Stage 1 burn ban in effect for all of King County

December 8th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Health, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on Stage 1 burn ban in effect for all of King County

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has announced a Stage 1 burn ban, in effect throughout King County as of noon today. Here’s what that means:

*No burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled. The only exception is if a wood stove is a home’s only adequate source of heat.

*No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.

*Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

*It is OK to use natural gas, propane, pellet and EPA-certified wood stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

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Burn ban rising to Stage 2 this afternoon

November 25th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Environment, Health, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on Burn ban rising to Stage 2 this afternoon

(Also published on partner sites West Seattle Blog and The South Park News)

As of 2 pm, King County will be under a Stage 2 burn ban, elevated from Sunday’s announcement. Here’s what the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency says that means:

*No burning is allowed in ANY wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet stoves. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled. The only exception is if a wood stove is a home’s only adequate source of heat.

*No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.

*Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

*It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 2 burn ban.

This might not last long – breezes up to 15 mph are in the forecast for tomorrow, and possible rain starting Thursday night.

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Stage 1 burn ban taking effect as of 2 pm today

November 24th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Environment, Health, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on Stage 1 burn ban taking effect as of 2 pm today

(Also published on partner sites West Seattle Blog and The South Park News)

You’ve probably noticed, maybe even felt the effects of, the stagnant, murky air. It’s just led the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to announce a Stage 1 burn ban for King County as of 2 pm today. Here’s how the agency explains that type of burn ban:

*No burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled. The only exception is if a wood stove is a home’s only adequate source of heat.

*No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires, and the use of fire pits and chimineas.

*Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

It is OK to use natural gas, propane, pellet and EPA-certified wood stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

More info? Go here. As for the weather – the long-range forecast doesn’t include rain any sooner than Friday night.

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White Center Weather Watch: Wind advisory; power outages

November 2nd, 2013 Tracy Posted in utilities, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Weather Watch: Wind advisory; power outages

9:09 AM: We’re getting several reports of White Center outages, including 12th and 106th vicinity, while the wind is gusting. The National Weather Service has a wind advisory in effect for our area until 8 pm. Let us know via comments or whitecenternow@gmail.com if there’s trouble in your area.

9:54 AM UPDATE: Added a screengrab from the Seattle City Light outage map, showing the areas in White Center where the power is out. Around SCL’s service area, more than 8,400 homes/businesses are without power.

12:38 PM UPDATE: Looks like most if not all of the outage area is restored.

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White Center Weather Watch: Scene from a downpour

September 30th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Weather Watch: Scene from a downpour

On our third day of wild weather, rain and sun alternated for much of the afternoon – after morning downpours including the one Gill captured in that photo! No warnings in effect right now but the weather is still unsettled, to say the least, according to the newest forecast.

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White Center Weather Watch: Post-storm rainbows

June 26th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news 1 Comment »

What a Tuesday night that was! But after the rain, the wind, the lightning … came rainbows. Thanks to Gill for sharing photos.

Heads up – the National Weather Service says thunderstorms are possible again this afternoon and evening!

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White Center Weather Watch: Tree down on Ambaum, just south of WC

May 13th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news 3 Comments »

4:25 PM: Thanks to the tipsters who let us know about a tree down on Ambaum around SW 116th. We’re en route to check it out. Not sure yet how much it’s affecting traffic. Updates to come.

4:57 PM UPDATE: The tree is down in the southbound lanes just south of SW 116th. When we were there a short time ago, people were being diverted around that area. In our photo above, that’s the tree to the left of the view – you can’t see the trunk, just the big leafy top.

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King County burn ban lifted again; rain returning soon

January 21st, 2013 Tracy Posted in Environment, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on King County burn ban lifted again; rain returning soon

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has just announced that the burn ban in King County is over (here’s the proof), which means no more restrictions on fireplaces/woodstoves, etc. As for when the fog will go – the area forecast says we might finally see rain Tuesday night.

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White Center scene: Pond gleaming in winter sunshine

January 2nd, 2013 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news Comments Off on White Center scene: Pond gleaming in winter sunshine

Thanks to Gill for sharing that photo from about noon today, as the White Center Neighborhood Pond gleamed in the winter sunshine. This might be the end of the afternoon sunshine, though – forecast says clouds and rain are headed back this way.

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White Center storm scenes: A powerless morning.

November 19th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news 1 Comment »

Scenes from Monday’s power outage in part of downtown White Center, photographed by Nick Adams for WCN … After a while, all the newly opened Meander’s Kitchen could do was put up a sign and hope today will be OK. Inside the Locker Room, meantime, the outage didn’t stop the revelry:

City Light listed the cause as “equipment failure.”

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White Center Weather Watch: Downtown power outage

November 19th, 2012 Tracy Posted in utilities, Weather, White Center news 3 Comments »

Thanks to Athena at Meander’s for flagging us on this – it wasn’t on the Seattle City Light outage map till a short time ago: There’s a power outage in downtown White Center. 65 customers (one customer = one business or home) affected, says SCL. Might not be back on till 4 pm. Looks like it’s affecting the north side of Roxbury around 16th, 17th too.

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Friday night sunset, photographed from White Center

September 15th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news Comments Off on Friday night sunset, photographed from White Center

Thanks to Alice Haury for the sunset view from White Center, looking toward Vashon (the forested foreground) and then the Olympic Mountains!

