Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wind storm coming and a “Cheaters Guide” on how to read weather Tweets by meteorologists…

First, it looks like early Friday morning we will have some wind… Details are still sketchy depending on the track and strength, but regardless, it looks like we should prepare now…. There is a “Special Weather Statement” that was posted by the NWS at 1:41pm today.

...Windy Conditions Expected on Friday... Impacts from winds on early Friday morning are possible. This would include scattered power outages and tree damage. The timing of the wind would bring impacts to the metro area during the Friday morning commute. At this time, the most likely outcome is as follows. The increased winds are expected between 3 and 9 AM on Friday. The strongest winds would be found across the central and southern Puget Sound area, including the Seattle Metro Area, for sustained Southwest winds of 20 to 35 mph and peak wind gusts around 50 mph. Uncertainty in exact specifics remains and wind speeds will be subject to the exact strength and track of the low pressure system, as well as localized effects of hill tops and valleys. The system is expected to track across the northwest Olympic Peninsula early Friday morning. Changes in tracks or storm strength would produce higher or lower wind speeds and more or less impacts. Stay tuned for updates on the most likely outcome and forecast of wind speeds in Western Washington for this storm system.

Over the next 48 hours, there will be a plethora of tweets by local meteorologists…. To the average layman, they can be very confusing and hard to read. A few days ago, Scott Sistek posted a great blog that clearly explains a lot of the cryptic tweets by local meteorologists.  A good read for those who want to follow the weather closely on Twitter....
 
 Click Here For Scott's Blog

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