Strongest Gorge Wind In Several Years

9:30am Saturday…

Unusually strong wind is blasting the west end of the Columbia River Gorge this morning.

With approaching low pressure and strong high pressure to the east, the pressure gradient has jumped to the highest we’ve seen it in a least 3 years.  Around 13 millibars from The Dalles to Portland.  I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen it that high.  I’ve never seen it above 14 millibars.  That equates to a damaging wind.  Portland pressure is the bottom line and The Dalles is up top.


Peak gust at Corbett school was 77 mph this morning, also the highest in several years.


The Vista House wind sensor is a bit beat up this winter, I’ve noticed speeds have been a bit low during several events.  There has been a gust to 83 mph there.  Note these speeds are occurring with temperatures in the upper teens!  Anyone want to go hang out on those Vista House steps and get an accurate reading???  I didn’t think so.

Peak gusts have been in the 40-50 mph range in the far eastern suburbs of Troutdale and Gresham.

The strong (damaging in spots) wind will continue through Sunday afternoon, then go mainly calm Monday and most of Tuesday.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

74 Responses to Strongest Gorge Wind In Several Years

  1. gggcorno says:

    Radar loop seems to show what the gorge wind does in the Portland area. We had a good dose of precip coming up from the south, and it kind of fell apart as it reached Portland. Still enough to give us snow, of course, but the visual was impressive.

    Streets are almost all white now, with a dusting of pavement for contrast.

  2. Diana F says:

    The WIND continues to be ferocious in NE Vancouver. Just had a gust of 24—-I’m surrounded by dozens of massively tall evergreen and MAN are they-a-swaying!! I also have a 100 foot cedar in the front yard that I am just waiting to fall someday….

  3. Sapo says:

    Wow Eugene is still all snow (really heavy at the moment too)…This is a good sign for us, and looks like they have 3-4″ now, impressive!

    • Andrew says:

      That’s what I was hinting at, no sign of an upper level warm up anywhere yet, even south valley

    • Diana F says:

      That stuff better come all the way north to Vancouver or I am going to……stamp my feet and paint my nails.

  4. Andrew says:

    Looking more like 3-6 inches of snow possible for PDX now

  5. Joshua Downtown PDX says:

    My wife and I just got back from the Vista House. Really couldn’t stand up well and it was stupid cold. Fun for 30 seconds or so though.

  6. Gene says:

    Out in east Gresham we started out with sleet/snow pellets, but as with everywhere else in the area it seems, it has transitioned here to all snow.

  7. Jake-(Gresham) says:

    High of 25F for about a hour, back down to 24F, wind at around 20mph with gusts 35+, and a dusting of snow here with moderate snow still coming down.

    All bright out too from the color change of the clouds.

  8. Diana F says:

    Are the flakes in Vancouver going to get bigger, or am I stuck using binoculars all day?

  9. Alohabb says:

    I swear the wind has picked up here in aloha. I wonder if that will only make this worse /longer?

    • gggcorno says:

      I noticed that too. We were out for a walk and we had plenty of gusts up into the upper 20s or so (if I remember my Beaufort scale correctly).

  10. Ev in The 'Couve (Lakeshore, 150' msl) says:

    Light snow here for the past 15 minutes. Winds light and variable (Lakeshore area is typically sheltered from east winds).

  11. Erin Lee says:

    Windy and snowing in Mt. Park
    Elevation 600′

  12. Camas500 says:

    All is good now. We’ve changed from sleet to snow here in Camas and have dropped 2 degrees to 24.

  13. Enjoy your storm, Portlanders. Again.

    This winter’s been basically a dud for me, snow-wise. Yeah, I got 3″ early in December, but it all came at night and was melting by morning. Every other cold storm has gone well to my south. Time to get the grill fired up below the cliff; I give up on this winter.

  14. Jane - Forest Grove says:

    Some flakes here……
    And snow.

  15. Hal in Aims says:

    temp up to 22…..moderate sleet now…….

  16. Andrew says:

    Snow now moderately picking up in Beaverton

  17. gggcorno says:

    Snow flurry started here in SW Beaverton/S Aloha about 10 minutes ago. 26 degrees and around an 8 degree dew point. My highest recorded gust so far is 9 mph, but I’m in a sheltered location. The tall fir trees are showing more wind.

