Coastal Wind Dying Down


A cold front is moving across the Willamette Valley, and behind it wind speeds have dropped off dramatically at the coastline.  It was a pretty good storm for October out there, and at least the forecast wind speeds have verified for you folks.

Now here in the valley and metro area it’s a totally different story.  The cold front moving across the region is giving us a brief burst of gusty wind, but below what we expected in most locations.  Yes, pretty much our first metro area wind “forecast bust” of the season!  I do see McMinnville hit 48 mph.  Hillsboro & Forest Grove both hit 37 as that cold front passed through.  Should have forecast 35-45 mph gusts instead of that 40-50 mph range!

Wind will remain breezy all the way through tomorrow and in the heavy downpours tomorrow a gust of 30-35 mph is always possible.  Thunder is a possibility as well.

Today has been our wettest day since December 17th!  Hope you enjoyed it.


Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

42 Responses to Coastal Wind Dying Down

  1. WEATHERDAN says:

    Nice day today with lots of sun. 66 out so far today. 30 hour rainfall total of 2.74 inches. I vacation near Manzanita frequently. Too bad about tornado. I hope for a peaceful Saturday. Peace. H—->

  2. Scooter says:

    Maybe a good time to see what phenomenon Gaspard Gustave de Coriolis first described in 1835.

  3. Garron 1/3 of a mile from Hillsboro Airport says:

    Looks like the storm has wobbled back closer to us to my untrained model watching eye. The national weather service in Portland seems to think that tomorrow’s storm is beginning to trend closer as well…

    We now move our focus to the Saturday system, referred to as the Ides
    of October storm. This system is near 42N/147W, or about a 1000 miles
    to west of Oregon. Previously, models were in decent agreement with
    the low, as it developed and then moved across the NE Pac towards
    Vancouver island. 06Z GFS runs indicated that the track of the low
    may stay bit further offshore as a bit weaker, which may bring a bit
    less wind. Now, 12Z GFS bringing the low back to the Washington
    coast, and is a tad stronger again. This would give back credence to
    stronger winds on the Coast and perhaps inland. This gives gusts 65
    to 75 mph on coastal lowlands, with 75 to 90 mph over headlands as
    well as ridges over coastal mountains. Gusts over interior lowlands
    55 to 65 mph, and gusts 65 to 85 mph over the higher peaks/ridges of
    the Cascades. For now, no changes to current High Wind Watches for
    Saturday afternoon and evening. But this may change later today as
    get more data and see more development with the storm on the
    satellite imagery.

  4. Dave_in_Troutdale says:

    Hey, I thought today was suppose to be the calm day before the next storm arrives Saturday night. Seems like mother nature can still sneak a few surprises in every now and again. Manzanita…

  5. CorbettTez says:

    Hey Mark, I routinely check on the weather readings at the Corbett School to check temps and wind speeds and noticed that it is down again – NO DATA! It’s been pretty hit and miss a lot this year. What’s up with that system? Just curious…miss getting my regular updates from it.

  6. Laura -- Weather Group Outcast says:

    Today is a fun radar watching day. Not going to get much work done. Stay safe everybody!

  7. Lee Wilson says:

    We have Lighning. Exceedingly Dark Skies.
    I told my Fiance This is Tornado Weather as we took our son to school.

    Now I see a tornado has popped up and we have warnings.
    I wish I had the cam on my car when I uttered those words.
    and I wish I was wrong.

    I feel as if something more is coming.

    I was creating a video when I heard thunder and walked out side .
    caught a small flash and some thunder.

    it is as if it is dusk it is that dark.

    recorded using the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

  8. W7ENK says:

    • W7ENK says:

      NWS just issued their 4th TORNADO WARNING so far this morning, and it’s only 9am.

      I think this situation warrants a TORNADO WATCH for the coast, at least…

  9. Scooter says:

    Beautiful clear sky and blustery, just went for a quick walk around the farm and the air is so fresh. Think I will go fill the gas cans in preparation for tomorrows storm and secure anything that might blow around. What a beautiful exciting time of the year.

