Gusty Wind Arriving

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

51 Responses to Gusty Wind Arriving

  1. boydo3 N Albany says:

    Layman’s forecast:
    next couple days, fog low clouds, maybe a sun break
    few days following, light rain drizzle,dank and cool
    after that, eight ball says “your future is uncertain”
    later on, “Players, place your bets…”
    long range, “continued weather”
    Mental response is, “I wonder what air fares are to that sunny, warm location we went to a few years ago? Remember those blue skies, tropical breezes, warm ocean? Ahhh…..”

  2. Kenneth says:

    SOOO QUITE IN HERE!! Shake it up Mark 🙂

  3. Justin (Brush Prairie) says:

    Wind is lame. Send one of those puppies down to SW OR and pump some cold high pressure to our east.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      That would be alright. Of course the models are now rather consistent in showing deep lows sub 970mb, so that wouldn’t be all that lame.

    • Andrew Johnson says:

      Personally I’ve never been a big fan of windstorms in the Willamette Valley. I don’t like damaging weather. Disruptive weather is fine, but growing up on a heavily wooded rural property windstorms always entailed a lot of clean up. Wind is fun, but better in its rightful place such as the coast or the gorge :).

    • Eternal Yamcha (SE Milwaukie) says:

      See, I’m different from quite a few people here: I’m seriously not big on snow. Yeah it’s nice to see once or twice a season and as annoying as flirting with it is, I don’t mind that.

      But December 2008 basically proved to me that snow is fine in small doses and only if it doesn’t last that long, in my opinion. It’s too disruptive and honestly? I find it far more damaging and havoc inducing than the majority of our windstorms here.

      Good Pacific windstorms are awesome… When one strikes, it’s the only time of the year that 54 degrees feels WARM. Not to mention that we seem to always need the rain. The only thing I’m not big on about them is if A. They’re historically destructive. B. If too many of them roll through and snow levels stay high. I HATE when our snow pack is well below average.

      Please remember that the views expressed in my post are OPINIONS and one the dumbest things you can do is argue OPINIONS… Especially on something like weather. We all have our likes and dislikes which always makes for interesting reading. Finding out why others enjoy the weather they do is always enjoyable.

      That said: Send me another windstorm plz! KTHXBAI.

      (P.S. Though I will no longer deny the incredible power of the east winds at Crown Point.)

    • Runrain says:

      When we choose to live in hazardous zones, we have to accept what nature gives. She was there first. Kind of like the people who complain about forest fire risk, cougars strolling thru the backyard, etc. There is a price to pay whem living in paradise. We don’t seem to want to pay that, only enjoy the benefits. Live near a river-accept the risk of flooding. Simple!

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      This may be damaging weather, but in terms of comparing the PNW to any part of the country, the only thing we had in recent memory that was considered “damaging” at all, was the severe thunderstorm we had in June. The December 2006 windstorm was the second closest to strike any sort of fear. With this being said, we hardly have events like this, and should be enjoyed as we all did so during the thunderstorms last Spring.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      But if this weather is at a magnitude similar to October 12th 1962… Thats a different story. 🙂

    • Seems like we go through this every time we have the potential for windstorms……Some people like it and some don’t……I myself prefer ’em, whether of the “east” variety or the south kind….I’ve been thru all the biggies…Columbus Day, Nov of ’81, Dec of ’95, you name ’em, I’ve been thru ’em all…I can’t get enough…I hope I can experience another sometime soon..

      46.9°…..0.22″ rain

  4. PDX Weather Nut says:

    I’d love to see some snow here in the Portland area. All of this rain is just blah … even mountain snow would be nice

  5. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    .LONG TERM…MEDIUM RANGE MODELS ARE IN GOOD AGREEMENT THIS AFTERNOON WITH THE LARGE SCALE PATTERN SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY AS A VERY STRONG JET TAKES AIM AT CALIFORNIA. HOWEVER…THE SMALL SCALE DETAILS ARE A LITTLE UNCLEAR AND WILL NEED TO BE WORKED OUT OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. SEVERAL DISTURBANCES WILL ROTATE NORTHEASTWARD TOWARD THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST COAST SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY EACH SEPARATED BY ABOUT 24 HOURS. EACH OF THESE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BRING HIGH WINDS TO THE COAST AND COAST RANGE…AND POSSIBLY EVEN INTO THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY DEPENDING ON THE EXACT TRACK THAT EACH LOW TAKES. FOR NOW…RAIN AND WINDY AT TIMES LOOKS
    LIKE THE WAY TO GO.

  6. muxpux says:

    the wind aint bad here in Longview, but there sure is a bullseye on us, look at that radar….why cant it do this when its snow? lol

  7. Peak gust of 28.2 mph so far. Sure is nice to get some kind of action.

  8. alohabrian says:

    KATU issued a weather bulletin for high wind gusts later this afternoon for up to 45mph gusts…..How do the real weather folks see it?

  9. PaulB/Eugene says:

    Peak gust in EUG 44mph, SLE 46…not bad…at least the inversions are gone.

