Lots of wind this morning at the Coast. Definitely a bit more than expected. Notice that even some of the coastal cities had gusts over 60 mph. Even in winter that would a healthy storm. Here in the Valley gusts generally remained below 35 mph. All quiet now though as we are inbetween systems. Tomorrow should be a very dead weather day as a weak warm front moves north…lots of clouds but not much rainfall.
Friday and Saturday are beginning to look quite a bit more interesting. Some part of Northwest Oregon or Southwest Washington may really get soaked. Tons of moisture surges north and into the Pacific Northwest. It’s definitely not a Pineapple Express, but not much different. A narrow conveyor belt of moisture forms and sits generally overhead for about 24 hours. Precipitable water forecast up around 1.40″ is juicy! Add in a freezing level around 12,000′ (rain on the top of Mt. Hood), and we could have some early season flooding. We’ll definitely keep an eye on it.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen