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    Pacific Northwest Storm Waves Over 30 Feet

    By Jesse Ferrell, Meteorologist/Community Director
    3/12/2012, 7:38:06 AM

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    Rain of up to 4 inches and 2 feet of snow are predicted from a powerhouse Pacific Northwest storm, but winds are already gusting over 80 mph with waves over 30 feet early Monday. I will update this blog entry later today and again tomorrow as the higher wind gusts reach land.


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    The image of the winds and pressure with the storm above is courtesy CoolWx.com. Despite a mediocre prediction on 25-foot waves off the coast of Oregon today, the storm is already causing 31.2-foot waves (and rising) at a buoy off the Washington coast:

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    The NWS in Seattle warns that waves of 25-30 feet could reach shore. Pressure has fallen to 28.88" (and is still falling rapidly) at another buoy, and winds have already hit 81 mph at Hurricane Ridge, WA:


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