Cascade Creek Fire; Looks Impressive on Satellite Image

Take a look at the visible satellite loop this afternoon, the fire on the southwest flank of Mt. Adams sure looks like it’s taking off:

http://sat.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/alternative.php?wfo=pqr&area=west&type=vis&size=1

The smoke plume is drifting over Mt. St. Helens, check out the Volcano Cam:

Extreme fire danger over and west of the Cascades as we are in a full-blown dry east wind event through tomorrow afternoon.  Gusty and dry wind plus warming temps are always bad for fires west of the mountains.  Be careful out there!

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

42 Responses to Cascade Creek Fire; Looks Impressive on Satellite Image

  1. Garron near Washington Square says:

    I was looking into the high cloud bands passing over us right now on wunderground, and ran into a rather weather geeky topic instead. WORLD’S HIGHEST TEMPERATURE TOTALLY BOGUS!!! The unofficial, officially recogonized reading in Libya, uncontested all these years has been debunked like Pluto being a planet.

    According to the research, 90 years later, the 9/11/23 hi temp of 58 D/c , was recorded on a black top surface, by a new weather observer that read the thermometer wrong, and other local obs. were totally in disagreement with his measurement. On top of that, the Libyan weather bureau doesn’t even recognize the 136.4 D/F, recorded on that day, as an official reading. Here’s the link to the data…

    http://www.wunderground.com/deadheat

  2. W7ENK says:

    What’s the deal with all these high clouds? Might cap our heating?? Could lead to some unexpected excitement later???

  3. Garron near Washington Square says:

    77.1 D/F, peak gust @ 19 so far, and humidity a deserty 19%.

  4. Ron says:

    37f yesterday here on Clear Creek near Estacada. 64f today at the same time, 6am. Amazing. stepping out the door both mornings. What a difference the east wind has played.

  5. My low temp was 66.7 right in my 65-70 forecast range. I also see that TTD-DLS is nearing -8mb! That’s real impressive offshore flow for Summer time.

  6. bgb41 says:

    Gorge gradients increasing rapidly last few hours. Wind now gusting 58mph at Crown Point with an aggressive -5.6mb gradient at 1240am

  7. bgb41 says:

    9/12/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:98 at DW5789 Eagle Poi(1463 ft) & ILLINOIS VALLEY(1389 ft) & MERLIN SEED ORCH(1064 ft)
    Low: 64 at RED MOUND(1753 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:52 at CW7477 Lostine(7002 ft)
    Low: 21 at CW0732 Seneca (4665 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 61 degrees
    Beatty (83/22 ) (4320 ft )

  8. bgb41 says:

    Temperature drops from 74 on the I-205 bridge to 51 on Hwy 503 this hour. Thats a 23 degree drop in less than 5 miles

  9. Offshore flow is playing with the temps :)

    62 @ 9:30

    66 @ 10:40

    • With a strong thermal trough and 850mb temps slowly warming could this be one of those very rare nights where we actually see temps rising after midnight-2 AM at places such as Larch Mtn.(Washington)? I wouldn’t be overly surprised if so.

  10. *BoringOregon* says:

    Was just out side crazy wind!!

  11. Mountain Man says:

    Up on the ridge here in the western Gorge (1,150’) , my Davis 2 just recorded a gust of 68mph from the NE. Several other gusts 50-62 mph in the last two hours here.

    • Mountain Man says:

      Wow peak gust 68mph at 8:01 and crazy windy for a few hours. Now not a gust over 25mph for 20 minutes. Weird how it just suddenly died down.

    • Sounds like you live in a really neat area! 68mph is pretty intense winds!

    • Mountain Man says:

      Rob, Yep, that’s why I live here. 90 inches of rain, 4-6 feet of snow and crazy wind (if the wind is deep enough or down sloping). Except wind has its problems. Flattened my corn. Good thing it’s ripe. Just watched my banana trees get flattened (after they were shredded by hail last week) as I write this. Sometimes not so neat if you enjoy gardening!

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Vista House hit 65mph a couple times today!
      You musta been near hurricane force!
      13 Sep 11:46 am PDT NE 34G65
      13 Sep 12:36 pm PDT NE 34G65

  12. Okay, the last time I mentioned this possibility it didn’t pan out, but tonight areas susceptible to east winds especially east of I-205, western Gorge, and the Cascade Foothills should remain very warm overnight due to persistent offshore flow. 12z WRF 4km 925mb Temp/Wind model shows easterly gradient increasing a bit overnight and cross section model verify this also. Perhaps 65-70 overnight in those locations.

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      A bit stronger flow this week compared to last so maybe, but it’s sure hard to keep the wind going anywhere other than right near the Gorge and on the hills this time of year. You might be right this time around; we’ll see.

    • Stronger thermal trough this time also, so perhaps. I know that my temp has leveled off at 72.3 due to increasing east wind. I LOVE these kind of rare warm, windy nights!

    • Muxpux (Castle Rock 175') says:

      Without being technical, I noticed the last few frames on the VIS sattelite had the smoke lifting northward indicating a subtle shit to a slight SE flow?? Or just a weakening gradient??

  13. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Hahaah! I saw your “SEVERE CLEAR WARNING” Mark!

  14. Muxpux (Castle Rock 175') says:

    Gonna be an impressive sunset up this way this evening, wish I had a better view of the western horizon.

    • Muxpux (Castle Rock 175') says:

      Well, I swung by a local watering hole after work to watch the sunset. Wasn’t quite as impressive as I had hoped. Lot of deep red low in the sky, but lack of clouds kind of diminished the awe-ing effect.

  15. I don’t know if anyone saw the pic my friend posted of the Cascade Creek Fire on Sunday, but it was sending off an impressive plume just a few hours after it started.

  16. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    Wow…didn’t even know that…what a great day to showcase a picture of what it looks like now :)

  17. W7ENK says:

    Yes, it does! :shock:

  18. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    Wildfires are bad, but the Yacolt burn left Silver Star bare of trees, and that provides for great wildflowers unlike any other area in SW Washington.

    82 here, humidity is 18%. DP 35.

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