2pm Wind Gusts: Salem Gusts over 50 mph

Salem and Aurora have both gone above 50 mph now, although Aurora had that gust way back with the initial wind arrival between 11am-Noon.

Here are the peak gusts so far…

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26 Responses to 2pm Wind Gusts: Salem Gusts over 50 mph

  1. David B. says:

    Wind really starting to pick up my way (Bainbridge Island, WA) now.

  2. JJ78259 says:

    Where is weather Dan?

  3. SW says:

    I just read Pete Parsons winter overview for this year. He has 1968-1969 as a strong analog year. Even if 68-69 is an analog year, statistics alone would keep from saying that we could have an arctic outbreak this year. I know anything is possible, but I believe we have not had back to back cold winters since the late forties, early fifties (I could be wrong about this). It is just that statistically, it is highly unlikely we see anything for 4-8 years (right Mark). But then again, who knows!

    • David B. says:

      Four to eight years sounds like an awfully long time to go with no arctic blasts whatsoever. One or two winters with none would be no big surprise, but let’s not fall into the inverse wishcasting trap here.

    • I’d say that 68-69 is the exceptional year for weak El Ninos. Assuming an ONI in the 0.5-1.0 range, there are a couple years where not even The Dalles saw any real cold air, and well-above normal winter temps (especially by the cooler climate averages of past decades). The rest of the years show a brief cold snap or two, and that’s about it.

    • Benjamin (West Salem) says:

      I generally agree with you in that having two or more winters in a row with arctic blasts is rare. However, we actually had it happen very recently. winter of 08/09 gave us the prolonged snow and ice period. The winter of 09/10 had the very cold week in Dec. Yes the Dec 09 blast gave us no snow, but it was certainly cold enough and was true arctic air.

      I’m going to stretch my point here a little and say that the winter of 10/11 was framed by 2 modified arctic blasts. we had onshore flow with both, and yet both times with onshore flow we had a light dusting of snow here on the valley floor, and what was impressive about those two events is that the 850mb temps were very cold for an onshore event.

    • SW says:

      When I say 4-8 years, I am talking about substantial (for the PNW) cold and snow. But like I said, anything can happen; statistics really do mean something.

  4. High Desert Mat says:

    Power just came back on. Went out around 1 today. Top gust I recorded was 54mph at my house. Pretty decent windstorm since we haven’t had one in awhile. At least a southerly one that is. Now on to winter please. Can anyone recap the winter weather meeting?

  5. Aleta says:

    I’ve been out of power in Gresham for just over an hour. Got really gusty there for a while but it seems to be dying down some.

  6. paulbeugene says:

    PDX-EUG gradient 9.9mb at 5pm. Should have been able to get stronger winds with that.

  7. Got real interesting around 4:30pm here in Mac. As gusty as it has been all day but we are getting some weird sun breaks. Looks strange to see the leaves blowing in the air, the trees bending from the wind, rain coming down sideways and then big bright streaks of sun mixed in. Strange and unstable day indeed.

  8. Tyler Mode says:

    35 mph is all here in Battle Ground, but still downed trees and limbs nearby.

  9. Ken in Sheridan says:

    Big gust just a moment ago …. sustained winds have also just picked up.

  10. Paul D says:

    Significant drop in wind in the last ten minutes in Hillsboro. Maybe it’s over?

  11. Wendy-Silverlake says:

    Had one gust at 30 mph at 1:45, but has dropped off significantly since then. That was a fun little windy day, but wish it had been better. Not very often we get one during the day where we can actually see what’s flying around.

  12. Garron near Washington Square says:

    Had a gust to 44 near me recently. Lots of small limbs down, but so far no power issues. It looks like locally this was a west side of I-5 storm?

  13. dharmabum says:

    So far dodged the “weather bullet” here near Barton Park. Glad I spent a good part of the morning getting stormready, but so far just a mild slightly blustery day. So quiet in fact, that if I had not heard about the storm warnings it would be just another typical fall day. Not complaining and hope it stays relatively calm.

