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