Weather Service warns of high winds and gusts up to 60 mph
In meteorological terms alone, the past few days have been a time of extremes. Last week included the warmest Feb. 7 ever recorded in Washington. It was followed by the warmest Feb. 8.
Now attention shifts from warmth to wind. Sunday night, or more likely early Monday, may bring some of Washington’s gustiest days in a year.
In the literal sense, with what is to come, wires and branches may soon be blowin’ in the wind.
On Saturday at 2:22 p.m., the National Weather Service issued an urgent high wind watch.
It is to be in effect from late Sunday night through Monday afternoon, and it said the potential existed for “a hazardous high wind event.”
More than the sustained winds, which it said could range from 25 to 35 mph, the gusts seemed the most worrisome. According to the Weather Service message, they could range as high as 60 mph.
In the last 12 months, records show no gust as high as that at Reagan National Airport, where Washington’s readings are made.
“Strong winds may blow down limbs . . . trees . . . and power lines,” the Weather Service said. “Scattered power outages are expected.”
These windy hours would come less than a week after record temperature readings of 73 on Feb. 7 and 74 on Feb. 8.
Additionally, in a winter of extremes, Washington has been almost devoid of snowfall.
No snow has been measured this month, and the winter’s total is only 1.4 inches.