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Update on the Windstorm Threat

Here’s an update on the wind and rain threat for this weekend: Basically, it’s much less menacing than previous models suggested.

The storm system is developing off the California coast currently as seen in this satellite image.

The models are projecting the storm to begin weakening, spreading, and then splitting apart before making landfall somewhere between northern Washington and Oregon on Saturday. The system will bring some light to moderate winds near the Puget Sound (15-25mph) and higher winds (20-50mph) to the western Cascade foothills. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for the east Puget Sound Lowlands.

The system will also be a rain producer starting late tonight and early Saturday morning. Heavier rain, and showers will continue throughout the day on Saturday.

The next system to watch will be arriving early next week. This storm is mixed with the remnants of Hurricane Ana. Currently the system appears to landfall on Vancouver Island Tuesday, and potentially bring strong winds to the Puget Sound. Similarly to Saturday’s storm: forecasters will have to watch the track and strength to determine the impacts.

Keep updated as the forecasts may change for tomorrow and for Tuesday.

 

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This Week’s Windstorm Threats

We’re in the wet and windy season in the Pacific Northwest, which is going to become much more evident over the next week. If you live in the Puget Sound region you should keep up to date with the latest information from the National Weather Service and other media sources, because forecasts can change quickly.

First, here’s an update on the wind/rain event Tuesday night into Wednesday. We’re still set to see a round of heavy rain accompanying moderate winds in the Puget Sound. The forecasting computer models have changed slightly and delayed the arrival of the system, so now we’re looking at the wind and rain to arrive early Wednesday morning instead of Tuesday night. The strongest winds will be prevalent at around 8:00am.

The next weather event that will be watched closely by anyone that follows weather in our region will arrive this Saturday.  This storm is predicted to rapidly develop off the Oregon/California coast.  It will then take a classic major windstorm track from the south and make landfall near the opening of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. If the models maintain this track and strength up to the event, we could be looking at a damaging wind event along with heavy rainfall.

Only three days after this potentially serious storm system, we could be facing yet another impactful event next Tuesday. This time it would be from the remnants of the late Hurricane Ana that missed Hawaii.

Stay tuned for model analysis and updates here on PSWxGeek!

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Full Swing Autumn!

We can thank a small ridge of high pressure for the awesomely comfortable weekend in the middle of fall. However, things are going to quickly change this week. Continue reading

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A Windy and Stormy Day.

A rotating upper level low pressure system will spin onto our shores this morning. As a result, there will be some interesting weather across the region throughout the day. Continue reading

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A Weather Prediction Confusion – Possible Thunder Tonight (Tuesday)

There seems to be a fundamental disagreement between a couple of the supercomputers that generate forecasting weather models. Continue reading

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Another Round of Rough Weather

Saturday’s weather bewildered us when heavy rain, lightning and even a tornado tore through the Puget Sound region. Continue reading

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Scattered Thunderstorms and Tornado!!

It’s been a very active morning/early afternoon weather wise! This morning, a low pressure system ushered in a very unstable and volatile atmosphere sparking thunderstorms across the entire region. Continue reading

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The Storm Train Begins

There isn’t much hope for a continuation of summer ahead. Light rain and showers will condition us this weekend for the soaking of next week. Continue reading

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Summer Extension Period Coming to an End.

It seems as if summer has been given an extension period into the first few weeks of fall! Continue reading

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A Cozy Autumn Day

Rain showers are meandering through the Puget Sound region this evening as a storm front that passed through today moves away. The consistent cloud cover and intermittent showers, combined with this evening’s early sunset, gave today a strong “Autumn-like” feel. A perfect day to sit inside and watch the cool and wet weather pass by. Continue reading

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