RIP Vista House Anemometer

I drove down to Crown Point on the way to work to see what happened to the wind gauge.  Here you go:


A little hard to see (click for a larger pic), but it appears the whole arm and cup assembly either bent or partially broke off.  Now it’s wrapped around the gutter drainage pipe.  Notice the wind direction vane behind the pipe!

Poor little guy, but he made it through two and a half winters in that spot.  Not bad considering you can buy a replacement for just $110!  We’ll see if we can get it on a stronger arm/mast.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

27 Responses to RIP Vista House Anemometer

  1. mtb_will says:

    Does anyone know the max wind gust on March 1? We were at VH that day… WOW!

  2. Ron Goodwin says:

    We have tried to keep a anemometer at Multnomah Falls and last fall ODOT took it down from the light pole between the I-84 pedestrian tunnel and RR bridge to never be seen again. It is more than mother nature at work in the Gorge. We now use Mark’s web site as our source as the Highway level one does not get the strongest winds. Fun to listen to the stories from people being blown around and it seems to be the largest guys that get blown the most.

  3. Ron Goodwin says:

    Remember the times that the flag pole blew down and Elmer’s replaced it two times, even with a stronger pole and it blew down without a flag on it. The Vista House was square when it was first built and the edges all blew off. Where else can you drive to a wind tourist attraction?

  4. BoringOregon says:

    R.I.P…. You need to get some Insurance for that thing lol!!

  5. orwxguy says:

    May be time to buy something like whatever they use on Mt. Washington (in New Hampshire) where the wind blows REALLY hard.

  6. Jason Hougak says:

    Think our winter was rough, Detroit so far has had over 6.5 feet of snow and 100 days with temperatures below freezing. If only they had Oregons beautiful mountains! Last time they had as harsh of winter was 1950. Hmmm, January 1950 was our last ice age in Portland with extreme cold, ice and snow lasting a whole month. I wonder of the polar vortex phenomenon was to blame for the cold spell then? We may in fact be heading into another ice age.

    • Tomas W. says:

      There were four distinct type of patterns , ‘warm-wet’, ‘warm-dry’, ‘cold-wet’ and ‘cold-dry’ cycles. Also, about every 500 years, our planet also goes through a cycle of Wide Weather ‘Extremes’. Our current cycle of extremes is been the worst in 1,000 years.JMO man-made global warming to be not only greatly exaggerated but so small as to be “embedded within the background variability of the natural climate system” and not dangerous.

    • vinnybob says:

      Green Bay has been below zero 48 times this year.

    • Jake-(Gresham) says:

      I for some reason will admit that I do have this nagging feeling that winter was rough this year but I think it’s quite honestly the end of winter being here and me wanting the spring season to kick off really.
      The people in Detroit are hardy, a winter such as this probably only made most note that it was more harsher then normal. They had to shovel more I believe would be the main complaint lol! I’d put it to the equivalent of us getting two arctic air blasts with a foot a snow each time. Most in Portland who don’t follow the weather what’s so ever would note that as being a harsh winter however I doubt it’d raise alarm really.

    • Ted Berry says:

      T. W. did i read right that you are “one of those” in full denial of man made climate change? If so you really need to study the psychology of denial in the face of overwhelming scientific fact.

  7. High Desert Mat (Model Rider) Redmond Or says:

    Snowing moderately here and 29 degrees. Suppose to pick up a few inches tonight per the easterly flow and or graphic lift. Its the wraparound from that huge low pressure system west of L.A. Should warm up here too by Sunday evening into Monday. Hope the winds get blastin through the gorge tomorrow foe u guys.

    • Jason Hougak says:

      My dad is in Sunriver and it was snowing steady there too. February is going out in style.

  8. Sapo says:

    Latest WRF-GFS is even quicker to push out the cold air, starting even late Saturday night in Portland. However, models usually erode the cold air too quickly, so we may stay in the 32-35 degree range through about 4 AM Sunday. Also looks like there is some precipitation through Sunday AM.

  9. The Bad Forecaster says:

    $110.00??? What brand did you buy? A LaCrosse brand sold at Costco? That brand and Oregon Scientific are trash even before you get started.

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      Davis. Good stuff

    • boydo3 N Albany says:

      I have a Davis. 20 years and counting. Only the occasional minor repair.

    • High Desert Mat (Model Rider) Redmond Or says:

      I have a Davis as well. Thank you winter weather meeting.

    • The Bad Forecaster says:

      Hmm that is odd then.

      I have my station which is a Davis mounted on a 1.5 inch galvanized fence post pipe which itself is 6 feet long and is fastened strongly to a heavy wood pole that is 12 feet in length. Obviously some stronger support is going to be needed at Vista House. Perhaps someone might grab a suggestion from one of the observers up at Mount Washington in New Hampshire via email.

  10. runrain says:

    This calls for a wake at Stark Street Pizza. I think all of us have some nice thoughts to share about this anemometer.

  11. Rob - Southeast Portland says:

    I am definitely not surprised. It has weathered many, many gusts over 100mph and documented 110 to 120+. I would say it held up longer than expected perhaps.

  12. Undoubtedly you just initialized it in the wrong position. 😛
    RIP Annie!

  13. Sifton says:

    LOL, R.I.P………1st!

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