A soaker of a storm so far…here are the rain totals since midnight:
Notice the sharp increase in rainfall from Salem north…we’ve received almost twice as much in Portland and Vancouver compared to Salem. Now, as forecast by models, the main rain band had slipped north and should stay there through at least 10pm. Later tonight, towards daybreak, the whole system slides down to the southeast. That brings one more round of heavy rain over us for at least a few hours…probably during the early part of the morning commute.
At PDX, the storm total is about 2.50″ so far…add another 1″ to that through tomorrow morning. 3″ plus for a storm is definitely impressive; luckily all rivers and creeks were quite low to start with due to the drier than average November.
Right now the NWS has 4 flood warnings out for rivers in FOX-12’s viewing area: Nehalem, Wilson, Grays, and Naselle rivers. Note also the Chehalis River has a flood warning out, forecast to rise 2-4′ above flood stage at Centralia. This is an important one to watch, because another 2-4′ above that level is when Amtrak and I-5 start getting inundated. That would be particularly bad on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Let’s hope the heavy rain band doesn’t sit over the Willapa Hills too long overnight.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen
Buoy soundings off N. Vancouver Is (near the low) are at 978 mb now. Yikes.
Wave videos…pictures coming later…
Most of these are from Cape Disappointment. The waves weren’t as high as I’ve seen them, but the rain was intense!
Does anyone find it ironic that a log truck was hit by a falling tree???
Also, it looks like a number of those trees fell because a clear cut nearby left the once protected trees exposed to the winds.
The tree: “Wait for me. I wanna go too!”
A little quick on the trigger??
Looks like we’ve tied the record high of 59 today (at the airport). Perhaps the approaching southerlies will bump it up another degree, and we can set temp and precip records in the same day!
breeze (only a breeze) just picked up again…..mostly in the tops of the 100ft.+ tall firs……have not had all that much wind today……maybe 30 mph gusts tops…..
Heavy flooding in Seaside,
I’m sure to many peoples surprise, the NWS just re-issued the Wind Advisory.
…WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM PST THIS EVENING FOR THE GREATER PORTLAND AND VANCOUVER METRO AREA…THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY…AND THE LOWER COLUMBIA…
A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM PST THIS EVENING.
* TIMING: GUSTY SOUTH WINDS WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE EVENING.
* WINDS: SOUTH WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS UP TO
* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: EUGENE… CORVALLIS… ALBANY… SALEM…MCMINNVILLE…HILLSBORO…PORTLAND…OREGON CITY…GRESHAM…TROUTDALE…ST. HELENS… VANCOUVER… BATTLE GROUND… CAMAS…WASHOUGAL…LONGVIEW…KELSO
* IMPACTS: POSSIBLE DOWNED TREES AND BROKEN BRANCHES. MANY TREES STILL HAVE PLENTY OF LEAVES REMAINING…WHICH WILL INCREASE THE POTENTIAL IMPACTS OF ANY STRONG WIND GUSTS.
I just walked in the door at home, looks like I got 1.60″ of rain since midnight. Add that to the 0.86″ from yesterday, that brings my storm total to 2.45″… so far. It’s still raining. Not too shabby!
Wind? Looks like my peak gust for the day was the 16mph (I mentioned earlier), that came at ~4:30 this morning.
16mph? your anemometer blocked by something? That would be the lowest report by far of anywhere. Mine was 37mph. You sure yours is calibrated correctly?
Pretty sure. I spoke to my neighbors for a minute on my way in, they wanted to know where this windstorm was that “I promised them!” 😳
I even moved my anemometer up to one of the highest points on my antenna tower last night… it’s at ~28 feet now.
I think I’m a little SE of you. My wind didn’t top the gusts of a week or so ago when the NWS canceled the wind advisory in the afternoon and then I started pushing 30 on my partially blocked unit but probably in reality a good 10MPH faster. Nothing approaching that toady at this location. Milwaukie dome effect
Offshore wave of low pressure is moving northeast towards the north Oregon Coast.
Buoy 46089 – 85 NM WNW of Tillamook, OR
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.41 in
Pressure Tendency: -0.12 in ( Falling Rapidly )
Southerly gradients slowly increasing ahead of the offshore wave.
PDX-EUG: -3.3mb | 0.7mb Increase
Cape Meares G67
Rob, looking back at the winds today, they seem mostly steady except for a lull for a few hours about noon, and the frontal pattern was just a slow lift to the North. Now that the offshore wave is tilting and starting to press onshore (WV satellite shows this very well), what’s the odds of increasing winds?
I think they will increase 35-45mph.
You do mean increase to 35-45, not an additional 35-45, I hope?
Yeah sorry LOL gusts 35-45mph seems possible with the wave approaching.
Winds picking up here on the Westside….looks like the Advisory will hit us soon!
I was on HWY 6 at 5am this morning and let me tell you…that wind and rain was something I have never been through yet! I had real trouble keeping my car on the road going 25mph! I was trying to record my trip but my camera flew off the dash when a large tree came crashing down and I had to swerve to miss it! What a day!
just stopped raining and went dead calm here……….eerie…….mmmmmm
Getting breezy here in Hillsboro
I noticed that to, the highest gust are now happening as that new wave of moisture heads north. This sat image really shows how narrow the main band of rain has been since 4:30 AM. Really making a turn to the north the last couple of hours. The barometer is still falling at my location 29.62 2.14″ of rain since midnight.
Looks like the main rain band has begun to shift north, Does that meant the winds will pick up again?
According to the weatherbug site 6 blocks away, I’ve had 2.13″ of rain and literally going up by the minute! Gust from the SSW of 30 mph, temp falling in the last 15 minutes from 56.3 to 55.7
November 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm
Just looking at the local wind reports from mesowest, the worst winds are occurring from the last hour to now from the middle of the coast and through the valley locations. Look at Mt. Hebo with a 90 mph gust,
and Rockhouse near Dallas, Oregon with 60 + mph gust in the last 90 minutes till now.
Yaquina bridge and points north appear to be hitting their peak winds so far.
Winds just started. 29.47 now, sustained around 8, gusting to 15-20.
10 minute average shows 10 mph, gusts to 30+ frequently.
Just had 51 mph gust winds ripin here in Salem
Oh ya ? Nice…. !
Yeah. It was knarly. Blew my neighbors fence down. Just got back from helping him clean it up. Still gusting well over 30mph here. Seems to want to get stronger as the evening progresses.
It as suddenly began to rain very heavily here…
*has suddenly begun….
Barometer falling, now 29.56 in. Yep, this isn’t over. Wind Advisory may verify yet…..
Astoria just had their peak gust for this event, 58mph.
Cannon Beach just hit 54 too.
make that 59mph at astoria
Won’t it push back down this way once the cold front finally pushes through?
Oh, I guess it says that… I guess I missed that day. 😳
Costal cities starting to gust near their maximums yesterday… Maybe we do have a surprise coming.
Thanks for the soggy update, Mark.
I don’t think the winds have peaked yet.
Thanks Mark. Rain, rain go away…