Storm Wrap Up

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:


 NOUS46 KPQR 220006
 404 PM PST MON DEC 21 2015
 LOCATION                       SPEED     TIME/DATE       ELEVATION            
 SUGARLOAF                    66 MPH    0706 AM 12/21   4328 FT       EMIGRANT                     44 MPH    1253 PM 12/21   3840 FT              
 MARYS PEAK                   82 MPH    0900 AM 12/21   4137 FT              
 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                
 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               
 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               
 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              
 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               
 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               
 1 WSW SAINT HELENS           42 MPH    0145 PM 12/21   100 FT               
 2 W LEXINGTON                46 MPH    0155 PM 12/21   921 FT               
 KELSO-LONGVIEW AIRPORT       46 MPH    0215 PM 12/21   0 FT                 
 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                
 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              
 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              
 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               
 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               
 6 NW NORTH BONNEVILLE        94 MPH    0300 PM 12/21   3450 FT              
 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                
 MIDDLE MTN                   48 MPH    0314 PM 12/21   2544 FT              
 2 NNW PARKDALE               41 MPH    0200 PM 12/21   1480 FT              
 21 W CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT     60 MPH    1150 AM 12/21   0 FT                 
 1 ENE CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT    59 MPH    1245 PM 12/21   120 FT               
 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               
 ABERNATHY MTN                64 MPH    0301 PM 12/21   2000 FT              


72 Responses to Storm Wrap Up

  1. Jonathan SEPDX says:

    It’s still so warm out. I’m walking in it. No dice

  2. mike(wilsonville) says:

    nothing here in Wilsonville as usual.

  3. Boring Oregon says:

    Actual snowflakes were just falling. No accumulation of course but it was nice to see.

  4. GTS1K' says:

    Snow/rain mix here – 33.4

  5. W7ENK says:

    Steady 37 degrees and 0.28″ of cold, splatty rain overnight. Splat test still = Positive this morning. If only we would have been another 5 or so degrees cooler, we’d have woken up to 3″ of snow.

    • It is very close… I was getting lots of splats this morning on the way in as well. At least that glimmer of hope for Christmas Eve Night and Christmas Morning is still alive.

      It would be great if we could get some of the heavy showers we are getting this morning in another 36-48 hours.

    • W7ENK says:

      Let’s all hope the surface low that is supposed to spin up in tomorrow’s cool trough and slide down the coast will A) move far enough South, and B) generate enough moisture to bring us the goods!!

    • sds says:


      You just need to get closer to heaven by a few thousand feet to get your white gold.

  6. Washougal 1100ft says:

    It’s snowing!!

  7. Jesse- SW Portland Suburbs says:

    Heavy rain snow mix here at 650′ SW of Tigard. Temp down to 36.

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      That’s exactly what I have here at home at 1,000′

    • Jesse- SW Portland Suburbs says:

      Nothing sticking yet at your place either, Mark?

      Might take a drive up to Bald Peak this morning to get an idea for the snow level. It is between Scholls and Gaston and sits at about 1,600′.

  8. W7ENK says:

    According to the radar, it looks to be snowing in the West Hills above Portland??

    Listening out my window, the harder the wind blows, the harder the rain falls. The harder the rain falls, the cooler the temperature gets. Was 41 an hour ago, then 39, now 37 with moderate rain and West winds occasionally gusting close to 20.

  9. schmit44 says:

    12/22/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:52 at Bullards Bridge( 23 ft) & North Bend Munic(16 ft)
    Low: 46 at BANDON(79 ft) & EW1135 Yachats1(32 ft)

    High:20 at Mt Hood Meadows(7300 ft) & ANEROID LAKE #2(7400 ft)
    Low: 8 at KB7DZR Joseph (3984 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 26 degrees
    KB7DZR Joseph (34/8 ) (3984 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    2.10″ at BLAZED ALDER(3650ft)
    1.60″ at BIGELOW CAMP(5130ft)
    1.60″ at CASCADE SUMMIT(5100ft)
    1.60″ at LITTLE MEADOWS(4020ft)

  10. sandyriverfisher says:

    The rain has been switching to snow with these recent showers here around Sandy (1000ft) Hopefully it will start sticking overnight!

  11. Farmer Ted says:

    Uh oh, Mark there is a “new kid” on the block I hear. some cute talkin’ fellow named Brian Brennen. Portland weather will never be the same (a least at KGW)!

  12. Snow Maniac says:

    32 degrees and snowing up at Bald Peak! Rain/snow mix up on Bull Mountain.

  13. JohnD says:

    No one seems to care much for the lowland “close but no cigar” weather pattern motif that we are currently in–probably myself included. Still, copious snow down to relatively low elevations and lots of cold rain at sea level does translate to “typical” PACNW winter weather. At least–this year–we have that!

  14. Josh "the snowman" from Gladstone,OR says:

    Dan. Give it a rest. You are a one trick pony. No one cares about Salem. Well maybe the meth addicts do. Or the guys living in a Safeway parking lot.

