The pressure gradient through the Columbia River Gorge jumped into the 10-11 millibar range this afternoon/evening, pushing strong east winds not only through the west end of the Gorge but also into the metro area. Peak gusts reached 30-45 mph in many spots.
And check out Vista House! Peak gust to 90 mph several times up there this evening! Quite a long stretch of extreme wind. Gradients should decrease just a little tomorrow, then be much weaker for lighter east wind Thursday & Friday.
The wind is keeping our temperatures a good 10 degrees warmer compared to last night’s calm conditions. That’s good because we COULD see a sprinkle later tonight. There’s a weak system moving north. But models also show almost nothing make it into northern Oregon so I pretty much ignored it.
Bad news for skiers, due to the 11″ on the ground (and forecast rain), Mt. Hood Meadows has closed until a good snowpack develops. That leaves only Mt. Bachelor operating daily with anything other than a bunny lift. Yes, Timberline can open their Palmer snowfield on sunny days, but that’s about it. The pattern remains very warm for the next 8 days as mentioned in last night’s posting.