posted on Apr, 18 2014 @ 02:43 PM
a reply to: deanyo
Hey there fellow Washingtonian.
I live in Bonney Lake - roughly 20 miles from Point Defiance (which is in the Tacoma area for anyone not
familiar). I am in the "foothills" of Mt Rainier, and from where I am we can look downhill (toward the east-northeast) and see Tacoma. Really
beautiful at night.
Anyhoo - I know that at my house last night the wind was pretty strong with a lot of very strong "bursts" really rattling the chimes and knocking
stuff over in my yard, so I would imagine that Point Defiance Park, being right on the water (Puget Sound for those unfamiliar), would have much
stronger winds since that area doesn't have much to "block" the wind.
I would have guessed that the super saturated soil in Western Washington causing all the landslides lately (like the tragic Oso landslide) would be
partly to blame, but the picture in the link looks like the tree was snapped in half! Still, it's not really that
uncommon to have mini
tornados in the area. We do get 1 or 2 small ones a year like this one last September: