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…

Record-breaking heat expected this week

Very warm temperatures are coming to the Puget Sound region by mid-week. Wednesday is expected to be the hottest day — in the mid- to high 80s — according to a report from AccuWeather. Places like Olympia and further south are predicted to see 90 degrees, National Weather Service meteorologist Kirby Cook told our online…

Weather service: Record-setting temperatures expected later this week

Expect hotter-than-normal temperatures in our area later this seek, the National Weather Service in Seattle says. The weather service is predicting that it will be 20 degrees warmer than normal for early May, our online news partner The Seattle Times reported. The hot spell is expected to peak at 82 degrees on Friday, weather service…

Snow Angels — animal hospital workers save the day with kitty litter

Dorothy and Phil Sacks of Edmonds always knew the veterinary staff at the Perrinville Animal Hospital was amazing. The Sacks have been taking their pets there for 14 years and when one of them needed a checkup during the snowy week, they braved the roads. Dorothy said they were not concerned, because their vehicle is…

Snow Angels — one neighbor helps another dig out

Char Blankenship of Lynnwood never asked for help, but was more than grateful for it. During the past three and a half years, Blankenship said she has had undergone four medical procedures on her leg. When snow plows clearing the streets of her neighborhood came through, her driveway was covered in 10 inches of snow,…

Not all heroes wear capes — some just have a snow shovel

As the winter storms brought significant snow to the Puget Sound region, some were more prepared than others. Thankfully, many who were ready for the weather were also able to help those in need. We want to hear the stories of those unsung heroes who helped their friends, neighbors or strangers get through the storm…

An Environmental Minute: What’s with that liquid being applied to roads?

Throughout the fall, winter and even in the midst of this never-ending snow event, we get regular inquiries here at the City of Edmonds asking, “What’s that liquid you guys sprayed on the roads?”  Or…”I thought the city doesn’t use salt?” Just recently I even received a call from a concerned resident thinking a massive…

No trash or recycling pickup for Republic, Waste Management customers Feb. 13

If you are an Edmonds residential customer with garbage and recycling pickup scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 13, Republic Services and Waste Management have canceled collections due to weather. As for Sound Disposal, which serves the Edmonds Bowl, the hauler reported “they were able to collect from 98 percent of their Tuesday customers,” said City of Edmonds…

The Edmonds snowmelt begins

As temperatures warmed slightly, snow began melting in Edmonds Tuesday. The city urged residents to clear out their storm drains to prevent blockages, which will help reduce flooding. See more information about that here. The National Weather Service is predicting mostly sunny skies Wednesday, with a high near 38 degrees, and a slight chance of…

No trash or recycling pickup Tuesday, Feb. 12

If you are an Edmonds residential customer with garbage and recycling pickup scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12, Republic Services and Waste Management have canceled collections due to weather. Both haulers also canceled collections on Monday. City of Edmonds Recycling Coordinator Steve Fisher said he wasn’t certain if Sound Disposal was collecting on Tuesday. The hauler,…

No trash or recycling pickup Monday, Feb. 11 for Edmonds residents

If you are an Edmonds residential customer with garbage and recycling pickup scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11, all three companies serving the area said they have canceled service. Sound Disposal, which collects in the Edmonds Bowl, provided pickup to commercial customers only Monday, said City of Edmonds Recycling Coordinator Steve Fisher. “Snow and ice have by…

Edmonds Community College announces Monday closure

Edmonds Community College said that “due to continued inclement weather and unsafe driving conditions,” it would be closed Monday, Feb. 11. All classes (including evening and online classes) and activities are canceled.

Emergency cold weather shelter open Sunday-Tuesday, Feb. 10-12

The South Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter will be open Sunday-Tuesday, Feb. 10-12. The shelter opens at 7:15 p.m. at Maple Park Church (60th Avenue West and 176th Street Southwest). Dinner, a warm mat and blanket, and breakfast are provided. Those needing transportation should meet at Lynnwood City Hall, 19100 44th Ave. W., where pickup is…

More snow predicted Sunday-Tuesday; Edmonds Library open Sunday

As residents dug out Saturday from several inches of snow overnight, the National Weather Service is predicting more snow Sunday afternoon through Tuesday in Puget Sound. Heavy snow is possible as two storm systems move across the area. The first system, likely to hit Sunday afternoon into Sunday night, could bring the potential for 1 to…

Scene in Edmonds: Snow birds

From photographer Bill Anderson: Two herons were hunkered down atop a tree at the Edmonds Marsh Friday afternoon at the start of the weekend’s snow event.

Tips for feeding birds in cold weather

A reader asked us to share information about maintaining bird feeders — and especially hummingbird feeders — in cold weather. We posed the questions to our experts, and received this column from Candy Brown, a member of the Pilchuck Audubon Society. Songbirds Provide plenty of dry, nutritious seed. I only feed black oil sunflower seed…

Cold-weather tips for your pet

As temperatures fall (and so does snow) it is important to remember to keep animal companions safe from the cold. The Lynnwood-based PAWS recommends the following, shared from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, cats can freeze, become lost or stolen or become injured or killed. Outdoor cats…

As road conditions improve, trash pick up resumes

Republic Services and Waste Management, which serve Edmonds residents outside the Bowl area as well as unincorporated Esperance, have resumed trash pickup after being sidelined by snow and ice on the roads earlier this week. According to City of Edmonds Recycling Coordinator Steve Fisher,  the companies resumed service Wednesday, serving customers on their regular pick-up…

Edmonds School District, Edmonds CC, Edmonds Municipal Court closed Monday due to snow

Due to snow-related weather conditions, both Edmonds School District schools and Edmonds Community College announced they will be closed Monday, Feb. 4. Edmonds Municipal Court will also be closed. The school district said that all schools and programs would be closed. Edmonds Community College said it has canceled all classes, including evening and online classes, and…

As snow falls, bus commuters advised to be prepared for Monday service delays

South Snohomish County got a dusting of snow Sunday afternoon, and the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory through Monday morning. Community Transit advised bus riders to be prepared for possible service delays Monday due to snow and icy road conditions. The transit agency also advises riders to: Visit www.communitytransit.org and check out the Snow Service…

Snohomish County burn ban lifted as air quality improves

The Stage 1 burn ban that had been in effect for Snohomish County was lifted Thursday afternoon as air pollution levels began improving in the Puget Sound region. However, the agency notes: “With many fires expected to burn into September, we may continue to see smoke impacts as weather patterns shift, potentially as early as…

Scene in Edmonds: A less smoky sunset, but expect more of same in a few days

Yet another smokescreen sunset, as captured by photographer Bill Anderson Thursday at Olympic Beach. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency reports air quality is expected to continue to improve the next couple of days, but residents should make preparations for another possible smoke event early next week, beginning as early as Sunday. Check the Puget…

Tips for staying healthy in hot weather

In response to the forecast of continuing heat, state health officials are issuing a health advisory and urging people to take precautions. Groups at increased health risk from extreme heat include older adults (ages 65-plus), people with chronic medical conditions, young children, and those who work or exercise in a high heat environment. It’s important…

National Weather Service: Frigid winds, lowland snow likely this weekend

Western Washington residents should prepare for frigid wind and a chance of snow over the weekend, according to a Thursday report from the National Weather Service. Winds on Friday and Saturday could be strong enough to knock down trees and power lines, causing power outages. Temperatures are expected to be the coldest of the season…