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Great place to find current conditions

Great place to find current conditions
Here are some good places to find current wind reports:
* 520 Bridge
* Washington State Ferries

And this site from the UW is the holy grail. There's a link at the top of the page that gives what the station codes represent. Column "SP" is sustained speed, "GS" is gust. But on some, if you look over to the right in the comments field, there's a "PK WND" designation, which is the highest gust reported in the hour.

It's given as a few numbers, like: "PK WND 13041/2103".  The 130 is the wind direction on the compass (so, a southeast wind), the 41 is the speed in knots, and 2103 is the time recorded in UTC, which is 8 hours ahead of PST.  So in this case, which is Friday Harbor in their 2 p.m. observation, they had a peak hourly gust of 41 knots from 130 degrees at 1:03 p.m.  To convert knots to mph, multiply knots by 1.15. (so, 47 mph.) Finally, if you look in the URL, there's a "what=0" at the end. You can change that '0' to a number to get past hours -- i.e., if you change the 0 to a 1, you'll get the observations from one hour back. '2' is two hours, etc.