Active, but Not Wild Weather

November 18, 2009

Just for fun and a look at the “behind the scenes”…here’s the note I just sent out to the newsroom. This is how we let them know what’s going on:

COASTAL WIND: It has not been impressive so far. The main wind has been on the Washington Coast. Peak gusts on the Oregon Coast have only been 40-50 mph with a spot or two slightly higher…a bit of yawner for them. I still think it’ll pick up some overnight, but gusts will stay below 70 mph. There will be a lull tomorrow morning, then another surge of wind tomorrow midday or so with gusts of 60-70 mph. Definitely not a major storm, but a windy period out there.

COASTAL RAIN: It has been heavy in SW Washington, but not so much in the North Coast Range. As of now no rivers are forecast to flood in N.W. Oregon.

WESTERN VALLEYS (INCLUDING PORTLAND METRO): It’s breezy and we’ve had some rain, but less than 1” expected in the next 2-3 days. Wind gusts should stay below 35 mph.

I’ll have a bit more of a meteorological angle on things coming up a bit later…

Okay, let’s try it again.  I posted, but then apparently it had logged me out…really annoying and a lost post.  Looks like a lull in the wind late tonight through tomorrow morning, then the 2nd low is heading for Vancouver Island by late tomorrow afternoon.  Wind gusts should be a bit higher at the Coast.

That 00z WRF-GFS did catch my attention with a 3rd little low moving onto the Washington Coast on Friday.  If it is deeper on later runs it could give us some good wind.  But that model is the only one that has shown it so far.

Out of time…everyone is heading home and I am too.

Chief Metorologist Mark Nelsen