  10. Pretty anticlimactic up this way in the wind department. It’s been blustery, my lights have blinked more times than I can count, some on the island are without electricity, trees are down, etc. but that’s all pretty routine stuff. It’s really not been that abnormally strong a storm so far. More wind is in the forecast this afternoon, and then of course there’s Saturday.

    It’s certainly been wet. Didn’t think of emptying the gauge (2.36″ in it over the time I was gone, and who knows how much evaporated) until late yesterday afternoon. Since then, I’ve got 1.44″, and it was raining pretty vigorously yesterday. So a safe bet that I’ve gotten over 2″ from this storm so far.

  11. chezeury says:

    Sent from my iPad

  12. Alohabb says:

    Plenty of lighting now outside

  13. …over here in NE oregon it was a nice windy night…gusts to 39mph from 10 until 3am, when frontal passage must have occurred….the temp had rose thru the evening to 61 degrees, and came crashing down to 48 when the wind backed off around 3:30 this morning…

  14. alohabb says:

    Only had a 17mph gust last night in aloha. 12mph gust so far this morning. I’m not sure what to think about Saturday potential 55-65 gusts after last nights non event.

  15. Lee Wilson says:

    So this is what hit us ?

    Then it developed in to this beast?

    OK so what is this thing?

  16. Some of My bathroom ceiling just caved….along with some of the unsulation of course. Couldn’t get anyone to tarp it for less than $475.

  17. Garron 1/3 of a mile from Hillsboro Airport says:

    Funny we had a power outage just south of 185th and Cornell earlier already. It looks like the models have taken the wind out of our sails, literally, for Saturday. Too bad, I was hoping that the leaves would have been blown out of the trees, down the street, for the city to rake up. Even though it is going to be a borderline wind event for Portland north, it is going to be messy!

  18. Just an example of how hard it is to get a “Big 3” type windstorm. Lucky for me, I got to experience all 3 of them.

  19. marinersfan85 says:

    2.28″. More than I expected.

  20. Wendy-Silverlake, WA says:

    I don’t think you busted. This was probably one of the best windstorms we’ve had up this way. A lot windier and a longer duration of sustained high winds. There is a mess that will need to be assessed much better in the daylight tomorrow. Overall, great storm! Looking forward to Saturday’s.

    • lilfoot123 says:

      Me too! I have to work 9:45-2:30p at the mall. This could be fun! We had powerall night! I have to drive to Toutle and wondering how the drive up is this morning!

  21. marinersfan85 says:

    Over 2 inches in Newberg.

  22. Jason Hougak says:

    Quite an eventful evening. Drive back from well pump replacement at Woodburn High School. Left just after 6:30 and take Hwy 211 toward Estacada. Just before Colton saw several blue flashes illuminating the sky. From Colton to Estacada there was limbs and debris all over the road. Downtown Estacada had no power aside from the fire department and high school which had a lot of activity. Dropped of an employee off at home then filled all the gas cans. Got home and power was restored but it lasted less than 20 minutes. Fueled up the generator and am now able to check the weather blog. Very squally in the foothills. Heavy rain and gusty winds blowing right through the carport while filling the generator. Weather getting really exciting.

    • Scooter says:

      I am not at all surprised that you had that kind of action over in that area, I think the southerly winds get funneled around Highland Butte (the farthest south of The Boring Volcanic Field) and this pushes the wind right into Colton and Estacada. Where I live I am somewhat sheltered from the southerly winds being on the northern side of the butte.

  23. Dylan Brown says:

    Hopefully Saturday is a little more exciting. I was really looking forward to a nice little storm tonight.

  24. Patrick Timm says:

    Only peaked at 40 mph here north of Ocean Park

  25. Lee Wilson says:

    It was wierd.. it was strong winds then dead…

    But, that storm is heading will get ugly for them

    We got power flickering. ..
    But wait.. Our ground was very soft ..I think we’re not out of the wooxs..I think there are slides yet to occur.

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