8pm Wind Update

Looks like things are winding down this evening.  I stayed out of the comment "flak fire" today and just acted like a regular person doing normal things (took down Christmas lights with the amazingly warm Columbia Gorge temps…50 degrees and sunny!). 

I, just like many others were hoping (some forecasting) a big storm, it just didn’t happen.  Remember that models never showed a major windstorm setup in the Western Valleys.  I said 40-50 mph gusts on my 10pm show and blog last night. 

Drew nailed it even better this morning in a comment on two posts back: "…my wind speed forecast of widespread 70-80 mph coastal gusts and 40-50 mph inland gusts already accounts for that scenario. There may be a couple of inland places where the wind briefly exceeds 50 mph, but I believe those places will be exceptions rather than the norm." 

Does that not perfectly describe what we saw this afternoon?

All the official airport locations stayed below 50 mph inland, except for that pesky 55 mph at McMinnville.  And as we should always expect with convective showers and strong upper-level wind, a few home weather stations made it to the 55 mph range.  It’s really easy for stronger gusts to dip down with the heavier showers.  Amazing that a 960mb low passed quite close to us yet we could barely get gusts to 50 mph here in the metro area!  Someday we’ll get a real storm, just be patient my young grasshoppers…Mark Nelsen

268 Responses to 8pm Wind Update

  1. J.R. on cell (sidekick LX) at work says:

    There is a firetruck and ambulance coming on idleman I’m fallowing right now…
    I found an open area and I’m doing cookies brb

  2. J.R. on cell (sidekick LX) at work says:

    There is a firetruck and ambulance coming on idleman I’m fallowing right now

  3. Diana - Mt Scott 1040' says:

    That’s very close to where I am, I’m just a little above the base of the towers.

  4. J.R. on cell (sidekick LX) at work says:

    I’m parked right next to the towers right now

  5. Zach - Corvallis says:

    Bad news, it has switched back to rain and temp is up to 33.8 from 33.2

  6. Diana - Mt Scott 1040' says:

    We just measured over 1/2″ here – it’s coming down pretty hard right now.

  7. J.R. on cell (sidekick LX) at work says:

    I am in sitting in my car right now on the side of the road… se ridgeway dr

  8. IceKeeg - Beaverton 'bout 200 foot elevation says:

    34.3 and much better flake-age now. Majority snow in the air

  9. Austin-Ridgefield says:

    safe to say now all snow and 34.3 with 32 DP this is great.

  10. Rob aka Gradient Keeper -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Brookings: 38F light snow
    I can’t even get a mix at 35.4F and the SOUTH coast gets light snow? wow….

  11. mark says:

    Hey, does anyone know what the deal with the precip is? It seems to be very showery off the coast…Is this the warm air?

  12. J.R. on cell (sidekick LX) at work says:

    Lol I’m stuck

  13. SW Portland (near Markham Elementary) says:

    It’s snowing and sticking here (at 618′). Pavement is lightly covered, as are cars.

  14. J.R. on cell (sidekick LX) at work says:

    On the top of mt scott right now

  15. It’s benn a fun (unexpected) ride for about 3 hours, but I’m seeing a back edge to this moisture coming over the coast, down here.

  16. Austin-Ridgefield says:

    I am getting a sleet/snow mix that is very weired but hey I will take all the winter precip I can get so no complaning here.

  17. J.R. (clackamas 250ft) says:

    im going to mt scott

  18. Rob aka Gradient Keeper -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Surface gradients as of 11:00 PM
    OLM-EUG -1.5 Increased
    PDX-EUG +0.8 Decreased
    PDX-DLS -2.5 Increased
    TTD-DLS -2.3 Increased

  19. Mmm those mid-60s next week are looking mighty good! B-)

  20. IceKeeg - Beaverton 'bout 200 foot elevation says:

    34.7 – now I’d say 50/50 – wet snow / chunky rain

  21. Austin-Ridgefield says:

    YAAAAAAAAAAAA all snow for me, now have to wait for it to stick maybe 34.7 32DP

  22. J.R. (clackamas 250ft) says:

    Current Observations: Clackamas 250ft
    TEMP: 35.6
    DEW POINT: 30
    Humidity: 82%
    WIND: E sustained at 6MPH GUST at 8MPH

