Raging East Wind In The Gorge Tonight

Peak gust of 61 mph out in Corbett within the last couple hours as the wind starts to really ramp up this evening.  Gusts to 70 mph are possible through tomorrow morning out there as the air is squeezed down by the warming atmosphere overhead tonight; an inversion.  Then it’ll gradually back off, but still remain very windy, through Wednesday.  Adding to the wintry feel, this is the coldest airmass of the season coming through the Gorge so far with temps in the 30s along with the wind right now.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

87 Responses to Raging East Wind In The Gorge Tonight

  1. Excerpt I grabbed from PDX NWS AFD


    North Interior? Well if the offshore gradients increase that implies the Gorge too. But when I hear North Interior I’m thinking Washington up near Bellingham, but PDX NWS wouldn’t mention them as it doesn’t pertain to our area …. Well it is already gusting 35-40mph out here into Gresham/Troutdale, and 55-65+ in western Gorge. Exactly how much of an increase are we talking. A bit too vague with their AFD in my opinion in covering this.

  2. *BoringOregon* says:

    So really, what your saying is that we need to be start building a noah’s ark.

  3. Tina says:

    Can anyone tell me what city I should look at for getting a some what close or accurate temp and wind for Ridgefield Wa.?

    Thanks in advance!

  4. Sure is chilly out there
    Temp: 41.8
    Dewpoint: 27
    Wind: E 20-35
    Peak gust: 43.7mph @8:15 AM

    East wind rages on….
    As of 2 PM
    PDX-DLS: -7.2mb | 1 PM: -7.0mb | Hourly Change: +0.2mb
    TTD-DLS: -7.7mb | 1 PM: -7.1mb | Hourly Change: +0.6mb

    • As of 4 PM
      PDX-DLS: -7.6mb | 3 PM: -7.5mb | Hourly Change: +0.1mb
      TTD-DLS: -7.9mb | 3 PM: -7.8mb | Hourly Change: +0.1mb
      New peak TTD-DLS gradient. Heading for -8mb+ it looks like. As I thought models are breaking down the ridge and cold pool too soon thus wanting to weaken offshore gradients too quickly. This has happened numerous times before. Tonight could be an East wind event(Gust 40-45mph+) east of I-205 into Gresham/Troudale/Fairview/Wood Village….

    • I don’t think an east wind storm(gusts 50mph+) but with 925/850mb temps warming aloft and pressure falls to the southwest, it seems possible.

  5. alohabb says:

    Hmmmm, 30-40mph gusts in PDX tomorrow?

    • W7ENK says:

      Likely not, I don’t see it coming together. And that’s not pessimism, that’s based off current Sat obs. Storm track looks to be WAY too far out to sea to bring us anything exciting, unless you like rain. Lots and lots more rain! :yawn:

    • W7ENK says:

      Another reason why I think PDX may be spared the Southerly Wind Monster (if gradients in the Valley do tighten up) is this cold pool in the Columbia Basin being drawn out through the Gorge. As the low approaches, that cold dense air will act like a dome (literally, no joking this time!), deflecting any Southerlies up off the surface. If only this were a month later, though it would probably turn into an icy mess! Which lends more credence to my thoughts that ice is going to be the biggest story this winter.

      We’ll see…

    • We need to beat down the ridge over us. The first system isn’t going to be the one to keep an eye on. It will be energy rounding the trough probably Saturday…. I’m not forecasting or saying we will see a windstorm, only saying this pattern is conducive for them to develop.

    • runrain says:

      We aren’t getting much east wind at all in Happy Valley and we usually do.

    • I think this is really a true “gap” wind tonight because it is raging here for sure.

    • runrain says:

      Yes, a gap event. I’m holding out for the Old Navy event…

      Actually, I’ve noticed the winds have been creeping up a bit over the past half hour or so here in Happy Valley so maybe the gap is widening!

    • alohabb says:

      Weird, cause here on the Wetside it is absolutely dead calm

    • W7ENK says:

      Haha! Interesting… You can’t even put up a mailbox without permits and approval from the Columbia Gorge Preservation Committee, let alone 400 foot tall Sequoias, lest they block someone’s view or stand out as an eyesore to people looking across from the Washington side…

    • paulbeugene says:

      my point is that there is a reason these trees are not native to most of the Oregon coast (and Washington, BC coast)…it has nothing to do with mist…we have that here too…

    • W7ENK says:

      True, however Port Orford may have been home to Sequoias in the past? I have no idea.

  6. 12:38 PM Update
    Water Vapor imagery

    When was the last time you saw the Pacific looking like this? I count 5 separate waves or areas of low pressure all sandwiched between 160-130 W. A real log jam of energy and front systems out there….

    Next view the following Water Vapor and Infrared Loops
    Craziness ensues. I can’t remember the last time I saw the trough axis dip down to 28 N either. The upper level support looks excellent. Jet looks powerful and lots of cold air to feed into developing low pressure areas and as they undergo Cyclogenesis too. The system moving southward down 160 W looks impressive already. Based on all of this I am definitely not ruling out a possible windstorm before this pattern changes next weekend or so.

    • Errrr, frontal* systems… you knew that though….

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      I don’t remember the Pacific looking like that. Crazy.
      Will be fun to watch…breezy to gusty, gusty to windy?

    • W7ENK says:

      I like that one down around 37N 128W, nice comma shape, nice dry slot… Bring that thing in 500 miles closer to the coastline and we could have a real doozie on our hands!!! It’s just too bad it looks like it’s already making it’s northward turn. No dice. 😦

    • W7ENK says:

      *37N 138W

    • runrain says:

      Isn’t the one at 138w supposed to be going into Northern California? They’re expecting some monumental rains down there from Thur onwards and it would seem this one fits that time frame.

