Topic: Weather

Severe Weather Shelter Open Tonight

Written on February 18, 2018 at 8:29 am, by

United Way of San Juan County, and the “Out of the Cold” Severe Weather Shelter program have enjoyed amazing community support in the shape of donations and volunteer commitments, and as the cold weather sets in tonight the Shelter will open once again. The Shelter location for the predicted cold weather will be at the  Continue Reading

Shelter Available Tonight

Written on February 12, 2018 at 9:37 pm, by

It’s cold out there tonight…

White Christmas

Written on December 27, 2017 at 10:00 am, by

In case you were away (like I was) and missed it, Friday Harbor did have a White Christmas Day, in the morning at least. Chuck Dalldorf was out early and has a few photos to share. Thanks Chuck! (click any photo to enlarge)

Shelter Opens Tonight

Written on December 19, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

The Severe Weather Shelter will open for the first time on Tuesday, December 19 at approximately 7:00 pm. There will be a volunteer orientation and set-up at 5:30. Anyone interested in learning more about the Shelter and its operation is invited to attend. We currently have volunteers to staff two days, and we are hopeful  Continue Reading

Severe Weather Shelter Update

Written on December 7, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Many volunteers and moving parts are very close to coming together so that it appears possible a Severe Weather Shelter in Friday Harbor may be close at hand. Three things must align in order to activate a shelter at the onset of severe weather: Cold, volunteers, and a site. During the regular meeting of shelter  Continue Reading

Rain Returns

Written on September 9, 2017 at 3:41 pm, by

 Thanks to Candace Carter E. Roseberry for this photo of today’s rain…  

Resilient Gardening and Weird Weather

Written on September 7, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Thanks to Mo Sloane for this first in a series of articles introducing featured speakers who will be presenting at the Master Gardeners Annual Gardening Workshop on October 7th. This first article introduces the workshop’s keynote speaker, Dr. Linda Gilkeson… Is ‘weird weather’ challenging you and your gardening skills? You’re not alone! Between the increasingly variable weather  Continue Reading

Air Quality Alert Extended Until Noon Thursday

Written on September 6, 2017 at 4:52 pm, by

It’s still pretty smokey… …AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PDT THURSDAY… The Air Quality ALERT issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology remains in effect until 12 PM PDT Thursday. Smoke from wildfires across the region will continue to linger over Western Washington through at least Thursday morning. Expect the air quality to remain unhealthy  Continue Reading

Holy Smokes! Air Quality Alert Issued Through 5 pm Wednesday

Written on September 5, 2017 at 2:08 pm, by

The mountains are definitely not out today. My photo of False Bay without the Olympics may look like a sepia toned antique but that is the real color and the photo was taken this morning. Due to regional wildfires we are once again experiencing smokey air. Here is the Air Quality Alert from the National  Continue Reading

Mammatus Clouds

Written on July 27, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag today, we have a photo from Mary Kalbert who was recently visiting friends in Spearfish, South Dakota when they saw these clouds from the upstairs balcony. How does this relate to Friday Harbor? Well, here it is in Mary’s words… The connection, I think is how different our mild and  Continue Reading


Written on May 26, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Wind Storm Takes Power Out For 6,000+ Co-Op Members: OPALCO Crews Resolve Outages Quickly Big winds hit the islands on Tuesday, May 23rd leading to a number of power outages in the islands. The largest outage occurred on San Juan Island when a tree was blown into the transmission lines near the Pear Point substation  Continue Reading

Ice Sitting?

Written on January 13, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

Once again, photographer John Miller shares a fun photo with us. This time, a chair on frozen Egg Lake. In John’s words… I’ve seen ice fishing before, but have never seen ice sitting – sunrise view from the dock at Egg lake. Tech side – Nikon Df w/ f1.4 – 85mm AF-D, shot at 1/80 sec,  Continue Reading

Morning on Mitchell Bay

Written on November 17, 2016 at 11:54 am, by

Theresa Simendinger shares a beautiful photo of this morning at Mitchell Bay with a rainbow reflection. Thanks for sharing Theresa!

Part Two of October Windstorms: Coming Soon!

Written on October 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm, by

We woke to the pleasant observation this morning that our first storm of the series has materialized as a normal windstorm in the islands. The Outage Center at the Opalco website is thankfully free of outage reports. The big question remains, “what will Storm 2 bring”? The latest Weather Service forecast says Storm 2 may  Continue Reading