Waves of Washington’s Windstorm

We had a pretty spectacular windstorm here in Seattle yesterday, with winds up to 56 mph. Word to the wise, when attempting kite flying between downpours, go to a park not the sidewalk by your house (sorry neighbor kid I almost decapitated). But before wreaking airborne havoc on my ‘hood, I got to catch a glimpse of the awesome wave action that was caused by this storm. In case you didn’t know, Seattle is a city that is surrounded by water: Puget Sound to the west and Lake Washington to the east. And I crossed Lake Washington’s I-90 floating bridge right at the peak of the storm! Overtopping waves closed down the eastbound span, but even on the less side my car STILL got splashed with water. Unfortunately I was not able to take a video (I was driving and I’m not reckless all the time), but thankfully lots of other people did.

EVERYONE I DROVE OVER THIS BRIDGE! 

Here’s the view from the 520 bridge.

And then they closed it. 

BECAUSE WAVES. CdeL8T5UYAA6MJ3

Oooooohh timelapse…OMG THE WHOLE BRIDGE IS MOVING.

Just going to pan over to the Hood Canal Bridge for some constructive interference of waves hitting and reflecting off the pontoons. 

Even tiny Greenlake had whitecaps.

 

You know, maybe I shouldn’t always want to get the first spot on the ferry from the San Juans. Wait for it….

But in the end, Mother Nature reminds us why we love it here :) Cdd250jVAAEDw5G

 

Dr. Martini (125 Posts)

Kim is a Physical Oceanographer at the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2010. Her goal in life is to throw expensive s**t in the ocean. When not at sea, she uses observations from moored, satellite and land-based instruments to understand the pathways that wind and tidal energy take from large (internal tides) to small scales (turbulence).


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