Under the Weather: Uncertainty and weather forecasting in a chaotic system

Most of us, if not all of us, have seen a forecast graphic similar to the one pictured below. Temperatures are shown as specific numbers, such as 72° or 69°. This is called a “deterministic” forecast, which is a forecast that doesn’t show any uncertainty. While people tend to like this approach to forecasting, it…

SnoPUD prepares for potential power outages during storm season

With stormy weather forecast for the latter part of the week, Snohomish County PUD said it is prepared to respond quickly to power outages and minimize disruptions to its customers. The PUD said it will be taking extra precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of its employees and customers during the ongoing pandemic. “Our…

Under the Weather: Fall storms get off to an early start with an atmospheric river

  Autumn has only just begun, but we’re already expecting the stormy weather that we’re accustomed to seeing this time of year. On Wednesday, an atmospheric river is expected to take aim directly at the Pacific Northwest, bringing with it some significant rainfall. What is an atmospheric river? I wrote an article about this phenomenon…

Possible California wildfire smoke in Puget Sound region starting Thursday

A plume of wildfire smoke from California is expected to pass over the Puget Sound region starting Thursday, Sept. 3, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency says. At first, most of the smoke will be overhead. It will likely have minimal impacts on ground-level air quality, with moderate air pollution levels at most. If smoke…

With heat advisory in effect Sunday, tips to stay cool

With a heat advisory in effect in Snohomish County from 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 to 2 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17, the Snohomish Health District reminds residents to take extra precautions for themselves and loved ones. While cooling stations, libraries and movie theaters may not be open, there are still ways to keep cool in…

Power outages reported across South Snohomish County

Due to weather conditions, neighborhoods across South Snohomish County experienced power outages Friday night As of 6:30 p.m., 7,500 outages were reported across Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace, said Snohomish County PUD spokesperson Aaron Swaney. Though winds are likely the source of the reported outages, crews are responding to affected areas around the county to…

With heavy snowfall predicted, Snohomish PUD ready to respond to outages

The National Weather Service is calling for heavy snowfall over the next two days and strong easterly winds on Wednesday, increasing the likelihood of tree damage and power outages throughout Snohomish County. And Snohomish County PUD says it’s prepared. The PUD said is has crews and supplies prepared for restoration efforts and will be responding…

Tuesday snow update: Trash pickup info, school calendar changes, priority plowing routes

Mountlake Terrace continues to be affected by snow and ice, with more delays and cancellations across the city Tuesday. Mountlake Terrace City Hall offices were open and operating regular business hours. The Recreation Pavilion opened two hours late for drop-in programs due to the Edmonds School District closure. The Pavilion was scheduled to close at…

Edmonds School District schools, Edmonds CC closed Tuesday due to unsafe conditions

As overnight freezing temperatures led to icy roadways, and both the Edmonds School District and Edmonds Community College have canceled all classes and activities for Tuesday, Jan. 14. The Tuesday night Edmonds School District Board of Directors meeting was also canceled. It marks the second straight day of no classes for the Edmonds School District….

Mountlake Terrace commercial garbage Monday service postponed to Tuesday

If you are a Mountlake Terrace commercial customer with garbage pickup scheduled for Monday, Jan. 13, Waste Management has canceled collections due to snow and hazardous weather conditions. There is no current impact to residential customers Monday, since Waste Management services Mountlake Terrace residents on Wednesdays. All commercial/drop box routes will be running one day behind…

Sound Transit offers public transit tips in case of inclement weather

With the National Weather Service forecasting snow, ice and wind in the Puget Sound region over the next several days, it may impact regional transportation. Sound Transit is offering a few tips to help you prepare for your commute during what could be challenging conditions. The agency advises that you sign up for text or…

City of MLT preparing for winter storms

Ice and snow are in the forecast with a front expected to arrive on the weekend, continuing into next week with temperatures in the 20s. The City of Mountlake Terrace is prepared for freezing temperatures and snow and asks the community to prepare as well. “The city’s public works crews cannot eliminate all of the…

WSDOT: Travelers advised to monitor state pass conditions

With winter weather already in Washington state’s passes and more snow possible throughout the week, travelers should be prepared for winter conditions and stay up to date on conditions while making travel plans. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) offers the following travel tools to help you know before you go. As of 5:15…

What was that one clap wonder Friday night?

Were you in the area about 10 minutes after 5 p.m. Friday evening? If so, you probably didn’t miss that very loud, ground-shaking thunderclap we had. According to the following post from Carl Dinse, Weather Watcher from Shoreline Area News, mother nature is making up for two weeks of uneventful weather: A strong Puget Sound Convergence…

As lightning strikes, here’s where to report a power outage

As a dramatic thunder and lightning storm — coupled with heavy rain — struck Puget Sound Saturday night, the National Weather Service told our online news partner The Seattle Times that the area saw about 200 lightning strikes over a one-hour period, and also caused some power outages. Community members are encouraged to report power…