    Let’s focus on where most people live. Although Portland is run by socialists anymore that think it’s ok to live in a tent on 10th st. Yayyyy. Go America.

  15. 36F with showers and a few snowflakes occasionally in the mix. Man, I know is just a few hundred feet above us! Sooo close…

    • Well, just like most others reporting on this blog, I get teased with a glimpse of snow and then it’s gone. However, it looks like we have a chance to see actual snow on the ground tomorrow morning. Perhaps only a trace, but it’s better than nothing… let’s believe!

  16. WEATHERDAN says:

    I haven’t posted much of late because of bronchitis and strep throat. But I wanted to take time to thank the trolls for some very naughty remarks made in regards about me. I hope Santa brings you a bar of soap for Christmas. You should wash out your mouth and brain with it. As for everyone else I wish you a very merry Christmas. As for a White Christmas it looks possible but not probable. Maybe a few flakes to the Valley floor. More likely above 500 feet. Either way this looks like the coldest week of Winter so far coming up. Now the days start to get longer. Hooray. I love the heat and long days of Summer. But I really do hope all of you snow lovers out there get some low level snow this Winter. If so I will sit by the window and watch the snow fly by with a cup of hot chocolate to keep warm. Think Summer. Peace.

    • Dave in SW PDX (235') says:

      Merry Christmas to you, too, WeatherDan – I hope you feel better soon. Don’t let the naysayers get you down.

    • JJ78259 says:

      Get better Weather Dan may the heat be with You! I can’t live without it now I am cold when it drops below 55.

    • Farmer Ted says:

      WEATHERDAN, wishing a very merry Christmas to you and your family, good folk’s hearts will always prevail. Thanks for all your thoughtful comments throughout the year, and looking forward to more next year!


    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      I’m in!
      Peace/health/Merry Christmas, WEATHERDAN!

  17. Marty in McMinnville says:

    Quite the complicated pattern setting, could use advice.

  18. JJ78259 says:

    Hey we are having Weather Dan Temps in San Antonio this week today was 82 and blue skies. 85 on Christmas! Kids went swimming today ( heated the pool first ) Merry Christmas y’all!

  19. In the hills above Longview we definitely caught the west wind just behind the low. My barometer dropped to 28.17″ around noon (raw value ~750′ elev) and had started back up when the power flickered hard enough to take the computer down. No damage here but plenty in town.

  20. chris s says:

    Looks like all good things come to an end in about a week….. but its been a great run for the mountains, and ski resorts which really needed the boost, as it looks like inversion season/split flow in our future…. at least the mountains will have a healthy start to sustain what looks to be a blah week or 2 stretch. Guess a little fake cold is better than no cold!!! lol.

    • Dave in South Salem (500') says:

      Based on what? 2 days of ridging does not a trend make.

    • chris s says:

      Based on past few days of ensembles, they look very inversion like, Not a sure thing no, but with the run we have just had, most likely outcome is it swings towards that for next 10-14 days after we get through early next week. Better to get it out of the way now while we still have a good window remaining for a arctic blast of some sort… as it surely doesnt look to be in the cards in the next 2 weeks…. at all.

    • Dave in South Salem (500') says:

      A lot can change in a week. I remember last month someone on here saying we were a week away from the death ridge returning for the winter… and instead what happened was the beginning of nearly a month of rain. Inversions happen every winter, they are a reason for the freeze-thaw snow conditions our ski resorts are cursed with.

    • chris s says:

      Oh ya, I know a lot can change in a week, but I sure would rather get this out of the way now… instead of going into some sort of ar event or total split flow with warmer systems, as that would decimate the snow pack a lot more than the week or 2 of inversion type weather. I’d love to keep this up indefinitely, its been a great run for the mountains the past couple weeks!!! I would love snow down here in Salem, but gladly trade it for healthy snowpack and ski season this season.:-)

  21. W7ENK says:

    It suddenly got so quiet in here…

  22. lilfoot123 says:

    We lost power on Columbia Heights for about 3 hours yesterday! Cowlitz County is a mess numerous trees down & power still out!

  23. Farmer Ted says:

    Lost power for about 4 hours due to a large tree down across state hwy 224 near the Deep Creek bridge. Barton store had back-up generator running so gas and food were available. At the farm we had a pretty good blow with several weak old pines being uprooted, no big thing just a small mess to contend with, and my generator and transfer panel worked to perfection.

  24. Sapo says:

    00z runs of models are in (and 6z GFS)…
    The GFS and WRF are pretty consistent now showing temps in the mid-30s Christmas Eve morning, so maybe a few wet flakes on the windshield, that’s about it.

    GFS shows some possible lingering showers early Christmas morning which would fall as snow, so maybe a few people will wake up to a dusting.

    One more thing to mention, WRF and GFS are both in agreement on snow potential on Sunday..heavy-ish precipitation arriving about 4 AM while temps are still at or below freezing. Something to keep an eye on.

    • JohnD says:

      Thanks for keeping hope alive!
      Merry Christmas!

