Peak Metro Gusts

I sure expected strongest wind to be on the west side of the metro area last night and today, but the disparity between the two sides of town was more than I expected.  This storm in the north Willamette Valley seemed to be a weaker version of the December 2007 big storm.  Heaviest rain and wind on the west and northwest parts of the metro area.  And less than expected wind on the east side with just occasional strong gusts surfacing out there.  In fact the Nehalem river at Vernonia had it’s highest crest since the 2007 storm this evening; luckily about 5.5′ lower this time around.

Here are the peak gusts, from official NWS sites and some MADIS sites too.  For the first time someone has a home weather station online up on Bald Peak, about halfway down it’s length from west to east, at 1300′.  It recorded a gust to 60 mph.  The NWS put that down as Newberg, but I’m pretty confident it didn’t gust to 60 IN Newberg!

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

139 Responses to Peak Metro Gusts

  1. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Hahaah! Take the necessary precautions!
    Like armor plating on your vehicle!

    http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/FXC/make_img.php?wfo=pqr&iname=Active_Screen1L&size=1&force=no

  2. AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
    903 PM PST TUE NOV 20 2012

    .SHORT TERM…AFTER ONE FAIRLY STRONG DISTURBANCE PASSED THROUGH SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON AND NORTHWEST OREGON WITH A SHOT OF WIND…RAIN…AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS EARLIER TODAY…ANOTHER IS POISED JUST OFF THE COAST THIS EVENING FOR A REPEAT TONIGHT. THE LEADING EDGE SHOULD REACH THE COAST BY 10 PM… AND THE FRONTAL BOUNDARY OFF THE COAST IS CONVECTIVE IN CHARACTER WITH SEVERAL LIGHTNING STRIKES ALONG ITS LENGTH. THIS FEATURE WILL MOVE ONSHORE AND ACROSS SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON AND NORTHWEST OREGON THE REMAINDER OF TONIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. LOOK FOR MORE RAIN… BRIEFLY HEAVY IN EMBEDDED CONVECTIVE CORES… LIGHTNING ALONG THE COAST AND INTO THE WEST SLOPES OF THE COAST RANGE…AND LOWER SNOW LEVELS IN THE CASCADES. THIS FEATURE WILL ALSO PRODUCE A BURST OF WIND…WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH NEAR THE COAST AND TO 35 OR 40 MPH IN THE INLAND VALLEYS. SNOW LEVELS IN THE CASCADES WILL BOTTOM OUT AROUND 2500 FEET ON WEDNESDAY. LOOK FOR 5 TO 15 INCH TOTALS IN THE CASCADES THROUGH WEDNESDAY…WITH THE HIGHER AMOUNTS AT THE SKI RESORT ELEVATIONS.
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    Not a wind storm, but sounds active at least……

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