Today is the hottest day. Ever.

It’s official. Today is Seattle’s hottest day on record. At 2:53 p.m. the Sea-Tac weather station hit the 101 degree mark, breaking the previous record of 100 degrees. An hour later the mercury was still climbing and the temperature was 102 degrees. We’ll see what where we top out. According to, the 98107 zip is a steamy 104.5 degrees and the 98117 zip is currently at 102.2 degrees. A dip in Puget Sound sounds nice right about now!

Metro is warning that the afternoon bus ride home might not be pleasant. Only about 30 percent of buses have air conditioning. No a/c on a crowded bus really does sound miserable. Metro is advising that you take a later bus when fewer people are riding and the temperature drops.

Ballard Brothers wins ‘Best of the Fest’

The judges at Seafood Fest had a tough job – taste the food and pick a winner.

Congratulations to Ballard Brothers Seafood and Burgers for winning the “2009 Best of the Fest” for their cajun blackened salmon fillet sandwich at last weekend’s Seafood Fest. This is the second consecutive year that they’ve won the prestigious award. Correction to our earlier post: Anita Crepes was actually the runner up with a salmon wrap crepe. Bal Marine was third with their bacon wrapped scallops. Congratulations! (Disclosure: Ballard Brothers is a sponsor of MyBallard.)

Icy treats, fans and AC are hot items

As you might expect, the scorching weather is leading to some shortages at local stores, from popsicles and ice to fans and air conditioners.

We stopped by Ballard Market last evening for an icy treat and found the freezer shelves were running low. Even the bags of ice were almost sold out.

We found a few bags of ice this morning at Fred Meyer and quite a few popsicles. Unfortunately, they’re already sold out of their most recent shipment of fans. We spoke with one woman who grabbed two of the last ones. She says she had already been to two other stores before coming to Ballard, “I was frantic!”

Cheryl emailed us last night to say that Home Depot just got a new shipment of air conditioners. We called the Bitter Lake store and they are already sold out. They do have another delivery of 100 portable a/c units coming in at 5 p.m. If you’ve been lucky enough to find some of these hot items, please let everyone know in comments when and where you found them…

In the forum: How hot has it been inside your house?

Ballard hotspots get named ‘Best of Seattle’

Kudos to the winners of Seattle Weekly’s “Best of Seattle.” The list just came out today and Ballard is named a dozen times.

  • Best Replacement for Your Second Car – Dutch Bike Co.
  • Best Something-in-a-Box for Your Lady – Ballard Blossom
  • Best Bedside Manner – Dr. Stephen Dudley
  • Best Tourist Attraction to Satisfy Your Dad – Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
  • Best Place to Psych Yourself Up for a Job Interview – Stone Gardens
  • Best Spam Conversion Mechanism – Marination Mobile
  • Best Place to Get Wasted and Play Ping-Pong – The Bit Saloon
  • Best Farmers Market Booth to Put Down Stakes – Anita’s Crepes
  • Best 2 a.m. Hangover Prevention Snack – Dick’s Drive-In
  • Best Place to Splurge on Your Pet – Mud Bay
  • Best Outdoor Dining – Ray’s
  • Best Brunch After a First Date – Portage Bay Cafe
  • You can see all the winners right here.

    Wednesday’s high temp could hit 101

    The last thing you want to hear is that it’s getting even hotter. And even hotter than the forecasters predicted. The new consensus for Wednesday’s high is a record-breaking 101 degrees. And for Thursday, 100 degrees. (To remind you of your misery, we added the current temperature to the top of the site.)

    As you might imagine, Golden Gardens is a popular place to cool off. We stopped by the popular beach to snap some photos of people in the water…

    And on the water. As always, please be careful.

    The spray garden at Ballard Commons Park is another popular place. Many kids (and adults) were getting some relief from the heat running through the water.

    Have some hot weather photos? Please send them to…

    Murder suspect faces previous charges

    The 17-year-old suspect that was arrested yesterday for the shooting death of Manish Melwani on Sunday made his first court appearance today. The judge ordered the suspect to remain in jail pending the filing of charges, which could come on Thursday. He will likely face first-degree murder charges as an adult.

    The Seattle Times is reporting that the teen also faces felony third-degree assault and attempted robbery charges in a case from last summer. Charging documents from that crime obtained by the Times say the suspect and two others jumped a 14-year-old Ballard High School student last summer and told him to empty his pockets. The teen later identified the three. The suspect’s next court appearance will be on Thursday morning for a hearing related to the charges from last summer.

    Natural drainage project meeting tomorrow

    In May we first reported about the Green Streets project that Seattle Public Utilities wants to implement next Spring to reduce the amount of rain water that flows directly into Puget Sound.

    The idea is to build specially designed green spaces to catch water in an environmentally friendly way. With these strips, the water would be slowed down and soak back into the earth. Soil tests are underway within the blocks bounded by NW 85th and NW 65th Streets, and 28th Ave NW and 32nd Ave NW to determine which areas are best suited for the project. This area is ideal because there is a monitoring station down stream.

    There is a meeting about the project tomorrow evening from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Sunset Hill Community Center, 3003 NW 66th Street. Seattle Public Utilities staff will present information about anticipated project benefits and impacts, what features are planned, how blocks will be selected and how the public can participate in the project. (Thanks Michele and Kevin for the tip!)

    Where to find air conditioning in Ballard

    Today is going to be another hot one with temps pushing triple digits. King County has put together tips on how to beat the heat. Their first tip is to spend more time in air conditioned places. While Ballard doesn’t have an official “cooling station,” the library does have air conditioning. We’re told that Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) also has air conditioning, although the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) does not.

    If you have a few bucks to spend you could go to the movies (Majestic Bay movie times here) or hang out in one of the many restaurants, pubs or coffee shops with a/c. King County also says to drink plenty of liquids and limit outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day.

    Police say murder suspect is 17 years old

    Seattle police have released some new details on the suspect arrested for the murder of Manish Melwani, the clerk at the “Pit Stop.” This afternoon SWAT team members made the arrest in a house in the 900 block of NW 60th St.

    Detectives say he’s only 17 years old, and he’s been booked into the Youth Service Center for investigation of murder. His name is not being released due to the fact that he is a juvenile.

    The house where the arrest was made is still cordoned off Monday night as police continue their homicide investigation. One concerned neighbor told us they’re planning to invite SPD to meet with the street’s block watch group.

    Meanwhile, the memorial is growing at the convenience store where Melwani was killed early Sunday morning. Friends, family and Ballard residents have dropped off flowers and messages in his memory.