06 February 2015

Still Windy

Strong winds have been blowing through most of southeast and southcentral Alaska since yesterday evening.

The highest gusts, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Julia Ruthford:

-- Eldred Rock northwest of Juneau was gusting at 114 mph early Friday morning. As of 7 a.m. Friday morning, gusts continued to top 100 mph.

-- In Thompson Pass north of Valdez, 96 mph winds were recorded at 10:21 p.m. Thursday.

-- At the Palmer Municipal Airport, 75 mph gusts were recorded at 9 p.m. Thursday.

-- At the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage, gusts of 48 mph were recorded at 7 p.m.

High winds Thursday sheared off a section of metal roofing at an apartment building on South Cobb Street in Palmer. The winds continued overnight into Friday morning in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska, with wind-related power outages and gusts as high as 114 mph recorded. Zaz Hollander / Alaska Dispatch News

The winds were out of the northwest at 30 to 40 mph this morning as I drove to work. The AccuHunch forecasters predict "North to northeast wind 15 to 30 mph with gusts 40 to 50 mph...strongest near Knik Arm and west Anchorage."

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Speaking of windy (/snark), at least one economist is complaining that Governor Walker's announced budget cuts, project cancellations and layoffs of about 330 State employees will address only one-fifth of the shortfall.

The rest of us are waiting for the other boot to drop.

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And after all the dire national and international news, you might wash your ears out with this: the Associated Press reports "Alaska lawmakers are considering a bill that would require school districts to teach American constitutionalism, the latest of several state government measures across the U.S. aimed at civics education."


Old NFO said...

THey SHOULD teach Civics... and history... 92kt gust of wind at Hilo this morning... We're running 20 gusting 30 from the NW.

Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

Some of those winds were hurricane type winds!

Rev. Paul said...

NFO, Alaska history is a mandatory high school course already; US history is, too, but the civics courses which you & I remember have gone by the wayside ... more's the pity.

Sandy, that's true. It's surprising how little damage has been reported.