Power going in/out here at home so I’ll be brief.
Wind has arrived a couple hours early as pressures jump to our south and the southerly wind races up the valley. Peak gust of 58 mph at Salem at 1:20pm is stronger than either of the previous storms this season. I see lots of power outages down there. About 20,000 so far in PGE’s territory.
Other peak gusts as of 2pm (mph)
Portland Airport: 48
Aurora: 59 (that’s just about as strong as the December storm in that spot)
Very warm temps with the air mixing down well from above…into the 60s. That almost always happens in windstorms in our area.
Wind will continue for a few more hours and then die down quite a bit around sunset or a bit before.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen