Northwest beaches http://kplu.org en Washington beaches mostly safe, but 3 get failing grades http://kplu.org/post/washington-beaches-mostly-safe-3-get-failing-grades <p>Thinking of heading for the beach this weekend?&nbsp; You’re mostly safe.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:09:20 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6170 at http://kplu.org Washington beaches mostly safe, but 3 get failing grades Rain for sure, says Cliff Mass, but summer rain is different http://kplu.org/post/rain-sure-says-cliff-mass-summer-rain-different <p>You can watch out not only for rain showers, but perhaps even some thunder showers on Friday, says Cliff Mass, the KPLU weather expert and professor of Atmospheric Sciences at UW.</p><p>If you&#39;re planning ahead, he says in this week&#39;s podcast, Friday afternoon will get the worst of it, with Saturday slightly less, and Sunday tapering off more and warming up a few degrees.</p><p>And, if you&#39;re wondering, When will the water at our beaches be warm enough to get in?... Mass has some bad news. The early part of summer is when winds conspire to create &quot;upwelling&quot; along much of the Pacific coast, and that makes the water get colder.</p><p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 16:17:58 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5373 at http://kplu.org Rain for sure, says Cliff Mass, but summer rain is different Things you'll find from the Japanese tsunami on NW beaches http://kplu.org/post/things-youll-find-japanese-tsunami-nw-beaches <p>If you visit a Northwest ocean beach this summer, you&rsquo;ll likely run across objects from last year&rsquo;s Japanese tsunami.</p><p>The things you&rsquo;ll likely see include milk jugs, detergent bottles, tooth brushes and bottles for water, pop or juices with Japanese stamps, marks and labels. Perhaps a soccer ball or a volleyball -- two that washed up on an Alaskan island have been<a href="http://www.king5.com/news/quake/Japanese-teen-identifies-soccer-ball-lost-in-tsunami-found-in-Alaska-148507725.html"> claimed by their Japanese owners</a>.</p><p>The things you are highly unlikely to see are human remains, refrigerators or anything else that would have to be sealed to float or can come apart, like bigger parts of houses. Months on the ocean will breakup anything with parts, experts say.</p><p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:18:26 +0000 Joshua Kinne & Jake Ellison 4839 at http://kplu.org Things you'll find from the Japanese tsunami on NW beaches