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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/1/2013
City of Seattle offers services during heat wave
SEATTLE – The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Seattle and surrounding communities until 11 p.m. Monday evening. In response, the City of Seattle is offering services and information to help members of the public deal with the heat wave.
“Hot weather isn’t frequent in Seattle, so it’s important that we make sure we’re enjoying it safely,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. “Please take a moment to check on your elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure they are staying cool.”
Many homes in Seattle are not equipped with air conditioning and may get very hot during the day. The City offers many locations for you to cool down when the temperatures start to rise. Visit 18 of the City’s libraries, senior centers or Seattle Center facilities for some relief to today’s record-breaking heat. See the lists below.
When you’re outside, limit the time you’re in direct sunlight and avoid or reduce activities that are tiring or take a lot of energy. Take extra precaution if you work outside and know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down. Check in with your elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure they are staying cool too.
- Drink plenty of water. Have a beverage with you at all times, and sip or drink frequently. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
- Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually de-hydrate your body.
Protect your pets
Pets are especially vulnerable in high heat and the Seattle Animal Shelter recommends the following:
- Never leave your animal chained or penned up directly in sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide cool water.
- If you leave animals indoors, open the windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water, and if possible, leave them in a cool location.
- Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked car. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting and vinyl seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws.
- If you must travel with your pet, carry water.
- Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather.
- For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.
The following Seattle Public Library locations are equipped with air conditioning, and serve as cooling centers when the area experiences extreme heat. Please call the individual location before you go for open hours and to verify that the air conditioning is working.
- Central Library (1000 4th Ave) – 206-386-4636
- Ballard (5614 22nd Ave NW) – 206-684-4089
- Beacon Hill (2821 Beacon Ave S) – 206-684-4711
- Broadview (12755 Greenwood Ave N) – 206-684-7519
- Capitol Hill (425 Harvard Ave E) – 206-684-4715
- Delridge (5423 Delridge Way SW) – 206-733-9125
- Douglass-Truth (2300 E Yesler Way) – 206-684-4704
- Greenwood (8016 Greenwood Ave N) – 206-684-4086
- High Point (3411 SW Raymond St) – 206-684-7454
- International District / Chinatown (713 8th Ave S) – 206-386-1300
- Lake City (12501 28th Ave NE) – 206-684-7518
- Madrona-Sally Goldmark (1134 33rd Ave) – 206-684-4705
- Magnolia (2801 34th Ave W) – 206-386-4225
- NewHolly (7058 32nd Ave S) – 206-386-1905
- Northgate (10548 5th Ave NE) – 206-386-1980
- Rainier Beach (9125 Rainier Ave S) – 206-386-1906
- South Park (8604 8th Ave S) – 206-615-1688
- Wallingford (1501 N 45th St) – 206-684-4088
SEATTLE CENTER (View the campus map – Acrobat PDF)
- Armory Center House (Open until 9 p.m.)
- International Fountain (Open until 9 p.m.)
- Fountain of Creation (Open 24/7)
The following senior centers have air conditioning or are relatively cool and are open to the public:
- Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 8th Street)
- International Drop-In Center (7301 Beacon Ave S.)
- Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank (85 Pike St, #200)
- Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW)
- Southeast Seattle Senior Center (4655 South Holly St)
- The Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon St)
- South Park Senior Center (8201 10th Ave S)
- Wallingford Community Senior Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140)
- The Central (500 30th Ave S)
- Tips from Seattle & King County Public Health
- Cool off in the water with Seattle Parks wading pools, spray parks and beaches
- Seattle Animal Control recommendations for pets
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/20/2012
Rain gauge data shows Monday’s storm clobbered Northwest Seattle
City’s Crown Hill rain gauge recorded nearly 2 inches in 6-hour period
Map caption: Seattle RainWatch image shows band of heavy rainfall (up to 0.5 inches in an hour) headed towards NW Seattle around noon today.
SEATTLE — An analysis of Monday’s storm shows northwest parts of the city had “extraordinary” rainfall — as much 1.96 inches in 6 hours.
“It was a pretty big storm for most of the city — lots of rain in a relatively short amount of time,” said Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) meteorologist James Rufo-Hill. “But if you live in Ballard, Crown Hill, Phinney Ridge, Magnolia or Broadview, there was historic rainfall — you really got drenched.”
Rufo-Hill said SPU’s Crown Hill rain gauge recorded 2.62 inches of rain during the 12-hour period and 1.96 inches in the 6 hours from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.— which he called “an extraordinary rain event.”
The 12-hour average for the rest of the city was 2.27 inches.
Rufo-Hill’s map-based analysis of the storm, was informed by data from 8 of SPU’s 17 rain gauges, which are distributed throughout the city.
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