Record setting rainfall across Western Washington

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Saturday's rain set records across Western Washington, from Olympia to Bellingham. And the National Weather Service says the rain isn't over yet.

Record rainfall of 1.71 inches was recorded at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Saturday. The weather service says that is more than double the old record of 0.83 of an inch set in 1948.

A record rainfall of 2.93 inches was set in Olympia, breaking the old record of 0.82 set in 1971.

A record was also set at the Hoquiam airport, where 1.78 inches fell on Saturday. The old record of just over an inch was set in 1962.

Another record was set at the Quillayute airport, with 1.93 inches of rain. That broke the previous record of 1.32 set in 1971.

Strong weather expected Sunday into Monday on the harbor

MONTESANO, Wash. - The Grays  Harbor county Emergency Management Agency is warning citizens to be prepared for very severe weather, expected to impact Grays Harbor this afternoon through Monday morning

1)  HEAVY RAINFALL is expected this afternoon and evening. Heavy downpours expected.
 
2)  AWIND ADVISORY has been issued for areas East of Aberdeen in Grays Harbor County from 6pm Sunday through Monday morning.  Strong South winds are forecast to be20-35mph sustained with gusts to 55mph.
 
3)  AHIGH WIND WARNING is in effect from 3pm today through 5am Monday  for all coastal areas in Grays Harbor County including Aberdeen and Hoquiam.Strongsustained South winds are expected to be 20-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph, possibly reaching 65mph along the beaches.The forecast time of greatest impact will be between 5-10pm with another burst around midnight
 
ALERT 1 - High Surf Warning

A HIGH SURF WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11:00AM PDT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Event Start: Sunday, September 29, 2013 5:00 PM PDT

Event End: Monday, September 30, 2013 11:00 AM PDT

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ALERT 2 - Areal Flood Watch

AN AREAL FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 12:00PM PDT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Event End: Monday, September 30, 2013 12:00 PM PDT

Location: Areal Flooding

Flood Begin: In Progress

Cause: Excessive Rainfall

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ALERT 3 - High Wind Warning

A HIGH WIND WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5:00AM PDT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Event Start: Sunday, September 29, 2013 3:00 PM PDT

Event End: Monday, September 30, 2013 5:00 AM PDT

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Weather Prediction Class Tonight

Want to know more about the weather and weather forecasts? How do forecasters do it? How do they read those forecast charts? What do they mean and how can I use them too?

Two National Weather Service Seattle forecasters will provide those answers and more at a special Coastal Marine Weather Presentation at Grays Harbor College, 2000 Building, room 2250 on Thursday May 24th starting at 6 PM.

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This is your chance to learn more from Jay Albrecht - Lead Forecaster, and Ted Buehner, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, both from the Seattle Forecast Office. On-line NWS web site demos will also be available and they can address questions you have always wanted to ask a meteorologist. Don't miss this unique opportunity!

To register, contact Chuck Wallace at Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us or

360-249-3911. Register now! Space is limited!!

What: Coastal Marine Weather Presentation

When: Thursday, May 24th, 6 PM

Where: Grays Harbor College, 2000 Building in Room 2250.

Who: Jay Albrecht, Lead Forecaster and Marine Program Manager, and Ted Buehner, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service Seattle

As Weather Warms, Waters Remain Dangerously Cold

OLYMPIA, Wash. - As a rash of boating accidents and fatalities hits the Northwest, Washington State Parks, the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Weather Service urge boaters to be very cautious on the water this weekend and always wear lifejackets.

Washington will see its third warm spring weekend in a row. According to Ted Buehner of the National Weather Service, temperatures across the east side of the state will be their warmest this season – in the 70s to lower 80s. On the west side, temperatures will be in the 60s and could even reach 70 in some places. Though temperatures will be unseasonably warm, waters will remain cold. Most river and creek temperatures across the state are in the mid 30s to mid 40s – temperatures that can easily cause hypothermia, according to Katherine Rowden, a hydrologist for the National Weather Service.

According to Washington State Parks accident data, there have been five non-motorized boating fatalities since March 17, 2012, which is more than in any other year since 2002. This rash of small craft accidents continues with at least two more accidents involving three people this past weekend. One accident occurred on the Chehalis River, where a man is still missing following an annual rafting event near Pe Ell. The other accident occurred off Blake Island and involved a canoe that capsized with two individuals; it’s unclear if any of them were wearing life jackets.

