Longview Tornado

7pm Update:  NWS says it was an EF-1 tornado

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It’s been a year and a half, but today it was time for another tornado in the FOX12 viewing area.  This time it was in downtown Longview!  Multiple videos we’ve been showing on-air and those you’ve probably seen on social media.  We’ll find out this evening what EF rating it will get; the NWS is up there right now doing a storm survey.  From the damage it appears to be similar to what hit Aumsville in December 2010, maybe a little weaker.  Here are the last 3 tornadoes we’ve seen in our area

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Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

31 Responses to Longview Tornado

  1. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Hahaah!

    “If you are on the Oregon coast, either get away or get prepared…”

    http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2014/10/strong-winds-on-saturday-night.html

  2. When the Nesdis server went down Tuesday the models had no satellite data feeds to ingest to help with initialization and forecasting. Nesdis went back online yesterday, but I am thinking what is happening is model error and things are now “catching back up” which we’re seeing the models verifying what is occurring in real time on IR/WV, versus what had occurred with erroneous model data. That’s why the NAM/GFS are significantly deeper with the low and the handling of it. Question I have is, are the models fully up to speed? or is this low going to continue to deepen all night towards tomorrow morning and then we have a bigger situation unfolding.

    • flurball says:

      Agreed. And the NWS really never mentioned it in their discussion although it was posted on the sattelite page I had to go to other avenue’s to keep pace

  3. Hmmmm. WRF has 50-60kt gusts now Willamette Valley. Just the 12km wind gust model, 4km may be 5kts stronger. Keep in mind, it shows 987mb, but the low is 4-8mb deeper than modeled. http://www.atmos.washington.edu/mm5rt/data/2014102500/images_d2/wgsfc.21.0000.gif

  4. 00z NAM tonight is significantly more favorable for stronger winds into the Willamette Valley now. The southern low tightens up nicely with no longer a weak low and baggy circulation showing. It is also roughly 8-10mb deeper than 12z. Also the low as it scoots north just off the Oregon Coast fills/weakens much slower keeping a tighter N-S gradient couplet and a 7-8mb PDX-EUG gradient. All day today the NAM has outperformed the GFS in terms of handling the lows rate of deepening and strengthen which is currently around 987-988mb deeper than modeled. Hmmm, we just may see a decent little storm yet with Wind Advisory G 40-45 perhaps 50mph verifying in spots. Outside shot(Real slight 5-10% chance) at higher gusts if things work out right.

  5. Boydo3 N. Albany says:

    Big sunspot AR2192 blew out an X-3 flare earlier today.
    http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/alerts/archive/current_month.html
    Should be some fantastic auroras someplace tonite.

  6. PaulO says:

    Low off the coast is pulling pretty good east wind out of the gorge:
    http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/getobext.php?sid=D6193&table=1&banner=off

  7. alohabb says:

    SO on the 7 day forecast, what is the difference between Windy and Breezy??

  8. Muxpux (Castle Rock 175') says:

    If you had to pick a time to hit a pumpkin patch between tomorrow am and Monday evening, what would be the best bet? We’re thinking Roloff Farm just to be touristy and gawkers

  9. alohabb says:

    35-45 mph gusts this Saturday afternoon? Sound about right?

  10. Dave in South Salem (500') says:

    Nice to see the southern Oregon, northern California drought areas getting hit with much needed steady rain.

  11. Tyler Mode says:

    4.88″/hour rainfall rate right now

  12. schmit44 says:

    10/23/2014 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:69 at DW3057 Milton-Fr(1102 ft) & DW7237 Pendleton(1145 ft) & WEST BIRCH CREEK(1626 ft)
    Low: 58 at BROOKS(187 ft) & EW1135 Yachats1(32 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:35 at Timberline Lodge(7001 ft) & Mount Hood Meado(6601 ft)
    Low: 29 at Timberline Lodge (7001 ft ) & Mount Hood Meado (6601 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 21 degrees
    EW1881 Pendleton (68/47 ) (1204 ft )
    ROWENA (64/43) (116 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    3.71″ at EW4856 Brookings(1365ft)
    3.06″ at RED MOUND(1753ft)
    2.78″ at QUAIL PRAIRIE LO(3183ft)

  13. Andy in Carlton says:

    Mark, don’t forget McMinnville’s when you were on vacation June 2013.

  14. W7ENK says:

    00z GFS…

    Ouch.

    I picked a really crappy and disappointing time to start looking at the models again. 😦

  15. runrain says:

    Tornadoes, soaking rains, solar eclipses. It’s all coming together. Got to be a windstorm on our horizon!

  16. Tyler Mode says:

    EF-1 is the rating…

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      2014/10/23 1945 Z UNK LONGVIEW COWLITZ WA 46.13 -122.93 0 0 Map
      A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN LONGVIEW… WA BETWEEN 1240 AND 1250 PM THIS AFTERNOON. NWS STORM SURVEY TEAM WAS DEPLOYED TO THE SCENE AND RATED THE TORNADO AS AN EF-1 WITH WIND ESTIMATED BETWEEN 86 AND 110 MPH. THE PATH LENGTH WAS AROUND 1.3 MILES LONG AND 200 FT WIDE. THERE WAS SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE TO INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS… MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO RESIDENTIAL HOMES… 25 TO 30 TREES SNAPPED OFF OR BLEW DOWN… SOME POWER POLES WERE DOWNED… AND AUTOMOBILES DAMAGED FROM DEBRIS. [SOURCE: NWS STORM SURVEY; CWA: PQR ]
      TORNADO BEGAN NEAR SAFEWAY ON 15TH AVE IN LONGVIEW… WA THEN TRAVELLED 6 BLOCKS DOWN VANDERCOOK WAY. ROOF DAMAGE REPORTED. [SOURCE: COUNTY OFFICIAL; CWA: PQR ]

    • lilfoot123 says:

      Yes Toto this is not Kansas, we had a tornado in Longview yesterday! Crazy! The storm cell passed northwest of the school I was working at! After the tornado chewed up downtown Longview a bit many schools in the county went on a modified lockdown until school was out! I was as gitty as child!

  17. runrain says:

    Had it been an F5 tornado, it would’ve been the BEST day of your life! But yeah, Ian, I know what you mean.

  18. Muxpux (Castle Rock 175') says:

    Hey Mark, Ian here. Worst day of my life. To be a mile away as the crow flies from a tornado and miss it? Yeah. Sucks.

  19. Lauraholic says:

    An unexpected exciting weather day. I love it!

  20. dharmabum says:

    My brother and I were traveling west through Sandy, Or around 1:30 when we noticed a very dark straight line of clouds stretching from west to east over near the gorge, so I was not surprised to get home and hear about the Longview tornado.

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