September 24, 2013
Issaquah resident shares his passion for weather
When rare thunderstorms pounded the area in early September, Issaquah resident Justin Shaw was not staring out the windows of his Talus home, marveling at the lightning strikes.
He was staring at a computer screen, tracking the storms’ paths and experiencing the extreme weather virtually with the more than 1,100 followers of his Seattle-weather themed Twitter account.
“It was almost more fun to be on Twitter talking about the storms than actually watching them,” he said. “It’s like this big party with all of these weather nerds uniting together.”
January 10, 2013
NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 10, 2013
Issaquah, King County and state road crews prepared for snow Thursday, as forecasters urged caution on roads, and rain threatened to turn to snow and create icy morning commutes Friday.
The city placed public works crews on standby Thursday to prepare for possible road hazards related to the winter weather.
King County prepared for a beefed-up response to ice and snow. Overnight, ice buildup on already-damp roadways is a concern for road crews.
The county put extra crews on the road for response, and as many as 12 trucks could remain on duty throughout the night. In addition to anti-icing operations, crews sand roads and plow slush or snow as necessary.
January 8, 2013
National Weather Service forecasters use the terms advisory, watch and warning to describe how likely flooding or other weather is to occur, how bad the impact could be and when the problems might arise.
But results from surveys, service assessments and feedback indicate many residents do not fully understand the differences between the terms, or how to respond and stay safe.
January 2, 2013
NEW — 10:30 p.m. Jan. 2, 2013
National Weather Service meteorologists issued a wind advisory late Wednesday for the Puget Sound lowlands, including Issaquah, and said residents can expect gusts up to 55 mph.
Forecasters in Seattle issued the advisory just after 9:30 p.m. Forecasters issue a wind advisory if the possibility exists for sustained winds of 30 to 39 mph and gusts of 45 to 57 mph. The advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday.
Residents should expect sustained winds up to 20 to 35 mph, and gusts up to 55 mph. The winds could cause difficult driving conditions along Interstate 90, particularly in the North Bend area and eastward toward Snoqualmie Pass.
Conditions could also cause smaller tree branches to drop and power outages.
December 25, 2012
Snow crept into forecasts in recent days, but aside from a dusting in higher-elevation neighborhoods and a delay for Issaquah School District students, winter weather did not cause significant disruptions in the area.
In response to slushy conditions on roads and some snowfall overnight, school district administrators delayed the start of school two hours Dec. 18. The day before, as forecasters issued a winter weather advisory for Western Washington, Issaquah and King County road crews prepared for snow.
December 18, 2012
NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 18, 2012
Issaquah and other areas throughout Western Washington remain under a winter weather advisory until noon Tuesday, as snow lingers in the forecast.
National Weather Service meteorologists issue a winter weather advisory for a variety of conditions, such as freezing rain and snow occurring at the same time. Though the conditions pose risks, the advisory means life-threatening winter weather is not expected.
Meteorologists said conditions exist for lowland snow showers as temperatures hover in the 30s and snow levels remain only a few hundred feet above sea level. The chance of snow is expected to decrease Tuesday morning as temperatures increase into the upper 30s and low 40s.
December 17, 2012
NEW — 10 p.m. Dec. 17, 2012
Issaquah and King County road crews prepared for the possibility of snow late Monday, as forecasters issued a winter weather advisory for Western Washington.
Meteorologists said conditions exist for lowland snow showers overnight as temperatures drop into the low 30s and snow levels sink to only a few hundred feet above sea level. The chance of snow is expected to decrease Tuesday morning as temperatures increase into the upper 30s and low 40s.
National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said snow showers could occur overnight in Issaquah. Snow accumulation of less than 1 inch is possible. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Snow is possible before 10 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a chance of rain between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The snow level is expected to reach 400 feet. Snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
December 17, 2012
NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 17, 2012
Issaquah is under a winter storm watch, as high winds continue to batter Western Washington and more snow is forecast to fall in the mountains.
National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle issued a winter storm watch for much of Western Washington from Monday evening through Tuesday evening. The watch means favorable conditions exist for winter weather.
Meteorologists said a Puget Sound convergence zone should develop later Monday and persist through at least Tuesday morning. Precipitation through Tuesday morning could likely come as snow.
In Issaquah, rain is expected to turn to snow after 10 p.m. Monday. The snow level is expected to drop from 700 feet to 200 feet. Snow accumulation of less than 1 inch is possible. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
December 15, 2012
NEW — 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2012
Meteorologists placed Issaquah and much of Western Washington under a high wind watch Saturday, as a strong low pressure system created the potential for strong gusts from late Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.
The system is expected to develop off the Washington coast Sunday, and the latest computer models from the National Weather Service indicate the low center should move onto the coast early Monday. The system’s exact track remains uncertain, but at least a portion of Western Washington is expected to experience high winds.
Forecasters predicted southwest winds rising to 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph.
Meteorologists issue a high wind watch when the potential exists for a damaging wind event. Strong winds can topple trees, down power lines and damage structures.
November 27, 2012
The mercury dips a little lower as November turns to December, winter starts in mere weeks, and the agencies responsible for ensuring roads remain passable in ice and snow readied removal plans for the months ahead.
Issaquah, King County and the state prepare detailed ice and snow response plans long before the flakes start to fall. The agencies face challenges in Issaquah and the surrounding area due to steep terrain, narrow roads and limited funding.