Friday, August 28, 2015

Umm... Yay?

Actually, yes, as long as it doesn't go too far...

Wind Advisory
Statement as of 2:29 PM PDT on August 28, 2015

... Wind Advisory in effect from 11 am to 5 PM PDT Saturday...

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Wind Advisory... which is in effect from 11 am to 5 PM PDT Saturday.

* Timing... midday through Saturday afternoon.

* Winds... south wind 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph.

* Impacts... downed limbs and local power outages.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult... especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Special Statement
Statement as of 6:02 AM PDT on August 28, 2015

... A strong Pacific storm could bring strong winds and locally heavy rain to western Washington on Saturday...

A much stronger system will impact the region on Saturday. This system has the potential to bring winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts of 45 to 50 mph to parts of the coast... northwest interior... and I-5 corridor. Winds this strong usually occur in fall and winter. Thus... this wind event could create more problems due to the deciduous trees still having their leaves. This will make the branches more prone to snapping in strong winds. In addition to the possibility of downed tree limbs... the gusty winds could cause local power outages.

Rain will be locally heavy at times on Saturday. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are forecast for the coast and in the mountains... with a half to one inch elsewhere... during the 24 hour period ending at 5 am PDT Sunday. This amount of rain will likely end or help reduce the size of any ongoing wildfires.

In addition to the wind and rain... temperatures will be below normal on Saturday. Highs are forecast to be mainly in the mid to upper 60s across The Lowlands.

Those planning outdoor activities in the mountains in particular this weekend should pay close attention to the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service.


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