West Seattle weather: Wind advisory extended, gusts up to 50 mph

January 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle weather | 10 Comments

The wind has just started kicking up in earnest at WSB HQ east of Lincoln Park, and the National Weather Service has just extended the current “wind advisory,” now in effect until 4 am. The NWS warns that gusts up to 50 mph are possible, so it’s a good time to make sure everything’s charged up. Here’s the full text of the advisory.


  1. right now the wind is blowing north, and the NOAA / NWS report says it’s gonna blow in a southerly direction. I wonder if any weather pros on here know when the switch will happen ?
    (we have a tree scheduled to be cut down next week because it is a hazard- that’s when we could get on the schedule. if it falls, I would prefer for it to fall south)

    Comment by sam-c — 4:15 pm January 8, 2013 #

  2. It’s coming out of the south-southwest here currently … that’s the direction in the forecast …

    Comment by WSB — 4:57 pm January 8, 2013 #

  3. @ Sam-C

    The wind shift will occur just behind the main frontal passage as the gradients offshore turn onshore and this is also when the wind speeds come up as well as the baroclinic band associated with the front moves across the area and that in turn will switch the precip to showers and usher in a much colder airmass.

    Comment by Meteorologist Patrick — 4:59 pm January 8, 2013 #

  4. Sam-c,

    The direction from which the wind is blowing is what weather people always use. I think it is because a wind vane points towards where the wind is coming from.

    Comment by Robert — 5:02 pm January 8, 2013 #

  5. thanks ! so it sounds like I have it backwards. if the wind is in ‘southerly’ direction, it’s coming from the south, not blowing towards to the south, it sounds like.

    Comment by sam-c — 5:18 pm January 8, 2013 #

  6. @ Sam-C CORRECT

    For future reference if you hear the wind is Northerly it IS blowing from the north and so on and so on

    Comment by Meteorologist Patrick — 5:53 pm January 8, 2013 #

  7. If the wind is blowing from the south, wouldn’t it blow the vane around to the north? I just checked the dictionary; it says, “a southerly wind blows from the south.”

    Comment by KatherineL — 6:12 pm January 8, 2013 #

  8. @ katherine, by definition the arrow on a weather vane would point the direction the wind IS blowing so if the wind is blowing FROM the South the weather vane arrow would point North

    Comment by Meteorologist Patrick — 7:16 pm January 8, 2013 #

  9. Some wind related links for fun:


    Comment by WSLenz — 9:04 pm January 8, 2013 #

  10. thanks again. I was a little paranoid after one of our trees came down during the thanksgiving eve wind event. luckily this last one stayed up last night. sad to say goodbye to the alders. wish they lasted longer.

    Comment by sam-c — 6:51 am January 9, 2013 #

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