Thundersnow & lightning on Queen Anne

Yes, you heard right, that was thunder providing the deep bass tones to our blizzard-like snow squalls this afternoon. And, of course, lightning strikes too. Crazy!

Check out this video of lightning hitting the Space Needle, from the Twitter account of Mark D. Lim:

Drone crashes into Space Needle as New Year’s pyrotechnics crew watches

The Space Needle has released footage from a drone that circled the Space Needle before crashing into it as New Year’s Eve fireworks prep crews watched. It’s the third drone that the Space Needle has recovered on its property.

The drone is now in the possession of Seattle Police Department, and the incident has been reported to the FAA.

Full footage from the drone is below, fast forward to 2:15 to see the drone zero in on the Space Needle and crash.

Blue Angels arrive today with Space Needle photo op at 6:30pm

Seafair has seemed to sneak up this year! Next weekend is the first in August, and the Blue Angels are slated to perform at Seafair. Their scheduled performances are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – but they arrive in Seattle early this evening.

Here’s the info on today’s arrival and flyovers, including a Space Needle photo op at 6:30pm:

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, are scheduled to conduct a flyover of downtown Seattle near the Space Needle for a team photo shoot, Sunday, July 26, 2015.

The Blue Angels will fly the squadron’s six-jet F/A-18 Hornet Delta Formation over downtown Seattle from south to north, then north to south at least two times. The jets will fly this formation on the west of the Space Needle, with a seventh jet flying alongside as a photo platform.

The flyover will be visible to the general public. The photo shoot is scheduled to take place at approximately 6:30 p.m. PST.

Blue Angels QAV

Get ready to hear the roar and find a good spot to watch them perform over downtown tonight!

New Year’s at the Space Needle is just hours away

New Years Needle Seattle Times

Pyro Spectaculars setting up the show
Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times

It’s New Year’s Eve and that means the crew setting up the fireworks display at the Space Needle should be ready to see their work pay off. The New Year’s at the Needle show begins at 11:59pm tonight and will run 8 minutes, with the pyrotechnics set to a musical selection curated by KEXP.

You can catch the show from various Queen Anne viewpoints or you can join the crowds at the Seattle Center. If you choose the latter, expect to be one of about 16,000 people expected at the Space Needle.

New Years KEXP

Photo courtesy of KEXP

Prior to the fireworks, you can enjoy a free concert by THE NINES at the Seattle Center Armory’s Center Stage. They’ll be performing from 8pm til 11:45pm, and their repertoire includes hits from a variety of genres – The Beatles, Prince, and KC and the Sunshine Band are all on their playlist.

Streets around the Space Needle will be closed starting at 11:30pm, reopening 45 minutes after the fireworks show concludes. Affected streets include 5th Ave N between Mercer Street and Denny Way, and Broad Street between 5th Ave N and Denny Way.

The street closures, festivities, and crowds add up to a good reason to walk if you’re around Lower Queen Anne tonight.

Happy New Year!

Drone flown around Space Needle results in SPD visit

UPDATE: the full Space Needle drone video is back on YouTube (for now):

The Space Needle has hit a lot of web sites this evening, thanks to a “drone strike” reported on the SPD Blotter. From their write up:

Space Needle Still Standing After Reported Drone Strike
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Seattle’s famous sky-high tourist attraction is still standing after police received reports of a drone crash Tuesday at the Space Needle.

Space Needle security called police just before 8:30 PM after several guests reported seeing a small drone buzz the top of the Needle, and possibly crash into an observation Deck window. Witnesses then saw the drone—described as a white, quad-propeller unmanned aerial vehicle, equipped with a camera—glide to a hotel two blocks east of the Needle, where it landed inside a fifth floor room.

Police found no signs of damage to the top of the Space Needle.

Security staff pointed out the fifth floor hotel room where the drone had landed, and officers went and contacted a man inside. The man told police he’d just flown his drone past the Needle, but disputed he’d struck anything.

He then showed officers video he’d captured during the drone’s flight, which showed it hovering over the Space Needle’s observation deck as tourists waved. Nothing on the video indicated the drone had hit the Needle.

The man told police he was an employee visiting from out of state, and had recently purchased the drone at a hobby shop. Officers then gave the man a crash course on some of Seattle’s recent drone-related controversies, and he agreed not to fly his drone in public while in town.

