High Wind Watch For All of NW Oregon/SW Washington

4pm Friday…

The Portland and Seattle NWS offices just decided to issue a High Wind Watch for ALL of NW Oregon and Western Washington.  That includes all the cities in the I-5 corridor from Eugene to Bellingham.  That’s around 5 million people under that watch!  We haven’t seen one of those since mid-December.


A High Wind WATCH means conditions MAY be right for damaging southerly wind on Sunday in our area.  That’s a HUGE (or is it UGE?) question mark right now.  Thus a “Watch” instead of a “Warning”.  High Wind Watch/Warning criteria means gusts to 58 mph or higher…that is a real windstorm as opposed to these weaker storms we’ve seen much of this cool season that have involved Wind Advisories.  That’s the 35-55 mph stuff.

I’ll reserve any deep thoughts until after the evening model runs tonight for two reasons:

  1.  It’s way early…we’re talking about something almost 48 hours away
  2. Several models (including the reliable ECMWF and latest GFS) show no such windstorm
  3. Yet the NAM, GEM, and earlier GFS run looked real stormy.


So, there you have it:  We may or may not see strong wind Sunday.  It’s too early to know whether a real windstorm is on the way…we’ll be WATCHING the maps/models closely this evening and again tomorrow morning & evening.  We have plenty of time to see if models come together on a common solution.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

14 Responses to High Wind Watch For All of NW Oregon/SW Washington

  1. Jon says:

    Hi Mark…
    No such thing as “chemtrails”? Check this out..

  2. Hey guys and gals my knees hurt badly and normally they do that when there is a bad storm coming.I live in Oregon city what’s on the radar.

  3. Jason Hougak says:

    Bye bye El Niño, say hello La Niña for winter 16-17!!!

  4. GTS1K' says:

    It’s “Yuge” is what it is in Trumpish.

  5. Jason Hougak says:

    After a gentle February, I’d say March is ready to let us have it. Could be gusts to 80 mph foothills and higher terrain. 2-3 feet of snow in the Oregon southern Cascades… winters back with vengeance!!!

  6. marinersfan85 says:


    Just getting it out of the way now.

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