I don't know about you, but I thought that this past (meteorological) winter, although not particularly snowy around here, was brutally windy on many days, perhaps more so than in many years. But perceptions are often wrong, particular when it comes to the weather, so I decided to do a little research. Was I right or am I just getting older so that I can't take those "hold-your-hat-down-days" any more?
The wind advisory - which had been issue for tomorrow - between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. remains in effect between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.. However, for the period between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., the wind advisory has been upgraded to a high wind warning. A high wind warning is basically a wind advisory on steroids. Whereas a wind advisory indicates the potential for wind gusts over 45 mph, a high wind warning means wind gusts of over 58 mph are possible.
Since December, the winds around the D.C. metro region have seemed relentless - and more persistently disruptive than I can ever remember. Less than a week after our last significant wind event, the National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for Friday for between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. The watch includes most of the metro region, but excludes some the southern areas including southern Fauquier, Stafford, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's counties. But gusty winds to 50 mph are still possible in areas outside the watch.
The high wind warning has been discontinued, but a wind advisory (a less extreme classification) is in effect through 12:00 a.m. Sustained winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 50-55 mph are possible before winds slowly abate later tonight. The red flag (fire weather) warning has been allowed to expire.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a high wind warning for the metro region from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring.
The prospect of bone dry conditions and howling winds Saturday have prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) to post both a high wind and fire weather watch for the region Saturday.