**By way of announcement, Bremerton saw 2.26″
yesterday, along with another .75″ so far today, bringing the storm
total to just over 3″!**
Happy Halloween everyone! This is my first Halloween since being
back from my two year missionary service in South Africa and
Namibia. They don’t celebrate Halloween over there, so today would
be just another October 31st (although two guys with white shirts,
black slacks, and name badges was certainly enough to scare some
people away! ) I must admit, I missed this holiday
and it’s good to see so many people using this day as an excuse to
dress up and scare the living daylights out of others! (No wonder
South Africans thought us strange for celebrating such a holiday…
My costume has had several malfunctions already, so I fear this
Halloween will be like many in the past: dress up as a weatherman.
And on a day like this, I think such a costume would provide plenty
of frights and scares as the meteorologists in Seattle issued a
Flood Advisory early this morning in anticipation for area
flooding. Certainly not a washout by any means, just somewhat of an
So, just expect minor flooding in and around area streams
throughout the day as heavy rain persists (so it turns out my word
choice of “deluge” a couple days ago wasn’t so dramatic after all!
Forecast: Mostly cloudy with rain tapering off to
showers. Temperatures will be near 50 degrees most of the evening,
dipping into the mid and upper 40s as the night wears on. So sure,
bring an umbrella, but the weather will greatly improve by this
Here’s your treat: Friday looks pretty nice overall. In fact, I
expect we’ll see quite a bit in the way of sun breaks with highs in
the upper 50s.
Here’s your trick: Rain will promptly follow Friday’s sun breaks
and continue into next week.
Ah well. We’re used to such impossible weather, aren’t we? I’m
sure by now costumes have been adjusted accordingly
Have a safe and fun night everyone!
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A frightening satellite picture of
Hurricane Sandy taken two days ago, racing across the Atlantic
heading right for the eastern seaboard
Good afternoon everyone! I am grateful nothing more came of the
tsunami warnings this weekend and I hope those that were warned
ahead of time took necessary precautions. You never know when
something seemingly insignificant can turn into a full blown
natural disaster. Such is the case on the east coast this Monday
afternoon, and I hope you will keep all those affected by Hurricane
Sandy in your thoughts and prayers. This historically severe storm
should make landfall on the coast of southern New Jersey within the
next 3-5 hours.
Nothing on our side of the country will compare to the
devastation expected for those living in the hurricane’s path,
although we do have a few personal headlines to cover for your
The National Weather Service has issued a
Hydrologic Outlook for potential flooding of area rivers
Tuesday and Wednesday as a strong Pacific storm blows through,
dumping potentially 1.50”-2.00” of rain on the majority of the
Kitsap Peninsula. Look at the latest 24 hour rainfall totals ending
Sorry, folks, this isn’t much of a trick OR treat, but luckily
after this deluge of rain we will be seeing light at the end of the
This is particularly good news considering a few days ago I
couldn’t see ANY break in the rain activity whatsoever. So, as it
stands, Tuesday and the first part of Wednesday will feature
periods of heavy rain with some flooding possible in and around
area rivers, but it’s not looking too severe at the moment. Showers
and sunbreaks dominate the latter part of the week with highs
remaining in the mid 50s, then clouds and showers return for the
The good news is, Monday looks dry for now with highs in the
upper 40s and low 50s, so if you’ve been longing for some more of
that exceptionally dry weather, I’m sure we can make a deal with
Mother Nature to give us at least one perfectly dry day within the
Have a great day everyone,
Questions? Comments? E-mail me at:
ORIGINAL STORY FROM 10/27/2012, 9:00 PM- Due to
a strong 7.1 earthquake off the Queen Charlotte Islands, a Tsunami
Warning has been issued, primarily for the Alaska and BC
coastlines. The US West Coast is highlighted as a potential
…THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS
OF CALIFORNIA – OREGON – WASHINGTON AND BRITISH COLUMBIA FROM THE
CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND
PACIFIC COASTAL REGIONS OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA/ OREGON/
WASHINGTON/BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA
SHOULD REFER TO THE PACIFIC TSUNAMIWARNING CENTER MESSAGES FOR INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT
The tsunami Warning
continues in effect for the coastal areas of British Columbia and
Alaska from the north tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia to
Cape Decision, Alaska (85 miles SE of Sitka). – Event details:
Preliminary magnitude 7.7 (Mw) earthquake / Lat: 52.900, Lon:
-131.900 at 2012-10-28T03:04:10Z Tsunami warnings mean that a
tsunami with significant widespread inundation is expected, or
occurring. Warnings indicate that widespread dangerous coastal
flooding accompanied by powerful currents is possible and may
continue for several hours after the initial wave
Estimated arrival times and wave heights
Langara Island, British Columbia
9:16 PM GMT-07 (44 minutes ago)
8:25 PM GMT-08 (35 minutes ago)
8:42 PM GMT-08 (18 minutes ago)
Elfin Cove, Alaska
8:53 PM GMT-08 (7 minutes ago)
Tofino, British Columbia
10:09 PM GMT-07 (9 minutes from now)
Recommended Actions: People in low-lying coastal areas
should be alert to instructions from their local emergency
officials. If in a tsunami warning coastal area, move inland to
higher ground. Next update and additional information: This message
will be updated in 30 minutes or sooner if the situation warrants.
