Turbulent Skies Over Green Lake

December 14, 2018 9:11am

Though I often capture scenic photos of colorful serene skies, today’s morning sky was all about the drama. With a strong storm system moving into the region today, I captured these images.

I’ll dip into my background as a meteorologist to define what makes them unusual. You’ll notice the surface of the lake is glassy. But looking at the chaotic appearance of the skies above, I can tell you that the atmosphere not far above the surface is turbulent. If you were flying in or out of an area airport this morning, you probably had a bumpy ride.

At the time the photos were taken, the wind was blowing 40 mph just 1200 feet above the ground. This creates an environment of what’s called “low level wind shear.” Essentially, the wind speed can change quickly only a few hundred feet off the ground and is challenging for pilots.

I checked and, sure enough, there were pilot reports of moderate to severe turbulence over the Olympic Peninsula this morning in the low levels of atmosphere. Welcome to storm season in Western Washington!


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Sunshine Music Together Free Classes For Children Starts January 8

December 13, 2018 8:22am

Via Red Tricycle

Sunshine Music Together is hosting three free music sample classes.

Sunshine Music Together is a researched-based, Internationally recognized early childhood music development program for children ages birth to five and their parents or caregivers. The 45-minute classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play.

Here’s the times for the free sample classes.

01/08 – 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
01/11 – 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
01/12 – 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

The NEST (Green Lake)
6600 1st Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Community members can reserve their seat now and join by following this link.


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A Crescent Moon

December 5, 2018 8:07am

Photo by Dustin Guy

If you were outside early this morning perhaps you saw the crescent Moon? That’s the planet Mercury below it. Interesting to note that our Moon and Mercury are similar in size, but Mercury is over 280 times farther away (more than 56 million miles!).


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Wonderland Gear Exchange Opens In Ballard

November 29, 2018 11:27am

Photo via Wonderland Gear Exchange

Editor’s Note: You may have noticed that for the past few years we haven’t been running the local gift guide. Sadly, after a few years of gift guides we couldn’t find enough local makers and new shops in Green Lake for a full guide. Instead, we received a ton of pitches from national reps trying to sell their stuff to us. But we received an email recently from a local shopowner that is doing some pretty cool things and is opening right before the holidays. So consider this your unofficial gift guide for the outdoorsy person in your life. 

Wonderland Gear Exchange is a new store in Ballard that was started by “two adventure buddies,” Ben and Nate who wanted to provide an opportunity for people in Seattle to easily buy and sell their outdoor gear. We were curious about this store and how it works, so we asked Ben how it all works. Here’s our conversation:

Seattle Greenlaker: Tell us more about why you decided to open the store?

Ben: Nate and I are both avid outdoors-folks. We’ve both lived in different parts of the country and found that, in small outdoorsy towns and big outdoorsy cities alike, used gear shops were a common and popular part of the community. I moved to Seattle about 5 years ago and was surprised that a shop like this didn’t already exist. When Nate moved here two years ago, we began talking about what it would take to start something in Seattle, and then spent 6 months researching and planning before finding a place to set up shop.

Seattle Greenlaker: Why now and why in Ballard?

Ben: Outdoor recreation equipment/clothing is expensive, and we wanted to create a place that made adventuring outside more affordable and inclusive. For folks who have gear they’re no longer using, we wanted to create a place that was easy, convenient, and appropriately incentivized to consign their gear. We believe strongly in keeping useable gear in the wild and out of the landfill.

We found a great location and landlord in Crown Hill/North Ballard. While the building will eventually be converted into apartments, the opportunity to try the business in this neighborhood was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

Seattle Greenlaker: How does it work from a consigner/seller’s side of things?

Ben: We want to make it really easy for people to consign their gear. Folks can bring in their items any time we’re open to set up an account and drop their things off. No appointments! Everyone is given an online portal to view the status of their gear. Once something sells, the consignor receives a percentage of the sale. Our payout tiers can be found here.

Consignors can then be paid by check or PayPal. If they want to use their balance for in-store credit, they receive an additional 10%.

Seattle Greenlaker: Do you offer gift cards? 

Ben: Yes!

Seattle Greenlaker: Anything else you’d like to share about your store?

