High Winds in the Seattle AreaNovember 3rd, 2013 at 1:34 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Two people were hurt (including a two-year old) and over 105,000 were without power in the Seattle area when a strong windstorm blew through Western Washington on Saturday. The SR 520 floating bridge was closed for two hours because of high winds. As many as 50 cars were abandoned on the bridge as occupants fled for the shore amid the flying spray. US highway 2 was closed because of fallen trees and wires. The bridge was last closed because of weather in 2006. Seattle’s peak gust was officially 58 mph. North Bend had a gust to 68 mph. Elevations above 2,500 feet were expected to get between six and 11 inches of snow. Some areas in the higher elevations of the mountains could get up to two feet of snow. Picture from KING5, NBC in Seattle
High winds also downed trees and wires in TN, NY, MA and CT. All of this was not related to any thunderstorms, just general wind around strong low pressure centers. Miami FL had a record high of 89 Sat., Phoenix was the warmest spot in the U.S. at 90. Barrow, Alaska dropped to -9 and Verkoyansk in Siberia had a low temperature of -30F on the morning of 10/31. Also, 58-foot duck deflates in 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan and check out the giant mushroom found in Poland.