The tsunami message will remain in effect until further notice.
Refer to the internet site wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov for more
Yes, I will be the first one to admit it: the weather has been
kind of slow around here. Oh sure, it’s nice to have the rain back
and all, but wow I could’ve slept through this past week and not
missed a thing weather-wise! Despite rain every day in the forecast,
there are some lovely fall colors out there that need to be taken
advantage of before November rolls around! We all know what Western
Washington’s November weather pattern is like!
Because of the nasty weather, how about I invite you to enjoy
the fall foliage from the comfort of your home. All of these
pictures actually come from my Dad, Greg Leach, who has recently
taken photography as a hobby.
At a cemetery in Gig Harbor
Wright Park, Tacoma
After a rain shower, Silverdale
Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma
Isn’t the autumn season just great? Thanks Dad for the pictures!
Do you have any pictures you’d like featured in the blog? Just
shoot me an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
As for the forecast, I’m keeping my eyes on a potentially heavy
rain event on the 29th. Remember when I alluded to this a few days
ago? Yeah, it still looks like apart of the plan. I’ll keep you
updated on the potential and we’ll also revisit the Halloween
It is downright cold outside today! Temperature gauges all
across the peninsula are pulling some unseasonably cold readings
for this time of year with 43 degrees and 0.10” in the rain gauge.
Perfect chili weather if you ask me, but some of you
are…gasp!…complaining about this weather!
One moment we’re all dying of thirst because of the “drought of
the century”, and the next we’re scrambling to build our own arks!
I understand the change in weather has been traumatic for some of
you and I think that’s why Mother Nature is going to put the
current weather pattern on repeat for the next couple weeks so we
don’t suffer another major shock to the system
But all jokes aside, the jet stream doesn’t look any weaker over
the next 14 days. Temperatures will warm slightly, yes, but the
fire hose is aimed right at us, providing one storm system after
another access to the great Northwest and in turn, giving the
mountains a nice, pre-season snow pack.
If you’d like an even more specific look inside the long range
forecast, look no further than the 7 day forecast. Just take this
weeks worth of weather and duplicate it. Aside from some scattered
sunbreaks mid week and towards the weekend, expect mostly cloudy
skies, showers, and highs in the 40s to low 50s through Sunday.
Meanwhile, highs in the 20s with persistent snow is in the forecast
for Stevens Pass!
All in all, yes a rather boring forecast all things considered,
but let us all remember what life was like several weeks ago
Have a great day!
Questions? Comments? E-mail me at:
Brief update tonight, folks! Hope the start of your weekend is
Guess what?!?!? I can hardly contain my excitement because the
Cascades are under a Winter Storm Warning for
their first significant snowfall of the season. Yahoo!
Ahem…be safe everyone. More updates, especially concerning the
Winter Storm Warning
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
252 PM PDT FRI OCT 19 2012
…THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL OF THE SEASON IS EXPECTED TO
AFFECT THE MOUNTAINS AND PASSES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON FROM LATE
THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON….
OLYMPICS-WEST SLOPES NORTHERN CASCADES AND PASSES-
WEST SLOPES CENTRAL CASCADES AND PASSES-
252 PM PDT FRI OCT 19 2012
…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 5
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WARNING FOR THE OLYMPICS…AND NORTH AND CENTRAL CASCADES OF
WESTERN WASHINGTON…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING
TO 5 PM PDT SATURDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN
* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…HURRICANE RIDGE…MOUNT BAKER…
STEVENS PASS…WASHINGTON PASS…WHITE PASS…MOUNT RAINIER
NATIONAL PARK…AND SNOQUALMIE PASS.
