It was brief, but definitely windy out there for a couple hours this evening. Here are the peak gusts. Salem had the strongest in the lowlands with a gust to 51 mph. Seems like most of the rest of us were in the 25-35 mph range.
Another nice effect was that it was a “Chinook” wind, or a warming wind. You might be surprised to know the original use of the term described the wintertime warm and moist wind that comes in from the southwest along the Pacific Northwest coastlines of present day Oregon/Washington/British Columbia. At some point those folks in the Rockies stole it from us! Well, not really since it continues on and becomes the warm westerly downslope wind eventually. In the end they both produce the same thing…a dramatic warming and snow on the ground (or ice on the trees) rapidly melts.
Okay, on to mild and wet over the next week. This won’t be a great 6 days ahead for skiing. I expect rain more than snow at the ski resorts Saturday-Tuesday so no sign that we’re suddenly going to see some ski acreage appear. But models are all in agreement with cooling after Wednesday next week.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen