WeatherWatcher: Wind Storm statistics, Forecast

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Richmond Beach Station 24 Hour Data and Graph
The wind storm that was forecasted last night hit south of downtown Seattle hard, but spared Shoreline and Lake Forest Park from the strongest of winds. You can see from the graph that the wind picked up very suddenly, as forecasted. Winds peaked at 2:11 AM with a gust of 35 MPH. There was a second peak just after 4 AM with a gust of 34 MPH before things gradually calmed down through the rest of the morning and afternoon.

Shortly after the worst of the storm passed there were no reported power outages within the city limits of Shoreline or Lake Forest Park, according to the Seattle City Light outage map. Most of the power outages were confined to south of downtown Seattle.

Places south such as the I-90 floating bridge, and Sea-Tac Airport (Official weather records) saw gusts up to 60 MPH. Paine Field in Everett (which has the next closest record keeping weather station) lines up with Shoreline seeing a maximum gust of 41 MPH, so this was clearly a south Puget Sound hitting storm. The storm also got the Northwest interior of Western Washington where there was a severe thunderstorm warning issued for areas north of Everett and Whidbey Island.

Forecast: The train of Pacific storms is expected to continue into next weekend. Sunday night into Monday morning some colder air is mixing into the region so we could see some wet snow flakes mixed in with the rain showers Monday morning, no accumulations are expected. Low temperatures are expected to be in the mid 30's Sunday night and Monday night, with a high temperature in the low 40's Monday afternoon with partly sunny skies.

Tuesday our next Pacific storm arrives, bringing up to a half inch of rain. Rain is expected to continue until Thursday evening with breezy conditions at times. Highs are expected to be near 50 with lows in the low-mid 40's.

Friday and through the weekend we are expecting mostly cloudy conditions with the threat of showers. High temperatures near 50, with lows in the lower 40's.

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