• Watch, Warning, or Advisory? What do they mean?

    NOAA’s National Weather Service uses a four-tier approach to alert the public for the potential for severe weather or high fire danger. This four-tier approach consists of  outlooks,  advisorieswatches  and  warnings.

    1) Winter Storm Outlook… 
    winter storm outlook is issued when conditions are favorable for hazardous winter weather to develop within the next 3 to 7 days. It is intended for those groups that require considerable lead time to prepare for the event.

    ACTION: Stay tuned to local media or monitor NOAA Weather Radio for updates. Evaluate your emergency action plan and the resources you have in your home, car or work place to deal with a winter storm.

    2) Winter Storm Watch… 
    winter storm watch is issued when the risk of hazardous winter weather has increased, but occurrence, location and timing is still somewhat uncertain. Generally, a watch is issued when there is a significant threat of severe winter weather in the next 12 to 48 hours.

    ACTION: You should prepare now and ensure that all emergency plans and resources are in place. 
    Note: Winter Storm Watches may be upgraded to Winter Storm Warnings, if conditions warrant.

    3) Winter Weather Advisory… 
    Winter weather advisories are issued for less serious winter weather conditions that are occurring, or have a high likelihood of occurring. These products are used for winter weather situations that are less severe than a Warning, but will cause significant inconvenience. These situations should not be life threatening, damage is usually localized and the main danger is hazardous travel. 
    Note: This advisory may be upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning if conditions warrant.

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  • Fall razor clam season will open early at Twin Harbors

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s razor clam season will get off to an early start this year with an evening dig at Twin Harbors beach set for Sept. 19-23.

    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those two beaches are safe to eat.

    Although the department is still developing the digging schedule for fall, state fishery managers saw no reason to delay approving a dig at Twin Harbors, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

    “We have an huge number of clams available for harvest this season – particularly at Twin Harbors,” Ayres said. “There are only so many good clamming tides during the year, and we decided there was no time to waste in getting started.”

    Twin Harbors Beach extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor. Clam digging will be allowed there between noon and midnight, although Ayres suggests arriving at the beach one to two hours before evening low tide for best results.

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  • Ocean Shores among town hall meetings with US Representative Derek Klimer

    PORT ANGELES, Wash. – US Representative Derek Kilmer today announced that he will be holding three town halls around the region over the next several weeks. He’ll be in Sequim on Friday, Purdy on Monday, and at the Ocean Shores Elementary School on Friday November 8th.

    Sequim Town Hall
    Friday, November 1, 2013 4:30pm – 6:00pm
    Guy Cole Convention Center
    202 N Blake Ave. Sequim, WA 98382

    Purdy Town Hall
    Monday, November 4, 2013 5:30pm – 7:00pm
    Peninsula High School Auditorium
    14105 Purdy Dr. NW Gig Harbor, WA 98332

    Grays Harbor Town Hall
    Friday, November 8, 2013 5:30pm – 7:00pm
    Ocean Shores Elementary School
    300 Mt. Olympus Ave Ocean Shores, WA 95869

    Doors open a half hour before the start of each town hall.

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  • State Patrol seeking help to locate Gig Harbor hit-and-run vehicle

    The Washington State Patrol is looking for a dark colored passenger car that was involved in a car vs. pedestrian hit and run collision that occurred just after 8pm on September 24, 2013.  The collision took place on State Route 302 just south of 154th Street NW in Gig Harbor.  The driver of the dark colored passenger car struck a pedestrian then fled the scene.  The vehicle should have a broken right passenger side mirror and possible damage to the right front area of the vehicle. 

    If you have any information about this collision or know the possible whereabouts of the vehicle involved please call WSP Detectives at (253) 538-3174.  
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