Topic: Weather

Low Visibility

Written on October 4, 2020 at 9:47 am, by

Ever wonder why fog makes the ferries late? Art Smith shares this photo taken from the car deck in his vehicle (that’s his dashboard at bottom of the photo)on Saturday afternoon. – A ferry crew member on fog watch for any potential obstacles that radar won’t pick up. Thanks for sharing Art!

San Juan Island – County Roads

Written on February 7, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

San Juan County Public Works continues to monitor and respond to the ongoing rain and flooding events appearing along County Roads. The following two locations may continue to have restrictions posted or may be closed to vehicle traffic entirely. Bailer Hill Rd (west of False Bay Dr) San Juan Valley Rd (west of Douglas Rd)  Continue Reading

Tuesday Morning Snow

Written on February 5, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

This is what the view looked like at the top of Hillview Terrace outside Dot Vandaveer’s window on Tuesday morning. Thanks for sharing the photo Dot!

Heavy Rain Forecast

Written on February 5, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Recent intense rains caused widespread impacts across the islands due to erosion, runoff, and blocked culverts and drains. Those who experienced damage should be aware that there’s more heavy rain in the forecast starting later Tuesday through Friday. It is almost impossible to forecast the sort of high intensity rainfall that we saw a few  Continue Reading

Transition San Juan Island

Written on February 3, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Mission Statement: Creating conditions for community resilience and regeneration in a rapidly changing world We have set the next meeting of Transition San Juan Island for Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 3-6 PM at the Mullis Center. The purpose is for each action group to complete their Vision Statement. So when you arrive at 3,  Continue Reading

Transition San Juan Island: An Update

Written on January 24, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

First, we extend our sincere appreciation for the attentive and engaged turnout at the Mullis Center on January 12!  A quiet Sunday afternoon among busy families, threats of snowy roads and of course the Seahawks playoff game notwithstanding, about 65 of you responded to our invitations.  We were enthused by our smiling friends from Lopez  Continue Reading

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