* TIMING…LATE THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY. HEAVIEST
IS LIKELY LATE TONIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…4 TO 8 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER
AROUND 1 FOOT POSSIBLE ABOVE 5000 FEET. THE FAVORED CONVERGENCE
ZONE AREAS OF NORTH KING AND SNOHOMISH COUNTIES MAY ALSO
LOCAL AMOUNTS CLOSE TO 1 FOOT WHICH MAY IMPACT STEVENS PASS.
* MAIN IMPACT…TRAVEL OVER THE CASCADE PASSES WILL BE
* SNOW LEVEL…FALLING TO 4500 FEET LATE THIS EVENING…THEN
TO 3000 FEET BY EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.
THOSE PLANNING TRAVEL IN THE WATCH AREA SHOULD BE PREPARED
HAZARDOUS…WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS.
FOR ROAD CONDITIONS OR TRAVEL ALERTS…CALL 5-1-1…OR VISIT
Good afternoon, everyone! Hope you’ve had sufficient time to dry
off because we have more storm systems and downright cold weather
on tap after this short commercial break (meaning today ). Included in this forecast is some
more mountain snow showers! In fact, take a look at this picture
taken yesterday afternoon:
That’s right! Those are snowflakes falling at Stevens Pass. And
sure enough, the forecast for the next week includes a chance for
snow every day. So let’s hope this isn’t a bad omen for winter
Now, with the weather behaving the way it has the past several
days, I got curious and took a sneak peek at what the projected
weather pattern will be like on Halloween. Of course we must
remember it’s a long range forecast, but Halloween is becoming less
and less long range as the days go by (imagine that!).
Needless to say, those little costumes portraying ghouls and
Justin Bieber if you live in Tacoma) may need to be covered
with a little rain jacket. Luckily, the current forecast calls for
a wet Halloween day, but a chilly, somewhat dry night. Bring the
umbrella just in case, though
That’s a relief! I need an umbrella to match my weatherman
Stay warm and dry, folks!
Questions? Comments? Ghoulish complaints? Send them my
way at: email@example.com
Good blustery, damp fall morning everyone! You asked for it
and…well, October is here. Happy now?
If you, for whatever twisted reason, are not yet satisfied with
2.2” of rain the past 72 hours, then maybe the latest National
Weather Service announcement will be more your style:
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE
958 AM PDT MON OCT 15 2012
…VERY WINDY CONDITIONS THIS AFTERNOON AND
.A RAPIDLY MOVING FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL MOVE THROUGH
WASHINGTON TONIGHT. SOUTHERLY WINDS AHEAD OF THE
INCREASE OVER THE COAST AND NORTHWEST INTERIOR TO 20
TO 30 MPH
WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH BEGINNING THIS AFTERNOON. THE
CONTINUE INTO THE EVENING HOURS. OVER THE REST OF
WINDS WILL INCREASE AFTER THE FRONT PASSES THIS
EVENING AND LAST
THROUGH THE NIGHT. WINDS WILL BE IN THE 20 TO 30 MPH
GUSTS TO 45 MPH.
Yeah…it’s gonna get even windier and wetter around here! But I’m
not expecting anyone to e-mail in with survivor stories this time.
It’s not looking like a repeat of the Columbus Day storm of 1962
Expect increasing wind and rain throughout the day, adding
another .50”-1.00” of rain to the already soaked ground! The wind
will persist throughout the night and into tomorrow morning before
the wind and rain both subside and offer a more breezy, showery day
for Tuesday. The forecast remains wet and chilly until at least
Wednesday when the sun breaks out, smiles upon the citizens of
Kitsap County and then does a 180 on Thursday and dumps rain over
the entire region through the weekend. Highs will really struggle
to make it out of the mid 50s the whole week, with temperatures
cooling to near 50 degrees by the weekend.
Bundle up, grab your umbrellas, and get the flashlights ready!
October has arrived
Stay tuned for more updates as they come!
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As she surveyed the damage of her now surreal and tragic
surroundings, Marie Walmsley, then of Tillamook, Oregon, recounts
that “[o]ne of the lasting memories of the aftermath was the downed
trees everywhere and the dead and bloated dairy cows in the flooded
pastures in Tillamook county.” She then adds, “I hope to never see
such a storm again in this lifetime.” It was a frightening night
for young Marie, yet the night before she braved the storm to help
neighbors in need.
