Ready for 60 Degrees? Strong Wind 2-3pm Too

10am Thursday…

For the past 7-8 days our weather in the Portland Metro Area and Gorge has been dominated by chilly easterly wind and cool/cold air.  In just 3-5 hours that will abruptly change to warm and very windy.


  • Strong east wind continues for about 3 more hours near the Gorge.  Gusts 40-50 mph eastern suburbs and 60-80 mph in the western Gorge.  Then it suddenly stops mid-afternoon.
  • Gusty southerly wind arrives suddenly between 1-3pm for all areas west of the Cascades in the lower elevations
  • Peak gusts for just a few hours (maybe 1-4pm) 40-50 mph in the valley/metro area
  • Peak gusts at the coastline 60-70 mph
  • Temperatures zoom from 40-45 to 55-60 briefly as the wind arrives.  It’s possible we even make it to 60-62 in Portland.  Yank some clothes off!
  • Western gorge tempeatures (Corbett to Cascade Locks) will also jump into the 50s by 4-5pm.  Watch for falling ice!


What’s going on?  It’s a sharp cold front with a half-baked surface low zooming up the coastline.  By that I mean it’s a bit odd-looking.  Check out the WRF-GFS maps for 10am, 1pm, and 4pm:

It’s a real fast mover but it’ll get the “warm and windy” job done quickly.  That could produce 40-45 mph gusts here in the metro area with maybe a few isolated locations south or north of here to 50 mph.  So yes, probably a few power outages and trees down with this.

Why am I saying it could get briefly so warm?  The low level cool air is very thin this morning and it’s quite warm above.  At my house at 1,000′ east of Corbett it looks like this at 10am at 33 degrees:


But my friend about 4 miles up the road is sitting at 51 degrees at 1,800′.   I see it’s in the mid-upper 50s in the Sandy, Eagle Creek, & Estacada areas above the cold air.  Larch Mtn WA is already 57 as well!   When the first burst of southerly wind arrives, before the cold air comes in behind the cold front, we should see a quick spike in temps.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


38 Responses to Ready for 60 Degrees? Strong Wind 2-3pm Too

  1. TracyEllen says:

    So someone in the weather making department is taking advantage of the new marijuana law!?!

  2. Boring Oregon says:

    Uh… still only 43.5 degrees here with no wind, just a little rain.

  3. vernonia1 says:

    windy here in Forest Grove. My street was bare yesterday & today you cannot see the pavement thru the leaves.Seems to have gotten windier in the last 30 mins or so.

  4. Pete says:

    44 here at NE 60th/Glisan. Is that 60 behind schedule or is it never going to get here?

  5. Boydo3 N. Albany says:

    Is there some big rain in our future??

  6. The dome is dead… No wind, just the lightest breeze you’ve ever seen with a 4mph “gust” within the last 30 or so minutes. Coudy, some sprinkles and around 45 degrees. When does Erik get back from his trip?!

  7. Is this a bust? It’s almost 4pm, models were forecast wind gusts to 60mph in downtown Seattle then, yet it’s oddly quiet outside.

  8. Washougal 1100ft says:

    I still have an east wind at my house. 20 mph -30 mph . temp 37

  9. Dave in SW PDX (235') says:

    Dead calm in downtown Tigard at 3PM, not even a twig or leaf stirring. The calm before the storm, or a forecast bust?

  10. Barely enough wind movement to move the few remaining leaves on the trees outside the window. Either we are behind schedule or we are having a non-event. It isn’t even breezy.

  11. runrain says:

    Wind advisory levels not even seen at the coast. Kind of a bust.

  12. 57F with strong winds form the south here at 2pm.

  13. Eugene Dave says:

    Gust of 45mph at Medford. 41 here in Eugene.

  14. GTS1K' says:

    SW drift now – not even a “wind” yet.

  15. runrain says:

    Winds at the coast and elsewhere don’t seem to be developing much. Maybe this thing is staying a bit too offshore.

  16. pappoose in scappoose says:

    “The chances are slight for any one person, but why be the one smashed by a fallen fir?”

  17. pappoose in scappoose says:

    I really like yanking my clothes off!

  18. paulbeugene says:

    gusts look upper 30-low 40ish outside in Eugene, gradually ramped up in past hour. Would guess that translates to 45-53mph gusts in PDX, will have to wait and see

  19. Eugene Dave says:

    Warm 58 degrees and really windy here in Eugene at the moment. A few large branches are down in the neighborhood. Power has flashed a couple of times. Estimated winds at least 40 mph, but no anemometer.

  20. Hal in Aims says:

    quite windy from every direction all morning……..temp was 38 at 5:30 then jumped up to 54 between 9:00 and 10:00… it has dropped back down to 42……

  21. GTS1K' says:

    Trees on the ridge (~1300′) opposite my house have stopped moving – change is in the air.

  22. Windy still in NE Pdx but warmer 41.8

  23. Windy her in NE Pdx but definitely warmer 41.8.

  24. Rob - S.E. Portland says:

    EUG-MFR gradient is now at -5.5mb and shows pretty decent pressure rises occurring over southern Oregon of around 2mb/1hr. Let’s see how well southerly winds respond in/around Eugene soon.

  25. runrain says:

    Winds have eased just slightly at Newport but am guessing that just temporary. Nice balmy 55 there.

    I really HOPE the bloggers don’t take Mark’s suggestion too seriously about ripping clothes off. There are some things we probably just don’t need to see!

  26. “Temperatures zoom from 40-45 to 55-60 briefly as the wind arrives. It’s possible we even make it to 60-62 in Portland. Yank some clothes off!”
    Thank you Mark for that gem. No pants is the best pants!

  27. Rob - S.E. Portland says:

    58 F in Eagle Creek

    I’m even up to a mild 41.7 now as the cold east wind is losing its grip. Time to watch the MFR-EUG gradient and observations from Eugene as a precursor for what we can expect Salem northward.

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