High Winds which have been forecast, have made their arrival. Above 1,000 feet anyway. Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS) such as Hawkeye in the Geysers area, Hopland north of the grade, High Glade in the Mendocino National Forest in Lake County and Mt Konocti in Lake County all report wind gusts from the west northwest over 20mph. In Lyons Valley located on Cow Mountain east of Ukiah, wind gusts have topped 46mph, sustained at 18.
The National Weather Service has posted high wind warnings for the surrounding foothills and mountains of Sonoma County with gusts as high as 60mph from late tonight (Monday) through early Wednesday.
For the valley dwellers, gusts could reach as high as 29mph tonight, sustained at 15. Tuesday will be much the same.
Here is the warning from the NWS:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA HAS ISSUED
A HIGH WIND WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TUESDAY TO
11 AM PDT WEDNESDAY.
THE WIND ADVISORY HAS BEEN UP GRADED TO A HIGH WIND WARNING FOR
THE HILLS ABOVE 1000 FEET IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. A TROUGH OF
LOW PRESSURE WILL DIVE INTO THE GREAT BASIN TONIGHT. THIS WILL
RESULT IN INCREASING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS BEGINNING LATE TONIGHT
AND LASTING THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO REACH
30 TO 40 MILES PER HOUR WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH. WINDS ARE EXPECTED
TO DIMINISH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS
OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.
Loma Fire update: Burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Eureka Canyon, the Loma fire is now near 20% contaiment at 475 acres. Total fire personnel assigned is at 1,516. Winds are forecast to come from the north tonight making containment objectives harder to reach. One trailer and two outbuilding have been destroyed. The fire’s cause, which reared it’s ugly head early Sunday morning, is under investigation.
Striking about this fire is the way it burned after receiving 7.53 inches of rain two weeks ago. A few miles away, Mt. Umunhum received almost 11 inches.
Today in Weather History: Days after a raging fire hit the Oakland Hills destroying thousands of homes, the first rainstorm of the season drenched the region on October 26, 1991. Rainfall totals reached up to two inches.