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There was a well forecast minor windstorm last night associated with a Pacific cyclone that crossed Vancouver Island during the morning hours. Here is a infrared satellite image around 1 AM Sunday...you can see the swirl of clouds associated with the storm offshore.
The maximum winds during the 24h ending 8 AM tells the story. A number of locations in Puget Sound hit 40 mph, and winds exceeding 50 mph were found on the coast and over portions of NW Washington. At least 50,000 customers have lost power in the City Light and Puget Sound Energy networks.
The UW WRF model forecasts starting at 4 PM yesterday captured the event well. Here is the 6-h forecast for 10 PM Saturday... a 989 hPa low offshore with large pressure differences to its south (the solid lines are isobars, lines of constant pressure)