Storm Wrap Up

December 21, 2015

7pm Monday…

The storm was quite powerful for some, but underwhelmed for others.  Lots of gusts 45-55 mph on local airport official observations, so a bit higher than I forecast, but very few spots were above 55 mph in the lowlands.  Seems to me the “Lower Columbia” area from Vancouver to Longview was slammed hardest, along with Clark County. I’m really glad we didn’t say (at FOX12) 60-70 mph gusts; that would have been a huge windstorm that we haven’t seen in quite a long time.

PDX officially hit 55mph, which makes it a bit weaker than the March storm this year (58 mph).  That storm put 70,000 PGE customers in the dark. This time PGE outages were only a bit above normal for a typical winter windstorm.  Around 35,000 at the peak. Of course in YOUR neighborhood the storm maybe have been stronger than what we saw last March.  That’s how it goes with storms.

I notice the Longview/Kelso damage was from a WEST wind, not a southerly wind.  Something we might expect with a low moving quickly west to east.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

Peak Gusts from the NWS…sorry about the coding gaps, I might clean that up when I get home:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

 
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 ORZ001>008-010>016-WAZ019>022-039-040-045-046-221204-
 
 PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
 404 PM PST MON DEC 21 2015
 
 
 ...WIND REPORTS PAST 12 HOURS ...
 
 LOCATION                       SPEED     TIME/DATE       ELEVATION            
 
 ...CASCADES IN LANE COUNTY...
 SUGARLOAF                    66 MPH    0706 AM 12/21   4328 FT       EMIGRANT                     44 MPH    1253 PM 12/21   3840 FT              
 
 ...CENTRAL COAST RANGE OF WESTERN OREGON...
 MARYS PEAK                   82 MPH    0900 AM 12/21   4137 FT              
 
 ...CENTRAL COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE...
 2 WNW COOK                   85 MPH    0225 PM 12/21   2990 FT              
 2 WSW UNDERWOOD              49 MPH    0323 PM 12/21   569 FT               
 1 S HOOD RIVER               48 MPH    0300 PM 12/21   570 FT               
 1 W UNDERWOOD                48 MPH    0238 PM 12/21   25 FT                
 
 ...CENTRAL OREGON COAST...
 1 N LINCOLN BEACH            67 MPH    0940 AM 12/21   49 FT                
 1 S OTTER ROCK               61 MPH    1105 AM 12/21   141 FT               
 YACHATS                      60 MPH    0613 AM 12/21   32 FT                
 1 SSE HECETA BEACH           59 MPH    0645 AM 12/21   25 FT                
 LINCOLN CITY                 57 MPH    0956 AM 12/21   187 FT               
 1 N NEWPORT                  55 MPH    1010 AM 12/21   165 FT               
 WALDPORT                     54 MPH    0914 AM 12/21   42 FT                
 NEWPORT MUNI AP              51 MPH    0655 AM 12/21   0 FT                 
 2 N LINCOLN CITY             50 MPH    1040 AM 12/21   88 FT                
 HECETA BEACH                 48 MPH    0752 AM 12/21   30 FT                
 2 NNE YACHATS                47 MPH    1051 AM 12/21   81 FT                
 2 N SEAL ROCK                46 MPH    1004 AM 12/21   65 FT                
 NEWPORT                      44 MPH    0656 AM 12/21   127 FT               
 YACHATS                      42 MPH    0719 AM 12/21   32 FT                
 DUNES                        41 MPH    0804 AM 12/21   120 FT               
 
 ...CENTRAL WILLAMETTE VALLEY...
 ROCKHOUSE 1                  67 MPH    1212 PM 12/21   1797 FT              
 3 WSW SCHOLLS                60 MPH    1143 AM 12/21   1348 FT              
 MC MINNVILLE MUNICIPAL AIRPO 54 MPH    1112 AM 12/21   0 FT                 
 SALEM AP (MCNARY FIELD)      52 MPH    0742 AM 12/21   205 FT               
 4 NNE COLTON                 48 MPH    1127 AM 12/21   1407 FT              
 AURORA STATE AIRPORT         45 MPH    0829 AM 12/21   0 FT                 
 SCOTTS MILLS                 41 MPH    1005 AM 12/21   518 FT               
 1 NE AMITY                   41 MPH    1139 AM 12/21   751 FT               
 
