Well, in spite of predictions that the coast would get winds up to 150km/h, the highest velocities recorded at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport only reached a touch over 110 km/h (69.4 mph was the number i think i heard this morning), with sustained winds around 75 km/h (46mph).

Still, with gusts that high, conditions match Beaufort scale 11 gales- technically 'violent storm', and noted for their ability to cause widespread structural damage. The sustained winds fall into category 8- 'fresh gale' and are noted for being able to remove tree limbs and displace moving vehicles.

At our place, the only real damage noted is that a section of the fence dislodged by the last windstorm was ripped apart by this one. This comes as no surprise, as it was re-erected by the property owners after blowing down last winter, and the manner in which it was done was, well, less than substantial. Now they'll get to fix it again- assuming they ever return [livejournal.com profile] damashita's calls and e-mail informing them of the damage a week ago.

We're coming up on the time when the inner chamber at Maes Howe (in the Orkney Islands) will be illuminated by the sunset- which, is as far as i'm aware, unique amongst Neolithic cairns in that the alignment is with the sunset at winter solstice, rather than sunrise. The icon accompanying this post is another Orcadian site with a similar alignment- the Ring of Brodgar. Permission to use the photo came courtesy of Dr. Charles Tait, who graciously hosts a web-cam set up to show the events (weather permitting), available at http://www.maeshowe.co.uk.

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