    • I pretty much agree on snow anytime late Christmas Eve into Christmas Morning but I’m not entirely sold on moisture coming in Sunday falling as snow. GFS shows 950mb temps above freezing when moisture arrives which tells me cold rain. That plus a southerly wind when the heaviest moisture arrives.

    • W7ENK says:

      Snow level is supposed to be up around 1,500 feet, we’ll be lucky to see snow mixed with the rain in the hills around town, and that’s only if — a BIG IF — the Coast Range doesn’t gobble up all the showers before they get here, which is so often the case.


  25. W7ENK says:

    Registered a peak gust in my Southerly wind sheltered location just shy of 35 mph. Typically, my anemometer reads roughly half of actual wind speeds in the area. I’m not saying we had 70 mph winds in Milwaukie yesterday, but 55-60 is definitely within the realm of possibility. I just wish I could have been there to experience it, not cooped up in my office all day watching the winds mostly fail to materialize in downtown.

    • sds says:

      Was in Longview when the wind storm hit. Could see huge firs crashing down the hillside above Rainier. All westerly direction. Had to cross the Rainier bridge twice–3 to 4 hundred above the river the west wind pushed you all over the road. Got home to many trees down and tops broken out–what a mess–worse than last year. Power was out and just came back on before 9AM.

  26. schmit44 says:

    12/21/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:57 at North Bend Munic( 16 ft)
    Low: 48 at Port Orford(0 ft) & Gold Beach (US 1(60 ft) & BROOKINGS(79 ft)

    High:23 at HOWARD Mt Howard(8150 ft)
    Low: 16 at HOWARD Mt Howard (8150 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 24 degrees
    CW2286 Monument (50/26 ) (2021 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    3.27″ at EW4856 Brookings(1365ft)
    3.15″ at N7NKE Forest Gro(200ft)
    3.10″ at RED MOUND(1753ft)
    2.77″ at Timberline Lodge(5880ft)
    2.74″ at QUAIL PRAIRIE LO(3183ft)
    2.50″ at NORTH FORK(3060ft)
    2.35″ at Mt Hood Meadows(5380ft)

  27. Eric says:

    Chapman, OR – halfway between Scappoose & Vernonia. Consistent wind from the west, strongest we have seen in a long time, gusts to 32mph at ground level in the valley. I am happy to see the trees shedding the branches, as that is better than the trees coming down. Power out since 1:30pm (11pm now), but the Internet just came up and the generator is getting its exercise. Last December the wind storm took the power out for 27 hours, 200 gallons of fuel on hand, plenty of food, and a wood stove – no worries!

  28. muxpux (Longview) says:

    Longview is a mess. Trees down all over the place. According to Cowlitz County DEM, NWS is saying it was a straight line wind event up here. Kinda odd.

    • lilfoot123 says:

      Definitely west to east! The foot of the Allen St bridge at 1st ave going towards the court house south then the first two streets north no power they need someone to direct traffic the same at the foot of the Cowlitz Way bridge too!” Wow crazy rain shower just happening

    • W7ENK says:

      Straight line winds, as opposed to tornadic winds. It definitely wasn’t a tornado.

    • The HRRR was pegging the west side of the region to get the stronger wind gusts. Seems like it was fairly spot on.

    • lilfoot123 says:

      That you for the clarification W7ENK! I definitely know the difference thank you! The max we had was a 44 mph gust here but strong enough to pull down trees

    • muxpux (Longview) says:

      I understand it wasn’t a tornado, but straight line winds are usually associated with thunderstorms and derechos, just seems odd to call it that. I see the NWS is sending a crew up here to assess the damage and try to explain what happened, also, the paper noted one wind estimate based on damage at 65-70 mph, and the NWS crew is hoping to confirm or change that. The 46 mph recorded at the airport is a ways away from where the brunt of the damage occurred. Kelso didn’t have much damage, Longview got hit hard.

  29. vernonia1 says:

    I know most of Vernonia has no power & may not have any for 3 days. Seems to be in conjunction with BPA substation. Lots of trees down & some roads hardly passable

  30. JohnD says:

    So glad today’s wind event was relatively benign. I am old enough to remember the “Columbus Day Storm”, etc. Destructive weather events are not fun, to say the least. But like most of we weather impassioned folks, I am always generally pulling for the next “big event”. Here’s looking forward to some low elevation, season defining snow–soon!

  31. mothernature007 says:

    Did I read we got 94? North Bonneville.

  32. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    My wind gust is the 50 mph in Battle Ground. Strongest wind since last December. Lost only 10′ of fence and a shingle or two…that’s a win in my book!

  33. janice says:

    I thought you were on vacation! Thanks for the best forecast on the wind storm your blog yesterday was pretty mush right on! Now go have happy holidays! !!!

  34. We missed it completely. In fact there was next to no wind this afternoon, even though the barometer was below 29.30 inches at one point. Skies cleared off before sunset.

  35. Jason Hougak says:


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