Vista House Wind Sensor

It looks like we are all set for the east wind season down at Vista House.  I would consider it the windiest spot you can drive to in the state of Oregon during the winter.  Check out why on a previous blog post.

If you recall last January I got together with Oregon State Parks folks and we put in a “temporary” sensor on a big block of concrete.  They bought a new Vantage Vue sensor and even though it’s now still technically “temporary”, it’s attached to the solid steel rain gutter.  A signal is sent down to the basement where a computer sends the data out to the world via CWOP. 

Up until two weeks ago the communication between the sensor and console under the building would intermittently go out.  It’s tough for the signal to penetrate that thick concrete down into the basement.  Moving it two weeks ago to the south side of the building really helped.  There has been no loss of signal in 7 days.  The direction was incorrect since we moved it (east was west and west was east…got it?).  But today I went down there with the throngs of September tourists and calibrated it.  By the way, I didn’t fit in well with the tourist crowd…most of them looked relaxed and didn’t wear a suit and tie.

The one minor disadvantage of the south side of the building is that it gets REALLY hot on a calm sunny day, but who cares…it’s up there for the windspeed.  I’m confident that on a 25 degree night with an east wind gusting to 80 mph that it’ll read the correct temperature.  Just ignore it during the daytime when the wind isn’t blowing.

You can find the data here:

Data from the 2nd windiest east wind location; about 2 miles west in Corbett is here:

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

160 Responses to Vista House Wind Sensor

  1. Not big fan of this muggy nightime business. Where are my crisp September evenings?

    • HIO Phil (Punxsutawney) elevation 189' says:

      Dp made it as high as 65 at my place today. Helped by the young firs over the sensor. Temp 67.3, dp 61 still.

    • Kyle says:

      They are in the back burner right now. Don’t worry when November comes it will be 38-42 with a high of 54-57 and .30 of rain every few days. 🙂

  2. Current temp 66 dwpt 62. Lows last 2 nights 62F, probably will be mid 60’s tonite.

  3. Boydo3 N. Albany 500' says:

    Or maybe after that last bit….

  4. john3867 says:

    when will we start to have cool nights in the low 40s to upper 30s

  5. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    Anyways, I’ve been craving pineapples.

    Big juicy ones

  6. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    Mistakes, Mistakes, and Mistakes.

    My post below was taken wrongly, I would not make fun of 16,000 bodies in Japan. Man do I feel strange right now

  7. Muxpux says:

    How far from the AMS meeting is OMSI? I’d like to go but I know my girl and her daughter will be bored to death. Maybe they could drop me off? Lol

  8. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    Wow that big 9.0 earthquake was SO intense we all survived it and nothing happened. And even funnier we already forgot all about it. (cough cough) MOVING ON

    • W7ENK says:

      Umm, something like 16,000 people didn’t survive it, and there are parts of Japan that still haven’t begun digging out of all the rubble yet… And I’m willing to bet that several tens of millions of affected peoples have yet to forget about it. o_O

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      I was talking about the one we were scheduled to get. SORRY

    • W7ENK says:

      Ahh, I see… my bad. In that case, I told you nothing was going to happen here, did I not?

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      That’s right

      man that was strange, logging back on like this made me feel really strange. I should specifiy a little more before making jokes. It always bites me back in the behind.

    • ? Wow this and your 9-11 joke were big hits. You are really on a roll. Timmy, with all due respect, THINK things through before you say/type something, especially things like that.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      All I was saying was that we never had that earthquake and none of my comments had anything what so ever to do with Japan. I dont get why theres all this fuss

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      If only I had included this one picture

      All of you would have understood what I meant.

      I know that 9/11 one was offensive but this one really wasnt.

      Literally, all my comment above said was that we dodged a bullet and this supposed “9.0” never hit. I’m not explaining myself any further on this one.

