If you look at Sequim on a regional map you can see that the landform bulges out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, particularly in the northern Dungeness area. At times this maritime influence delivers the brunt of high winds.
Planted windbreaks like these are somewhat common around here. This is another view of the lombardi poplar “four seasons trees” that I posted here recently. These trees seem to hold up well against the wind. Others have the look of artistic topiary as they grow bent from the sometimes brutal westerly winds.