On the evening of October 12th, 1962, Marie heard a loud crashing
sound and witnessed a large chunk of the roof on their neighbor’s
mobile home blow away. Marie and her sister rushed to the home,
“got inside the trailer, and moved as much of the furniture as
[they] could out of the driving rain and into part of the trailer
that still had a roof on it.” Luckily, the neighbors had sought
safety in another home shortly before the damage took place.
Photo credit: Unknown
Known as the furious monster that uprooted large trees, damaged
homes, killed 46 people, and altogether cost the West Coast of the
United States nearly 300 million dollars in damage, the Columbus
Day Storm of October 12th, 1962 remains one of the strongest
hurricane-force storms to hit the Pacific Northwest. Today, this
particular storm is considered the benchmark for every windstorm
that has since ravaged the West Coast.
With rainfall rates at one point averaging 8” per hour and wind
speeds averaging 68 mph, many residents of the Northwest reasonably
claimed the storm rolled in “like a hurricane.” A maximum wind gust
read “145 mph+” at Cape Blanco, Oregon, although later reports
confirmed the wind reached a maximum speed of 179 mph (the “145+”
reading was actually a result of one of the weather stations
blowing away after reaching 145 mph! Good thing there was more than
one wind gauge around!)
At least one current Kitsap County resident remembers what it
was like in Portland, Oregon during the storm. Suzanne Griffith
recalls the storm arrived around 7 pm at the Reed College campus.
“Some thought it was retribution for us having defeated a local
Christian college at touch football,” she said. As the skies turned
color and the wind began to howl, students on the campus flocked to
“All our lights went out, and they stayed out for over a week,”
Suzanne recounts. “That was one smelly campus with no hot water!”
In addition to these unfortunate hygienic emergencies, Suzanne
remembers the more serious effects of the storm: the aftermath.
“Half the ancient trees were felled. Even now, they have not all
been replanted.” Storm records show that Portland, Oregon reached a
maximum wind gust of 116 mph.
Photo credit: Unknown
THE COLUMBUS DAY STORM: A
While damage wasn’t nearly as extensive or costly as areas further
south, Kitsap County experienced its own fair share of being blown
around by the vicious, early-season windstorm.
As we travel about 170 miles north, the “Terrible Tempest of the
12th” made its own memorable impact, and several Kitsap County
residents remember that night all too well.
As a child living in Bremerton,
Barbara Burrows remembers the apparent downplaying of the storm.
“All the adults were talking about the storm that was supposed to
hit that night,” she said. “but they didn’t realize how bad it was
going to be.”
What was supposed to be a pleasant and
enjoyable time at her grandparents home turned into a frightening
experience for little seven-year-old Barbara. “It was a pretty
breezy afternoon,” Barbara recalled. “but by 7 pm it really began
to howl.” As the lights flickered and eventually went out, Barbara
remembers feeling the disappointment perhaps only a child could
feel: regular scheduled programming of the Flintstones with Grandma
and Grandpa had just been forcefully canceled.
“I was really upset,” Barbara
remembers, but with the television off, the eerie screams of a
furious wind were more clear than they had been before. After a
frightening evening of darkness and a record-breaking storm blowing
all around her, Barbara remembers, like Suzanne, the aftermath as
being particularly memorable with trees at her own home and in
surrounding areas uprooted or otherwise blown over. Says Barbara,
recounting her last memory of the storm, “I recall grownups talking
about it for weeks after it happened.” Although hourly Bremerton
weather was hard to come by then, the highest wind gust recorded
was 75 mph.
Photo credit: Unknown
THE HAMMA HAMMA RIVER VALLEY
Although not technically on the Kitsap peninsula itself, local
resident Marv Maki remembers a particularly memorable night of
camping in the Hamma Hamma River Valley with his father during the
Columbus Day storm, one of the most powerful cyclones to hit the
U.S. in the 20th century. The next day was the opening of hunting
season, and Marv’s father, Arne, wasn’t going to let the storm of
the century get in the way.
