11:39 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Tornado Knocks over Rail Cars, Uproots Trees in Frederickson

Rail cars are overturned near Boeing's Frederickson facility in Puyallup, Wash., Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 after a tornado came through the area earlier in the morning.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

A tornado touched down in the Pierce County town of Frederickson early Monday, knocking over rail cars, uprooting dozens of trees, and taking several cars for a spin.

Ted Buehner, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle, said the Level EF-1 tornado appears to have touched down at 7:20 a.m. The twister, whose winds reached 110 mph, was 75 yards wide and left behind damage estimated at $25,000. Tornados are divided into six categories of intensity, with EF-0 being the weakest and EF-5 the strongest with winds topping 200 mph.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:16 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Typical June weekend? Clouds, burning off late in the day


Don't expect to see much sunshine on Friday, as clouds and a weak front move through western Washington. In fact, brief episodes of drizzle are possible.

But, the sun could peak through at the end of the day, says Cliff Mass, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. And that reflects a typical June pattern, he says.

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oklahoma tornado
9:11 am
Sat June 1, 2013

At least 9 dead, 50 hurt as tornadoes slam Oklahoma

A truck squeezes past an overturned tractor-trailer on I-40 west of Banner Rd. Friday, May 31, 2013 in El Reno, Okla.
Jim Beckel AP Photo/The Oklahoman

Tornadoes rolled in from the prairie and slammed Oklahoma City and its suburbs, trapping people in their vehicles as a storm swept down an interstate highway while commuters tried to beat it home.

Nine people were killed, including a mother and baby killed near Union City. Another person died at El Reno, the first city struck by the storm, said Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the state medical examiner. Circumstances involving the other two deaths weren't immediately known, Elliott said.

About 50 people were hurt, five critically, hospital officials said.

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oklahoma tornado
10:25 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Okla. City mayor: Up to 13,000 homes hit by massive tornado

Debris litter a park adjacent to a neighborhood which was destroyed Monday when a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Wednesday, May 22, 2013.
Brennan Linsley Associated Press

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says 12,000 to 13,000 homes were affected by the tornado that tore through a city suburb.

At least 24 people died when the tornado laid waste to Moore on Monday afternoon.

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oklahoma tornado
4:04 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Oklahoma schools hit by tornado had no safe rooms

This photo shows what remains of Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma.
Associated Press

An emergency official says Oklahoma has reinforced tornado shelters in more than 100 schools across the state, but the two that were hit by this week's storms in suburban Oklahoma City did not have them.

Albert Ashwood is director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. He told reporters Tuesday it's up to each jurisdiction to set priorities for which schools get limited funding for safe rooms.

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oklahoma tornado
8:07 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Medical examiner: 24 dead in Oklahoma twister

This aerial photo shows damage to Plaza Towers Elementary School after it was hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday May 20, 2013.
Steve Gooch Associated Press

Emergency crews searched the broken remnants of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday for survivors of a massive tornado that flattened homes and demolished an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least nine children, and those numbers were expected to climb.

As the sun rose over the shattered community of Moore, the state medical examiner's office cut the estimated death toll by more than half but warned that the number was likely to climb again.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:29 am
Fri April 6, 2012

April showers are giving way this weekend (as we remember the great Vancouver tornado)

Cumulus clouds have been prominent this week. If they grow bigger, they can signal storms ahead.
Carlye Calvin UCAR

A few scattered showers on Friday--and some puffy cumulus clouds--will dry out for Saturday.

"It should be a glorious day. And interestingly enough it should be warmer in western Washington than eastern Washington, which is not the normal situation this time of year," says KPLU weather expert and UW professor Cliff Mass.

The sunshine should stick around Sunday, but there's a bit of a debate among meteorologists over what happens Sunday evening and next week.

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Water Cooler
1:22 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Water Cooler: Power Monday with the First Lady and a Soul Queen

Power politics, power voice and plain 'ol power. Michelle Obama is in Bellevue this afternoon (at the Hyatt) to support Patty Murray's campaign.

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