Strongest South Wind This Winter

Somehow I slept through it…I must be slipping in my old age.  Portland had a peak gust of 45 mph around 3am with the cold front; the strongest wind gust in over a year here.  That doesn’t mean a whole lot since our storms have been very weak the past few years.  Here are some other speeds around the metro area:


Luckily I see very few power outages, less than 10,000 out of power this morning.  We’ll see more strong gusts as heavy showers roll through the next few hours.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

92 Responses to Strongest South Wind This Winter

  1. schmit44 says:

    1/13/2014 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:63 at EW3367 Coos Bay( 98 ft) & Gold Beach (US 1(60 ft) & RED MOUND(1753 ft)
    Low: 49 at EW1914 Portland(151 ft) & US26 EB to I-217(430 ft) & CW5925 Coos Bay(49 ft)

    High:26 at ALAKES Haines(7979 ft)
    Low: 14 at CRAZYMAN FLAT (6100 ft ) & KLAMATH NWR (4531 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 36 degrees
    CRAZYMAN FLAT (50/14 ) (6100 ft )
    KLAMATH NWR (33/14) (4531 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.72″ at BLACK ROCK(4891ft)
    0.68″ at CINNAMON(4834ft)
    0.68″ at BOULDER CREEK(3570ft)
    0.57″ at LOG CREEK(2800ft)

  2. Rob - Southeast Portland says:


    Kyle(Heat Blizzard) has Asperger’s Syndrome, so although some of this posts can be really out there, let’s not make fun of the kid for it, his punctuation or spelling. I’ve seen a few on here tell him he needs his meds or talk about him. Due to his condition I don’t necessarily know if he should be on a Blog or not, but that isn’t place to say either. Often he does have a lot of really good weather related posts and you can see his enthusiasm for storms and what not. So, you can simply choose to ignore him or not, but you’re in no position to bash a kid with a disability and don’t need to run your mouth at him. It’s just not the right thing to do. Be very fortunate you don’t suffer from that.

    Try to be more mindful of this.

  3. Sapo says:

    I don’t think winter is over yet. Models are showing the ridging leaving early February, so I’m still holding out hope. Maybe a last shot of cold air before Spring?

  4. prairiedog says:

    We decided to make a quick drive up to Timberline Lodge (6,000ft) yesterday and maybe catch the tail end of the snow and wind. Road cams at 9am looked good, 30f and snow covered roads at Government Camp at 4,000ft. We got there at noon and the roads were open, temp at 35f and raining. Went up the Hill and was shocked to see moderate rain coming down on top of maybe 18/20″ of new snow. Drove over to Meadows and it was blowing pretty good with a rain/sleet mix. Was a little surprised how quickly the warm front invaded the higher elevations. GC was a sloppy mess by 5pm.

  5. Sapo says:

    Looks like a pretty warm and dry period of about 15 days…

    • weathernate says:

      Time to grab the fork. Its over boys and girls. Early garden would be nice.

    • W7ENK says:

      If we didn’t have such high potential for more freezing nights, I’d consider putting in a run of peas this coming weekend. In fact, I might just do it anyway. If it freezes, oh well, I’ll just start ’em again! Might be time to start some radishes and carrots, too…

    • PeteCJ says:

      It will certainly freeze again at night more than once before spring actually begins. Planting veggies now would be a complete waste of your time and resources.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      Wait until late April or early May. Or how about wait until summer? LOL this could end up being another 2010 for all we know 😉 Remember your green tomato year?

    • W7ENK says:

      It would only be a waste of dried peas, which I have a container full of on my shelf, so it’s really no loss. Besides, peas and radish are cool weather veggies, so with this unseasonably warm weather ahead, they might do well.

  6. Heatblizzard says:

    Think this can’t happen here in America? Think again! It’s already happened in many European countries like Spain/Parts of Italy and Greece where those nations have nearly collapsed which shows up on the international news outlooks every so often. You’ll be able to find it in BBC’s archive system.

    It came real close to happening here in America in 2012 but I think we wounded up using our emergency supply of food before better weather came to the Midwest again easing but not getting rid of the monster drought.

    I don’t even know what the status of that drought is now if it’s totally gone and they’re going to have a bumper crop this year or if simply nobody is discussing it due to it being winter.

    Last September was unusually hot and dry for the Midwest where many schools closed early due to heat.

    • Lauraholic says:

      Did you forget your meds again?

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      Oh trust me, drought is full blast right now. Half of Oregon recorded their driest year EVER for 2013. Crater Lake has the record lowest amount of snowpack EVER. They’ll start talking about it by April.

    • WEATHERDAN says:

      Ever heard of the dust bowl in the 1930,s? Hot and dry and no riots. Check your history books.

