Here’s a pic from Chanticleer Pt. right now…maybe a 20-25 mph wind..should be far windier the next 24 hours! More later…Mark
Gradient is picking up this evening, already approaching 6 millibars PDX-DLS (I suppose it would be -6 mb, but you get the idea). One surprise, at least to me, is that it’s also a “downslope” wind this evening. Wind is blowing in the areas that only get east wind when it comes off the Cascades. That includes Battle Ground, the Lewis River Valley, Woodland, Sandy, Brightwood, Eagle Creek etc…
00z WRF-GFS shows 55-60 mph wind around the 2,000′ level over the Metro Area peaking around daybreak. That’s impressive even in winter.
Gradient should peak during the morning hours tomorrow, then it just turns to a regular “Gorge Wind” tomorrow evening.
With such a strong wind, it’s going to be a very warm night, remaining in the 50s in the windy spots, maybe even near 60!
No big changes in the longer term forecast…turning wet and cooler this weekend and beyond. Interesting maps up around 10 days. The 12z GFS had a cold pattern setting up around hour 240 or so, but now the 00z GFS has the ridge to our west much closer, giving us drier and mild conditions. So now we can play the “10-Day Map Game” between now and March many more times…
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen