Not a hurricane, but a beautiful low pressure system

Check out the Washington coastal radar picking up this morning’s storm moving onshore.  You can clearly see a closed low pressure center moving into Ilwaco/Long Beach area around 9am.  We get strong wind as air rushes towards that low.  So now the wind will relax on the coast, and, after 11am or so it’ll die down here in the valleys.

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The worst thing happened to me this morning:   I get up, stumble to the espresso machine at 9am.  It starts making that gurgling sound and I anticipate the morning cup.  Then the power goes out at that exact moment.  So sad, another “first world” problem.  I trudge out in shorts and the rain to hook up the generator.  NOW I have a cup of coffee and I’m not cranky.  That was a close call…

By the way, the peak gust at PDX so far has been 41 mph.  That was during an surge of wind that moved across the metro area well ahead of the low…at 12:36am.

The peak gust so far was at 10:34am; 47 mph right after I published this post.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

17 Responses to Not a hurricane, but a beautiful low pressure system

  1. Jason Hougak says:

    Late Sat. night into Sunday major flooding and debris flows off Mt. Hood. I’d say that it’s very likely that Lolo Pass road may again be washed out. Hwy 35 will also be impacted by this system. The storm coming in is very wet and warm with the snowlevel around 9K feet. Heavy precipitation with saturated slopes combined with rapid snow melt will lead to hazardous conditions in the mountains.

  2. David B. says:

    Lost power for an hour this afternoon. First time thus season. Frogs getting louder each night.

  3. WEATHERDAN says:

    Nice blustery Spring day in Salem. Wind gusts to near 50 MPH and almost an inch of rain. First time my basement has had water in it since Late September. It was exactly one month ago today when the snow started piling up. Now our low this morning was 50. 2 nights from tonight we can set our clocks ahead 1 hour. Sunset on Sunday is 7:12 PM. Goodbye Winter hello Spring. Peace.

  4. W7ENK says:

    Beautiful!

    Sucks about the power though. I don’t have a generator, but I do have several large (100Ah sealed AGM) UPS batteries and a handful of varous sized inverters. When my power went out last night, I hooked up the small one to run my phone charger and the lamp next to my bed. Thankfully, I only needed it for about 90 minutes.

  5. Barbara Smith says:

    Sure glad you got that coffee!

  6. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Hahaah! It ain’t over till it’s over, Mark! (47 mph)
    Will you need more updates! Hahaah!

  7. gidrons says:

    Mark, you are getting cityfied. At least you still have a generator.

  8. Jana Forrest says:

    Have to admit that I am not very familiar with weather terms. But at 1:10 AM, at Lat/Lon: 44.61°N 123.08°W Elevation: 207 ft, grand prairie park area of Albany, we had a down burst of extreme wind that took down a huge tree limb next door. Wiped out the neighbors deck, trampoline and shed. The support posts of the shed were shoved into the ground by 3 feet. It sounded like a freight train for the burst and then dead quiet. Crazy weather.

  9. pappoose in scappoose says:

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
    952 AM PST THU MAR 6 2014

    UPDATE…MAIN FEATURE OF INTEREST IS A SECONDARY SURFACE LOW THAT HAS SPUN UP OFF THE MOUTH OF THE COLUMBIA OVERNIGHT. IT IS CURRENTLY COMING ONSHORE OVER LONG BEACH. MODELS…INCLUDING THE
    HRRR/RAP…HAVE NOT PICKED UP ON IT ALL SO AM RELYING ON EXPERIENCE FOR THE IMMEDIATE EVOLUTION. FORTUNATELY…RADAR AND SATELLITE DATA MAKE IT APPEAR AS THOUGH THE LOW HAS ALREADY REACHED IT`S LOWEST PRESSURE AND IS ALREADY FILLING AND THUS WEAKENING. MAIN IMPACT LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE SLIGHTLY HIGHER SOUTHERLY WIND GUST POTENTIAL ACROSS THE NORTHEASTERN TIER OF THE CWA THIS MORNING AS SURFACE PRESSURE GRADIENTS WILL BE A LITTLE TIGHTER THAN MODELS WOULD OTHERWISE INDICATE. HAVE ALREADY SEEN GUSTS INTO THE 40S IN PORTIONS OF THE VALLEY. VERY LOW LEVEL RADAR VELOCITY DATA IS NOT OVERLY CONCERNING BUT DID SHOW 35 KT INBOUND AND IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO THE RADAR AT ABOUT 830 AM SO EXPECT THAT LEVEL OF GUSTS TO REACH THE FOOTHILLS AT TIMES WITH A BETTER CHANCE ALONG THE CASCADES.
    ADDITIONALLY…BUOY 89 IS SHOWING A 3-HOURLY PRESSURE RISE OF 8.5 MB WITH IS RATHER SIGNIFICANT. THIS TYPICALLY INDICATES POTENTIAL FOR STRONG COLD ADVECTION AND ASSOCIATED SINKING MOTION BEHIND A FRONT, BUT IN THIS CASE, COULD BE MORE OF AN ARTIFACT OF THE NEARLY DIRECT HIT BY THE LOW CENTER. WILL STILL CONTINUE THE WARNINGS AND ADVISORY FOR THE VALLEY AND NORTH COAST AREAS AS STILL FEEL LIKE THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF WESTERLY WIND POTENTIAL AS THE PRIMARY WRAP AROUND OCCLUSION BAND MOVES ONSHORE TODAY.

  10. Sifton says:

    WOW! Crisis averted!!

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