Table 8, below, lists the peak gusts for 14 locations in California, Oregon and Washington that occurred during the five principal wind-producing storms in the series. The fastest windspeed out of the series for each location is highlighted in bold. The day of occurrence is centered around the results at SeaTac--some locations may have seen peaks the day before or the day after. A fair number of these storms struck within a few hours of midnight, producing results on either side of the day at various locations, plus stations in California, due to their proximity, are often hit first by storms moving out of the southwest, and this can be a full 24 hours or more ahead of places far north, like Seattle. This chart had been created to show the kind of variance seen in peak gust speeds across the Pacific Northwest in specific storms. See the Appendix for November 1983 for furthur examples, and explanation, of the difficulty in depicting just what is the most powerful windstorm when comparing different events. Source: all wind data is from the National Climatic Data Center Climate Visualization Database, save the readings for Renton, which were from my own anemometer (+- 3% on personal wind records).
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