Wind & Rain Storm Over At Coast; Still Pouring Inland

2:00pm update…

Windstorm and Rainstorm has ended (mostly) at the Oregon Coast
Most locations are seeing gusts 30-50 mph (breezy) instead of 70-100 mph just 3 hours ago since the cold front has moved onshore.  The back edge of the solid and heavy rain is moving through the Coast range, so it’s just light showers from here on out at the coast.

Strongest Wind is Likely Finished In Metro Area
Peak gusts seemed to be right around noon at Hillsboro (48mph) and here at the station in Beaverton (43 mph), since then it has back off a bit.  The entire central/eastside of the metro area didn’t even have strong wind, just gusts 25-40 mph briefly this morning.  It might get a bit stronger over there between now and 4pm.

Heavy Rain for 1-2 more hours in Metro Area
After that it’ll just be light showers the rest of the afternoon/evening.


Right now, 2 rivers are at/above flood stage…Nehalem and Wilson rivers near Nehalem and Tillamook.  Also, the Nehalem river at Vernonia is above flood stage.

These are the only 2 rivers in western Oregon forecast to rise to/above flood stage right now.

You can see from the map below why we aren’t seeing huge flooding issues inland except on the westside in Washington & Columbia counties, the rain has been much lighter central/east valley:

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

48 Responses to Wind & Rain Storm Over At Coast; Still Pouring Inland

  1. chris says:

    Nice Stevens Pass is opening with limited operations tomorrow

  2. Peak gust today on my rooftop station was 46 mph (I predicted 45 yesterday per gfs forecast soundings). 1.6″ rain. So all in all an active day. Crossing fingers for 00z gfs.

  3. paulbeugene says:

    somehow get the sense that the 00Z GFS run will either park a big ridge over us at hr 240 and slam the midwest with arctic air….or ridge over 150W and arctic blast around same time….of course neither would verify but would just aggravate those model riders who have just hopped into the roller coaster for a ride this late fall and winter.

  4. WhiteEagle - Garden Home / SW Portland says:

    Lol this morning Channel 6 was saying 0.50 in Portland and 1 inch in Vernonia for the WHOLE DAY. Whoopsie….

    • WhiteEagle - Garden Home / SW Portland says:

      Hillsboro Airport had 1.92 inches in 12 hours, from 4am to 4pm. That’s nothing for the coast range, but in the valley that’s pretty impressive.

  5. longbeachrob says:

    Just before the truck blew over on the Astoria bridge today. It was worse going over at about 8:45 AM. I even had to put my coffee down! Easy if you were going North with the wind!

  6. Brandan(Damascus) 675ft. says:

    I know Mark doesn’t like the idea, but I think KPTV should start naming every storm that has hurricane gusts.

    And why wouldn’t this be Caesar?

    According to Ms Samantha Murphy of “official names will be based on a series of objective and subjective factors, such as impact due to snow or ice within three days, disruption to road and air travel and life-threatening conditions from wind, snow, ice and cold”.

  7. W7ENK says:

    The Willamette Valley wind event has officially concluded.

  8. just wish the river would crest. Got U-haul trucks to move off our rental lot if it does not crest soon 😦

  9. Dave in SW PDX (235') says:

    So far today I’ve received 1.85″ of rain, and recorded a maximum wind gust of S23 (in a somewhat wind-sheltered location). Seems pretty typical for late November in the Willamette Valley.

  10. W7ENK says:

    It lieth not.

  11. Almost 3 inches of rain today wow. Most of it falling in a short four window lots of water of the road way all over the place including parts of i-5 was just nasty. out their today. Now looking the trend will be cooler weather ahead. This should be last of the heavy rain just more normal type rains ahead. The flooding after thanksgiving now looking it will not happen and it be colder rather then wet.

  12. W7ENK says:

    Eeek!! I just came home to find 2.10″ in the analog gauge (since midnight) and about a foot of standing water on my street! My yard is lower than the street, but it’s not up over the driveway yet, though it’s close. And it’s still POURING! If the water tops the little rise, I don’t know where it’ll end up going, other than turning my yard into a lake… Not too thrilled about that idea at the moment. o_O

    • W7ENK says:

      WOW! My current rainfall rate is 0.01″ every minute, or 0.60″ per hour! How do I know this? I reset my analog rain gauge 10 minutes ago, and I already have 0.10″ in it…

      Water still holding at the driveway, but it has nowhere else to go. 😦

  13. W7ENK says:

    Looks like the Wind Advisory was canceled for the Portland area at 2:09pm, but it just now came through to my phone…

    That’s pretty lame, all the way around! 😦

  14. alohabb says:

    And just like that…its all blown through

  15. David in Otis says:

    Winds were raging thru the a.m. peaked at about 1pm brief break until 3pm now more rain and lighter winds, lost power in Otis last night at 12 a.m. came on for 30 min at 8 a.m. then back out, lots of trees down some serious damage around cherry hill rv park on 101 at the 18 interchange, trees on houses and main feader poles snapped like toothpicks, some sidding and roofing gone here and there, we are good with our generator going, just a way of life for us just another day just a little wetter and windy.

  16. Annoyed says:

    Mark, any ideas about why the RPM and other model showed WAY more rainfall than what actually occurred. Seems like a larger than usual discrepancy?

    • chris s says:

      Rain is not over with yet. The graphic he posted the other day was a 72hr rainfall totals. By the time we get thru wednesday, I doubt they are off bya whole lot.

    • Kyle says:

      I’ve always wondered the scientific reasons as to why the RPM tends to BS storm events lately.

      Sorry for swearing but I am sick of how the RPM models suck.

    • Kyle says:

      You answered right when I posted. I didn’t think about the 72hr part.

    • Brandan (Damascus 675ft) says:

      Looking around PDX it looks like everyone has over 1.5″ on the day. The RPM model suggested 2.75″. About a half inch yesteday and half to one more inch to go I’d say it’s pretty close?

      Were you looking for more significant ponding?

  17. Hal in Aims says:

    has suddenly gotten very dark…the thin red line on the radar is almost here……

  18. 2.26 here so far still rainning

  19. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    The front is through Kelso. The wind and rain and virtually stopped completely.

  20. W7ENK says:

    It’s here!

    Downtown Portland, dumping rain, gusts to 30+, all of a sudden.

  21. Roman~Snow-Zone-Monmouth, Elv. 223' says:

    Absolute monsoon up in Newberg! Sheets of water running down the hills of hw99, real dangerous.

  22. PDX Weather Nut says:

    Lots of localized flooding here in NE PDX. We did have gusts here at my location of up to 45 mph.

  23. WhiteEagle - Garden Home / SW Portland says:

    Rain is just coming down in sheets now. A bit gusty, too…probably 25-30 mph.

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