Late this afternoon, the National Weather Service posted this alert heading into tomorrow. Could get ugly….
… VERY WINDY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP IN THE WESTERN WASHINGTON LOWLANDS MONDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING…
A DEVELOPING STORM SYSTEM IN THE CENTRAL PACIFIC IS EXPECTED TO DEEPEN TO AROUND 980 MB AS IT MOVES THROUGH THE WASHINGTON OFFSHORE WATERS TOWARD NORTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT. A STRONG FRONTAL SYSTEM ASSOCIATED WITH THIS LOW WILL MOVE THROUGH WESTERN WASHINGTON MONDAY NIGHT.
A STORM AND FRONTAL SYSTEM OF THIS MAGNITUDE IS MORE TYPICAL OF LATE FALL OR WINTER THAN OF EARLY MAY.
AT THIS POINT IT APPEARS THAT SOUTH WINDS OF 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH WILL DEVELOP MONDAY NIGHT AS THE FRONT MOVES THROUGH AND CONTINUE THROUGH THE EARLY MORNING HOURS ON TUESDAY. MANY DECIDUOUS TREES ARE NOW LEAFING. SO WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE MAY BREAK SOME LARGE BRANCHES AND POSSIBLY TOPPLE A FEW TREES. LOCAL POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE.
I wondered where today’s storm went…though this sounds like a new one. I have a few hatches to batten down & appreciate the warning.
There was a huge thunder clap about a half hour ago, and the sky over Madrona looked brown (while blue toward the west)