    • W7ENK says:

      For those that don’t know, Kyle is a schitzophrenic (not joking). We just shrug off his nonsense and move on. Sometimes a friendly reminder on the medications gets the point across, other times Mark has had to take some corrective action. Either way, that’s just the way it is.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      Also even on record dry years, the PNW still gets WAY more moisture than in the four corners. So riots aren’t even a possibility……

  7. Heatblizzard says:

    Dad and I were just talking a few days ago about how we if e had any east winds it would warm us right up for an early spring fooling people then a hard freeze in February that will kill any vegetation/crops that try to grow early.

    Plus bears and other creatures will wake up early if those 60+ degree temps come to pass and they WILL be hungry with no game to hunt in the usual hunting grounds.

    This is one time I am glad I don’t live in the mountains! We’re in for a DRY year just in time for martial law and water riots.

  8. schmit44 says:

    1/12/2014 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:57 at JUNIPR( 359 ft)
    Low: 49 at W7KKE-3 Road’s E(89 ft)

    High:26 at Rim(7050 ft)
    Low: 14 at HOWARD Mt Howard (8150 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 19 degrees
    CW2426 Warmsprin (55/36 ) (1572 ft )
    CW8689 Burns (48/29) (4219 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    2.64″ at Mount Hood Meado(5249ft)
    2.50″ at BLAZED ALDER(3650ft)
    2.21″ at HEBOWX Mt. Hebo(3160ft)
    2.10″ at LOG CREEK(2800ft)

  9. W7ENK says:

    At my location in Milwaukie:

    Peak wind gust Friday night WSW 19.2 mph
    Rainfall 0.29″

    Peak wind gust Saturday SW 15.0 mph
    Rainfall 0.68″

    Saturday was an exciting day at the beach.

  10. BoringOregon says:

    Hate to let people down but maybe its time to issue a BoringWeatherAlert???

  11. EY (Oak Grove) says:

    Yesterday Portland received 0.68″ of rain. That’s the most rain we’ve seen in a single day since December 1st, 2013… Or, in other words, the most rain we’ve seen in approximately 42 days/6 weeks.

  12. Rob - Southeast Portland says:

    12z GFS

    Just looked at the 500mb, Precip charts… Would you believe heights 580dm+? Yep. Also, really dry once we get past tomorrow. Inversions anyone? Nearly early Summer type of upper atmosphere….

    Extracted Data
    .21″ through the 28th. Not good…..

  13. Jason Hougak says:

    Did I call it… traffic nightmare up to Meadows. Bumper to bumper at hwy 35 and 26 jct. Just wait till 3pm and it’ll be the worst in years. Seems everyone decided to go while the getting is good, they don’t think about taking tomorrow off. Tomorrow will be awesome! Would rather sit next to a blazing fire than stuck in mtn. traffic. Meadows parking lots are all ready full and traffic is backed up to 26… woops should have gotten up sooner and plan to stay for Meadows After Dark!

  14. Jason Hougak says:

    Called Portland NWS office yesterday and found out that there is no wind advisory that even exists for the cascade foothills, only wind warning is the high wind warning? So I guess we’re safe up here as long as there isn’t a high wind warning-LOL! No big deal just hate feeling left out on the colorful advisory and warning map- haha.

    • Austin-East Vancouver says:

      That’s odd that they would only put up if it was a high wind warning. Guess they don’t think that people live there lol

  15. JJ78259 says:

    Some real pretty colors coming at ya on radar

  16. I had a peak wind gust of 46 mph yesterday at 12:18. That is my highest wind at my new station in Battle Ground (records since Dec. 2010)

    It’d be nice to get a storm like that with a little more frequency!

  17. BoringOregon says:

    Well it was nice to have a little rain in wind. But now whats next!!

    • Jason Hougak says:

      Mild January weather above 1000 feet and fog below. Sorry flat landers!

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Gotta keep the slime/mold/moss healthy!

    • Jason Hougak says:

      February snow- my bones can feel it. Fake out early spring then three weeks of fun!

    • Sifton says:

      Might want to see a doctor bout that Jason cause if it does ‘snow’ it’ll only be a tease for a few hours…..

    • Jason Hougak says:

      Given this winter it has been a total tease but I live at 1300 feet and snow usually lasts days. I miss winter 08-09 when we had snow on the ground most of the winter… that was awesome!

  18. Pretty heavy periods of showers this evening in Hiilsboro/Aloha. I have to say, I’m glad it is wet again and hope we get a few more good bursts of moisture between now and May. I do not like like dry timber in the summer…

  19. schmit44 says:

    1/11/2014 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:64 at DW9612 Umapine( 797 ft)
    Low: 50 at Gold Beach (US 1(60 ft)

    High:32 at HARL BUTTE(6071 ft) & Timberline Lodge(7001 ft) & Mount Hood Meado(6601 ft) & Rim(7050 ft) & HOWARD Mt Howard(8150 ft)
    Low: 18 at HOWARD Mt Howard (8150 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 25 degrees
    LAKE OWHEE AND O (58/33 ) (2400 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    2.56″ at DW0237 Lees Camp(699ft)
    2.30″ at TIDEWATER(2035ft)
    2.20″ at SADDLE MOUNTAIN(3250ft)
    2.13″ at QUAIL PRAIRIE LO(3183ft)

  20. Sapo says:

    Heaviest rain of the day moved in about 15 minutes ago.

  21. vernonia1 says:

    r we all done for tonite?

    • JERAT416 says:

      Still breezy and rainy here in Beaverton, but I haven’t seen anything like we saw this morning since noon or so.

    • chiefWright (Marquam) says:

      Yep the bentback has pretty much whipped its wet and blustery tail. Wind at all coastal stations is abating and turning to west. Juicy warm front on IR is dropping in behind the bentback for less wind and more rain in the lowlands tomorrow, and a big whitefest in the Cascades!

  22. vernonia1 says:

    didja here that rumble pappoose??

  23. JJ78259 says:

    I have some global warming going on for mid January 77 not a cloud in sight I love this winter weather!

  24. corvallismurph says:

    Thunder boomers shaking the house in Corvallis.

  25. Jason Hougak says:

    We’ve had trees and powerlines down in the cascade foothills due to the strong southerly winds and there is no advisory or warning, what’s up with that? We’ve got a steady 15-30mph wind, gusting 45-55mph.

    • Heatblizzard says:

      Quote “and there is no advisory or warning,”
      That’s the answer right there! 🙂

    • Jason Hougak says:

      I think the weather service has no idea about what goes on above the valley floor. The topography and upsloping winds are intense. What good are advisories and warnings?

  26. vernonia1 says:

    off topic…
    Closure US26, 5 miles West of Manning MP 42, issued: 01/11/2014 1:00 pm. A crash has occurred, use an alternate route.

  27. Hal In Aims says:

    Will the power go out here on the opening kick off of the Seahawks game……or……just as Seattle is going to attempt the game winning field goal with 4 seconds left.??

  28. Rob - Southeast Portland says:

    Low is just now moving into Vancouver Island. Best wind potential will be the next 2 hours.

    Also Seattle had a 56mph wind gust the past hour.

  29. Taylor says:

    Thunder with very heavy rain, very high winds and hail. Coming through Clackamas! I’m enjoying this so much right now!

  30. Runrain says:

    I went outside at 2am to feel the 57 deg warmth. I felt like I was back in Phoenix!!

  31. Hal in Aims says:

    very dark and gusty……radar looks menacing…..

  32. EY (Oak Grove) says:

    I think I’m getting hit by a full on squall line… At least with regards to the rain.

  33. Sarah in West Linn says:

    Heavy rain and hail!

  34. Rain intensifying in Aloha (11:52 AM), winds are between 20 and 25 mph. Looks like a rather fun mid-afternoon is coming!

  35. Wendy-Silverlake says:

    Are we at the strongest wind point yet? I’m averaging 15 with gusts into the 30’s continuously.

  36. alohabb says:

    Wow it got dark over here!!!!

  37. I slept through the strongest part of the wind too. I even had my window partly open.

  38. Sapo says:

    Last couple rain showers had almost no wind, hope to see some better winds before it ends.

  39. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Here comes the poisonous tail!
    Who’ll get stung with this punch!

    • chiefWright (Marquam) says:


      Actually, I’m kinda surprised the low clouds aren’t racing more quickly. I’d expect they’d be whipping by, looking at that impressive windup on sat/rad. And Rockhouse METAR, my favorite coast range early warning system (thanks, Rod!) has been staying steady.

      May just turn into an ordinary windy day. But it ain’t over ’til it’s over….

  40. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Survived the first punch. Was quite breezy with FROPA here. Heard the sound of a breaking tree or branch along with a explosion about 4:45. No trees in the driveway, but lost power, just back on.

    The first punch knocked my lights out, let’s see what we get with the second. Boom, Boom, out go the lights! Hahaah!

  41. Hal in Aims says:

    getting quite breezy here….just got the limbs and other debris from round one off the roof, etc. Awaiting round 2….

  42. Sifton says:

    Well Mark nailed the wind speed, but what about da rain??

  43. Brad says:

    Beware the albinos.

  44. dharmabum says:

    Power was off here for about 15 minutes, some strong gusts overnight but no apparent damage.

  45. alohabb says:

    Stronger than earlier?

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      1005 AM PST SAT JAN 11 2014


    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Wrong placement.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Sounds like the potential is similar, alohabb.

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