    • prairiedog says:

      I’m on Clear Creek by Fischer’s Mill and it’s been even hardly breezy here. Maybe a few gusts to 10mph but I’m in a little valley that’s fairly protected. But a total non issue here.

  14. alohabb says:

    Listening to WCCA-911…cannot believe how many trees and lines are down in Tigard/Beaverton/Aloha.

  15. pappoose in scappoose says:

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
    306 PM PDT SAT OCT 25 2014

    .SHORT TERM…BUOY 89 AND BUOY 29 HAVE BOTTOMED OUT IN THE 983 TO 984 MB RANGE AS A LOW PRESSURE MOVED BETWEEN THEM. THIS LOW PRESSURE
    IS CURRENTLY ABOUT TO MAKE LANDFALL NEAR GRAYS HARBOR WASHINGTON. PRESSURE GRADIENTS ARE BEGINNING TO OPEN UP ACROSS THE REGION WITH
    WIDESPREAD 50 TO 65 MPH WINDS ACTIVELY OCCURRING ACROSS OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES WITH UP TO 80 TO 90 MPH WIND GUSTS REPORTED AT THE MOST
    EXPOSED BEACHES AND HEADLANDS. WIDESPREAD WIND GUSTS OF 40 TO 55 MPH HAVE BEEN REPORTED ACROSS THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY IN THE LAST TWO HOURS.

    THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF REPORTS OF POWER LINES AND TREES DOWN ACROSS THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY. THERE IS STILL SOME UNCERTAINTY IN WHETHER OR NOT 60 MPH GUSTS WILL SURFACE…BUT GIVEN THE IMPACTS OF
    CURRENT WINDS…WILL KEEP HIGH WIND WARNINGS GOING EVEN IF CRITERIA BY PURE WIND SPEEDS IS NOT MET. WITH THAT SAID…SOUTH TO NORTH PRESSURE GRADIENTS ARE QUICKLY INCREASING AND ARE CURRENTLY 20MB
    BETWEEN KBOK-KAST…15MB BETWEEN KMFR-KAST…AND 4MB BETWEEN KEUG-KPDX. RAP GUIDANCE SUGGESTS THE KEUG-KPDX GRADIENT WILL INCREASE
    OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS TO NEAR 10MB. WHEN COMBINED WITH A DESTABILIZING LOWER ATMOSPHERE…THIS SHOULD HELP HIGHER WINDS ALOFT
    SURFACE ACROSS THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS. EXPECT BREEZY WEATHER FOR THE REGION WELL INTO THIS EVENING…BUT THE
    HIGHEST WINDS SHOULD BE OVER BETWEEN 5 PM AND 7 PM FOR THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY.

    IN ADDITION…THE BENT BACK OCCLUSION MAY BRING A STRONG WEST TO NORTHWEST SURGE OF WINDS TO THE SOUTH WASHINGTON COAST…WILLAPA
    HILLS AND LOWER COLUMBIA RIVER VALLEY LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING SO HIGH WIND WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR A FEW HOURS LONGER IN
    THESE LOCATIONS VERSUS LOCATIONS FARTHER SOUTH.

  16. pappoose in scappoose says:

    “Windstorm Update: Going to be Worse than Expected”

    http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2014/10/windstorm-update-going-to-be-worse-than.html

  17. Fred482 says:

    51 mph gust in the last hour, Butte Creek Rd, Scotts Mills.

  18. alohabb says:

    Gusty winds, Trees down..some roads blocked in Aloha…but not all that bad really. Was expecting a little more.

  19. bonine4336 says:

    44mph here. Not major but a good breeze.

  20. Dave in SW PDX (235') says:

    Gust S36 here so far, but my anemometer is in a location that’s somewhat sheltered from southerly winds. Lots of small limbs and several 6″+ diameter branches stripped from my fir trees. And those cones hitting my roof & gutters are making a real racket.

  21. LongtimeLurker says:

    Have we reached the peak gusts or are they yet to arrive?

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