Peak Gusts: The Gorge Windstorm of ’09

(Wednesday 2pm)

I've updated a few windspeeds from the weekend storm here…I found a battery in the Corbett sensor today at the grade school.  Someone was thinking ahead.  So it recorded peak gusts during the entire storm, just couldn't send to a powerless computer.  Now I'm not getting paid for this, but the Davis Vantage Pro installed up there is a heck of an instrument.  It just keeps going and going and going…

(Previous post here)

From what I can tell, this has been the strongest easterly windstorm in the eastern Portland/Vancouver metro area since at least February 1996 (just before the flood) or more likely sometime before that.  That's based on the amount of damage seen out there and the actual recorded speeds.  This is the first time I've seen a peak gust around 60 mph at Troutdale (easterly) since the mid 90s when 24 hour a day observations began.  I think it's also safe to say that from the amount of downed trees, the period from Saturday midday to midday Sunday must have seen gusts of 80-90 mph in the Corbett area as well, the strongest since 1996 when several anemometers recorded gusts of 90-100 mph.  Unfortunately, the power went out during the windiest period!  I'm on hour 15 of no power here…posting via generator…Mark

So…if you have an anemometer and MEASURED a peak gust, put it here, keep discussing weather in other posts please:

1. Peak gust (mph)

2. Location

3. Time (if you know)

This is what I have so far:

Crown Point: 105 Noon Sunday (hand held), 92 3:30pm Saturday (hand held Tyler Mode)
Cape Horn, WA: 86 Sunday Night
Corbett (Menucha): 87 Sunday AM 
Corbett Elementary: 79 10:00pm Saturday 
Rooster Rock (NWS – Corbett Exit I-84): 77 Sunday Evening
Troutdale (SE):67 Saturday PM
Troutdale (Cherry Park): 63 5am Sunday
Troutdale Airport (KTTD): 59 6:30am Sunday
Troutdale (ODOT): 54 6:43am Sunday
West Orient Elementary: 54 Early Sunday AM
East Portland (ODOT-I205/Division): 49 5:22am Sunday
East Portland (160/Burnside): 58 10:30am Sunday
Portland Airport (KPDX): 44 11:35am Sunday
Parkrose: 42 11:00pm Sunday
SE Portland: 36 8pm Saturday
Beaverton (Cedar Mill): 44 4pm Saturday
Beaverton (SW): 33
East Vancouver: 38 10:30am Sunday
Skamania, WA: 56 10:30am Sunday

32 Responses to Peak Gusts: The Gorge Windstorm of ’09

  1. OldWxWatcher says:

    42 mph at 11:01 PM Sunday
    E Portland near 122 & Glisan

  2. Skip Halverson says:

    45 MPH in west Gresham before a power surge fried my weather station.

  3. Heisson Rob (750') says:

    My report was for today, Monday, BTW

  4. Hawkman says:

    67 MPH
    SE Troutdale
    Saturday afternoon

  5. Heisson Rob (750') says:

    Went up to Crown Point today with my handheld anemometer:
    91.4 MPH max gust, 60-70 MPH sustained – 3:40 at Crown Point – Vista House
    80.1 MPH max gust, 45-55 MPH sustained – 3:25 at Portland Women’s Overlook
    51.0 MPH max gust, 35-40 MPH sustained – 4:50 at Thunder Island/Cascade Locks
    Saw a door “reversal” on a minivan, and a pair of glasses blow off someone’s face and shatter.

  6. Gregg-Troutdale says:

    Peak gust here at 5:36 AM Sunday was 63.4, off of 257th and Hensley.

  7. 21 mph
    Forest Grove
    205PM – 1/18/09

  8. JN (850' ENE of Washougal) says:

    New peak gust 86 mph at 3:45 am.
    (A 20′ X 20′ section of roofing on my house in now all over the yard)

  9. janet says:

    1. peak gust 10
    2. North Vancouver near 99th Street and I-5 (five miles north of the Columbia River and five miles west of Orchards)– Greatest windspeed recorded in last three days at nearby reporting station was WNW 6 G10 at
    3. 1PM this afternoon.
    So close and yet so different–Hard to believe.