    I was able to get my gas grill working again in case power goes out later. If your grill doesn’t seem able to produce a good flame, look up “gas regulator reset”. There are a few variant techniques, but a combination of them worked for me. (And yes, the grill stays outside at all times.)

    I noticed too that it’s really dry inside my house – under 20% humidity. We put a big pot of water on the stove for a low simmer to try and moisten things up a bit. Super low humidity isn’t that good for precious wooden items (like musical instruments).

  18. Camas500 says:

    Wait. How is it sleeting here in Camas but snowing down in Salem?

    • boydo3 N Albany says:

      It started as sleet and freezing rain early and then switched to snow here. Give it time..

    • Dave in South Salem (500') says:

      The sun is trying to come out here but still snowing. You’ll switch to snow in Camas if the cold layer deepens. We’re at a half inch now.

  19. Ash Qelon says:

    Brace for Impact It’s here! 10:20AM….
    ICE pellets in Mall 205 – Gateway area.

  20. Dave in South Salem (500') says:

    Snow is moderate now. Temp hit 28 an hour ago with the sleet. Now down to 26. This is our 5th snow event of the season.

  21. Lee Wilson says:

    I was looking to the west…seems to have a dip in the jet streem coming just to the northwest out in the pacific ocean..but them upper level winds look like they are going pretty good.

    Seen Milwaukee area…was getting pink, then the radar went blue…

    This cold air mass is most definitely stubborn..

    Our area is pegged with a winter weather advisory.
    We are cloudy and calm right now.
    Frost on roof tops and frost on cars and frost in yards…still won’t go anywhere… I don’t trust the weather.

    Here I have counted 5 microclimates in this area.

    Yes 5 woodside drive, which then becomes dellemeter rd..still has snow and icy areas. Its about 600 feet at peak of the road.

    West side highway still has snow along side the road about a mile after we round the bend..and it has maybe a 100 foot up..then goes down..snow all the way through Lexington and west side highway are are climates 2 and 3 downtown castle is micro climate 4 it has now longview being microclimate 5 has no snow. Save for when you head in climate 6 Harmony and Stella rd area..

    Some where some one got a foot of snow..the idiot should have cleared it off his 4×4 before hitting the road..if that ever came off and hit a car …he would be liable for an accident.

    So there you have it…here in Long view are we have multiple micro Climates, once I get our new service up and running I will post the video.

    Its quite an interesting drive.

    So I am guessing we will be getting everything.

  22. Eastside says:

    sleeting at ne 43rd and Burnside (Laurelhurst)

  23. Jake-(Gresham) says:

    I was going to go to Best Buy and really quick grab this:

    Opened the garage to be met by a down pour of small barely visible pelts.

    Turned right around and went back inside lol!

  24. Sean says:

    Snow starting in Sherwood

  25. geo says:

    Sleeting lightly here in sw Gresham.

  26. chiefWright (Marquam, 360') says:

    First flakes 10:00. Just light snow.

  27. Lee Wilson says:

    Glad all we have our area is a winter weather advisory.. We escaped.

  28. runrainR says:

    Sleet and some light freezing rain, now, in Happy Valley. Maybe no snow at all? Or maybe when the precip pics up.

    • runrainR says:

      Getting some snow now too. Funny to see all the neighbors just now dashing to the store for supplies! Hope they’re quick about it, for their sakes.

  29. Andrew says:

    Light sleet just started here in Beaverton! Should change to snow as the heavier precip moves in.

  30. W7ENK says:

    Gusting pretty good here in Milwaukie since last night. Gusts have steadily increased all night and this morning. We’re in direct line with the Gorge outflow, and I think it gets bottled up a bit behind Mt. Scott, then re-amplified as it squeezes through the gap between Mt. Scott and Mt. Talbert, basically funnelling down Sunnyside Road straight into this area.

    Started sleeting lightly about 15 minutes ago…

  31. boydo3 N Albany says:

    Sleet, snow and freezing rain here now. Take a look at the webcam south of Albany!

  32. JJ78259 says:

    Weather Dan is in the snow!

  33. Diana F. says:

    And our interesting winter continues….

  34. marinersfan85 says:

    Looks like the colder air is winning this battle. Just about Every where is falling as snow now all the way down to Eugene.

  35. Jeff Raetz says:

    on my way to crown point to get a accurate reading on the steps. BRB

  36. Jason Hougak says:


  37. More wind, to blow the rain away, or at least change it to snow, or ZR.

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