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The Two-Way
10:13 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

NOAA: This Summer Was Third Hottest On Record

A map that shows the difference from average temperatures.
NOAA

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 3:51 pm

Today in Washington, D.C. we got our first taste of fall. It was crisp and in the low 60s. And just as we slide into the last days of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published its summer 2012 recap.

It's exactly what you were expecting: It was really hot. In fact, 2012 was the third hottest on record.

NOAA reports:

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Illusions
12:08 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

How two 60-foot arachnids came to life on a Seattle roof

Two daddy longlegs on the roof of the Armory at the Seattle Center as seen from the Space Needle.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Sure there was “ooh” and “aah” and “wow” from the top of the Space Needle on a sunny afternoon overlooking Seattle earlier this week, but then came “Oh my god!” and “What is that?” and “That’s amazing.”

The culprit?

Two 60-plus-foot “daddy longlegs” standing atop the roof of the Armory at the Seattle Center, casting long shadows and looking all the world like they could be real (if our universe allowed such things).

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Seattle Mysteries
2:34 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Mysterious 'hum' keeping West Seattle up at night

West Seattle is surrounded by heavy industry - could the mysterious hum bothering residents be coming from ships?
Jake Ellison KPLU

The West Seattle “hum,” a loud noise of unknown origins that enveloped the neighborhood several years ago, has returned with “a vengeance.”

The resurgent thrumming humming sound has people talking and guessing what’s causing it. According to the editor of West Seattle’s popular news blog, its origins remain a mystery.

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Diversions
4:23 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Do you want Seattle to beat the record for days without rain?

Seattle and environs seen yesterday afternoon. We're closing in on the all-time record for sunny/dry days.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Hard to know what to root for – a record dry spell or the return of rain.

Our weather expert and University of Washington professor Cliff Mass says the race is on, and it’ll be close.

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Food
11:59 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Bacon IN your coffee? Seattle’s Best to sell bacon-flavored joe

Sure it's good with coffee, but apparently it makes for a bold cup of joe when it is IN the coffee.
Wendy Flickr

Apparently bacon goes with everything … including in and not just with coffee.

Seattle’s Best Coffee held a series of contests for a new coffee recipe and the winner, from Des Moines, infused her coffee concoction with caramelized bacon.

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Tsunami debris
7:12 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Japan offers to contribute to tsunami debris cleanup

The Japanese government said it will help pay to clean up debris from the tsunami, such as this refrigerator found on Long Beach on July 5. Photo courtesy of Shelly Pollock

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 4:10 pm

For the first time, the Japanese government says it will help to cover some of the cost of cleaning up tsunami debris on American and Canadian shores. Confirmed debris swept to sea by last year's Japanese tsunami began to wash up here this spring.

International law imposes no formal obligation on Japan to help. But now the spin from Tokyo is that the Japanese government wants to make a gesture of appreciation for the overseas support it has received since last year.

Here's chief cabinet secretary Osamu Fujimura speaking through a translator.

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Business
4:00 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Yesler Terrace approved; How well do Seattle's mixed-income communities work?

John Harrison and Helen Biersack are homeowners who moved into the mixed-income community of High Point in West Seattle in April
Ashley Gross KPLU

Update: The Seattle City Council unanimously approved the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace.

“By building a mixed-use community at Yesler Terrace we can improve the quality of life for very low income families and create new affordable housing opportunities,” said Mayor Mike McGinn in a press release. 

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Weather
9:24 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

Dry spell likely to continue in Northwest

This summer in the Northwest has been one of the driest on record. Photo by Chris Phan via Flickr

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 4:47 pm

Northwesterners heading out for the Labor Day weekend have a pretty good chance of staying dry. The region is in the midst of one of the driest streaks on record. And there's little chance of that changing soon.

It hasn't been your imagination. It's been really dry in the Northwest this summer. In fact, it's been mid-July since Seattle, Portland and Boise have recorded any measurable precipitation.

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The Two-Way
5:10 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

White House releases two of Obama's favorite beer recipes

President Obama drinks a beer — that's presumably not from the White House — as he watches the U.S. men's basketball team play Brazil in an Olympic exhibition game in July.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 2:48 pm

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Food
3:09 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

5 lessons in extreme locavore dining

Chefs prepare an extreme locavore/organic dinner at the Herbfarm, a restaurant in Woodinville.
Mallory Kaniss KPLU

I’ve never eaten so many flowers in my life – Anise-Hyssop, Borage, Nasturtium, Day Lily …

But it turns out flowers are common fare in extreme locavore/organic dining. That’s the first thing I learned at the Herbfarm restaurant and gardens where I went to explore how chefs there make the restaurant’s strict locavore, organic dinners.

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Diversions
10:47 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Photos: Killer whale caught catching air in Puget Sound

First photo in a series catching a killer whale breaching near South Beach in Puget Sound on Monday.
James Maya Maya's Westside Charters

James Maya, a ship captain and owner of a whale watching company, took these photos of an orca breaching on Monday off South Beach on San Juan Island.

He said this was the only whale breach that evening and he just happened to have his camera at the ready. These breaches are not uncommon, he added.

“Sometimes they just go crazy,” he said. 

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Economy and environment
10:40 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Study: NW gasoline consumption falling to 1996 levels

Driving around Seattle may feel as congested as ever, but a new report says we're making fewer trips and burning less gas.
Craig Damlo Flickr

The high price of gasoline is leading Northwesterners to drive less and use more fuel-efficient cars, according to the Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based environment and policy research nonprofit.

According to the study:

“Washington and Oregon are on track to burn less gasoline in their cars and trucks this year than at any time since 1996 – less even than in 2008, when gas prices spiked and the economy cratered. … At least for the 
moment, the plateau in gas consumption that began in the
late 1990s has turned into a gentle downward slide.”

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bike safety
4:18 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Seattle's street safety campaign includes more photo enforcement

"Ghost cycle" installations in Seattle indicated where a cyclist has been hit. For more information on the ghost cycles, go to http://ghostbikes.org.
Eldan Goldenberg Flickr

To make city streets safer, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced a plan to step up the number of speed zones monitored automatically by radar and photo enforcement – while urging everyone to slow down and show some "empathy."

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Diversions
12:17 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Poll: Is it okay to e-snoop on a love interest?

Have you checked out a date's Facebook page or hunted him or her down on the Internet to learn what you can?
Christopher Schirner Flickr

"First impressions via Facebook aren’t accurate or fair."

Has temptation gotten the best of you? Has suspicion led you to sift through your significant other’s emails, texts, voicemails and social sites?

More women than men say that's alright, according to a survey by Harris Interactive.

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Outdoor Diversions
11:16 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Getting high in the Northwest ... on zip lines

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park near Eatonville, Wash. recently added a zip line and aerial obstacle course. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 2:27 pm

EATONVILLE, Wash. - Apparently Northwesterners are not afraid of heights and have a yen for adventure. We draw that conclusion because the industry of zip line tours and aerial adventure parks is booming in the Northwest right now.

Within the past couple years, fully a dozen commercial zip line attractions have opened in Oregon, Washington and Idaho... not counting at least twelve more in British Columbia and Alaska. The revenue potential has some municipal parks departments looking to add spendy zip line attractions in public parks.

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