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September 28, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Strong winds to whip through Husky Stadium during UW-Arizona game

The 1999 Apple Cup at Husky Stadium, in which the UW beat WSU, 24-14. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

The 1999 Apple Cup at Husky Stadium, in which the UW beat WSU 24-14. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Add this to the excitement around this afternoon’s UW-Arizona game at Husky Stadium:

Its 4 p.m. start should be right in the middle of anticipated winds gusting at 35 to 45 miles an hour, with sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles an hour, says Andy Haner, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

“And it looks like quite a band of rain moving, too,” says Haner. “It’s going to be rock and roll time. This is going to be everything a November game should be, except it’s September.”

The peak winds are expected to last between 3 and 6 p.m.

The winds are legendary at Husky Stadium, which has been referred to as “a punter’s graveyard.”

Haner says about trying to kick a field goal during such winds, “You see the ball heading towards the goal and, oops, the wind blows it off course.”

Back in 2001, the Seahawks played at Husky Stadium after the demolition of the Kingdome but before what is now CenturyLink Field was built.

Then-Seahawks punter Jeff Feagles said he ranked Husky Stadium, San Francisco’s 3Com Park and Chicago’s Soldier Field as the toughest places he has punted.

He told Times reporter Bud Withers about the wind: “I can’t figure it out. It drives me crazy. It drives our special-teams coach crazy, and I’m sure it drives Mike Holmgren crazy.”

Husky Stadium weather is so storied that this month Seattle weather guru Cliff Mass posted a lengthy explanation titled “The Meteorology of Husky Stadium,” complete with assorted graphics.

In the 2001 story, then-UW punter Derek McLaughlin, whose home was in Mesa, Ariz., was quoted as saying, “I knew it rained up here. But I didn’t know about the wind.”

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