Weather Ser­vice warns of high winds and gusts up to 60 mph

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - THE RE­GION BY MARTIN WEIL martin.weil@wash­post.com

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.

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