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Scott Sistek


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Recent articles by Scott:

Third time the charm: How to spot Comet NEOWISE gracing our skies this month

SEATTLE -- So far, space seems to be one of the few things 2020 has going for it -- first with the successful launch of two astronauts from American soil, and now those still on the planet can catch a glimpse of a comet making an appearance this month. Comet NEOWISE is dimly visible in the early morning skies as the sun begins to rise. → Read More

Hikers beware: Still 5 feet of snow along higher popular Mt. Rainier trails

MT. RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. -- Just in time of the long 4th of July weekend, Mt. Rainier National Park is opening up its Sunrise hiking area Friday morning. But just because it might be borderline shorts weather in the lowlands as summer wades toward its third week, Old Man Winter is still hanging around the higher mountain elevations. Park officials are warning potential hikers that there… → Read More

Toasty Tuesday to bring 'moderate' heat risk to parts of Puget Sound

SEATTLE -- Summer officially kicked off on Saturday but Mother Nature was waiting until the weekend as over to really inaugurate the season. Warm weather returns Monday with highs near 80, and then we get even warmer on Tuesday as a hot ridge of high pressure builds along the West Coast. The peak of the heat will be focused into the interior of the Pacific Northwest but we'll be close enough to… → Read More

Scattered thunderstorms in the forecast this weekend again

SEATTLE -- The weekend is nearly here... must mean the weather's about to get ornery again. Statistically, it's a small sample size this spring, but colloquially, ask any Seattleite and it's par for the course how the rain seems to gravitate to the two days when most of us can get outdoors, but here were are again with a third weekend out of the past four about to be a bit soggy with some… → Read More

Thunderstorms rock Puget Sound region as severe weather threatens Eastern Washington

Lightning lit up the skies over the Puget Sound region Saturday morning as heavy rain and large hail pelted windows of those who tried to sleep through the massive storm system sweeping through the region. → Read More

UW to host new NOAA climate research institute

SEATTLE -- The University of Washington has been selected to host a new NOAA research institute, the university and NOAA announced Thursday. The facility, named the Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean and Ecosystem Studies, will include faculty from UW, the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and Oregon State University. → Read More

Watch: Funnel cloud swirls over Puget Sound in Wash.

TACOMA, Wash. -- It seemed like a rather calm morning, weather-wise, but not so in Tacoma! Brent Heilesen spotted a dark cloud around 9:25 a. m. -- and then a swirling funnel cloud over the waters of Washington's Puget Sound! "We were on our morning walk," Heilesen said. "Which we cut short and headed home. " Not a bad idea. The National Weather Service confirmed there was a weak cell in the… → Read More

'One Day More' in quarantine won't stop these Shoreline students from becoming 'Miserable'

SHORELINE, Wash. -- As schools shut down across the state in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, perhaps no one felt the brunt worse than the Class of 2020. In addition to prom, graduation, spring sports seasons and band performances, several drama programs had their annual performances canceled. That included Shoreline's Shorecrest High School, whose seniors had been working on their… → Read More

Say hello to the 80s: Possible record heat on tap for Mother's Day Weekend

It seems like the combination of a weekend with sunny and warm weather never seems to hit in spring around here, but this weekend is an exception as the Puget Sound region will likely crown its inaugural 80-degree temperatures of 2020. A thermal trough was building into the region on Friday that has not only already cleared out the skies for a full sunny day, but is beginning to draw in some… → Read More

Video: Check out this exploding meteor over Washington state

BRIER, Wash. (KOMO) — An apparent exploding meteor made for an incredible sight... and sound across parts of the Puget Sound region in Washington state Wednesday evening. Several reports into the American Meteor Society indicated a brilliant white and colorful object streaked across the skies around 7 p. m. or so, culminating in a flash and then after a few minutes' delay, a massive explosion.… → Read More

80 degrees in Seattle? It's possible this weekend

It's been a relatively cool start to spring but that all goes out the (open) window later this week into the weekend as the Puget Sound region's first bout with 80 degrees appears to be in the offing. → Read More

Thunderstorms in the forecast this weekend as potent weather system takes aim at Northwest

SEATTLE -- April may have managed its driest start in decades around Seattle, but May will not be following suit as a moderately-strong storm heads into the Pacific Northwest this weekend, bringing a round of steady rains and a chance for rather active weather in scattered thunderstorms. No weather worries for this first day of May on Friday with sunny skies early, but clouds will increase in… → Read More

2nd driest start to April on record about to meet a soggy end

SEATTLE -- Someone forgot to put the "showers" in "April Showers" this year, but it looks like Mother Nature is going to attempt to make up for lost time at the buzzer. So far this month, Seattle has managed a measly 0. 06" of rain in April through Monday, including an impressive-for-spring 16-day dry streak. It's the driest first 20 days in April since 1951 -- the only month on record drier to… → Read More

Quadruple-header! Photographer captures amazing clouds over Mt. Rainier

Just one lenticular cloud display over Mt. Rainier can be jaw-dropping enough, but when they multiply? It's just adds several figurative and literal layers to the awesomeness. Meg McDonald with Wild Northwest Beauty Photography captured this time lapse video from near her home on Tuesday. → Read More

Washington sues Facebook again for political ad violations

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is suing Facebook - again - for selling political ads without disclosing all necessary information about who’s behind them. Attorney General Bob Ferguson first sued Facebook over the issue in 2018, with the company agreeing to a $238,000 settlement. After that, rather than comply with all of the disclosure requirements of Washington campaign finance law, Facebook… → Read More

Watch: Avalanche on Mt. Rainier caught on camera

Even on sunny and seemingly calm days, Mt. Rainier can still be a dangerous place to tread. Justin Burrell was taking time lapse photos of the mountain as the sun was rising Thursday morning and managed to capture a rather large avalanche! Burrell says each frame is 25 seconds apart, and the avalanche took a bit over three minutes to make its run. Thursday was the warmest day in the region since… → Read More

Seattle on track for warmest day since late September

SEATTLE -- Potato chips aren't the only thing with ridges around here this week. A ridge of high pressure has set up shop around the Northwest Thursday, meaning if you've been itching to get out of the house and go for a walk in your neighborhood, you can finally ditch the hoodie! A rather peculiar weather pattern has set up shop along the West Coast where it's California that is getting the… → Read More

Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival canceled amid coronavirus outbreak

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. -- The tulips that will soon adorn the rolling fields of the Skagit Valley will do so in anonymity this year as the wildly popular annual festival has been the latest event to get canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic -- though one farm says there may be a way to still view the tulips via virtual reality! → Read More

What timing: Photographer captures moment rainbow rises from Lake Sammamish

SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- We all know about the legend of the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, but one photographer found treasure at the top of the rainbow in the form of some amazing pictures! Cessna Kutz was out along the shores of Lake Sammamish Monday afternoon when a passing shower amid the sunbreaks lit up the water in a colorful array. A rainbow rises above Lake Sammanish on March 23,… → Read More

Toilet paper trumps tulips: Skagit Valley growers, festival in danger from COVID-19

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. -- As the daffodils sway in the early spring breezes and the calendar ticks down toward April, normally hundreds of thousands across the region, nation -- and even the globe would be getting ready to descend on the Skagit Valley for the annual tulip festival. But this spring of course is anything but normal. And like countless other families and businesses, the COVID-19… → Read More