Seattle Weather Blog

Fall, Winter, Summer? Seattle Is Skipping Spring This Year

After one of the coldest Aprils on record, Seattle is welcoming another heat dome in May.

05/12/2023 By Justin Shaw

ZEV or Bust

Can Washington Reach Its Zero-Emissions Vehicle Goal?

Washington policymakers rev up for an electric car overhaul by 2035.

03/17/2023 By Angela Cabotaje

Climate Change

The Past, Present, and Future of Nuclear in Washington

Nuclear energy isn't renewable, but can this controversial form of clean energy help save the planet?

01/10/2023 By Benjamin Cassidy

Big Ideas

At Ethan Stowell's New Chain, Climate Action Means Fried Chicken Sandwiches

Ethan Stowell is a partner in a new Seattle fast-casual restaurant chain that will source its meat via regenerative agriculture practices.

10/04/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Bogged Down

Can Annie Proulx’s New Book Meet Climate Crisis Urgency?

The "Brokeback Mountain" author, who once lived in Port Townsend, aims to revitalize our views of wetlands in her latest book "Fen, Bog and Swamp."

09/27/2022 By Stefan Milne

Climate Change

A Lifeline for Coping with the Smoke

In 'At Home on an Unruly Planet', Madeline Ostrander lays out models of resilience for reckoning with the climate crisis and ensuing natural disasters.

09/22/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Get Off My Lawn

The Leaf Blower Ban Can't Come Soon Enough

City council passed a resolution to phase out gas-powered leaf blowers for their electric counterparts over the next five years. It's long overdue.

09/12/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Heat Index

Is This Seattle’s Hottest Summer Ever?

Another blast of potentially record-breaking heat, and an accompanying NWS heat advisory, raises the question—and the chance of fires.

08/17/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach


How to Keep Cool During a Seattle Heat Wave

It's no Heat Dome, but this week's weather forecast in Washington state is worth taking note. Here's everything from air-conditioned spots to tips on cooling down your home.

07/26/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

Cool Data

How Many Households in Washington State Have Air Conditioning?

A new nationwide survey gives us the best clue yet about the number of central AC and window units in the state.

07/07/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy


The Different Shades of Tree Equity in Seattle Neighborhoods

As Seattle summers warm, neighborhoods in South Seattle where there are fewer trees are whole degrees hotter than their northern neighbors.

06/07/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy Illustrations by Gage Murrey

Met Recs

May Pick: Our Blue Planet: Global Visions of Water at SAM

If you're wondering what to do in Seattle this May, we recommend checking out Seattle Art Museum's special exhibition on climate.

05/05/2022 By Sophie Grossman

Conscience Clearing

How to Get Rid of Stuff in Seattle

How to recycle and donate TVs, fridges, extra canned food, and everything in between, whether you're moving or just tidying up.

04/21/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Power Players

The Most Influential Scientists, Doctors, and Environmentalists in Seattle

Seattle doctors, health care researchers, and climate change policymakers shaping our world.

12/08/2021 By Angela Cabotaje

Green Field

A Seattle Therapist Sees the World's Climate Anxiety

Andrew Bryant’s practice at North Seattle Therapy and Counseling has drawn interest everywhere from Houston to Taiwan.

08/12/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy


Why Jay Inslee Chose to Stay in This Washington

The governor embarks on a rare third term after leading his home state through its worst public health crisis in a century.

06/21/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Wonk Whirlwind

9 of Washington’s Most Extraordinary New Laws

Governor Jay Inslee signed historic legislation to combat climate change, economic inequality, and police misconduct, as well as a few stranger things.

05/31/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Climate Change

Environmental Justice Arrives in Washington State Law

Communities closest to pollution have sounded the alarm for decades. This year, Olympia finally said: We hear you.

05/17/2021 By Erin Wong


Will Northwest Seaweed Farming Finally Take Off?

The potential is vast—for the environment, for nutrition, for Indigenous food sovereignty.

11/16/2020 By Stefan Milne


How Will Climate Pledge Arena Live Up to Its (Boring) Name?

They don’t net any goals for an original moniker, but the partners behind the city’s new green dome will get plenty creative to nullify its carbon emissions.

10/05/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy