Extremely Short 7pm Update

Just checking in on the observations at 7pm wondering where the wind is like most of the rest of you!

It sure hit Salem with a gust to 47 mph, stronger than yesterday’s wind, but pretty quiet here in the metro area right now.  The low pressure system is definitely making landfall a bit farther north than we expected which also means a bit farther away from us too.    The center is pretty obvious on the water vapor satellite imagery:


As a result wind probably won’t be any stronger than what we saw yesterday…gusts stay under 50 mph.  Whatever we get, it’ll be decreasing after 9pm.

Update to the update:  Of course right after I posted this (now it’s 7:16pm), I see Astoria got nailed with a strong wind gust around 60 mph just as the cold front passed overhead!  That’s the strongest of the day…there is still some life left in this thing.  We’ll see what happens in the next 2 hours as the cold front moves inland.  Generally the strongest wind occurs with the pressure jump (cold front) with these systems.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

40 Responses to Extremely Short 7pm Update

  1. Newbie says:

    Rob or anybody else, where can I get access to pressure gradients?

  2. kristin says:

    Now getting closer to 9:00 p.m.; finally getting some stronger gusts here in NE Portland.

  3. jet says:

    C’mon Storm! I enjoy extreme weather and was psyched for some gusty winds. Disclaimer: I don’t want anyone to get hurt, not even a mouse and that includes trees.

    However, extreme weather is a thrill to watch! In Mt. Tabor hood , the trees are alive with motion , branches and leaves are dancing. Not quite as dramatic as we were hoping for, though. The candles and flashlights are at the ready. Any chance we will get a corner of the storm for a bit of action at this point? Thanks for the updates, Mark!

  4. David B. says:

    Rain has been only half-hearted at best most of the day, but about 10 minutes ago the pace REALLY picked up. Starting to get windier as well. (Bainbridge Island, west of Seattle.)

  5. …fropa…, pressure up from 29.33 to 29.41 in the last 20 minutes….i really hadn’t ever considered the possibility of a storm like this this early in the “season” 🙂 …

  6. vernonia1 says:

    Yaquina…highest gust 66 just a few mins ago

  7. runrain says:

    Interesting. After fropa, the winds have spiked back up again at Astoria and Cannon Beach. Hmmmm

  8. yevpolo1990 says:

    wait hold on let me guess…the low initialized in the wrong area? yep, again and again and again…
    excuses excuses…here they come

  9. kristin says:

    Here in NE Portland (Rose City Park), wind is fairly strong but steady; we don’t seem to be getting the gusts we got yesterday which seemed to be the culprits as far as things blown over, branches coming down. Rain is fairly heavy but like the wind absent the extremes of yesterday. More generally speaking, based on everything I’ve observed, including animal behavior the last couple of weeks, I think we’re going to be in for one heck of an interesting fall and winter.

  10. Wind is really starting to pick up now (Brownsville, OR) along with the heavy rain we’ve had all evening

  11. Darlene in Boring says:

    Winds has made it to the east side. Just had a pretty strong gust hit the house but my wind gauge isn’t working. Power outages in Boring, south side of Hwy 26. Still have power on the north side of the Hwy. Better throw the cell phone on the charger. Have fun everyone…looks like we will see a short burst of excitement.

  12. Brad says:

    PDX Intl Airport just had their strongest gust at 36.

  13. Getting windy & rainy in Longview! So love rain on a metal roof!

    • Lurkyloo says:

      Emily, I am so jealous of your metal roof! I can’t hear the rain at night and I keep trying to come up with some sort of contraption that will let me hear the storms when they roll in. I’ve even gone so far as to put a metal mixing bowl upside down in my front yard! Haa! Didn’t work. 😦

  14. EY (Oak Grove) says:

    So it’s really a timing thing. I definitely didn’t expect that with the storm moving so far north and away from us.

    I eat my words; this isn’t going to be a bust. Heck, this made me more in awe of this storm… I mean, it’s so far away and it’s STILL hitting us fairly hard in Salem, Newberg, Astoria, etc.? Yeah, I can see why people said it is looking like a historic event.

    • pedro771 says:

      No offense, but you don’t entirely understand what is happening.
      The storm isn’t just starting. The wind will be the strongest in the next 30 minutes-hour while the front passes. This will mix some of the stronger wind gusts to the surface.

      After the front passes the winds will die off very fast. So our window for the Portland area is very small for decent wind. So enjoy the front!

    • EY (Oak Grove) says:

      No, I know the storm didn’t just start or anything. I’ve been watching it for hours and the breezy winds and rain we’ve received thus far is evidence of that.

      I just know that if a storm moves far away from us, it usually results in us in not getting as strong winds. What I read from the NWS was that the storm’s center was to come onshore in extreme NW Washington… But the center ended up moving further north and west of what they predicted. Since they were saying 45mph gusts in the valley with 55mph possible at that landfall, when I saw the storm turn sharply north, I pretty much went “Well, that’s it, it’s too far away for us to get hit by anything good.”

      What impresses me is that I’ve seen other storms make landfall in N. Vancouver Island that didn’t have such strong winds this far south. Perhaps I’m remembering incorrectly… Maybe they were weaker storms. I shouldn’t have doubted the potential when it crossed into the 130W line, even though it curled north shortly afterwards.

      The reason I gave up hope was, simply, because the NWS forecast the storm to hit NW tip of Washington. It’s 200 miles off and that usually kills any good winds down here.

  15. Longview - 400 ft says:

    According to the UW radar the cold front a few miles west of Clatskanie.

  16. poolsidemike says:

    all of murray hill no without power. Wind howling.

  17. runrain says:

    Front has cleared Astoria and winds falling off. Vernonia should get the front very soon.

  18. Rob - Southeast Portland says:

    Pressure gradients
    as of 7 PM
    PDX-EUG 4.9mb
    PDX-MFR 11.4mb(nearing 50mph gust criteria for PDX)
    OLM-PDX 6.5mb(Slightly exceeds 12zWRF/MM5 projections)
    OLM-EUG 11.4mb

  19. Brad says:

    First…just heard a roar here.

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