 ...COAST RANGE OF NORTHWEST OREGON...
 4 E HEBO                     73 MPH    1015 AM 12/21   3160 FT              
 TIDEWATER                    71 MPH    0114 PM 12/21   2035 FT              
 4 E HEBO                     69 MPH    1140 AM 12/21   3170 FT              
 
 ...GREATER PORTLAND METRO AREA...
 1 S RALEIGH HILLS            73 MPH    1255 PM 12/21   236 FT               
 1 NNW TROUTDALE              59 MPH    1205 PM 12/21   120 FT               
 1 ENE HAPPY VALLEY           56 MPH    0120 PM 12/21   610 FT               
 1 NW FOREST GROVE            55 MPH    1245 PM 12/21   200 FT               
 PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPO 55 MPH    0151 PM 12/21   21 FT                
 SCAPPOOSE INDUSTRIAL AIRPARK 54 MPH    1135 AM 12/21   0 FT                 
 PORTLAND-TROUTDALE AIRPORT   52 MPH    1211 PM 12/21   35 FT                
 HAPPY VALLEY                 50 MPH    1205 PM 12/21   1000 FT              
 2 W EAGLE CREEK              50 MPH    0107 PM 12/21   13 FT                
 WILLAMETTE RIVER NR OREGON C 50 MPH    1200 PM 12/21   49 FT                
 HILLSBORO AIRPORT ASOS & LAW 48 MPH    1245 PM 12/21   204 FT               
 1 SE TROUTDALE               46 MPH    1158 AM 12/21   203 FT               
 FOREST GROVE                 45 MPH    1255 PM 12/21   200 FT               
 2 SE THE OREGON ZOO          45 MPH    0131 PM 12/21   750 FT               
 TROUTDALE                    45 MPH    1215 PM 12/21   262 FT               
 2 SSE WILSONVILLE            44 MPH    1245 PM 12/21   141 FT               
 WILSHIRE PARK                44 MPH    0134 PM 12/21   255 FT               
 1 W BORING                   44 MPH    1209 PM 12/21   600 FT               
 SCAPPOOSE                    42 MPH    0153 PM 12/21   65 FT                
 OREGON CITY                  42 MPH    1200 PM 12/21   475 FT               
 
 ...GREATER VANCOUVER AREA...
 BATTLE GROUND                50 MPH    0133 PM 12/21   346 FT               
 2 SW RIDGEFIELD              47 MPH    1222 PM 12/21   25 FT                
 3 NW FELIDA                  45 MPH    1210 PM 12/21   114 FT               
 PEARSON FIELD AIRPORT        44 MPH    0103 PM 12/21   0 FT                 
 1 WNW BATTLE GROUND          43 MPH    0110 PM 12/21   278 FT               
 1 NE LACAMAS LAKE            41 MPH    1235 PM 12/21   387 FT               
 
 ...LOWER COLUMBIA...
 1 WSW SAINT HELENS           42 MPH    0145 PM 12/21   100 FT               
 
 ...LOWER COLUMBIA AND I - 5 CORRIDOR IN COWLITZ COUNTY...
 2 W LEXINGTON                46 MPH    0155 PM 12/21   921 FT               
 KELSO-LONGVIEW AIRPORT       46 MPH    0215 PM 12/21   0 FT                 
 
 ...NORTH OREGON COAST...
 2 E OCEANSIDE                87 MPH    1149 AM 12/21   1420 FT              
 2 WNW GARIBALDI              67 MPH    1200 PM 12/21   75 FT                
 MANZANITA                    61 MPH    1152 AM 12/21   42 FT                
 CANNON BEACH                 59 MPH    1218 PM 12/21   22 FT                
 TILLAMOOK AIRPORT            55 MPH    1215 PM 12/21   36 FT                
 ASTORIA AIRPORT              51 MPH    1239 PM 12/21   9 FT                 
 OCEANSIDE                    51 MPH    1242 PM 12/21   21 FT                
 BAY CITY                     50 MPH    1224 PM 12/21   104 FT               
 TILLAMOOK                    50 MPH    1240 PM 12/21   62 FT                
 PACIFIC CITY                 49 MPH    1038 AM 12/21   27 FT                
 ROCKAWAY BEACH               48 MPH    1229 PM 12/21   450 FT               
 CLATSOP SPIT                 47 MPH    1230 PM 12/21   29 FT                
 2 ENE ASTORIA                47 MPH    1242 PM 12/21   0 FT                 
 3 SW SANDLAKE                42 MPH    0917 AM 12/21   13 FT                
 TILLAMOOK                    41 MPH    0112 PM 12/21   11 FT                
 
