Windy Weather Could Continue through Christmas

Wind Alert and advice from the National Weather Service and our in-house weather watcher Bill Graham: 

From Bill Graham: “Using the philosophy that it is better to know than to not know…and to be prepared….looks like its gonna get a little windy here the next couple of days.

There are small and large changes in the forecast, particularly long term until Christmas Eve. Get ready for a very active weather pattern if things track according to forecasters. There are at least 2 wind events coming to the neighborhood in the next 5 days, possibly 3.

The current HIGH WIND WATCH scheduled for tomorrow morning 7AM lasting to 7PM is now Puget Sound-wide. Wind gusts in South Puget Sound may top 60 mph according to forecasters. This will be a south county storm from the looks of it. It is only a WATCH now because it’s a day away and not in progress.

But we aren’t done yet. The jetstream will be sitting over us for a few more days increasing the probably of additional high wind events between now and Christmas Eve. Certainty is poor right now because they are several days out. But rough timing being provided is:

  1. Thursday daylight hours
  2. Saturday night/Sunday morning

Could get really messy here in the next few days. Stay safe out there.” –BG

National Weather Service Update, 2PM Wed Dec. 19:
 
…HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM PST
THURSDAY…
 
* WIND…South to southeast wind 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to
60 mph.
 
* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…Ferndale, Bellingham, Sandy Point,
Anacortes, Friday Harbor, Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Everett,
and Bremerton.
 
* TIMING…Winds will increase rapidly Thursday morning with the
strongest gusts expected for a few hours Thursday afternoon.
 
* IMPACTS…Snapped tree branches and downed trees along with some
power outages.
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
 
A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected
or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts
of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

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