High Wind Warnings – Be Alerted

High Wind Warning

High Wind Warning

Living at the Washington coast means you need to be aware of approaching winter storms.
High wind warnings are the most common weather warning for this area and are most likely to happen from November through February.

A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Portland, OR will issue weather warnings when necessary.

Any warning from the NWS for Zone WAZ021 (South Washington Coast) will also be posted on the top of the home page at 642weather.com. I use an automated RSS feed to display the warnings in real time. I also have an Advisories page that displays the full text of the warnings. The type of warnings I have seen in the past are for High Wind, Dense Fog, High Surf, Flood, Tsunami, Cold Weather, Frost, etc.

I wanted to let you know that in addition to viewing weather warnings online, you can sign up for free e-mail/pager/cell phone weather warning alerts. Just go to www.emergencye.com click on “Washington”, then click on “Pacific County”, fill in the form with your email, county, and zip code. Because I have the alerts sent to my cell phone, the only box I have checked on the form is “Severe Weather Information”. Please note that some cell phone accounts are subject to a small charge for receiving e-mail text messages. Check with your cell phone carrier if you are unsure of this.

Here is a sample message from the Emergency Email Network:
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HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM PST THIS MORNING
FOR THE NORTH OR COAST & THE SO. WA COAST.

THE NATL WEATHER SVC IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND
WARNING.WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM PST THIS MORNING.

If you find this information useful would you please submit a comment to this post or contact me, thanks – Mike Challis

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2 Responses to “High Wind Warnings – Be Alerted”

  1. admin says:

    What’s the difference between a watch and a warning?

    A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.

    A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property.

  2. Mike says:

    Weather, the one thing we cant control; we are slaves to it. Go mother nature!