WeatherWatcher: Update on storm statistics, Forecast

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Photo by Diane Hettrick

Now that I have both weather stations back online after Friday's wind storm I can confirm some storm statistics. The National Weather Service, as well, was able to publish wind data from the area which validates the accuracy of my new Richmond Beach station's wind data.

The storm on Friday December 14, was actually on the 12 year anniversary of the Hanukkah Eve windstorm of 2006. The 2006 storm was the strongest storm to hit the region since the Inauguration day storm of January 20, 1993. Winds in the 2006 storm gusted to 70mph, whereas this year's storm brought gusts to 60mph near the water, and gusts in the mid 40mph's in most other areas.

Various reports indicate that the 60mph gusts were the exception, reported on the Edmonds-Kingston ferry, 520 and I-90 floating bridges, and at the wide open airports in the region. Most inland areas from North Seattle through Lynnwood only recorded gusts between 40 and 45mph. Winds were stronger further north and east.

The Richmond Beach station recorded a wind gust at 42 mph at 6:23pm. By an hour later winds had calmed down and the temperature dropped nearly 10 degrees.

Forecast: Our forecast this week is not unlike last week. We will continue to have a series of storms move through the area with rain at times, heavy at times, and several breezy periods as well. Monday is a break in the storms day, with showers around and breezy conditions. Winds could reach up to 30mph.

Monday night into Tuesday the next storm system arrives, bringing wind gusts up to 35mph by Tuesday afternoon. Also a bit of rain, with up to one inch of rain Monday night, and another half inch of rain Tuesday. Highs in the 50's, lows in the mid-upper 40's.

Wednesday through Thursday night rain is likely, with breezy conditions at times. High temperatures in the 50's, lows in the mid 40's, but cooling down to the upper 30's Thursday night.

Friday through next weekend the weather is expected to calm down a bit with a chance of showers and highs in the 40's and lows in the mid 30's.


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