It’s good to see the forecast turn out nicely. A good burst of southerly wind is moving up the Valley at 10am. This is from the low pressure system just about straight west of Willapa Bay on the south Washington Coast. I see gusts of 40-50 mph from Salem south. That’ll spread north into the Metro area in the next two hours. Gusts to 40 mph are likely here for a few hours. That’s generally not a damaging wind but the strongest south wind we’ve seen since before Thanksgiving. Say goodbye East wind! At least for 24 hours or so.
PGE already has 15,000+ customers out of power down in the Central Valley. Looks like some trees haven’t been “pruned” by the south wind this winter.
Ughhh! For some reason no 10am observations available…really bad timing. Would be nice to know what the peak gusts are this hour in the Valley.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen