Looking for Windstorms

6:00pm  Very active weather pattern continues through the beginning of the New Year.  Last few model runs seem to hone in on 4 more organized frontal systems from tonight-Saturday.  As of this evening, I don’t see any one producing wind gusts stronger than 40 mph in the Western Valleys.  BUT, this is the pattern that can produce surprises.

Hard to believe, but if this blog doesn’t satiate your weather geek needs, try this site:

http://oregonstate.edu/~readw/

Wolf Read has compiled an excellent of history of Northwest Windstorms over the years, including maps.  Track maps show where our most dangerous winter storms have originated and what track they take.  You could spend hours perusing all the storms with your favorite beverage in hand (I have!).

What I noticed most today was the continuing warmth.  The steady stream of moist/mild air from the southwest keeps the 50s coming.  Not the decade of course, but the temps.  A week ago we were struggling to get much above 32 here in Portland, and now 50-55 seems very nice. 

We ARE almost to what I call the "Portland Winter Halfway Point".  Our chance for low elevation snow is really only from mid-November to late February.  That means once we reach the first week of January (next week), we are halfway through our "danger period" for arctic air or significant snow.  We’ve had it easy so far this year…only 1" of snow officially last week.  I don’t see a single weather map that shows a return to anything close to snow or cold here in the next 7-10 days.

3 Responses to Looking for Windstorms

  1. b nairns says:

    I appreciate your weather forcast so much, I work for the road department and I check your forcast every day. It helps me decide if I need to get my plows and sanders ready for the next day or a crew ready for the weekend to plow snow or sand for freezing rain which is common in eastern oregon.
    Keep up the good work, and thanks again.

  2. David Tokar says:

    I live in Newport near Beverly Beach the winds are really picking up and the waves as well. Looks like we are really gunna get it tonight!

  3. Kirk says:

    Mark, Thankyou again for all the info cant wait for more cold air. I know what you said about accuweather that site always gets my hopes up for snow but is never right. Even now they are calling for snow next week what a joke. Please continue with the cold air outlooks. I wont bug you after Feb because I just look forward to sun and 80’s after that. Thanks

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