Windiest Day in 5 Months

Somehow a peak gust of 45 made it to the airport this morning at 10:10am.

That was the strongest wind gust at PDX since early May.  Today we saw the easterly wind widespread across the metro area too.  Gusts 35-40 mph were common even in Washington County.

More wind the next few days, although not as strong.  It’ll back off a bit tomorrow, then come back a little stronger Friday.

19 Responses to Windiest Day in 5 Months

  1. paulbeugene says:

    Winds here less than yesterday….should make it down to 34-36F at EUG airport tonight…

    • I was 58 this AM due to persistent east winds and I expect to be around that range again unless the atmosphere just west of the mouth of the Gorge decouples…. Looking at the cross section suggests I should be very gusty overnight-early Friday AM.

  2. …speaking of wind, some may appreciate the verbage of the last Nadine advisory:

    Remnants of NADINE Public Advisory

    Home Public Adv Fcst Adv Discussion Wind Probs Graphics Archive

    000
    WTNT34 KNHC 041437
    TCPAT4

    BULLETIN
    REMNANTS OF NADINE ADVISORY NUMBER 88
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL142012
    1100 AM AST THU OCT 04 2012

    …BYE BYE NADINE…
    …WHAT A LONG STRANGE TRIP ITS BEEN…

    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT4+shtml/041437.shtml?

  3. Tracking the East Wind…

    Today’s 12z WRF 4km Cross Section shows things nicely. Winds should really increase this evening-overnight persisting throughout Friday.

    50kt Wind Barbs down to 950mb and 35kts to 1000mb = Very windy east of I-205. It is also worth mentioning 12z GFS keeps the possibility of a pattern change after day 7-8.

    • W7ENK says:

      About what time should we expect the winds to increase, will they keep blowing through the night, and how strong will they be compared to yesterday?

      Sorry, I haven’t been able to keep up the last couple days, lots of activity at work this week!

      Thanks! 🙂

    • I assume this will be predominately a Gap wind. Gradients have relaxed now to just under -3mb, but should increase I would estimate after 7 PM and ramp up 1-9 AM. Winds will be strongest east of I-205 focused more in the typical east wind areas.

  4. bgb41 says:

    Portland Airport 2012 annual summary thus far. We are now at 56 days above 80 for the year which has surpassed the norm of 55 days. We also are on exact par for the date at 115 days above 70 degrees which is exactly average based on 30-yr period of record 1981-2010.

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      Ahhh, it took a lot of effort (2 years) to crawl back to normal didn’t it?

    • W7ENK says:

      If it weren’t for this extended late “summer”, we’d have been behind for the third year in a row. I guess we can all thank GW for that?

      Normal is all relative, anyway. For all we know, these figures could be on the warm side of average over the next 30 year period.

  5. 00z GFS shows a possible pattern change before day 10! Climatology says this is likely if you ask me. We will be nearing mid-October by that time, so we’ll see….

    • David B. says:

      Personally, I believe it will fizzle, simply because of how past winters with the same ENSO-PDO configuration as this one have had late starts to the rainy season. I think a November start to the rains is probably most likely. When they start, it will probably be like a switch is flipped, no gradual ramp-up, just full bore rainy season. (Again, based on past experience.)

      We’ll see.

    • Sifton says:

      My $ is on you David!!

    • W7ENK says:

      I’d have to agree with you, David. I think what we’re experiencing is unprecidented, but I also think once it starts raining, it will rain A LOT, and it won’t stop for a very, VERY long time!

      I feel in my gut that the potential for a big windstorm this winter is very high, and I also think we will likely have a fair amount of arctic air at times, but I don’t think we’ll be getting a whole lot of snow. No, unfortunately ice is going to be the bigger issue this winter.

      FWIW, I have nothing scientific to base that on, it’s just a hunch.

    • frederm says:

      You can substitute: “I believe”,”I think”, “Feel in my gut”, “hunch” for. I wish.

    • W7ENK says:

      Okay then, let me try this again…

      I’d have to agree with you, David. I (wish) what we’re experiencing is unprecidented,

      Hmmm, I don’t think that came across quite right…

      but I also (wish) once it starts raining, it will rain A LOT, and it won’t stop for a very, VERY long time!

      No, actually I don’t wish for that at all.

      I (wish) that the potential for a big windstorm this winter is very high,

      True.

      and I also (wish) we will likely have a fair amount of arctic air at times,

      Also true!

      but I don’t (wish) we’ll be getting a whole lot of snow.

      Umm, not true at all.

      No, unfortunately ice is going to be the bigger issue this winter.

      FWIW, I have nothing scientific to base that on, it’s just a (wish).

      Yeah, that didn’t work out so well…
      Try again?

  6. W7ENK says:

    Windy today, that’s for sure!

  7. bgb41 says:

    10/3/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:93 at AGNESS2( 247 ft) & RED MOUND(1753 ft)
    Low: 71 at RED MOUND(1753 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:40 at MT. HOWARD(7910 ft)
    Low: 14 at FOSTER FLAT (5000 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 53 degrees
    MERLIN SEED ORCH (87/34 ) (1064 ft )

    • bgb41 says:

      Extreme diversification today across Oregon. For example…

      Red Mound High 93 Low 71
      Mt Howard High 40 Low 21

  8. *BoringOregon* says:

    Starting to have a little smoke in the air ?

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