October 29, 2009

Serious Wind

It will be quite windy tomorrow evening...particularly over NW Washington and along the coast. The latest model run show this clearly (see graphic). Strong southeasterlies after roughly 3-4 PM building into the evening from Everett to the San Juans. Sustained winds of 20-35 mph with gusts to 50-60 mph. Batten down the hatches!

And the rain will pick up in the evening as well as the cold front approaches.


  1. Hm, this is the first I've heard of it - and I only happened to check your blog before going to bed! Thanks for the warning. I'll be sure to do some storm prep Friday morning!

    This is THE most useful blog in my RSS reader, hands down!

  2. So, I am taking this as a non-event from seattle south?

  3. Very mild/warm and breezy this morning! Great!!! I definitely don't mind mornings like this once in awhile, as long as it stays cool and not too sunny during the day!!

  4. Good Call Cliff. You where ahead of the folks over at Sandpoint. We will see what happens.
    Josh in BLM

  5. I might be a bit far outside the zone here in Lake Stevens, but with the word 'southeasterly' in there it makes me feel like we might be at where the winds begin.

    Right now it's completely calm and warm outside, it actually feels very eerie outside.

    I'll try and update again later today.

  6. Josh: The AFD from the "folks over at Sandpoint" in the past day or so has some discussion of the mesocyclone (and so the high winds in Admiralty Inlet and the NW interior).

    See the current and previous Seattle AFD for details. They first mention the meso low when the models settle down on 938 AM PDT THU OCT 29 2009.

  7. Getting a little breezy just east of Redmond. Pretty dang warm too!

    Sounds like we will hardly get anything, wind wise, so thats kind of a bummer.

  8. Any thoughts on whether this wind will decrease the chance of precipitation on Saturday?

  9. Lake Stevens 12:25pm.

    We are seeing gusts now up to about 30mph, sustained roughly 15mph. This all came on within the last 2 hours, it was very calm this morning.

    Odd that the Wind Advisory is in effect for Everett (only 5 miles to our west) but it's not active for Lake Stevens. Although they do have about 5mph stronger wind speeds than we do right now.

    Anyway, looking forward to seeing what the storm has in store for us this afternoon/evening. Hopefully it's a lot more wind!

  10. Understand Kevin. I was just alluding to Cliff calling for "possibly damaging wind" (ie wind advisory or high wind watch) as early as 0630 10/29

    The office didn't address the meso winds "fully" until the afternoon package let alone post watches until 0300 this morning. But there is nothing wrong with that. I understand things go in motion when Noaa post watches and warnings (movement of power crews,emergency service staffing adjustments,and other changes in regular activities that cost money.)So one would be careful to make sure the models render as the say "on the same page"...

    we will see....


  11. WOW!!!!!!!! That front just came through seattle and was the most severe I think I've ever encountered, way worse then that one that came through early this summer. I live in eastlake with a view of lake union and could see the lightning coming in from the west and then suddenly the wind kicked up to what I'd guess was 60mph+. Simultaneously it started to hail quarter-inch sized hail which was driving sideways due to the high wind. After 2 or 3 minutes it completely passed. Incredibly violent!

    Here a few pictures of the hail. As you can see it was all driven against the wall, essentially creating a hail bank. http://www.flickr.com/photos/veo/tags/hail/#


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