By Hugh Shipman
Twenty years ago this month, the Puget Sound region was entering its second wet winter in a row. Western Washington had seen serious flooding and landslides in 1995 and 1996, and the wet fall of 1996 had also left soils saturated. Then, during the last week of December, heavy snow blanketed much of the central Puget Lowland. On New Year’s Eve, rain began to pour. Over the following two days, the rain and the rapidly melting snow led to widespread landslides throughout the region, particularly along Puget Sound’s steep coastal bluffs.
By Morgan Chow, Zach Ferdaña, and Laura Flessner
The Nature Conservancy, Global Oceans, Climate Risk & Resilience – Coastal Resilience
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By Joel Darnell, P.E.
If you are like me, you spent a fair bit of time in mid-October glued to your favorite weather blog or checking your trusty weather station to track the major series of storms barreling towards the Pacific Northwest. Predictions generally pointed to an extraordinary and serious weather event affecting Washington’s Pacific Coast and interior. Dire comparisons were made to the infamous 1964 Columbus Day Storm but fortunately the impacts from the storm were less than hyped. Actual wind speeds were lower than initially forecast due in part to the offshore track and weakened strength of the system.
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