The video footage the drone captured was posted to YouTube, but has since been removed. However, many images still hit online articles and Buzzfeed has short video images embedded in their site. You can see people on the observation deck waving to the camera, as well as shots of the city and the Seattle Center:

New Year’s Eve at the Space Needle brings fireworks, crowds, and street closures

space needle fireworks

Photo courtesy of The Space Needle

Happy New Year! The clock is ticking down to 2014, and the preparations for fireworks off the Space Needle are underway. A heads up – secure you Lower Queen Anne/Uptown parking spot tomorrow (Wednesday) early in the day, or you may lose it for the night.

Curb-side parking is free on New Year’s Day, and the city is advising drivers “who indulge in too many holiday spirits” on New Year’s Eve to leave their car on the street and take a cab or public transit home. They can return for their car the next morning when parking is free (assuming they’re paid up for the 31st and legally parked).

The city expects 15,000 people for the Space Needle fireworks, and it’ll be closing the following streets from 11:30 until 45 minutes after the 7-minute firework display to end, to allow for crowds to dissipate:

  • 5th Ave N between Mercer St and Denny Way
  • Broad Street between 5th Ave N and Denny Way

Find a good viewpoint on Queen Anne for the fireworks, and Happy New Year!

Buy One Adult Space Needle Ticket, Get One Adult or Two Kids Tickets Free with Bartell Vouchers

As part of the ongoing celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Space Needle, Bartell Drugs has launched “Rocket to the Top of the Space Needle” – beginning today, November 19th, Bartell is offering vouchers for free visits to the holiday-themed Space Needle Observation Deck that can be used through December 30th.

Bartell Drugs is offering vouchers for one free adult or up to two free youth tickets, and all you have to do to redeem them is purchase one full-fare Adult Observation Deck ticket when you arrive at the Needle. Vouchers are available at Bartell Drugs locations while supplies last (so, plan ahead).

Vote for Your Favorite Space Needle Design!

If you live on Queen Anne, or any part of the city with a Space Needle view, you have a vested interest in voting for the Space Needle’s new look!

There are 6 nominees, and you can vote once daily until October 20th. The design that wins will adorn the top of the Needle for 6 months, as part of the Space Needle’s 50th anniversary.

Click on the picture below to vote!!!

The Next Fifty kicks off this weekend

Fifty years ago, Seattle hosted the party of a lifetime, the 1962 World’s Fair. Starting tomorrow, join Seattle Center for the massive opening weekend of The Next Fifty— six packed months of activities, events, and attractions celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.

A host of distinguished guests and live entertainment greet The Next Fifty in a celebratory opening ceremony starting at 10:30am. The afternoon offers live music and dance performances, free admission to the Swing Ride and Monkey Motion from noon to 4:30 pm, children’s activities, mobile food vendors, beer garden, NASA’s Driven to Explore Exhibit, Emerald City Search kick-off, skateboarding party, and many more free, festive, and fun activities to round out The Next Fifty Opening Day.

Bartell Drugs, sponsors of The Next Fifty Opening Day, are hosting a nifty little shop selling vintage keepsakes and photo products celebrating the 50th anniversary of Seattle World’s Fair and Seattle Center. Items include original Space Needle ballpoint pens, retailing for $10 (limited to stock on hand). This vintage collectible item was manufactured in Seattle 50 years ago, and will be available at multiple Bartell Drugs locations by May 1.

Many of the planned events, including most exhibits and weekend gatherings, are free and open to the public.

April 8, 1962 Seattle Sunday Times courtesy Second Use Building Materials, Inc.

Visit the Queen Anne View on Facebook to see a larger version of this photograph.

The Space Needle celebrates 50 years

The Space Needle’s 50th anniversary is this Saturday, April 21, and they’re going retro in more ways than their Galaxy Gold roof. The doors open early (7:30 AM!) with $1 admission, the original price in ‘62, while supplies last.

Tickets will be good for a 1-hr time block. Supplies are limited and tickets will sell out fast, so arrive early to secure admission. Then stick around for the ‘60s DJ, retro-souvenirs, and photo opportunities with “Elvis.” For a small donation, visitors can also enjoy a special Space Needle 50th Anniversary donut, created by Mighty-O Donuts. Come celebrate with us!

The Space Needle gets decked out in its original Galaxy Gold color for the festivities (photo courtesy the Space Needle’s Facebook):