Sweating a heat wave rolling into the 4th of July

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A blanket of fog hung low over the Longbranch Marina early this morning, giving the 52-foot ketch “Ningning” a mysterious silhouette.
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The blue sky could be seen peeking through the layer of morning fog at the marina, giving us a preview of the days to come.

Good morning Longbranch.

Today begins a string of beautiful and very warm days in the Pacific Northwest. Dare I say a heat wave?

According to the National Weather Service, we can expect temperatures in the 80s through Tuesday, the hottest day forecast to have a high of 89.

My lovely bride and I woke up to fog and mist. We watched the sun rise over McNeil Island with the windows open, warm summer air wafting through the house.

The blanket of fog was still hanging low over the Longbranch Marina as I drove to work. I bumped into a guest of the marina from Vashon Island, just rolling out of his bunk.

“We’ve been here a few days,” he said. “Murphy’s rule strikes again. We’re heading home this morning.”

He and his ilk have had to endure the rain and blustery wind of the past few days. He seemed to be in good spirits, though, as he walked over the marina bridge to use the facilities.

This weather could not have come at a better time.

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The sunrise over McNeil Island this morning was simply breathtaking.

Our nation’s birthday is fast approaching. If you are in the mood to celebrate by lighting a few sparklers, do it safely and responsively. Here are a few tips from Pierce County:

Be Prepared…before you light fireworks


— Only use fireworks purchased from state licensed fireworks stands, illegal fireworks are subject to immediate confiscation and possible criminal charges.


— Store fireworks out of children’s reach.

— Keep pets safe indoors.


— Always keep water handy.

Be Safe…when lighting fireworks


— Only adults should light fireworks.
- Only use fireworks outdoors.


— Do not throw fireworks or hold fireworks in your hands.
- Protect your eyes.


— Light one firework at a time and move away quickly–never relight a “dud”.

Be Responsible…after you finish


— Soak used fireworks in water.


— Be considerate and clean up used fireworks.


— Remember firework debris belong in the trash NOT the recycle bin.


— Keep matches and lighters away from children.

“We want the public to know how dangerous fireworks can be and that fireworks safety should not be taken lightly,” said Pierce County Fire Marshal Warner Webb.

Now that you know how to stay safe, it is time to get your stash. One convenient location to get your fireworks is the Key Peninsula Civic Center Association stand, that will be open June 28 to July 4.

Or, as the county suggests, the best way to enjoy fireworks is by watching professionally presented fireworks displays. Here are two events on July 4 you may be interested in attending:

—Henderson Bay Fireworks
Purdy Spit, Gig Harbor

—Freedom Fair and Fireworks Extravaganza
Ruston Way Waterfront Park, Tacoma

And now for this day in history:

On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield’s ear in the third round of their heavyweight rematch. The attack led to his disqualification from the match and suspension from boxing, and was the strangest chapter yet in the champion’s roller-coaster career.

“Iron Mike” became the youngest heavyweight champion on Nov. 22, 1986, by knocking out Trevor Berbick in the second round of the World Boxing Council title fight. Tyson was only 20 years and four months.

He lost his title in 1990 to James “Buster” Douglas in the Tokyo Dome. He later served three years in prison over rape charges and appeared in several films, including a documentary on his life.

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