  23. Rob aka Gradient Keeper -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    KPTV tower temps (c)
    9:00 PM
    T1: +0.1
    T2: -0.6
    T3: -0.9

  24. J.R. (clackamas 250ft) says:

    parents house 600ft happy valley –
    pure snow 34.8 – s
    my place 250ft clackamas
    mix 35.6

  25. PaulB/Eugene says:

    Snowed down to about 450′ in Eugene from about 7-10PM…here at 512′ temps bottomed out at 33.2F, now rising slowly…to 33.7F, now rain mixing back in….snow did stick to lawns, etc, not more than a trace of accumulation

  26. Heatblizzard silverton Or near the gardens elevation 360 ft says:

    Well duh IceKeeg your in Beaverton which is in kinda of a pocket ripe for colder air since you have mountains blocking the Mild Columbia Gorge and the Mild Marine flow somewhat. Your just asking for a frost at that spot when it’s clear.

  27. Diana - Mt Scott 1040' says:

    Still coming down, a little lighter. Everything is totally covered, road grass, wood. Still probably less than a quarter inch.

  28. Heatblizzard silverton Or near the gardens elevation 360 ft says:

    Boy do I think your slightly wrong. It’s a 36.7 here.
    I am serious there has been times where dad use to work in Mcminnville as a relief Pharmacist and drove home which he reported snow on that side of the valley and he drives over I5 and on the other side bamo Nothing. Nada. All the way to Silverton.
    I am telling you guys there is something on our side that you folks don’t have to screw cold air and snow.
    Maybe terrian blocking it somehow I don’t know. Your the weather dudes. I am just the dumb weather lurker.

  29. mark says:

    Why Jacob!!!??!?!
    No really, is this lasts until 5 or 6 am, I throughly expect at least an inch or two.

  30. jacob BPA says:

    Fab 5
    Update Snow Storm 08
    This will pass by Morning For Most Trace to a 1″ at most For some
    But this be a after thought By 9 am

  31. Austin-Ridgefield says:

    35.1 still a mix of rain and snow.

  32. Austin-Ridgefield says:

    You are right jacob my winds have shifted to NE and is it blowing temp down to 35.2 and falling DP 32 still.
    and there is still a mix

  33. Heatblizzard silverton Or near the gardens elevation 360 ft says:

    What steady temp drop I am still at 36.7 Yuck. You call that a steady drop? (looks disgusted). Well I hope one of you can see some flakes out of this.

  34. Cherie_in_Vernonia says:

    34 here now & just now BARELY beginning to snow

  35. DanInOC says:

    was all snow now all rain but temp down to 35.8 from 38.2…..snow starting to mix in as I type……now all rain…….

  36. IceKeeg - Beaverton 'bout 200 foot elevation says:

    35.2 now. Impressed with the steady temp drop. Still haven’t seen real flakes.

  37. jacob BPA says:

    Winds are Really Blowing From the NE

  38. Rob aka Gradient Keeper -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    We need east winds to increase noticeably within the next 1-2 hours as dewpoints have now risen to 32-33F…. Those winds may lower dewpoints back to 29-31F.

  39. Mback (Troutdale) says:

    Larry, what is your yim name?

  40. Laurie (Sylvan) says:

    On the downside of Barnes Rd., it’s snowing steadily but not sticking yet.

  41. Austin-Ridgefield says:

    Well I now have a good mix with most of it snow and temp has fallen to 35.8 and still a 32DP.

  42. salemphil says:

    Looks like it is snowing at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. As I recall the campus is about 210 ft. Here is a link to the campus cam. It’s real good at night but it looks like snow to me….I can hardly wait to go to school tomorrow LOL!!

  43. Mback (Troutdale) says:

    36.8 DP 32.3. Light mix with an Easternly drift of 5-10mph plus a black cat sitting on the fence across the street. We will name him Mr. Cat aka The Snow Cat.

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