Monday, November 12, 2007

The Wind~It Is Blowing

I only got a "wind advisory" in my daily weather email, last night. But this morning it was changed to a "wind warning" and by golly they were right!  It's blowing out there and it actually woke me up about 5am.  I was going to run some errands today, but think I'll just hang in here at home.  There's so much stuff blowing around out there and with it being a holiday, the kids are out of school and a lot of people have the day I imagine there are plenty of people out there on the road.  I can wait until tomorrow. 

The big old cedar tree out in my front yard is really taking a beating.  I hope it's still upright at days end.  I know for sure, there will be no leaves left on any of the trees when this storm is over.

Here's the weather email that I found waiting for me this morning;

Dear Linda,
Updated Monday 3:46 a.m.

A strong storm is forecast to move through Western Washington Today, bringing a dose of heavy rain and gusty winds to most of the region. Tonight will still be relatively calm, with mostly cloudy skies and breezy winds to 20 mph or so. Lows will be in the mid 40s.

What's The Timeline? -- As usual with windstorms, the coast gets the wind first, then the Northwest Interior (basically a box from Everett west to Port Townsend, stretching north to the Canadian border, including San Juan, Whidbey, and Camano Islands.), then finally the Puget Sound region.

Coast: Begin Time: 3-7 a.m.; End Time of strongest winds: 1-4 p.m. Duration of peak winds: 7-9 hours. The coast will be the first to see the winds as the storm approaches the coastline. South wind of 30-40 mph with gusts as high as 70 mph are possible. Winds will drift to the southwest and then ease through late Monday afternoon and evening.

Northwest Interior: Begin Time: 5-8 a.m.; End Time: 1-2 p.m. Duration of peak winds: 5-7 hours. The Northwest Interior spots get a southeast wind as the storm center passes offshore north of the Strait of Juande Fuca and then tracks across Vancouver Island.

The winds might be in the 20-30 mph range earlier in the day, but will pick up to the 30-40 mph gusting to 60 mph range sometime between 7-10 a.m. and then taper off in the mid afternoon as the storm passes due north of the area.

Puget Sound Area / Southwest Washington: Begin Time: 9:00am-Noon.; End time- 1-4 p.m. Duration of peak winds: 3 hours or so.

The Puget Sound area is the last to get the wind, having to wait until the storm center crosses due north of the area. (The Olympic Mountains protect this area from the southeast winds that the Northwest Interior gets earlier in the day, as the mountains provide a wall between Puget Sound and the storm center.)

Here, we're expecting south winds of 25-35 mph, gusting to 40-50 mph. That's enough to cause some scattered power outages, knock over trees and make driving across the 520 Bridge oh so fun. In October's storm, the 520 Bridge managed to stay open despite occasional gusts over 50 mph, while the Hood Canal Bridge did have to close for several hours. We could see a repeat of that on Monday.

Winds will gradually decrease through Monday evening and night, as rain changes to showers, then decrease. We actually calm down quite a bit for Tuesday with showers in the morning then tapering off for the afternoon.

Long range forecasts show a return to generally wet and breezy conditions through the end of the week. The storms will pack a good dose of rain, but not as much wind -- jut the usual 20-30 mph stuff. The wettest periods appear to be Wednesday evening/night; Thursday evening/night; and during the day on next Saturday. In between, we'll see scattered showers. High temperatures through the period will be around 50. more...

KOMO 4 Weathercaster Jim Castillo

And on that note, I'm going to sign off and go get something done around here.  Linda



jaymact1 said...

Hi Linda, thats one of the things that makes retirement great you don't have to go out when the weather is bad or you just don't feel like it. Hope you have a nice day just the same. Love Joan.

wwfbison said...

It sounds like the perfect day to stay indoors with little Gabi!  I hope your tree fairs well and the winds subside soon.  Stay safe.

breakaway1968 said...

Those type of days are perfect days to work in around the house :) Enjoy  I love windy days.  Just not TO windy

ally123130585918 said...

Linda I hope that old cedar tree keeps standing upright ~ and you keep yourself safe from all the stuff blowing around out there ~ seems a perfect day to stay indoors ~ I know Gabi will like your company :o) ~ I do love to read your weather forecast ~ they give you plenty of information ~ Ally x

jonibooks1991 said...

Well if that tree goes, I pray it doesn't go toward your house, or anyones.  We are getting gusts here and a few branchs down so far.  I'm not going anywhere.  If you get a chance could you e mail me some tips on adding videos to my journal.  Thanks, Joni

pharmolo said...

Hope you weather the storm alright, Linda. Keep us posted!

hugsdoodlewacky said...

((((((((((((((((((((LINDA)))))))))))))))))))))))))You seem to have alot of storms lately.I hope you and everyone will be alright.Have a nice evening.

jlocorriere05 said...

Stay safe Linda! Isn't it nice to be retired and decide there's no real rush to get out and shop?! Jeannette xx  

mariealicejoan said...

Stay safe.  Much better to wait until the weather is calmed down and the roads are not so risky!

jeadie05 said...

I hope you enjoyed your day indoors in the warm ,and that the tree is ok , Jan xx