9am Update: Ramping Up in Metro Area

Strongest wind gust on the coast is 74 mph at Barview Jetty CG station near Garibaldi.  Speeds have picked up in the valleys over the past hour, and a few stronger gusts along the northern coast of Oregon too.

  • Cape Disappointment 61
  • Astoria 45  62
  • Cannon Beach 60
  • Garibaldi 61  74
  • Tillamook 38
  • Pacific City 65
  • Lincoln City 52
  • Gleneden Beach 53  56
  • Newport 58
  • Waldport 59
  • Yachats 56

Wind gusts now close to the speeds we have been expecting in the metro area:

  • Portland 37  (39 mph is all-time August peak wind gust)
  • Troutdale 35  36
  • Scappoose 30
  • Ridgefield 37
  • Vancouver 25
  • Forest Grove 31  36
  • Hillsboro 35
  • McMinnville 32
  • Aurora 32
  • Scotts Mills 36
  • Estacada 35
  • Salem 35  36
  • Happy Valley 33  39
  • Chehalem Mtn 48

We should be near the peak wind now; definitely after 10am the speeds should drop off in all locations as the low zooms off to the northeast.

Fire News This Morning:

A decent part of the city of Prairie City (just east of John Day) has been evacuated due to the Canyon Creek Complex surging down the north slopes of the Strawberry Mountains.  I see wind gusts over 50 mph right now over there from the south.  Not a good situation with no rain to help out.  You can see a nice progression map of the fire over the past few days:


And the latest on the incident http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4495/28442/

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


9 Responses to 9am Update: Ramping Up in Metro Area

  1. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    My aspen tree just before 10 AM…was afraid it was going to snap. I’m always amazed how much trees can take before they actually do snap.

  2. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    PDX just set an all time August wind speed record:


  3. Garron by Hillsboro Airport says:

    It was quite a light show this morning! The first few bands had some nearly constant flashing, and the rain fall rate was astounding! Nice gusts so far this morning too. Glad I took down the shade tents on the deck, and moved the lawn furniture. Glad it wasn’t a total let down like it can be during these well forecasted events. Still hoping for a 40 + mph gust just to set yet another record this summer though!

  4. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    36 mph in Battle Ground. Insane…Never seen it like this in August.

  5. Paul D says:

    No big deal in my neighborhood in Hillsboro. Sun/clouds/sprinkles/wind – what’s next? 🙂

  6. Patrick Timm says:

    At 8:40 a.m., Bonneville Power Administration’s monitoring site on Megler Mountain above the Astoria Bridge recorded a top wind speed of 78.0 mph. The wind there was consistently above 60 mph starting about 8 a.m.
    At 9:05 a.m., the wind gauge at Radar Ridge near Naselle recorded 79.9 mph, It was fairly consistently above 70 mph starting about 8:40 a.m.

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