28 December 2015

Big Wind's Gonna Blow

Much of Southcentral Alaska’s coast is under high wind warnings Monday, as the first of two major wind events passes through parts of the Interior near the Alaska Range.

Turnagain Arm and higher elevations of Anchorage, as well as much of Prince William Sound's coast, are under high wind warnings from the National Weather Service until noon Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. Thompson Pass near Valdez is under a blizzard warning until 6 p.m. Monday, calling for 10 to 14 inches of snow. Courtesy NWS Anchorage

As of 6 a.m. Monday, the weather service’s Anchorage website listed warnings in effect until noon for Turnagain Arm and higher elevations of Anchorage as well as the coast of Prince William Sound, a region extending from the Cape Fairweather area in the east to the vicinity of Homer in the west.
In affected parts of Anchorage, including the Hillside, top wind speeds were expected to reach 75 to 80 mph before subsiding Monday afternoon. The Prince William Sound areas were set to see winds from 35 to 55 mph, with gusts up to 75 mph.

Rebecca Duell, a forecaster at the weather service’s Anchorage office, said Monday that the current weather system is the first of two expected to produce high winds in Alaska, with a stronger one expected overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.

“It’s looking like it has the potential to affect the city of Anchorage more, the Anchorage Bowl, with stronger winds,” Duell said.

The Thompson Pass area near Valdez is under a blizzard warning until 6 p.m. Monday, with 10 to 14 inches of snow forecast amid sustained winds up to 30 mph and gusts of up to 45 mph.
None of the above is nearly so bad as what's happening in the Lower 48, with blizzards, tornadoes, and massive flooding. 

Please continue to pray for those in harm's way, and for the families of those who lost their lives from the horrible weather over the weekend.


ProudHillbilly said...

I guess Winter is here - the last several hours have involved a steady wind pasting sleet against the windows.

Rev. Paul said...

Sorry to hear that, PH. We had winter until yesterday when it started warming up again. It's 40° here, which is 20 degrees too warm for the end of December. Darn it.

Stay safe, hear?

Rob said...

At first glance I thought Obama was in town, Stay safe and hold on. big grin.

Rev. Paul said...

Rob, that's understandable, given the way it's worded. :)

Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

We were down in Texas just south of all the tornadoes. The weather was horrific. Keeping all the families in our prayers. After the severe storms with tornadoes and water, the area had low temperatures snow, ice, and severe winds.
Driving back on Sunday to our place was very stressful 45 mph winds. We had people passing us driving all over the roadway. We were greeted just after the Arbuckles with ice, snow, and temperatures in the low teens.

Stay warm,safe and off the road if you can. Expecting more snow here tonight.

Rev. Paul said...

Sandy, I'm glad y'all are okay. Stay safe down there, hear?

angrymike said...

We had some nasty winds here in N/E Ohio a couple days ago, when I took my dog into the woods where I walk him there was about a 18 inch around tree down, I kinda surprised me, but something had been eating at its insides.....
Be safe my friend...... ;)

Rev. Paul said...

Mike, we had gale-force winds on the 28th, and hurricane force winds yesterday. At the peak, some 40,000 electric customers were without power, due to trees falling on trunk lines. However, there was no damage, no limbs down, and no outages at my home nor at work. And we're all fine. I'm glad the 18" tree fell before you got there.