May Storm and a New Weather Blog

May 4, 2009
Morning Visible Image

Morning Visible Image

I’ve been feeling a bit crappy all weekend, especially later yesterday and this morning, but the A.M. weather info sure caught my attention.  Quite a surface low wrapping up offshore right now.  I see the WRF-GFS has the low going sub-980 mb. and moving into Vancouver Island this evening.  Assuming it’s a bit weak, as it usually is…that means maybe a 975mb or deeper low making landfall to our north.  That’s REALLY impressive for the first week of May.  Should be a nice windstorm this afternoon/evening on the Coast, and MAYBE with mild temps and good mixing here in the Valleys.  It sure is easier to mix the strong upper-level wind to the surface in the warmer half of the year, so we’ll see what happens in the Valley.  I would guess gusts to 40 mph sometime between 5pm and Midnight tonight here in the Metro Area.

4:30 PM UPDATE:  Looks like southerly surge of wind has made it as far north as Lincoln City.  Peak gusts within the last hour are 55 at Newport and 54 at Florence, but only 20 mph light SE anywhere to the north of L.C.  Jamie Wilson is waiting patiently about 20 miles north in Pacific City.  Hopefully the wind arrives in time for her 5:01pm live shot! I see Humbug Mtn. had a gust to 81!  And the gust to 52 at North Bend is pretty high for that location.  Hopes are still high for a quick coastal windstorm…

 

"Storm" Rain Total So Far

"Storm" Rain Total So Far

8:00 PM UPDATE:  Plenty of wind on the Coast this evening.  Peak gusts exceeded 70 mph in spots.  And that was a great frontal passage with a bright rainbow across the Portland Metro Area around 7pm after the downpours.  Looks like up to 1.00″ or so fell in the last 6 hours around town.  So far though we’ve seen little or no southerly wind in the Portland Metro area.  Drew and I notice a bit of a development just off the North Oregon Coast right now…sort of a secondary low pressure center or comma cloud.  This might be part of the reason we’ve seen such light wind inland AND also along the northern Coast.  We’ll know within about 2 hours I suppose.

It’s a bit of a messy move, but we just switched links to the “new” blog on our main page.  There are some things to fix up, just like after a big move from one house to another.   Nothing major will change, except this is a bit of a better program.  You can choose a picture for yourself as well.  Plus it appears we can handle the “crazy people” a bit better (remember a few of those during the December cold spell?).

NOTE:  It appears that the very first time you comment from any one IP address, you’ll need to get your comment approved before the “system” will let you become a regular.  Basically I have to let each of you in the “door” once.

Mark Nelsen