Why Saturday’s storm was not as strong as predicted

While many were relieved that Saturday’s predicted “stormageddon” turned out to be hardly more than a typical fall night, meteorologists are looking at the predictions and the actual path of the storm to determine what changed, according to our online news partners The Seattle Times.

Weather trackers were confronted Saturday morning with three different possible paths for the storm, said Jay Neher, meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Seattle office on Sunday. The actual path was even further west than predicted, sparing most of the Puget Sound region. Instead, the storm, the remnants of typhoon Songda, struck Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia, sparing inland Puget Sound.

A few days ago, this storm was forecast to bring gusts of 70 mph, and be one of the five worst storms in local history. Officials thought it could rival the Inauguration Day storm of 1993 or the Hanukkah Eve storm of 2006.

But the center of the storm – the remnant of typhoon Songda, which hitched a rare ride on the North Pacific jet stream – cruised 30 miles or so offshore, its edge barely brushing Neah Bay and La Push as it headed to Canada.

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