It Lives! Crown Point Wind Gauge

The “new” old wind gauge the Oregon State Parks people and I put up on Vista House (temporary) is still there.  I drove by around noon.   Solid sheet of ice the last mile around those curves.  But it was a sweet sight to see my little buddy lazily spinning it’s cups on a 5 mph southwest wind.  As if nothing had occurred up there the last 24 hours…  Here’s another picture showing the east-northeast side of Vista House glazed in ice.   It’s only my camera picture, so it looks a bit monochromatic, but you get the picture, notice far less ice on the side the anemometer is on.  Apparently the wind comes in a little more from the NE than I thought (as opposed to ENE).

There have been a few misconceptions or just questions about what is going on with that sensor so here are the pertinent details:

1.  It sends the signal wirelessly to the VP console down in the basement.  On even that nice weather day the console was having trouble receiving the signal through concrete, so I knew from the beginning we may or may not actually receive data with the old, weak VP sensor (new VP2 signals are far stronger).

2. It couldn’t receive a signal for the first two days, then for some reason it operated for maybe 12 hours when the wind started up on Monday night.  Nothing since. 

3. The sensor has to come down the first week in March; that’s when the place reopens for the season and a nice little old lady doesn’t need to be stumbling across a 120lb chunk of concrete with a pole sticking out.

4. I’ll check in on it, add a new battery etc…but most likely it’s just going to be sporadic the next 6 weeks until a new one with a stronger signal is purchased.

5.  This was really a test to see if it could all come together.  Other than the wireless signal issue it appears to have worked.  I appreciate all the offers of help from my fellow weather geeks over the past few months, but the job was really pretty simple.  So I just dealt mano y mano with a State Parks person.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

101 Responses to It Lives! Crown Point Wind Gauge

  1. Mike in Tigard says:

    balmy 51 deg here at this hour,sure feels nice.

    Looking at the WV Im surprized at how much tropical moisture is being sucked up from the tropics this winter. I am also surprized of how many storms are being formed down there too.usually its quiet down there this time of year no?

  2. OCWX (Tillamook) says:

    The pressure is just not quite low enough until you go to japan. Maybe something will intensify out there?

  3. Balmy 50°…..0.60″ rain.

  4. Eternal Yamcha (SE Milwaukie) says:

    I’m not gonna hold my breath on anything the models say right now until we’re almost upon the event. So there’s always hope and there’s always disappointment.

    Personally, I’m just gonna lick my finger, stick it up in the air and measure the barometer that way… Seems like I have as good chance of being marginally correct.


  5. 1.11 inches of rain since midnight

    CWOP AS436 – N7NKE

  6. goducks09 says:

    00z GFS makes we want to blow chunks. Ugh.

  7. Yevpolo1990 says:

    Is that a rapidly developing low to our SW?

    Surface analysis has the low weaken right away

    It is a sub 1000 mb, we will see.

  8. Azzurri says:

    00z gfs

    Whoa.. HELLO.

  9. SEWoodstockBob says:


  10. SEWoodstockBob says:

    Everyones sounds down on models but dont we want them to look bad so they can change? for instance how good models started out for our Big Bust of a storm and models went to crap! Just a thought! Winter isnt over till its over!!!

  11. Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

    What a difference a day makes. A warm 52F after yesterday’s icy mess.

  12. Pretty discouraging when there isn’t one single 850 temp below 0 on the ENTIRE run! This is January right?

  13. Look how chatty the boys have been now that a girl has joined in on the conversation. Oh my.

  14. Anthony Bertolo - Hillsboro says:

    Looking at the models, nothing but depression.

  15. Brad says:

    Is it just me, or is the fact that Mark got a state agency to install a new weather station highly ironic when KPTV can’t seem to update their tower sensors to transimit real-time data? 🙂 Yeah, I know they are DEQ owned sensors, but they do own the towers….

    Mark it’s time to bust in a few board rooms over there. Then…good luck at KOIN.

  16. Yevpolo1990 says:

    Hey Boydo, I actually did not there was a big population of Ukrainians in North Dakota…
    But I do know it is on a rapid increase here in the Portland area, especially SE portland and obviously the home to all of the ukrainians: Vancouver, Wa

    Just to tell you how rapidly the temp changes in Ukraine, take a look at average temp in January, February and March.
    Jan: 26.8
    Feb: 28.9
    March: 38.5!

    I am also now just starting to feel jealous that the most precip (mm) Kiev receives is actually in July. Which obviously means a BUNCH of summer thunderstorms.
    Weather man’s dream? Summer tstorms and winter snow storms with nice cold weather?

  17. Azzurri says:

    WOW! That looks like 4ft….

  18. W7ENK says:

    DOOD!!! Hawai’i got more snow yesterday than we did!!! FML! 😦

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

    So looking back at the past week, the highs and lows, I guess I sum it up like this. Even though we largely did bust, at least we saw some snow and I guess? Briefly exciting weather? Although freezing rain usually causes more headaches than joy. Anyhow regardless I enjoyed model riding with everyone, posting my analysis, sharing my thoughts as well as reading all of yours. Looking forward to doing it again soon for the next “event”, but hopefully that next time we will score.

  20. pappoose in scappoose says:

    If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing. Let’s break out the booze and have a ball.

  21. computers can try
    polar joy blesses others
    mind numbing changes

  22. Kyle From Silverton says:

    BTW What DO you call it when you have La Nina and El Nino combined?

  23. bgb41 says:

    18Z GFS @ Troutdale

    No surprise here..Yet another big change from the 12Z.
    Very wet and warm now all the way through the long range.
    Looking much more like el nino weather with warm wet storms eating up the snowpack interspersed with mild ridging in between storms next 2 weeks.
    850mb temps range from 0C to 11C most of the period.

  24. Kyle From Silverton says:

    Obviously my point was ignored when I said that my favorite part of the winter was the brief sunshine part and the 25F lows we had.

    Goes to to show the mindset of this blog. 😦 😕

  25. W7ENK says:

    Glad to know it didn’t end up down on the freeway or something!

    • alohabb says:

      On the lighter side of things….heard that a bowling ball caused a sewage spill in your area!

  26. pappoose in scappoose says:

    At least you know it probably isn’t going to join everything else that seems to take flight from there.

  27. Heisson Rob says:

    I’m with the other Rob here (oh, wait, I’m the other Rob).

    If it can stand the last couple of hours without structural damage (which you’ll know when it comes down), you should have a good fixture for the “permanent” station. Well done!

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Rob, hey, it’s me, Rob, Rob. Rob, if you’re the other Rob, then Rob, which Rob am I, Rob? …

  28. Tyler in Battle Ground says:

    Love the fact that everything in the gargage is fogged up thanks to warming the temps so quickly today. Currently 51.2 degrees with 0.65″ of precip.

  29. Mark says:

    The models giveth and taketh away… 18z looks horrible, absolutely horrible. It’s taken a 180 degree turn for the worse (unless you care for warm wet soggy weather of course…).

    But one run is only one run. But seeing how this winter is turing out, the bet is on the warm soggy runs to continue…

  30. David Mall205 says:

    Hey mark when you get a little extra time hit me up i have some stuff around the house you can knock out for me.

  31. Roman~Snow-Zone says:

    Awesome!!! Mark you really know how to install stuff!

  32. BRETT says:

    Mark, what was the url for the vista house weather station again?

  33. chiefWright says:

    Nice pix, Mark.
    Thanks for the info on this project. At some point I’ll get a station set up here at the farm, and anybody telling their experience setting one up is mighty valuable to me.

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

    It lived through 100mph winds and tons of ZR…. !

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