Gusty Wind This Afternoon & Evening

That’s a nice looking little curl of low pressure approaching the Washington coastline this afternoon, bringing high winds to the Oregon Coast.  The loop (with movement) is at this link:

The gusty wind will spread inland through the afternoon.  Expect gusts 50-65 mph on the beaches into the early afternoon before it backs off after 4pm. 


Inland, south wind will gust in the 30-40 mph range during the mid-late afternoon.  Plenty windy for May, although not quite as strong as what we saw earlier in the month when we had 10,000 PGE outages one afternoon.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

26 Responses to Gusty Wind This Afternoon & Evening

  1. *BoringOregon* says:

    Just got hit hard with heavy rain and got some thunder and lightning!!!

  2. muttville1 says:

    Prediction: a lot more rain after Sat. than Mark is letting on to……….

  3. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Great to have some interesting weather for a change. Wind today and Stray Albino Donkeys possible Thursday. Always love a unseasonably low tropopause fold!

    National Weather Service Portland or
    242 PM PDT Tuesday may 22 2012

    As the previously mentioned low drops south…it will drag an
    unseasonably low tropopause fold and an associated unstable cool
    middle-level air mass with it. The upper low becomes centered over the pacnw coast by Thursday afternoon. The low will continue to draw Pacific moisture onshore resulting in significant shower activity across the region. The cool air mass aloft will likely result in
    embedded small hail and the possibility for thunderstorms as early as Thursday morning continuing through Thursday evening.

    • Garron near Washington Square says:

      Tropopause fold, goose bumps!!!! I remember such an event back around January of ’97. There was heavy wet snow falling all day long in the metro area. Destructive winds up the Willamette valley corridor knocking down barns and green houses between Aurora and Springfield. A very dynamic atmosphere indeed!!!

    • Mr Data says:

      Are you making that up or are you serious?

    • Mr Data says:

      We moved up here in December of 1996 and I do not recall any wind events.

      Dad said (which I don’t remember that far back) that it was so cloudy streetlights came on by 4:00pm during the deepest part which no other year that ever happened again.

      There was a brief break in mid January 97 and we “soaked” up the sunshine as much as we could and then it rained all the way to the end of March without only a few brief moments of sun in between clouds.

      It even snowed a dusting that year of 97 which was a nice surprise.

    • Garron near Washington Square says:

      Not sure what obs. you are referring to, but, no I am not making “that” up? If you were alive or living here back in either ’97 or ’98, you’d clearly remember “that” event. That’s if you were into weather clear back then. Sorry, I’ve been a weather nerd since 1977, so….

    • Garron near Washington Square says:

      Actually, Mr Data, I think it might have been a few years before that. It might have been the January of 93 or 94 actually. Sorry, I may have missed by 1/2 a decade. Minor technicality….

    • Garron near Washington Square says:

      ***Also of note***

      Not a wind event for the metro area, just to our south, and in locations east of I-5. Temps in the local area remained just above freezing, but snow fell all day long. Wish I could pinpoint the exact date…

    • W7ENK says:

      Unseasonably low tropopause fold…

      Ummmm, you might want to have that looked at. 😆

    • boydo3 N Albany says:

      Sounds like the point at which the Alien Forces give us one last chance to give up before the entire planet is destroyed by neutronic laser bombs…. Sure wish Larry was here to back me up on that one!

    • Mr Data says:

      Time to raise the shields and fire everything you got at the aliens. *Starts randomly pushing buttons*

    • Mr Data says:

      Oops. I wasn’t here in 1993 OR 1994 so of course I wouldn’t remember something I wasn’t here for.

  4. W7ENK says:

    Raining hard and the wind is kicking up a bit in downtown Portland…

  5. Garron near Washington Square says:

    It should be interesting. Already had a prefrontal gust to 17 MPH from the SSW, rainfall only .17″ since midnight.

  6. poolsidemike says:

    kinda like the gusty winds!

  7. W7ENK says:

    Nice curl! 😯

    • W7ENK says:

      A month ago, most trees were just budding out, now they’re full sail into the wind…40 mph with full trees can do some serious damage!

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