Coastal Marine Weather Presentation Next Month

MONTESANO, Wash. - What to know more about the weather and weather forecasts? Two National Weather Service Seattle forecasters will provide those answers and more at a special Coastal Marine Weather Presentation at Grays Harbor College, May 24th.

This is your chance to learn more from Jay Albrecht - Lead Forecaster, and Ted Buehner, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, both from the Seattle Forecast Office. On-line NWS web site demos will also be available and they can address questions you have always wanted to ask a meteorologist. Don't miss this unique opportunity! - Grays Harbor Emergency Management Deputy Director Chuck Wallace

To register, contact Chuck Wallace at Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us or 360-249-3911.

What: Coastal Marine Weather Presentation
When: Thursday, May 24th, 6 PM
Where: Grays Harbor College, 2000 Building in Room 2250.
Who: Jay Albrecht, Lead Forecaster and Marine Program Manager, and Ted Buehner, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service Seattle

Tsunami Advisory for Washington, Warning for Oregon Coasts

...TSUNAMI WARNING IN EFFECT FOR THE OREGON COAST...
...TSUNAMI ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR THE WASHINGTON COAST...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A TSUNAMI WARNING FOR THE
OREGON COAST...AND...A TSUNAMI ADVISORY FOR THE WASHINGTON COAST.

A LARGE EARTHQUAKE WITH A PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE OF 8.9 HAS BEEN
DETECTED IN EASTERN JAPAN.

 

Listen to 94.7FM or 1450 AM KBKW, 105.7 The Jet, Sunny 102.1 Bigfoot 93.7 or 107.9 The Quake for updates as they become available.


The expected tsunami wave arrival times are as follows:

 

Westport – 1.1 feet @ 7.25am

Moclips – 3.3 feet @ 7:10am (The highest expected wave on the Washington Coast)



All coastal jurisdictions have been notified of the situation.
The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is mobilizing around the County to assist local jurisdictions in notification of citizens in areas of concern.
 

At this time we are not recommending an evacuation. All citizens are urged to stay away from the beaches, harbors and coastal lowlands. Although the initial wave times are indicated, the highest wave may not impact the area for a few hours after that time. Please listen to local officials and stay tuned to your radio for updates.

 

High Wind Watch Issued for Grays Harbor County

MONTESANO, Wash. - The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a High Wind Watch for the North & Central Coasts for Thursday morning into Thursday Afternoon. Gusts to 60 mph are possible with the strongest winds expected in late morning into the early afternoon.

 

A High Wind watch Means Conditions are Favorable for Damaging winds. High winds Can topple Trees, Down Power Lines, And Damage Some Structures.

High Wind Warning for Pacific county

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning near beaches and headlands which is in effect until noon today.  A high wind watch remains in effect from Thursday morning through Thursday afternoon.  

 

South winds 40 to 50 mph with gusts to 70 mph this morning and early afternoon at beaches and headlands with south winds of 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph in the coastal communities.  Winds will decrease later this afternoon as a cold front passes.  South wind is expected to increase again mid Thursday morning through Thursday afternoon reaching speeds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 65 mph at headlands and beaches and south wind 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph at coastal communities. 

Pacific County Power Outage

South Bend, Washington – Due to a vehicle versus power pole accident that occurred today at 2:02 p.m. near the intersection of 189th and Sandridge Road, the Pacific County PUD # 2 has informed the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency that all residences north of 227th St, on the Long Beach Peninsula will be without power until well after midnight tonight. 

High Wind Warning CANCELED for North & Central Coast

The National Weather Service in Seattle has cancelled the High Wind Warning for the North & Central Coasts of Washington for Monday. High winds are still expected, the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management recommends that all citizens be alert for falling tree limbs and power lines and to be ready for possible power outages associated with strong wind gusts and rain conditions. Check your generators. DO NOT refuel portable generators or heaters indoors, and DO NOT run portable generators indoors.  NEVER go near downed power lines or tree limbs. DO NOT use your stove to heat your home. Become aware of the warning signs of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.