Topic: Weather

Snow Routes

Written on January 15, 2020 at 8:34 pm, by

For Thursday January 16, 2020 – Schools will be on a two hour delayed start schedule due to road conditions. Buses will be on “Snow Routes”. Please make safe decisions.

Strong Winds Today

Written on January 15, 2020 at 7:22 am, by

Here’s some news from SJI Fire & Rescue… Plenty of snow fell overnight – if you don’t need to be on the road, please stay home until road conditions improve. Besides the snow, remember there are plenty of icy patches under the snow too. Good news today is that temperatures will be rising. Bad new  Continue Reading

No School Wednesday

Written on January 15, 2020 at 7:03 am, by

Wednesday Jan 15:  Schools will be closed due to inclement weather. The high school community dinner and the Community Projects presentations are also cancelled.  Be safe, we will see you on Thursday!  

Island Senior: Surviving Winter Storms

Written on January 15, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… We islanders enjoy what is normally a mild climate but every once in a while we get blasted with a winter storm. If you’ve lived here for a while you have stories to tell of power outages, frozen pipes,  Continue Reading

Cancelled Event

Written on January 14, 2020 at 7:43 pm, by

Cancelled Event: Lynda Mapes -Mother Orca Tahlequah Wednesday, January 15 at 7 pm at the Grange Due to inclement weather this event has been cancelled. We will try to reschedule so please check the website for updates.

Late Start for Islanders Bank

Written on January 14, 2020 at 7:34 pm, by

Due to inclement weather, Islanders Bank branches will open at 10:00 am on January 15th.  Night Drop is available for deposits.  ATM is available for withdrawals. Stay safe and thank you for understanding.

Tempestry Project in the San Juans and at SJIMA

Written on January 14, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Valarie Keaton, President of the San Juan County Textile Guild says of the Tempestry Project, “Our exhibit reflects 100 years (every 4th year from 1918 to 2018) of climate data from the Olga weather station on Orcas Island.” The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) has recently featured major exhibitions addressing such topics as  Continue Reading

Snowy Pig

Written on January 14, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

Chuck Dalldorf shares this photo of the Brickworks Piggy Bank all covered in snow.

Snow Routes!

Written on January 13, 2020 at 7:15 pm, by

UPDATE: For Wednesday, January 15, 2020: School will again be on a two hour delayed start due to road conditions Buses will be on “Snow Routes” Please check back in the morning for updates. Updates will be posted on the school district website by 6:30 AM.

Winter Storm Coming

Written on January 13, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

This just in from OPALCO… Are you ready for the winter storm blowing in? We are looking at some some serious cold coming our way this week. Please be prepared and look out for your neighbors! Make sure you have your phone charged up, fill up your gas tank in your car, and if you  Continue Reading

Mt. Grant Driving Access Closed this Sunday

Written on January 11, 2020 at 2:32 pm, by

Severe Weather Shelter

Written on January 6, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

Local Severe Weather Shelter is prepared for upcoming freezing temperatures The United Way of San Juan County’s Severe Weather Shelter Team is prepared to be open for upcoming forecasted freezing temperatures starting next week.  Volunteer hosts have been notified, and the team is going to do everything possible to ensure the criteria for this temporary  Continue Reading

Mammatus Clouds

Written on December 19, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Ron Lehman shares these photos he shot of some mammatus clouds he saw over Mt. Vernon on Tuesday morning. Very interesting cloud formations and good thing he got the photos when he did – he says they were completely gone within about 15 minutes. Here’s more info on this kind of cloud on Wikipedia. Thanks  Continue Reading

Heavy Rain in the Forecast for Later This Week

Written on December 18, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

While flood impacts in the islands are much less than for our mainland neighbors, every few years the islands get enough rain to cause localized flooding- especially in our more “urban” areas. With a chance of heavy rain in the forecast for later this week, now is a good opportunity for home and business owners  Continue Reading

Transition to Redemption

Written on December 7, 2019 at 9:13 am, by

What’s in the Mailbag today? Here’s a letter from Steve Ulvi… As a blue-collar kid in suburban California following WWII, we enjoyed many simple freedoms. Young families rapidly infilled modest developments in old walnut and almond orchards, grassy oak hills to roam. We didn’t feel the urban apprehension of economic displacement, social injustice or class-constrained  Continue Reading

Severe Weather Shelter Volunteer Meeting

Written on October 9, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

The weather is getting cold once again, so United Way of SJC and other supporters are pleased to respond to you, the town of Friday Harbor, with the “Out of the Cold” Severe Weather Shelter Program, offering temporary shelter for families and individuals during our coldest months.  The shelter will operate on days of severe  Continue Reading

Climate Strike

Written on September 12, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

This invitation was sent to you by Friday Harbor Youth… At 10:30am on Friday, September 20th, at the Friday Harbor courthouse lawn, students from San Juan Island, in conjunction with students from around the world, will be striking to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. The strike is taking place three  Continue Reading

Climate Change Prevention: Eco-Friendly Changes You Can Make to Fight Global Warming

Written on April 16, 2019 at 8:48 am, by

The following article was written by Neil Stawski… As much as the skeptics and critics might try to deny climate change, the signs that it’s a critical issue are all around us. The evidence of global warming can be found in the death of our coral reefs due to the increased temperatures of our ocean  Continue Reading

Studded Tire Removal Deadline March 31

Written on March 30, 2019 at 5:41 am, by

Here’s a reminder from the Washington State Department of Transportation… Last week’s arrival of spring means drivers in Washington have until this Sunday, March 31, to remove their studded tires, or face a $136 fine. While studded tires help keep your vehicle from slip-sliding around wintry conditions, they also damage the pavement. Removing the tires  Continue Reading

Snow Days Waived

Written on March 28, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Snow days waived for San Juan Island School District San Juan Island School District’s application for continuation of state support (waiver of snow days) for the February 12 and 13, 2019 school closure has been approved by the state. The district will not have to make up the two school days that were missed due  Continue Reading

Postponed or Cancelled Events

Written on February 15, 2019 at 5:29 am, by

Friday, Feb 15 – The Episcopal Church Women’s Brown Bag Luncheon scheduled at St. David’s Church for Friday, February 15, has been cancelled due to ice and slush on the parking lot. Join us next month, on March 8, for another Brown Bag Luncheon.   Friday, Feb 15 SCHOOLS ARE OPEN ON LATE START SCHEDULE, TWO HOURS DELAYED  Continue Reading

Friday School on Late Start Schedule

Written on February 15, 2019 at 5:27 am, by

Friday February 15, 2019 Schools are open on late start schedule, two hours delayed start: Schools will run on a late start schedule commencing at 10:15 a.m. Buses may be slower due to road conditions. Please see the snow route schedules for late start for pick up times  and locations.