    • W7ENK says:

      Hmm, mayhaps? But, it’s also in the right spot for the magical wishcast-o-windstorm we’re supposed to be getting tomorrow, which would still bring driving rains to California. And to me, it does appear that it ticks Northward in the last couple of frames, well ahead of the “danger” zone. I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

  7. ==== ALERT! ====
    12z ECMWF
    After we get past the upcoming windstorm pattern look how the 500mb pattern progresses. Note the ridge at 145 W. However, I hate to fart on your parade, but the strong system moving into the Aleutians seems to want to push things along quickly implying a transitory longwave pattern. Baby steps, BUT this is still a lot better than the GFS. IF that system were weaker, that ridge might turn into a block and hang out around 145-150 W. I know it is an IF, but there are always a lot of IF’s, When’s, Could be’s, Maybe’s, when it comes to potential exciting weather in the Pacific Northwest.

  8. 12z GEM(Canadian)
    Saturday, December 1st(FCST HR 96)
    975mb low just off the Washington Coast.

    Awaiting 12z ECMWF to see if it suggests anything similar, or shows the wind storm 00z did last night.

  9. SnowedIn - North Plains says:

    Hit a bone-chilling 27F out there this morning… Tons of frost too. Lowest temp of the season so far!

  10. W7ENK says:

    Cold and windy November mornings make for great sunrises!

  11. bgb41 says:

    11/26/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:61 at AGNESS2( 247 ft) & Tillamook(63 ft)
    Low: 45 at BROOKINGS(79 ft)

    High:27 at HARL BUTTE(6071 ft)
    Low: 10 at ANEROID LAKE #2 (7300 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 33 degrees
    LYNHART RANCH (54/21 ) (4092 ft )
    Lakeview, Lake C (52/19) (4734 ft)

  12. paulbeugene says:

    Ukmet, GFS, nogaps, Canadian say 10-20 gusts to 30mph this weekend for willamette valley. Euro sez maybe more than that. Looks wet in California.
    The GFS ops run is outlier…mild west on ensembles.

  13. Dave in Sherwood says:

    Down to 30.6, last night hit 28.9. I wonder If we break into the 27’s tonight!

  14. Two model runs in a row show bitter cold in washington in hrs 192hrs with a inch or so of snow off. On the flip side shows portland area a good 20 deagrees warmer then seattle.

  15. W7ENK says:

    Oregon City, top of the hill (Clackamas Community College), absolutely dead calm and I just spent the last few minutes scraping frost off my windshield while warming the engine.

  16. 00z GFS through FCST HR 180 is barely worth a look…. Yeah, it is that bad.

  17. Mark Nelsen says:

    Wind gust to 69 mph at Corbett in the past hour…it must be screaming out there. Also means it’s likely gusting around 100mph on the steps at Vista House. I don’t think the Corbett location got above 72 mph last year.

  18. I hope the “fake cold” pool over the Columbia Basin 1) builds up to a depth of at least 4,000 feet; 2) temps near river level stabilize in the low to mid 30s as opposed to upper 30s/low 40s; and 3) the moisture coming in Wed/Thu has a freezing level not much above the Columbia Basin inversion top so that snowflakes don’t melt in the middle atmosphere.

    I confess that this is an act of wishcasting, but we’re all guilty of it now and then. This is one manifestation of my particular brand.

  19. mothernature007 says:

    Ok, I’m curious now. Where would I go to buy a wind gauge? Anything else I might need for this new hobbie of mine:)

  20. Danny in Troutdale says:

    Hey Mark,
    I want you to give us your own personalized forecast for this upcoming winter. Tailored to what you know we all want to hear. That being said it doesn’t have to be true or based of anything or not. Give us something that will have us saying “boy if that happened….”. 🙂 You know what I mean.

    You may or may not be scored on various unstated criteria by the bloggers on a scale of 1-10. 10 being the best. example-creativity.

    Heck you would make my day if you found the time to make another post on this 🙂

  21. I’ve created a gallery on my website of all of the images that were collected from that snowy/icy episode in 2008. They are generally in order of the event when possible, however, there aren’t a lot of labels etc as I was busy just saving the images. Photos included from areas up near Seattle as well.

    If I had no life I would go through and organize these haha

    NOTE: Most of these photos are NOT mine!

    • marcus says:

      Thanks for the pics they were awesome, sure hope to see another winter storm like that! if im reading the GFS correctly looks like we may get colder around mid December i hope so!

  22. great. were working down in portland off 205 to repair a roof tomorrow. should be fun if the winds whipping….

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Should be good balance training for when we can get back up to Vista House! Hahaah!

  23. alohabb says:

    Looks as if the Westside will avoid this wind…but dang its cold out there!!!!

  24. W7ENK says:

    The wind is less right now than it was this morning here in Milwaukie. If it doesn’t come back, it’ll get COLD tonight!

  25. As of 5 PM
    PDX-DLS: -7.7mb | 4 PM: -7.2mb | Hourly Change: +0.5mb
    TTD-DLS: -7.7mb | 4 PM: -7.2mb | Hourly Change: +0.5mb
    OTH-GEG: -7.0mb | 4 PM: -7.4mb | Hourly Change: -0.4mb

  26. PDX Weather Nut says:

    Hope to get at least one decent snow in town this winter. It’s been four years or so since we’ve had one. I don’t count 1/4″ or 1/2″ as being decent snows … haha

  27. Ah, you read my mind, Mark from what I posted a bit ago(or maybe I read yours?) …. Looking forward to raging winds tonight and tomorrow!

  28. I just moved to Cascade locks and I have no idea what the wind speed was last night but it sounded very strong all night. Does anyone know where to find out in my area?

  29. SnowedIn - North Plains says:


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