Bellamy Pailthorp

Environment Reporter

Bellamy Pailthorp joined the staff of KPLU as a general assignment reporter in 1999 and covered the business and labor beat for more than a decade. She now covers the environment beat. She was raised in Seattle, but spent 8 years in Berlin, Germany freelancing for NPR and working as a producer for Deutsche Welle TV after receiving a Fulbright scholarship in 1989. She holds a Bachelors degree in German language and literature from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and a Masters in journalism from New York's Columbia University, where she completed the Knight-Bagehot fellowship in business reporting in 2006.

Bellamy's most memorable KPLU radio moment: “Seeing the INS open a shipping container at the Port of Seattle that contained stowaways from China, three of whom died en route of seasickness. Harrowing stuff, with global economics and inequity at its root.”

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Weather With Cliff Mass
3:54 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Mass: Dueling 'Nonsense' Surrounding Polar Vortex And Global Warming

In this Jan. 9, 2014 photo, ice floes cover the surface of the Hudson River off the west side of Midtown Manhattan in New York.
Malcolm Ritter AP Photo

Global warming behind the recent polar vortex? Nonsense, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“There’s really no basis for this,” said Mass, adding there's a lot of misguided hype on both sides of the issue. 

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Weather with Cliff Mass
11:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Mass: Heavy Rain, Strong Winds And Snow In The Mountains This Weekend

Tim Durkan

This weekend will bring heavy rain, strong winds and snow in the mountains, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“You can expect everything this weekend,” said Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
7:01 am
Sun January 5, 2014

Mass: 2013 Was 'Kind Of A Boring Year,' But With 'Some Interesting Details'

Tim Durkan

The year 2013 was “kind of a boring year,” says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass. “Nothing really extraordinary.”

We saw average temperatures, no extreme storms and not much snow — much less excitement than Mass had hoped for. Even the few tornados we saw were not unusual, he says.

Still, Mass admits, “we had some interesting details.”

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Crowdsourcing Science
4:32 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Calling Citizen Photographers: Help Researchers Visualize Future Sea Level Rise

Jamie Mooney with Washington Sea Grant demonstrates "citizen science" at Myrtle Edwards Park in Seattle.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

Researchers want you to grab the camera, head to the beach and capture this weekend's king tide.

The highest tides of the year are taking place, and the state is asking citizens to help document potential impacts of rising sea levels. 

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:31 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Mass: Sun This Weekend, Dusting Of Fresh Snow In The Mountains

Aaron Brethorst

Go out and play this weekend, and don’t worry about getting wet, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

"There's going to be no rain, no snow, no nothing on Saturday and Sunday," said Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.

"'In fact, shocking: we're going to have sun,” he said, “no doubt about it, because of the strong ridge of pressure over us.”

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:14 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Lifting Fog, Persistant Ridge And Mysterious Cloud Patterns Over Seattle

Dan Pickard

If you got caught in the fog on Thursday, you were not alone. KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass says he, too, got a bit lost in the muck on his way to the airport. 

Good News: No Burn Ban

The fog that lingered near Tacoma and Lynnwood will melt away soon, says Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.

And there's a 50 percent chance of rain in the forecast, which is probably why there is no burn ban at the moment.

"There's a weak front approaching," said Mass, adding the front will cause the fog to dissipate.

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Environment
5:01 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Why You Won’t See Wild Steelhead On Many Dinner Plates This Season

Earl Steele Flickr

It’s prime time for wild steelhead, but you likely won’t see it on a plate, not even at the Steelhead Diner in Seattle’s Pike Place Market.

“I don’t kill wild steelhead. I don’t eat them and I don’t serve them at my restaurant, and I never have,” said Kevin Davis, the restaurant’s chef who likes the Washington state fish so much that he named his first restaurant after it.

Many share Davis’ passion for the steelhead, which is a type of rainbow trout. Some restaurants and most vendors in Pike Place Market have informally banned selling or serving wild steelhead.

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Holiday Cheer
2:22 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

A Seattle Tradition: The Sights and Sounds Of The Argosy Christmas Ship Festival

Christmastime in Seattle brings a special tradition that’s a treat for boaters and beach-goers alike: the annual Argosy Christmas ship festival.

Weather with Cliff Mass
10:10 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Mass: Worst Is Over With Snow; Don't Count On White Christmas

"Little boy fun: Smashing Mom in the face through the window."
Jennifer Strachan

Most of the snow fell overnight while western Washington slept, and "the worst is over," says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass. The metropolitan area of Seattle saw ¾-inch to 3 inches of snow while areas north of the city saw more.

“But for most people, they’ve seen the bulk of what they’re going to get," said Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.

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Flood Management
8:21 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

With New Levy, Orting Hopes For No More Chronic Flooding Of Puyallup River

Pierce County Television

Devastating floods in the Puyallup River valley near Orting are soon to become a thing of the past.

The city is breaking ground on a new $16 million levy. The project will restore the landscape around the river at the foot of Mount Rainer to something more natural, with room for floodwaters to soak into the landscape.

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Pest Management
8:06 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

State Officials Seize Cold Snap, Freeze Out Invasive Snails In Capitol Lake

A New Zealand mud snail, frozen in ice from Capitol Lake.
Allen Pleus Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

A cold snap might be an effective tool for fish and wildlife managers trying to stop the spread of a tiny invasive species. Capitol Lake in Olympia is serving as a testing ground for freezing out New Zealand mud snails. 

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Northwest Fishing
5:01 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Five Things You Should Know About The Art of Steelhead Fishing

Author Sean M. Gallagher with Principle Photographer, Greg McDonald, in their college days.
courtesy Wild River Press

 

Listen to KPLU's exclusive interview with author Sean M. Gallagher

Sean M. Gallagher grew up fishing steelhead. He's one of hundreds of sport fishermen who spend hours on riverbanks, seeking out the sparkling skin of rainbow trout known as steelhead.

Like some salmon, they come back from the ocean in winter to spawn upriver. But while salmon turn red and die when they return to their origins, steelhead live for several years in fresh water and get bigger — as big as 40 pounds while they are traversing regional rivers.

Gallagher, a first time-author, shares “the lures and lore of a Pacific Northwest icon” in his new two-volume book titled “Wild Steelhead.” We asked him for a primer on the fish he loves so much.

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Weather With Cliff Mass
11:12 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Sorry, Skiers: After Recent Cold Snap, A 'Boring' Weekend Forecast

Rob McNair-Huff

Our drier-than-usual fall is coming to a mild end as we return to the "old boring stuff," says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

And that means a relatively dry weekend that’s much warmer than the last.

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South Puget Sound
5:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Homeowners at Odds with Gov't Agencies over Dredging, Disposal

This map shows disposal sites around Puget Sound.
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

Some residents in the Olympia area are concerned about dredged materials being disposed of in the Puget Sound. They say the Department of Natural Resources is failing to protect underwater ecology at the same time that state and federal governments are spending millions on cleanup.                

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:07 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Mass: Bundle Up! Worst of the Cold Snap to Arrive this Weekend

Lisa Nakamura

Shivering in the cold snap? The worst has yet to come, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

‘Colder Air than We’ve Had’

Temperatures will drop even more this weekend, says Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.

“The coldest temperature of this event will occur Saturday and Sunday, and I expect Sunday morning to be ground zero for cold,” he said. "As the low goes by, cold air is going to be moving out—even colder air than we’ve had before.”

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