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White Center weather: Sunday snow encore possible

March 17th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news Comments Off on White Center weather: Sunday snow encore possible

Thanks to Gill for the view of snow on the green this St. Patrick’s Day morning. Seems we might be in for another round tomorrow morning – the Sunday forecast begins in a similar vein, possible snow showers all the way up till late morning.

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White Center Weather Watch: Overnight snow but NO school changes

March 6th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Weather Watch: Overnight snow but NO school changes

No local school changes, or major traffic problems, reported from the snow that fell overnight. As covered on partner site West Seattle Blog, snow fell for more than an hour in the middle of the night, leaving a half-inch or so on the ground in some places, but it didn’t linger long away from yards and cars. The National Weather Service has the area under a “Winter Weather Advisory” till 10 pm, but clear skies are headed this way from the west, and most of the remaining showers seem to be north of Seattle.

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White Center Weather Watch: Power outage; wind advisory extended

January 25th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Weather Watch: Power outage; wind advisory extended

(Screengrab of SCL webmap with White Center-and-beyond outages as of 12:30 am, click for “live” version)
12:41 AM: Seattle City Light now has more than 7,000 homes and businesses out of power in parts of White Center, Top Hat, North Burien, and beyond, after hours of gusty wind. Earlier in the night, south West Seattle was hit the hardest by power problems, but those were fixed by 8 pm. Meantime, the National Weather Service’s wind advisory originally was going to expire at midnight, but it’s been extended till 4 am.

2:25 AM UPDATE: Looks like the White Center outage zone has been fixed.

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White Center Snow Watch: Ongoing Friday updates …

January 19th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Schools, Weather, White Center news 1 Comment »

*Metro will remain on snow routing – Friday morning details here

*Seattle Public Schools already have announced they’ll be closed
*Highline Public Schools are closed Friday.
*So is West Seattle Montessori.
*Holy Family closed too.

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White Center Snow Watch: Thursday closures/changes

January 18th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Highline School District, Schools, Weather, White Center news 3 Comments »

(White Center snow fun photo courtesy of Gill)
UPDATED THURSDAY MORNING:

Highline Public Schools have now announced they’ll be closed Thursday too.

ADDED 8:07 PM: Holy Family School and West Seattle Montessori are closed too.

ADDED THURSDAY 8:29 AM: White Center Food Bank closed.

Most trash pickups around the region are also canceled for today. And King County government is opening late, 10 am.

ADDED THURSDAY 10:29 AM: Via Facebook, we see the White Center CDA office is closed.

We also have received word that the White Center Kiwanis‘s Key Club dinner tonight is postponed – since the school’s closed! We’ll update the calendar listing with the new date (note – that’s 6:30 pm February 16th).

Any other closures/changes, please let us know – whitecenternow@gmail.com or you can call our 24-hour phone line (at West Seattle Blog HQ), 206-293-6302.

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White Center Snow Watch: School closures and other notes

January 17th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Schools, Weather, White Center news 3 Comments »

As we continue to wait to see what the weather brings overnight, Highline Public Schools has now announced it’s closed on Wednesday. Holy Family School is, too.

ADDED 12:18 AM: White Center Food Bank also will be closed Wednesday:

In order to ensure the safety of the food bank volunteers and clients, the White Center Food Bank will close Wednesday, January 18 due to forecasted snow. We follow the decisions made by the Highline School district so will remain closed as long as the school district remains closed.

Audrey Zemke
Volunteer and Food Drive Coordinator

ADDED 5:51 AM: The snow arrived a few hours ago, and we have more closures: West Seattle Montessori/West Seattle Academy closed. Kennedy High School (Burien) closed.

ADDED 8:25 AM: No trash pickup today, per Waste Management.

ADDED 9:09 AM: Metro Route 54 is having trouble getting uphill through Fauntleroy and for now is NOT making it all the way to White Center. This could change at any time, if road conditions improve.

11:01 AM: Any White Center restaurants that are open are free to let us know, whitecenternow@gmail.com. So far, we’ve heard from Zippy’s Giant Burgers – open!

1:37 PM: We’re told the 54 is back on its regular SNOW route. Meantime, we’re testing this live list of what’s changed with King County during the storm:

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White Center Weather Watch: Tuesday updates

January 17th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Schools, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Weather Watch: Tuesday updates

SCHOOLS: Highline Public Schools will open two hours late. From the HPS website:

* Buses will stop at their regular bus stops – two hours later than normal.
* There will be no breakfast, no morning classes for preschool, kindergarten, ECEAP, or PSSC. Afternoon classes for these programs will be on time.
* Schools will dismiss at regular times.

Also, Kennedy High School in Burien is closed.

TRANSIT: Metro remains on snow routes.

More updates to come.

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White Center snow: Prepare for a bigger storm

January 16th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Highline School District, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on White Center snow: Prepare for a bigger storm

We’re watching the forecast warning of even more snowfall on the way, particularly Tuesday night into Wednesday. In the meantime, with some snow expected overnight tonight, school districts are starting to make their decisions. We haven’t heard from Highline Public Schools yet, but Seattle Public Schools has made its call – 2 hours late tomorrow. We’ll be watching HPS as well as other local schools; if you get word of a school change you don’t see here, please let us know – whitecenternow@gmail.com. Thanks!

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