2pm Update: Windstorm Beginning In Valley

Gust to 52 mph in the past hour at Eugene and 47 mph at Salem.  Corvallis hit 48 mph.  Upper level winds are also beginning to surface in some spots that don’t normally get strong wind along the Cascade foothills. I’m surprised to see within the past half hour Scotts Mills (relatively protected location) hit 46 mph and a 48 mph up the hill from Estacada on the way to Colton.

Note the high-tech wind gust tracking sheet.

windgustchart

Coastal winds (so far) have been much lower than I expected.  I see a 72 on the Yaquina Bay Bridge otherwise just a standard coastal windstorm so far…

Low pressure center is due west of Tillamook and tracking north.

Real strong wind in central/northeast Oregon too.  The Bend/Redmond area saw widespread gusts in the 50-65 mph range and Joseph (NE) hit 75 mph about an hour ago.  66 mph gusts at Shaniko and Lexington too.  Looks like everyone is getting in on the action!

34 Responses to 2pm Update: Windstorm Beginning In Valley

  1. Ron says:

    Raining lightly and a little breezy, but otherwise there’s nothing happening in Astoria.

  2. Christiana says:

    Sitting in the Forest Grove Library and watching Forest Grove Power and Light deal with a tree that has lost a big branch. Our peak gust so far: 36mph.

    • Shaun says:

      I’m on the east side of HWY 26 in Boring and the lights have been flickering for about an hour. So far so good, but lots of limbs and tree debris everywhere.

  3. alohabb says:

    Hearing reports in Washington County of power lines down on school bus

  4. Brian Leroy says:

    Bouy26 east of the low is 973mb and still falling as of 250pm.

  5. alohabb says:

    Geesh..go out to get the mail and get nailed in the face by a branch in a huge gust! gonna have to put on eyewear next time i go outside!

  6. Nathan says:

    In downtown Portland. Just had another power bump in our building.

  7. Greg says:

    NWS reports 61 MPH gusts here in Aurora. Several temporary power outages.

  8. Tyler Mode says:

    Finally picking up here in Battle Ground. Gust of 35 mph. Pressure 29.16″ and slowly rising. 62 degrees with mostly cloudy skies.

  9. W7ENK says:

    Just had a short series of power bumps in downtown by the waterfront.

  10. I’m shocked…. High Wind Warning (G 60) is actually verifying in a few spots….If we see more reports of 55-60+mph we’re going to see Power Outages skyrocket towards 100,000 or more

  11. Getting power bumps on Swan Island right now.

  12. Max in Fairview says:

    Gusts of wind have arrived in Fairview.

  13. alohabb says:

    60+mph gusts just recorded in McMinnville, Canby,Newberg

  14. JJ78259 says:

    12000 out of power already!

  15. MasterNate says:

    http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/gmap.php?map=pqr

    Current wind observations for entire area.

  16. alohabb says:

    We’re in for it this time. Outages stacking up and only a 33mph gust in Aloha. Gonna be fun the next few hours.

  17. MasterNate says:

    Just had a gust to 46 outside Molalla. El 250

  18. Wendy-Silverlake, Wa says:

    Wind just started out of nowhere after being completely calm all day. Gusts in the 30’s and it hasn’t even started yet. Yikes.

  19. Fred482 says:

    Mark, Thanks for keeping us updated, My Scotts Mills anemometer is actually at 530 ft. elev. with a clear view south up the Butte Creek watershed. The 700 ft. elev. hills to the south are a mile away.

    Downtown Scotts Mills is much quieter…:-)

  20. alohabb says:

    Power was out for a bit in Aloha..yikes thats a bad sign as it is just not getting breezy!

  21. Right on queue the wind started picking up down here on Swan Island. Gust gave a decent creek through the office.

  22. Sarah says:

    You’re the best weatherman ever!! I mean EVER!! Love your knowledge, excitement, sense of humor, and use of low-tech devices. Next step: holding a wet finger to the wind. (Just did it; it works.)

  23. Shaun says:

    Still calm at Haley RD and HWY 26 in Boring @ 2:29 PM…

    • Shaun says:

      UPDATE: Quite a difference in the last 30 minutes. Very gusty now with tree debris flying all over the place.

  24. Ryan says:

    Let’s do this!

  25. The sky is on fast forward!

  26. schmit44 says:

    Mt Hebo 130mph at 209pm

  27. pdxtreeguy says:

    first

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