 ...NORTHERN OREGON CASCADE FOOTHILLS...
 YELLOWSTONE MTN              51 MPH    1217 PM 12/21   3080 FT              
 MILL CITY                    49 MPH    0758 AM 12/21   1007 FT              
 EAGLE CREEK                  47 MPH    0213 PM 12/21   731 FT               
 2 SSE SHORTYS CORNER         42 MPH    0123 PM 12/21   1600 FT              
 
 ...NORTHERN OREGON CASCADES...
 MT HOOD MEADOWS              65 MPH    0300 PM 12/21   5370 FT              
 TIMBERLINE BASE              60 MPH    0300 PM 12/21   6000 FT              
 GOVERNMENT CAMP SKI BOWL     58 MPH    0300 PM 12/21   4000 FT              
 WANDERERS PEAK               57 MPH    0207 PM 12/21   4350 FT              
 2 NW WHITE RIVER SNOW PARK   44 MPH    0200 PM 12/21   5880 FT              
 2 SE MOUNT HOOD              41 MPH    1100 AM 12/21   6601 FT              
 
 ...OREGON...
 3 ENE WESTPORT               59 MPH    0114 PM 12/21   25 FT                
 NEWPORT                      56 MPH    1008 AM 12/21   120 FT               
 21 W YAQUINA HEAD            54 MPH    0450 AM 12/21   0 FT                 
 NEWPORT                      49 MPH    1000 AM 12/21   0 FT                 
 1 WSW SOUTH BEACH            47 MPH    0900 AM 12/21   29 FT                
 1 WNW ASTORIA                47 MPH    1247 PM 12/21   355 FT               
 
 ...SOUTH  WILLAMETTE VALLEY...
 EUGENE-MAHLON SWEET FIELD    43 MPH    1055 AM 12/21   353 FT               
 CORVALLIS                    41 MPH    1230 PM 12/21   229 FT               
 6 ESE CROW                   41 MPH    0613 AM 12/21   810 FT               
 2 S PHILOMATH                41 MPH    1107 AM 12/21   308 FT               
 CORVALLIS                    41 MPH    1145 AM 12/21   308 FT               
 
 ...SOUTH WASHINGTON CASCADES...
 6 NW NORTH BONNEVILLE        94 MPH    0300 PM 12/21   3450 FT              
 
 ...SOUTH WASHINGTON COAST...
 1 NW MEGLER                  64 MPH    1230 PM 12/21   1189 FT              
 3 NNE NASELLE                51 MPH    0645 AM 12/21   2008 FT              
 1 NW NAHCOTTA                44 MPH    1210 PM 12/21   42 FT                
 
 ...UPPER HOOD RIVER VALLEY...
 MIDDLE MTN                   48 MPH    0314 PM 12/21   2544 FT              
 2 NNW PARKDALE               41 MPH    0200 PM 12/21   1480 FT              
 
 ...WASHINGTON...
 21 W CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT     60 MPH    1150 AM 12/21   0 FT                 
 1 ENE CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT    59 MPH    1245 PM 12/21   120 FT               
 
 ...WESTERN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE...
 STEVENSON                    62 MPH    0145 PM 12/21   25 FT                
 CAPE HORN                    57 MPH    1215 PM 12/21   1416 FT              
 1 SW ROOSTER ROCK STATE PARK 56 MPH    1146 AM 12/21   751 FT               
 1 NE BONNEVILLE DAM          52 MPH    0100 PM 12/21   79 FT                
 ROOSTER ROCK STATE PARK      51 MPH    0812 AM 12/21   50 FT                
 1 SW CASCADE LOCKS           44 MPH    0200 PM 12/21   110 FT               
 PRINDLE                      43 MPH    0200 PM 12/21   239 FT               
 LOCKS                        42 MPH    1108 AM 12/21   127 FT               
 1 E CORBETT                  41 MPH    1245 PM 12/21   839 FT               
 
 ...WILLAPA HILLS...
 ABERNATHY MTN                64 MPH    0301 PM 12/21   2000 FT