Calendar changes... weather doesn't

Calendar changes... weather doesn't
I sure learned a valuable lesson this morning. Not only is it a good idea to mark your address on your garbage can itself, but on the lid as well.

Torrential rains accompanied by gusty winds blew through the Northwest Tuesday morning, making those who had the unfortunate timing of their garbage day today (like me) have to go hunting in the pouring, blowing rain for their empty trash cans that blew away in the wind.

Mine was found next door, but the lid is still missing at this hour. And it's not marked. (So if you see a random black trash can lid blowing around the North Sound, it might be mine.)

Others, I'm sure, had the same problem as winds gusted as high as 55-60 mph in some spots. Here's some peak gusts:

Westport: 65 mph
Clallam Bay: 62 mph
Brinnon: 58 mph
Oak Harbor: 56 mph
Arlington: 53 mph
Vail: 53 mph
Tacoma (McChord AFB): 49 mph
Bellingham: 48 mph
Forks: 48 mph (before power went out)
Seattle: 46 mph
Alki Beach: 46 mph
Hoquiam: 46 mph
Everett: 46 mph
Shelton: 45 mph
Gig Harbor: 45 mph
Renton: 38 mph
Seattle/Boeing Field: 38 mph

Snohomish PUD reported 6,500 people were without power at the peak of the storm, and Puget Sound Energy reported 12,000 without power.

The peak winds have passed, and wind speeds will be slowly subsiding through the evening. All wind warnings and advisories have ended.

The heavy rain is also tapering off, but not before dropping 1.5-2.5" of rain. Seattle had received 2.06" of rain as of 4 p.m. since the rains began Monday night. Forks was pushing 4". Wow.

Aside from the wind and rain, it was pretty warm today. Seattle tied their record high for the day at 56 degrees.

With snow levels up around 6,000 feet, that extra rain put pressure on a lot of our rivers. A FLOOD WARNING is in effect for the Skokomish, Tolt, Bogachiel, and Nooksack Rivers. A FLOOD WATCH remains in effect for all other rivers that feed off the Olympics and in the Cascades from King County northward.

The rest of the night will feature scattered showers, with lows dropping into the low 40s. So those of you with Wednesday garbage pickup should count your blessings.