When the wind started to howl that
evening, it was clear danger was around the corner. “We could hear
trees falling all around us,” Marv recounted. “And Dad spent a
couple of hours holding on to the center pole of the tent.” As the
crackling branches and thuds of falling trees danced all around
Marv and his father (a Pacific Northwest “Man vs. Wild” contender,
if you ask me), the morning would prove welcome relief from the
outside contention. But the aftermath was quite a sight to behold,
The following day after a successful
round of hunting, a view of the hills towards the head of Quilcene
Bay provided an eerie reminder of the storm’s strength. Marv
descriptively recounts, “It was as if a giant hand had moved
through the bay and out the end taking down every last tree to the
north”. There are no available weather records detailing how high
the wind speeds were on the Olympic Peninsula, although surrounding
areas averaged in the high 70s to low 80s.
Photo credit: Unknown
Despite the damage and tragedy wrought by the vicious storm,
Rosie Atkinson has some positive memories. As a young wife of six
children, Rosie gathered her family together as the wind shook and
threatened to tear apart their little home on the Harper
waterfront. With the power out and the children too afraid to make
their way upstairs for bed, most of that night the family
played games by the light of some old kerosene lanterns.
“The next day we got to know our neighbors,” said Rosie. Her
neighbors had not previously signed on for Manchester Water and
relied on wells that only produced water with an electrically run
pump. “To those neighbors we provided water,” remembers Rosie. ”
And because they all had electric furnaces or oil furnaces that
required power to turn on, they came over and warmed themselves at
our kitchen range.”
Although the power was out for about a week, no trees fell or
threatened their home. There was, however, plenty of damage
throughout the neighborhood. The moral of the story? Says Rosie,
“It was a temporary inconvenience, but we were happy to get to know
the neighbors a little better, some of whom we still cherish as
friends.” Wind gusts exceeded 80 mph along the water in Port
Orchard that night.
THE COLUMBUS DAY STORM OF
1962: A SUMMARY
These are just a few among the many records, stories, photos, and
videos detailing this most impressive windstorm. If you are
interested in reading further concerning specific details on the
storm, I have provided some links below. Thanks to all who have
shared their stories concerning the dramatic events of October
12th, 1962! In the present, we have our own little dilemma to sort
out: lots and lots of rain! But more on that tomorrow
**I’m still looking for some stories/experiences
from those who have them regarding the Columbus Day Storm of 1962!
Please send them to:firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank
Whew, it’s been a long time since I’ve typed an intro like that!
To be honest, I didn’t think it would take this long to cause the
“T-Rex” block to go extinct and put a huge trough of low pressure
in its place, but it looks like this change in weather patterns
will be happening in a big way. So let’s conduct a question and
answer session, shall we?
Q: When is our last dry day of fall?
A: Well, I can guarantee there won’t be a last dry
day of fall, although if you’re hoping for an
extended period of warm, sunny weather like we just had anytime
soon, then I think it would be best to go to the beach and take
some pictures for the scrapbook between today and Thursday. The
long range forecast has us seasonably (and periodically
unseasonably) wet and chilly over at least the next week.
Q: How wet will it get?
A: Glad you asked! Weather models are still trying to piece
together the storm systems which will likely ram into the coastline
one after the other from Friday and beyond, but the general
consensus is for a few showers to start the weekend, an absolute
soaker Sunday into Monday, and then a gradual easing up on the rain
through the next week.
Interested in amounts? OK!
Although the black and blue nature of this map looks like
Western Washington is going to get severely beaten, it’s really not
going to be as bad as it looks. However, this 24 hour precipitation
map tells us that parts of Mason County and southwest portions of
Kitsap County could get well over an inch of rain while the rest of
the peninsula will range anywhere from 0.50-0.70” of total rain
from Sunday into Monday. That’s quite a bit in such a short amount
of time, especially considering how long it’s been!
Altogether, from Friday through the next week, all of us will
likely have average precipitation amounts approaching the 2”
Q: Does this approaching storm have any interesting
after effects? (ie windstorms, cold outbreak, mountain snow,
A: Indeed, the long range forecast has been trending colder and
wetter the past several days. It would be more than reasonable to
conclude the Pacific Northwest will be seeing a series of
disturbances over the next 14 days that will consequently start the
mountain snow season. Right now it doesn’t look like we’ll be
seeing any big high elevation snow storms. Besides, it’s still too
early for that anyway
Also, if it’s going to get colder in the mountains, undoubtedly
we’ll be getting quite a bit of cold weather in the lowlands
(translation: highs in the upper 40s/low 50s in time for Halloween
is not out of the question!).