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Valentine’s night greeted by 126 mph wind gust at Mission Ridge

Mission Ridge Ski Area near Wenatchee. (Associated Press)
Mission Ridge Ski Area near Wenatchee. (Associated Press)

WINTERSPORTS -- If you were trying to sweep a Valentine off her feet, the ski resort near Wenatchee would have been the place to do it Sunday night.

A Valentine’s night wind storm raged like a jilted lover at the Mission Ridge summit, gusting to 126 mph there, but becoming far less menacing at lower elevations around the region, the Wenatchee World reports.

No major power outages or damage were reported from the storm, which gained force late Sunday and into the early hours of Monday.

Mission Ridge’s mighty summit gust came at midnight, according to the National Weather Service. At mid-mountain, winds blew at 18 mph with gusts to 44 mph at 2 a.m.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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