10:00am: Wind Arriving Coast, 55 mph Gust McMinnville

Now that’s a beautiful area of deep low pressure!  9:15am visible satellite pic

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The low appears to be just west of Astoria with the trailing cold front just onto the coastline now.  When that passes over the valley in the next 90 minutes we can expect the wind to arrive in full force; a classic setup where the wind comes in the the sun/clouds/showers mixed.  At least it’ll be a “bright” windstorm.  McMinnville just had a gust to 55 mph.

Pressure observations from Buoy #46089 about 80 miles west of Tillamook show at 9am a pressure of 980.1 millibars.  That’s a bit deeper than forecast and the low appears to still be in the intensification phase.  Due to that, the McMinnville gust, and the HRRR model now calling for stronger gusts, I’m thinking gusts 50-60 mph are possible between now and 2pm.  We MAY have underforecast the storm a bit.  Here’s the HRRR showing gusts 40-50 kts within the next 2 hours:

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Exact speeds don’t matter…45, 50, 55, 60…If you live near large trees hunker down.  Definitely not the time to be driving through deep woods with the trees swaying overhead.  Be safe out there and enjoy the storm from inside.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

21 Responses to 10:00am: Wind Arriving Coast, 55 mph Gust McMinnville

  1. Kevin brown says:

    I don’t think we had any gusts in Oregon City. It never hit here or in West Linn.

  2. flurball says:

    Anyone want to buy some bottled water, canned soup and batteries I stocked up on at a good price?

  3. Jane-Forest Grove says:

    Warning/Advisory extended?

  4. Longview 400 ft says:

    We have had some great wind gusts here about three different times. Not like we had gusts breaking branches in December, but close.

  5. W7ENK says:

    Commence the cancellations!!

    EVENT CANCELED
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
    1237 PM PDT SUN MAR 13 2016

    https://inws.ncep.noaa.gov/a/a.php?i=1233602

    …WIND ADVISORY FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTH WILLAMETTE VALLEY IS
    CANCELLED…

    lolololololol

  6. W7ENK says:

    Just had our first wind gust in Milwaukie right before 11, came up out of nowhere and sounded like thunder!

    Speaking of thunder; Here’s a little bit of yesterday’s action…

  7. pappoose in scappoose says:

    “Batten down the hatches – quick, men.”

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

    I’m hunkering! Gust to 36 so far, now the sun is breaking through the clouds.

  9. W7ENK says:

    Dead calm in Milwaukie, and the birds have been going absolutely NUTS all morning…

  10. alohabb says:

    Gusts to 25 now in aloha.

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