Currently in Seattle — November 2, 2023: Rainy and windy

Plus, Storm Ciarán strikes northwest Europe.

The weather, currently.

Rain and big gusts, with a chance of afternoon sunshine

On Thursday, you’ll want to grab your rain gear for your morning commute. And with winds gusting as high as 24 mph, you’ll want to be extra careful out there.

We might get a sun break in the afternoon, but then we’ll likely have more rain and wind through evening. We should see less overall accumulation than on Wednesday night.

What you need to know, currently.

With water temperatures in the North Atlantic Ocean at far-and-away record highs, one of the strongest-ever cyclonic storms to hit northwest Europe made landfall in the UK early Thursday.

According to the UK Met Office, Storm Ciarán underwent “explosive cyclogenesis” on Wednesday, rapidly deepening to a central pressure of 950mb — one of the strongest ever recorded in western Europe. According to UK-based climate scientist Ed Hawkins, “Only two other similar events for pressure in observational records - 25/02/1989 and 25/12/1821.”

Heavy rain and strong winds around hurricane-force will affect Ireland, the UK, France, Spain, and Portugal on Thursday.

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