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 and…

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…

Jan. 15 ‘Got Your Six’ program for veterans canceled; next meeting Feb. 12

The Jan. 15 meeting of the “Got Your Six” (GY6) program — a monthly outreach program for military veterans in Edmonds — has been canceled due to weather. The goal of the GY6 program is to create a space where veterans can interact with each other over lunch and coffee and learn about services available…

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…

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

Updated at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday with additional information from the school district on how closures so far have impacted school calendar, cancellation of school board meeting. As overnight freezing temperatures led to icy roadways, both the Edmonds School District and Edmonds Community College have canceled all classes and activities for Tuesday, Jan. 14. The Edmonds School Board…

Scene in Edmonds: Lending a helping hand

Sonia Nunez Gilman asked that he highlight the good deeds of Edmonds resident Steven Seremeta. On Monday morning, while his young family played outside, Seremeta “quietly grabbed his snow shovel, cleaned the entire cul-de-sac, and salted walking paths for the various home entrances at the end of 6th Avenue South,” she said. “I’m grateful when…

Republic Services cancels waste pickup for Monday

Another casualty of the snow and ice: Republic Services has canceled its solid waste collection service Monday for both residential and commercial customers. Customers scheduled for pickup Monday will be allowed to set out a double amount of material on their next available scheduled pick-up date. Republic said it plans to resume its normal schedule…

Edmonds scenic: Winter wonderland

Edmonds residents woke up to a blanket of snow Monday, with some residents reporting up to 3 inches of the white stuff. With below-freezing temperatures making for icy roads, the Edmonds School District canceled school for the day and Edmonds Community College delayed the start of classes until 9:30 a.m. The Edmonds Library pushed back…

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…

Edmonds Senior Center to provide transportation to cold weather shelter starting Jan. 12

In anticipation of below-freezing temperatures into Monday, a van will be offering free transportation starting Sunday evening, Jan. 12, from the Edmonds Library to those who want to access the South Snohomish County Cold Weather Shelter in Lynnwood. The van will provide free transportation from the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., to Trinity Lutheran Church….

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…

As rain continues, City of Edmonds Public Works offers station for sandbagging

City of Edmonds crews were busy overnight addressing issues related to the heavy rainfall that the area has been experiencing, and the city is also making sandbags available at the Public Works Operational Center, 7110 210th St. S.W., Edmonds. “We ran two crews through the night, drawing water from maxed-out sumps and clearing stream crossings,”…