS NEAR LARGE BODIES OF WATER WILL BE COOLER... TEMPERATURES IN THOSE PLACES WILL STILL BE WELL ABOVE NORMAL. DURING CONDITIONS LIKE THIS IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER TO DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND STAY HYDRATED. IF YOU ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE HEAT... STAY INSIDE IN AIR CONDITIONED AREAS. AVOID LEAVING CHILDREN AND PETS UNATTENDED IN CARS... AS TEMPERATURES INSIDE PARKED CARS CAN RISE VERY QUICKLY TO DEADLY LEVELS. REMEMBER TO APPLY SUNSCREEN AS WELL IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS... AS THE SUMMER SOLSTICE WAS A FEW DAYS AGO AND THE RAYS OF THE SUN ARE STRONGEST IN LATE JUNE. WITH THE CURRENT DRY CONDITIONS AND NOW THE EXPECTED WARMEST TEMPERATURES OF THE YEAR THUS FAR... FIRE DANGER WILL CONTINUE TO RISE. A NUMBER OF FIRES HAVE ALREADY OCCURRED IN WESTERN WASHINGTON THANKS TO THE DRY CONDITIONS. TO HELP AVOID STARTING ANY WILDFIRES... AVOID ANY OUTDOOR BURNING INCLUDING TOSSING ANY BURNING MATERIALS OUT OF YOUR VEHICLE. IN ADDITION WITH THE FOURTH OF JULY JUST AROUND THE CORNER... PRACTICE SAFETY WITH YOUR FIREWORKS. HAVE A BUCKET OF WATER OR A HOSE NEARBY IN CASE THEY ARE NEEDED. CALL 911 IF A FIRE EMERGENCY ARISES. A GOOD ALTERNATIVE IS TO VISIT YOUR LOCAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY RATHER THAN USE FIREWORKS YOURSELF.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Washington State Wide burn ban in effect.

an, KING 5 News 10:06 a.m. PDT June 22, 2015 Campfire (Photo: KING) CONNECT 19 TWEET 1 LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE SEATTLE – Washington state expanded a burn ban statewide Monday as hot, dry weather persists in drought conditions. "Westside forests are drying out and the outlook is for continued warm, dry weather," said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. "These conditions make it clear it's time for a statewide burn ban." The burn ban, which started in eastern Washington and now expands to west of the Cascades, will run from June 22 through September 30, 2015. The statewide burn ban applies to state forests, state parks and forestlands under that are under fire protection of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. The ban does not include recreational fires in approved fire pits at designated state, county, municipal and other campgrounds. Only charcoal briquettes may be used in fire pits. The ban does not include federally owned lands such as national forests, national parks, and national wildlife refuges. The state says there have been 306 wildfires in the state this year. The state is still recovering from last year's Carlton Complex Fire. The largest wildfire in state history destroyed more than 250,000 acres. As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, the state is reminding the public that fireworks are illegal on DNR-protected forestlands.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Special weather statement. Landslide Watch.

Special Weather Statement Special Weather Statement in effect until 4:30 AM PST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service ...PERIODS OF RECENT HEAVY RAINFALL AND ADDITIONAL RAINFALL THROUGH MONDAY WILL LEAD TO AN INCREASED THREAT OF LANDSLIDES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON... RAINFALL THAT BEGAN WEDNESDAY NIGHT HAS INCREASED SOIL MOISTURE TO MODERATE LEVELS ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON. HEAVY RAINFALL AT TIMES THROUGH MONDAY WILL PUT EXTRA PRESSURE ON SOIL INSTABILITY...LEADING TO AN INCREASED THREAT OF LANDSLIDES. WITH AN ELEVATED LANDSLIDE THREAT...RAINFALL INDUCED LANDSLIDES ARE POSSIBLE DURING BURSTS OF INTENSE RAINFALL OR WHEN THERE IS HEAVY RAINFALL OVER A PERIOD OF A DAY OR TWO. A GRADUALLY DIMINISHING THREAT OF LANDSLIDES WILL CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL DAYS AFTER THE RAIN ENDS. AREAS MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO LANDSLIDES UNDER THESE CONDITIONS ARE STEEP COASTAL BLUFFS AND OTHER STEEP HILLSIDES.

Friday, January 16, 2015

lerts/Warnings for Camano Island, WA | All Alerts Special Statement ... Wet and windy conditions expected over western Washington on Saturday and early Sunday morning... The weather will get quite wet starting Saturday afternoon... with the heaviest rain coming on Saturday evening. The rain will taper off to showers on Sunday morning. Over the course of Saturday and Saturday night... 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected over the Cascades from King County on south... except around 5 inches near Mount Rainier. 2 to 3 inches of rain is expected over the Olympic Mountains. 1 to 2 inches of rain will occur along the coast and over the interior lowlands from Seattle on south. The heaviest rain will come at a time when snow levels range from 6000 to 8000 feet. Minor flooding is possible on some rivers. A Flood Watch is in effect... so refer to the latest flood products for details. The weather will also turn very windy on Saturday night and early Sunday morning . Over a large portion of western Washington... southerly winds of 25 to 35 mph are possible with gusts around 45 to 50 mph. Strongest winds are expected from about 12 am to 7 am on Sunday morning. From the desk of NWCN.