Did you feel a change in the weather during the past hour? You would have had good reason to since a nearly 180° swing in the wind direction has created dramatic change.
After temperatures in the Ferndale area have spent days below the freezing mark, even as rain from a warmer upper air mass fell today, during the past hour temperatures have increased about 10°, pushing into the 40s.
According to a weather station near Ferndale High School, the change began about 2:45pm today. At that time, the temperature at the weather station was reported at 32.1° with the wind from the north as it had been since before Christmas Day.
In addition to the temperature increase, winds have picked up from a light north breeze to sustained wind from the southeast of 10 to 15mph with gusts of over 25mph.
The forecast for the evening hours is for the low temperature to remain above freezing, in the mid-30s with rain continuing into Friday.
The northeast wind is expected to return tomorrow with gusts to 25mph and a high temperature in the mid to upper 30s with up to a half-inch of rain.