Giant Blowdown at Olympic Perplexes Scientists

A mysterious wind event in January toppled more than 100 old-growth trees at Lake Quinault.
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Quinault rainforest

Quinault rainforest

On the night of January 27, something knocked over more than 100 old-growth trees on Lake Quinault's north shore--but weather stations showed no storms or even significant winds that night. One meteorologist investigated the incident and reported a likely cause: a complicated phenomenon involving an offshore front being forced into the valley between two ridges.