Photos: A wild, windy day

Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2010

A williwaw, a sudden blast of wind descending from a mountainous coast to the sea, is shown from a beach along Thane Road as it lifts a swirling wall of spray in Gastineau Channel Wednesday morning. Also called outflow wind and squamish wind, the blasts are known in the coastal fjords of the Alaskan Panhandle, Aleutian Islands, and the Strait of Magellan. Many swirling mists of water were observed throughout the day along the Juneau waterfront areas.

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Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire


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