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Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Wind

posted by on December 15 at 2:54 AM

It’s back.

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It just woke me up. So now I'm looking at my put-up-last-evening Christmas tree, with kitty on my lap.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | December 15, 2007 3:38 AM

Just woke up to wind and rain here on Lower Queen Anne. Thanks a lot, Mother Nature!

Posted by sorry roger | December 15, 2007 4:18 AM

What wind? Nada in Wedgewood.

Posted by Just Me | December 15, 2007 8:16 AM

Sorry, My bad. Called the wind for purely self involved reasons last night. Hope noone is swept away like last time....

Posted by orangekrush | December 15, 2007 8:38 AM

Do the winds seem to funnel into Eliott Bay and cut across the middle of the city? Like it's all quiet in Ballard and you go to Belltown and like people staggering around, tossed this way and that. Even the sober ones. Capitol Hill too.

Posted by elenchos | December 15, 2007 8:53 AM


Posted by Mr. Poe | December 15, 2007 9:05 AM

@ 5 -- Recently on KUOW there was a meteorologist (such a cool job title) talking about the certain wind dynamics in the city, but his comments were about how the temperature of the water in the sound vs. that of the land creates afternoon winds. But, if you could somehow find out who that guest was and Google them, you might find more insights into this.

All that said, it's interesting how even the weather is quiet in Ballard...

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | December 15, 2007 9:09 AM

Think of it as your own personal white noise machine.

Posted by Greg | December 15, 2007 11:30 AM

@5 it's more than plenty windy in Magnolia...

Posted by K X One | December 15, 2007 12:10 PM

There's no wind here on Hood Canal, but there's a crapton of rain and tons of silt streaking the water.

Posted by Jessica | December 15, 2007 12:45 PM

Wind noise can be soothing (to me) or frightening (to quite a few others). Wind noise reminds us that nothing is really under our control - it's worse, of course, when what's over your head is a tent rather than a real apartment or house roof. But it's still scary. It was wailing out here in WS all last night, too. And I mean WAILING.

Posted by chas Redmond | December 15, 2007 3:19 PM

Just rub female cat pheremones on your windowsill. The boy cat noise will totally drown out the wind.

Posted by toasterhedgehog | December 15, 2007 5:06 PM

@7, wind is caused by a difference of air pressure. Air pressure attempts to equalize by flowing from high pressure to low, and the greater the difference between two points, the faster it moves. The difference can be caused by a variety of factors, temperature only being one of them. The kind of effect you're talking about causes the small-scale onshore or offshore breezes at the coast, not state-wide gales like we had this weekend. Wind this dramatic is caused by a much larger system, such as a low pressure 'trough' the size of our state. Check out the infrared satellite shots at the National Weather Service to get a sense of the scale.

Posted by Emily | December 17, 2007 10:14 AM

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