6pm: Peak North Coast Gusts

One last surge of strong wind nailing the Oregon Coast right now as the front has pushed north into Washington.  Highest gust at lower elevations today was an 81 mph on the Astoria-Megler Bridge.  But that was around 3am before the wind sensor failed (a salmon nibbling on it now?).  The 78 mph gust at Astoria is an exposed ham radio site, but in the city.

259 Responses to 6pm: Peak North Coast Gusts

  1. Nasty squall moving into PDX. The sky is very ominous looking to my west/northwest.

  2. jethro70 says:

    thanksgiving sunshine
    tanning turkeys catching rays
    calm before the storm

  3. pappoose in scappoose says:

    LOOK!

  4. chris s says:

    getting quite breezy down here in salem. Looks like rain is gonna start shortly down here as well. Happy Thanksgiving to all. 🙂

  5. Farmer Steve says:

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone

  6. Wendy-Silver Lake says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING,
    BUT I JUST COULDN’T SLEEP.
    I TRIED COUNTING BACKWARDS,
    I TRIED COUNTING SHEEP.

    THE LEFTOVERS BECKONED –
    THE DARK MEAT AND WHITE,
    BUT I FOUGHT THE TEMPTATION
    WITH ALL OF MY MIGHT.

    TOSSING AND TURNING WITH ANTICIPATION,
    THE THOUGHT OF A SNACK BECAME INFATUATION.
    SO, I RACED TO THE KITCHEN, FLUNG OPEN THE DOOR,
    AND GAZED AT THE FRIDGE, FULL OF GOODIES GALORE.
    GOBBLED UP TURKEY AND BUTTERED POTATOES,
    PICKLES AND CARROTS, BEANS AND TOMATOES.

    I FELT MYSELF SWELLING SO PLUMP AND SO ROUND,
    ‘TIL ALL OF A SUDDEN, I ROSE OFF THE GROUND.
    I CRASHED THROUGH THE CEILING, FLOATING INTO THE SKY,
    WITH A MOUTHFUL OF PUDDING AND A HANDFUL OF PIE.
    BUT, I MANAGED TO YELL AS I SOARED PAST THE TREES….
    HAPPY EATING TO ALL – PASS THE CRANBERRIES, PLEASE.

    MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY,
    MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP.
    MAY YOUR POTATOES ‘N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP.
    MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS.
    MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
    MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER STAY OFF OF YOUR THIGHS!!

    As this is the weather blog, guess there better something weather related………it’s not raining! 🙂

  7. chiefWright says:

    Another day to keep an eye on Rockhouse! Wind in the last hour just ticked up to 25/G35. And winds out at the Tillamook and Columbia bouys are likewise increasing while BPs continue to fall.

    That said, when I take a close look at WV, I don’t see the curl of the front picking up much mass. It’s even shredding off the central coast with the bottom half decidedly off to visit it’s CA relations for thanksgiving. Which indicates a smaller, weaker effect in our area to my eyeballs.

    Watch the gradients!

  8. *ZOOMED IR IMAGE*

    Current low pressure center position

  9. 12z WRF is running.. It too is wrong with initialization and placement.
    *These frames are for 7-10 AM this morning)


    This has the low well northwest of where its actually located, which presently is still south of 50 N and nearing 130 W. 49 N, 131W to be exact.

    • alohabb says:

      Is that bad or good??

    • Well it means the low is about 175-200 miles closer to us than models previously thought. So, the tighter gradient packing and strongest 850-925mb wind field is too closer. It may also give us a better gradient orientation over the Willamette Valley. To go with the Wind Advisory is a safe bet at this time. I just like how things are developing, BUT of course no one wants a lot of power outages especially on this day, all the folks cooking for the big feast.

    • Several years ago we were at my sister’s house in Olympia for T-day and the power went out just after the turkey went in the oven. Was out for many hours. Twas a late dinner that day. Then the very next year a big storm had the lights blinking and threatening a repeat!

    • alohabb says:

      Rob…do you feel as if a Wind Warning may be warranted? ALso what are your feelings for wind speeds in the Portland area? (north to be exact…we have some trees that are ’bout to come down and I wanna make sure we eat first!!!! LOL)

    • High Wind Warning? nah. 35-40mph gusts with slight chance of 40mph+. The Wind Advisory that has been issued seems like a practical call.

  10. alohabb says:

    Wow…High Wind Warning now for Washington County! Wonder if Multomah gets in on this!

  11. *Zoomed IR Map*

    Current Low center position

    Even further south than my initial analysis and well south of models.

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