    WRF extended still has 960s low scraping up the OR coast 6-7 days from now, but low is filling a bit as it goes N, with valley surface winds not exceeding 30 knots…not sure what to think yet…

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Perhaps we don’t dodge the bullet this time? For the Willamette Valley we have for years in terms of a major south wind storm.

  10. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    Peak gust so far 36.3mph @ 12:53 PM.

  11. W7ENK says:

    Well, the wind woke me up this morning, but the gusts sound much heavier than my anemometer is recording… 26.7 at 10:34, 27.1 at 12:09, and just had 22.4 right now. The gusts are really short, and the time between is pretty calm. I hope I didn’t damage my anemometer when I took it up to Crown Point last week???

  12. Jethro (Canby ~187') says:

    36 mph is my peak gust so far. Temp is currently at 46.5F.

  13. muxpux says:

    35?! thats it? lol. oh well, house just got rocked by a big one. should be higher.

  14. MrData says:

    Mark will you please clear my comment?

  15. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Current GFS is astonishing… If whats shown between hours 168-180 actually verifies… Talk about 70+ mph winds, at least in the Central to Southern Willamette.

  16. muxpux says:

    up here in Longview, the wind has really picked up the last hour or so, i see KKLS reporting a gust to 37 on its most recent OBS.

    doesnt feel THAT windy, but definitely blustery

    • muxpux says:

      i take that back, its roaring outside now. cant wait to see what the 11:35 update has for a peak gust…

  17. k5mitch says:

    The NWS says;
    Short Term Forecast
    SHORT TERM FORECAST
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
    1103 AM PST WED JAN 13 2010

    ORZ006>008-WAZ039-132115-
    GREATER PORTLAND METRO AREA-CENTRAL WILLAMETTE VALLEY-
    SOUTH WILLAMETTE VALLEY-GREATER VANCOUVER AREA-
    INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…HILLSBORO…PORTLAND…OREGON CITY…
    GRESHAM…SALEM…MCMINNVILLE…DALLAS…EUGENE…CORVALLIS…
    ALBANY…VANCOUVER…BATTLE GROUND…WASHOUGAL
    1103 AM PST WED JAN 13 2010

    .NOW…

    A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE NORTH ALONG THE
    WASHINGTON COAST OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
    GUSTY SOUTH WINDS ACROSS THE AREA. WIND GUSTS IN THE WILLAMETTE
    VALLEY…INCLUDING THE PORTLAND AND VANCOUVER METRO AREAS…WILL
    CONTINUE AROUND 40 MPH THROUGH 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON WITH A FEW
    GUSTS TO 45 MPH POSSIBLE.

  18. Jackfrost (Beaverton) says:

    had a gust about 5 min ago 25mph out of the SW

  19. 48.7F….0.06″ rain…South winds to 16 mph

  20. Adam in SE says:

    Bring on the damp stuff from the south and west. I have nothing good to say about those east winds.

  21. pappoose in scappoose says:

    15,000 out of power. NWS says it will be “breezy”

    • Chris says:

      Is it not breezy where you are? Don’t worry the wind will pick up.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Have 100 year old doug fir and cedar trees on my property. Judge the wind speed by the size of material coming off the trees. Right now just the green puff ball stuff (maybe 6″) blowing around.

  22. Tim says:

    About how long will the wind last?

  23. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    Keep getting random bursts of wind here in Vancouver. Nothing over 25 mph though. Temp is rising though.

  24. MrData says:

    VERY gusty winds here.

    Woke up about an hours ago and the lights/electricity flickered a few times. Thought it was my imagnation but there were some sharp/strong gusts that appears to have been in the 40-45 mph range for a bit around 10:00 to 10:15.

    Not as strong now but it sounds bad in south Salem. 😮

    We are heading towards downtown Salem way in a few hours to go to a meeting and I am way overdue for a haircut.

    There is so much hair I can’t even see what I am typing.
    There’ hair all over this blog. 😮

  25. J-Kelso says:

    Wow, I could see the wind coming. Getting pretty breezy here now.

  26. WEATHERDAN says:

    Winds currently gusting S-48mph in Salem. Power out to 7,000 Pge customers in South Salem. Big pattern shift on it’s way next week supposedly. Channel 8 is making a big deal out of some cold weather that’s supposed to hit around the 21st. I don’t really see it yet, but who knows.

  27. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    Surface gradients
    As of 10 AM|Current|Hourly Change
    PDX-EUG: -3.5mb | 1.7mb Increase
    PDX-MRF: -8.8mb | 0.8mb Increase

  28. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    48.4 here with light SE winds. The south winds are moving into the southern section of the metro area now. Impressed to see that 46mph gust at Salem.

  29. Jackfrost (Beaverton) says:

    I must have just missed the wind. I walked up to the corner store to get an energy drink and it was calm with light sprinkles. No more than 2 min. after I walk in the door I hear the wind just howling out there.

  30. (in Tigard) Really good, steady sustained wind out there right now. Just went out to retrieve a traffic cone that had blown into the road. Happy for a little weather excitement. 🙂

  31. Battle Ground Brian says:

    First!

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