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PostSat Dec 29, 2018 11:03 am 
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Although it varies by location. Baker and Alpental have just moderate winds, but Paradise, Stevens, and Crystal have strong winds. The award, though, goes to White Pass with 8 hours in a row with peak gusts in the 95 to 109 range; And Mission peak gusts just topped 101 this hour. Meanwhile in the lowlands, not too bad. Pretty strange how different conditions are at different mountaintop stations. https://www.nwac.us/weatherdata/
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PostSat Dec 29, 2018 11:08 am 
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The award, though, goes to White Pass with 8 hours in a row with peak gusts in the 95 to 109 range;

Is this due to the jet stream dipping down into the atmosphere a bit do you suppose? Or maybe just a low pressure area moving through.

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PostSat Dec 29, 2018 11:16 am 
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Don't know as I haven't looked at that specifically. But the current water vapor satellite loop is pretty spectacular right now. https://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/west/weus/h5-loop-wv.html

You can also see that once the cold front drops through the mountains will only get piddling amounts of new snow, except in convergence, which wouldn't show in this image. Dust on crust once again.
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PostSat Dec 29, 2018 2:40 pm 
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White Pass has now had 12 hours straight with gusts over 95 and a peak of 118!
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Only moderate gusts in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie today. If it had been bad I would have left. Lots of fresh blowdown from recent days but everything on the road has been cleared. On I90 this morning the trucks were veering back and forth in their lanes from the wind.

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Impressive quantity of tumbleweeds tumbling while I was driving across the state today.

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PostSat Dec 29, 2018 7:40 pm 
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gb wrote:
White Pass has now had 12 hours straight with gusts over 95 and a peak of 118!

But they didn't close the hill until noon.  That's from their website.

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treeswarper wrote:
gb wrote:
White Pass has now had 12 hours straight with gusts over 95 and a peak of 118!

But they didn't close the hill until noon.  That's from their website.


Rubes musta been gettin' big air off those jumps today

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They also said that their RV parking lot was full tonight.

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PostSat Dec 29, 2018 8:53 pm 
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gb wrote:
White Pass has now had 12 hours straight with gusts over 95 and a peak of 118!

There was a low flying train warning earlier.

Only moderate outside Granite Falls.
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PostSat Dec 29, 2018 9:26 pm 
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treeswarper wrote:
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White Pass has now had 12 hours straight with gusts over 95 and a peak of 118!

But they didn't close the hill until noon.  That's from their website.

Maybe so but that doesn't say anything about the winds. They have a much lower lift. The Pigtail Peak data comes from wind gauges at the top maintained by NWAC. Mission averaged about ten miles an hour less.
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The solstice windstorm was before the date of this thread but is topical. We just missed a storm that could have caused a lot of blow down on trails.

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The Solstice Eve Windstorm of 2018

A major windstorm struck southwest British Columbia and northwest Washington on 20 December 2018. This Solstice Eve Storm produced high winds over a large region that included Victoria, Vancouver, Abbotsford and Bellingham. Numerous trees–weakened by a record-setting summer drought and with compromised root systems due to saturated soils in some locations–were blown over by the heavy gusts, resulting in widespread disruption of key lifelines, including roads, transportation service by BC Ferries and the electrical grid.

[Edit] Fixed second story link. Thanks Zephyr
Another story here

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Powerful winds topple trees, knock out power north of Olympics

A rare mountain wave event brought strong localized winds that toppled trees, knocked out power and closed highways in the Port Angeles area and beyond Friday.

Wind gusts hit as high as 40 to 55 mph, creating havoc along the Strait of Juan de Fuca coastline and north of the Olympic Mountains.


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Hi, puzzlr,

Thanks for the link to that article.  Long and dense with information and visuals.  The author is a very interesting fellow from his bio on the side.

That second link takes you to the photo you posted.  Was that supposed to be a second article?

Thanks,  ~z
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Long and dense with information and visuals.

I have to admit, I only read a fraction of that article. But the gist of what I read was interesting.

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puzzlr wrote:
But the gist of what I read was interesting.

Exactly!  Thanks.  ~z
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