    • When exactly were we expecting a 9.0? I never heard a thing? It wasn’t on the news?…. Stop listening to “outside” sources or alarmists(Whoever they may be)

    • I wasn’t even referring to you, Erik, rather whoever Timmy got his info from…. anyhow….

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      I think all Timmy was referring to, was the crackpot prediction of a major earthquake. I don’t get why the fuss either Timmy.

      This does display quite well how joking around is risky business…easy for it to be taken the wrong way.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      Well this 9.0 thing I never got from anything. That was an assumption based on Japan’s earthquake, if it were to occur that there would be enough potential to release the “big” one.

      And this joke would not have been risky if I actually would have specified a little clearer on what I was talking about. This was a mistake on my end and I’m very sorry about that.

      This makes me wish there was at least an “edit” button somewhere on here so I can make changes to a comment I had submitted. This happens several times, even when Im not joking, I may say something incorrectly and then I want to change things. Well now that this is all figured out we don’t have to worry about a thing right? But lets just get one thing straight; I would never laugh at anything so serious such as Japan’s incident that they had 6 months ago. I too had effection during the time and hardly wanted to bring it up. But this post just shows how we can make tiny errors and mistakes and that I just need to watch my fingers.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      It was just a tiny mistake…GOT IT?

  9. Punxsutawney (aka HIOPHIL) at work by Sunset High elev ~280' says:

    Ha Ha!

    It hit 100 today at Crown Point. Uh..100 degrees, not mph in the south exposure there. As much east wind at KHIO at the moment as there is at Crown Point. How often can you say that?

  10. Steve Pierce says:


    Get ready for a great time this Saturday at Stark Street Pizza. Hope to see all the KPTV bloggers there! After all, this is for you! As previously mentioned, there will be lots of great raffle prizes including pizza gift certificates and cool KPTV swag! Mark will also be there, as he previously mentioned. See you all at 12 noon for the social hour or at 1pm for the meeting, or both! We have a goal to get 10 new memberships at this meeting. Are you not an Oregon AMS member yet? Why not? Only $7 a year! How cool is that? For complete details, see:

    Steve Pierce
    Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society

  11. bgb41 says:

    Skyrocketing Dewpoints on the North Oregon Coast

    Currently a 68 dewpoint in Tillamook

    • Punxsutawney (aka HIOPHIL) at work by Sunset High elev ~280' says:

      I had to run an errand (by bike) about 11:30am and it felt muggy here to me.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      Thats a sign that these systems are JUICY PINEAPPLES!!!! I love it! This is the kind of winter i’ve been looking for!!!!

    • Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

      Considering winter is still 2.5 months away… Sure get excited about a humid summer transition period from warm and sunny to cool and wet being the harbinger of a warm winter.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      That dewpoint reading sure reminded me of December of 2007. There were a few afternoons I recall going to the bus back home from school, and even while it was raining, it felt GOOD with just a t-shirt and shorts. I think it was just after the 2007 Gale storm we all had.

  12. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Hahaah! …Was my thought as well Larry…

    We’re good to go Mike, bring on the GRANDIOSE LOWS!

  13. Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

    The radar in scappoose seems to be back online as well 🙂

  14. boringlarry says:

    …I think theres a point there somewhere although I’m not exactly sure what it is … 🙂

  15. pappoose in scappoose says:

    This is a test, ignore me.

  16. Boydo3 N. Albany 500' says:

    We once headed up to hike in Olympics this time of year. Left the Valley on a nice sunny morning. As we drove up the WA coast it started to rain. Camped out at the trail head in the rain. Hiked all the next day in the rain. Camped in an elk meadow in the rain. Got up and hiked up further in the rain. Pitched the wet tents that evening in the rain. But after three days of rain we awoke the next morning to TOTAL SUNSHINE and a stellar view of Mt Olympus with gleaming glaciers and all!!. That night it clouded up and started to rain. Next morning we rolled up our wet gear and hiked the whole way back in one day to the cars. In the rain….

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