Ben: We have worked really hard to keep the ethos of reuse and recycle in every part of our business. Nearly all of the racks and fixtures of our store were saved from businesses that were moving or closing, or we built them ourselves using materials the previous tenant left in the building. Even our phones and computer are refurbished or saved from an office that upgraded. Whether it’s starting a business or tackling a backcountry objective, we have a strong conviction that the newest/latest/greatest tools aren’t always necessary to be successful.

Seattle Greenlaker: Thank you, Ben!

Wonderland Gear Exchange recently had a soft open but will be hosting a Grand Opening Celebration on Dec 8th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with food, drinks, giveaways and samples.

Wonderland Gear Exchange 7750 15th Avenue Northwest (206) 582-1987
Open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily


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A Look Back At Green Lake Through A Painter’s Eyes

November 28, 2018 10:36am

A photo posted to a Facebook group recently caught my eye. It may look familiar to you too? That’s right, it’s Green Lake and Duck Island. And it was painted long before rollerbladers and modern strollers rolled down the now paved path.

I reached out to the person that posted the photo of the painting to find out more. The owner, who asked to not share his name, said he has lived near Green Lake for nearly 50 years. The painting was made by his grandmother who lived in the area in 1917. And while the frame covers the date, he believes it was painted after 1935 because that is when the Works Progress Administration (WPA) built Duck Island (also referred to as Swan Island). More on the history of that here. He believes his grandmother only painted for family and never sold a painting. He also believes she attended Cornish. Regardless, she was extremely talented and we are lucky he shared this photo with us.


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December Happenings In And Around Green Lake

November 26, 2018 10:28am

Photo via Seattle PI

Now through January 5
Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo
Watch the zoo light up with holiday lights, faux snowball fights, up close animal encounters, hot chocolate and other fun activities.
General admission Adults: $14.95, Children: $9.95, Members $9.95
Open daily 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

December 1 & 2
Soulumination hosts its annual wreath and artists sale in Ballard.

The nonprofit serves families with children and parents facing life-threatening illness by providing them with life affirming photographs free of charge.
For two days, local artists sell handcrafted and artisan goods to benefit their mission. The sale includes photography, jewelry, leather goods, handmade
wreathes and more.
Santa photos are available on Sunday.
The sale runs December 1 from 8am to 6pm and December 2 from 10am to 6pm at 5201 11th Ave NW.
December 4 5:30 p.m.
Giant Menorah Lighting
Celebrate the third night of Chanukah with a giant menorah in Green Lake. The Dreidel Man will be there along with free menorah kits, hot potato Latakia and jelly donuts. Hosted by Chanda of Northwest Seattle.
Lakeside plaza – Plaza 7900 E Green Lake Dr N

December 8 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Green Lake Pathway of Lights
One of my favorite nights in Green Lake is the Green Lake Pathway of Lights. The entire 2.8 mile Green Lake loop is illuminated with luminaries, carolers and cider/hot cocoa stations.

Insider Tip: Bring some food for the food bank collections that will be going on around the lake.

For more information, go to the Pathway of Lights Facebook page.

December 14 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
PhinneyWood Phestivus PhinneyWood’s slightly off-kilter holiday celebration returns with glowing monkeys, free trolley rides and some really ugly sweaters. Nearly 200 LED-lit monkeys adorn businesses along Phinney and Greenwood avenues throughout the month of December. From 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., the monkeys will be the highlight of PhinneyWood Phestivus, a neighborhood holiday party that will include a variety of “phestivities,” from art, food and ugly sweaters.

Route: Phinney Ave N and Greenwood Ave N, from the Zoo to 87th
For more information go to: Monkey information is available at


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Where To Buy Fresh Christmas Trees In And Near Green Lake

November 21, 2018 11:38am

Green Lake Elementary will be selling trees November 27 – December 18. These trees often go fast. Visit their website for more info.

Mon – Fri 4 pm TIL 8 pm
November 27 Friday and Saturday 9 am – 8 pm
Sunday 10 am – 7 pm
Green Lake Elementary: 2400 N. 65th Street Seattle, WA 98103
Access from Sunnyside Ave N or 1st Ave N.​

While not in Green Lake, El Centro de la Raza is selling trees in Beacon Hill.
The annual sale helps support and benefit all the programs through the organization to help the families and unrepresented people in our community. As an organization grounded in the Latino community, their mission is to build unity across all racial and economic sectors, to organize, empower, and defend our most vulnerable and marginalized populations and to bring justice, dignity, equality and freedom to all the peoples of the world.


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