  10. Jim says:

    54 mph on our Maximum anemometer
    near West Orient Grade School
    Between 4:30 – 6 Sunday morning
    Sat. evening 52

  11. JN (850' ENE of Washougal) says:

    79 mph from the ENE
    850′ above the river 8 mi. ENE of Washougal near Cape Horn/ Mt. Pleasant
    10:39 last night. (Saturday night)
    Also a gust to 74 mph at 9:58 and lots in the low 70’s/upper 60’s last night.
    Best gust tonight 63 mph so far although I had one gust to 70 at 11:05 this morning.

  12. JN (850' ENE of Washougal) says:

    79 mph from the ENE
    850′ above the river 8 mi. ENE of Washougal near Cape Horn/ Mt. Pleasant
    10:39 last night. (Saturday night)
    Also a gust to 74 mph at 9:58 and lots in the low 70’s/upper 60’s last night.
    Best gust tonight 63 mph so far although I had one gust to 70 at 11:05 this morning.

  13. JoeLO485ft says:

    33 mph
    Lake Oswego Mt Park Area
    11:38 pm Sat. night

  14. TV Weather Producer says:

    32mph
    Beaverton 217 and Denney
    5:53 pm
    1/18

  15. todays peak
    32.9 11:23am

  16. 1. 35.8
    2. 82nd / Flavel
    3. 8:06pm 1-17-09

  17. Eric - Troutdale(300ft) says:

    1. 60 mph
    2. Troutdale next to Safeway
    3. 4:55 am Sunday
    Hope you get your power back soon Mark. I think I saw the line down in Corbett that caused it.

  18. TH, West Portland/Cedar Mill, 580' says:

    44 mph, Sat. 3:45pm

  19. TH says:

    West Portland above St.Vincent Hospital, 44 mph, Saturday 3:45 pm.

  20. TH says:

    West Portland above St.Vincent Hospital, 44 mph, Saturday 3:45 pm.

  21. Jackie Hearthwood Area Vancouver says:

    38.2MPH at 10:40AM Sunday

  22. Mike from Orchards says:

    26 mph around noon today…
    28 mph yesterday at 5:30pm….
    Orchards/NE Vancouver

  23. Heisson Rob (750') says:

    31 MPH at 6PM Saturday, many gusts in the high 20’s throughout Sunday.
    At the bottom of our hill (500′), I bet it didn’t get over 10 MPH all day. And I’m glad I’m not living in the “jetwash” that’s running over the top of our hill (950′).
    Also, spent most of the day in Battle Ground and Orchards. Question of the day there – “what wind?”

  24. Sean in Felida, 200 feet says:

    Yes Scott, those were truly amazing winds. Just ask the man and woman who got a pickup bed ride back to their car because they were unable to stay on their feet. Or perhaps the woman who wiped out chasing her eyeglasses across the parking lot. Or when you lost your balance, blew off the steps, and ran into the wall on the other side of the road. If only you had some video???? HMMMMMM.

  25. Jackfrost (Beaverton) says:

    33mph here (Murray & Allen)

  26. OC 502' says:

    25.4mph
    Oregon City
    Sat night, 11:14pm

  27. OC 502' says:

    25.4mph
    Oregon City
    Sat night, 11:14pm

  28. Atmospheric Wrath aka Gradient Keeper - Elevation 300' -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Per my weather station anemometer:
    Sunday 10:29 AM – 58.2mph
    ——————————————
    Also a report of 59.8mph at 160th & S.E. Burnside.

  29. Atmospheric Wrath aka Gradient Keeper - Elevation 300' -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Per my weather station anemometer:
    Sunday 10:29 AM – 58.2mph
    ——————————————
    Also a report of 59.8mph at 160th & S.E. Burnside.

  30. Rich, Prune Hill, Camas, 750 ft says:

    45 mph tops today. Don’t know the time.

  31. Rich, Prune Hill, Camas, 750 ft says:

    Ok, rookie question here, is this a typical low off shore event causing the wind?

  32. Scott says:

    Gusts to 105 mph Crown Point Vista House, sustained 50-60mph. This was recored on a portable anemometer that a guy had sticking out of his sunroof. This was around noon today. Truly amazing to be (somewhat)standing in this.

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