Highest gust in our viewing area was 90 mph on Meares Hill (around 1400′) just west of Tillamook. Is it really August? This is crazy to see gusts 40+ all over the place here in the valleys in late August.
Updated numbers…increased speeds this hour are in bold.
- Cape Disappointment
- Cannon Beach 60
- Oceanside 77
- Pacific City
- Lincoln City 52
- Gleneden Beach
- Newport 58
- Waldport 59
- Yachats 56
COASTAL HILLS & OTHER MTNS (1,000’+)
- Naselle Ridge (SW WA) 85
- Megler Hill (SW WA) 78
- Meares Hill 90
- Mt. Hebo 76
- Rockhouse RAWS 59
- 3 Corner Rock (Gorge) 68
- Portland Airport
37 4143 at 11:08am (39 mph was previous all-time August gust)
35 36 3844
- Forest Grove
- Scotts Mills
- Happy Valley
- Chehalem Mtn 48
For the weather geeks like me, a few thoughts for future forecasting:
- Peak pressure gradients were around 9 millibars EUG-OLM, 10.0 OTH-AST, & 18.3 OTH-UIL. That last one is very strong even in mid winter!
- Lowest pressure of the low center appeared to be around 986 millibars, a bit stronger than models (even mesoscale models) forecast.
- 12 hour forecast from GFS & ECMWF seemed to be a bit too far offshore and a little weak too. Low came onshore just north of Forks, or at least just passed over the extreme NW tip of Washington. Mesoscale models were better on placement on depth. Surprisingly, even the NAM did pretty well.
- For a storm that was totally out of season, models and forecasts turned out really well!
- PGE says 27,000 were out of power at the height at the peak of the wind.
- It was an unusually long recovery period power-wise. Some folks didn’t get power back for 36+ hours. Not sure if that was due to lack of manpower or too many small outages slowing things down?