So far today...

High: 63°
Precip: 0.04"
Low: 59°
Normal
Record
74°
91° (1987)
55°
46° (1973)
Sunrise
6:28am
Sunset
7:50pm
Precipitation
 
Normal
Monday
T"
0.04"
This Month
3.28"
0.88"
Since 1/1
19.61"
20.59"
Since 10/1
35.99"
35.99"

Today's Forecast

Updated Tuesday 6:40 a.m.

Welcome to September! Hard to believe that we're less than 25 days away from the official start to autumn -- but the fall-like conditions are here and they will stick around through the end of the week. 

In the meantime, look for soggy conditions as the kids head back to class this morning -- and some of the mid-morning showers will be heavy at times. Highs will reach the mid 60s. 

There's a possibility of scattered storms tomorrow afternoon -- and it also looks like snow levels will drop to around 5,500-6,000 feet for Wednesday through Friday which could bring a few snow showers to the high mountain areas. Just a heads up if heading into the mountains. 

Sunny skies and warmer temperatures return by the Labor Day Weekend.

Have a great day and stay dry!

Seth Wayne
KOMO 4cast Team
Email me: swayne@komotv.com

 

Scott's Blog

Weather Just how windy was it? Here's a list of peak gusts (Photo Gallery)
The windstorm on Saturday will surely go into the record books for some of the strongest winds, if not strongest ever recorded in August.

Winds on the coast hit well over 60 mph, including Destruction Island clocking a peak gust of 87 mph! But even the inland areas were rocked, with a gust to 66 mph on Lopez Island, 70 mph at Whidbey Island NAS -- and 81 mph on a boat in the Rosario Strait!

In the city areas, Everett (Paine Field) had three separate gusts near 60 mph -- a 59, 60, and 61 mph gust! Tacoma wasn't too far behind at 54 mph, while Seattle (Sea-Tac) hit 46 mph. Although looking at the outage chart by Seattle City Light and the with the wide swath of power outages in the northern half of the city suggests wind speeds were greater there.

The National Weather Service has compiled this handy chart of peak winds across several sites in Western Washington:
Weather How did Saturday's windstorm compare to Seattle's greats?
Local meteorologists are still a bit in awe over the power of the storm Saturday that is likely the earliest windstorm on record in the Pacific Northwest -- by several weeks!

In tracking some of the peak gusts, I realized some of the gusts experienced Saturday were stronger in some spots than some of our greatest wind storms on record.
Weather Move over Mt. Rainier, wildfire smoke creates its own lenticular cloud (Photo Gallery)
The "hat cloud" -- officially known as a lenticular cloud -- is a fairly common sight around here on Mt. Rainier. Locals know it's a fairly good indicator it's about to rain in the next day or so.

But you don't always need the state's largest mountain to create the cloud. Sometimes, other clouds can do the trick!

The photo above was taken by Michael Bendtson in Wenatchee of the smoke plume from the Wolverine Fire in the Entiat Valley. But note on the top of the left cloud is a bit of a hat -- a lenticular cloud!

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