This storm has not disappointed along the coast…note the peak wind gusts as of 8am. Many of these just occurred so we might see a few go a bit higher. I see the HTC Relay folks moved the finish line off the beach as tents/equipment started moving around:
- Astoria 45
- Cannon Beach 60
- Garibaldi 61
- Pacific City 65
- Lincoln City 52
- Gleneden Beach 53
- Newport 58
- Yachats 56
Inland, where we have been expecting wind gusts 35-45 mph, wind is just getting going.
- Forest Grove 31
- Aurora 32
- Salem 35
- Happy Valley 33
- Chehalem Mtn 48
Those are strong wind gusts for August!
Check out the satellite image from earlier this morning, a heck of surface low:
and the Ocean Shores radar shows the low moving quickly up the coastline. Appears to already be west of Long Beach.
I have to admit, I like having a wind event (or storm) with some sunshine and temperatures in the 70s. You can clean up the yard in shorts and t-shirt afterwards!
A few of the overnight showers contained lightning. I woke up to a couple flashes (but no thunder) and I see 2-3 strikes in the metro area. Must have been quite a bit of cloud-to-cloud action since some of you say you saw lots of flashes:
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen