I was out and about for 4 hours this afternoon attending that groundbreaking and then doing errands. The wind was a little…well…underwhelming. Gusty wind at times, calm other times…seemed just a little winder than an average blustery April day. I just saw a Twitter post from another media outlet saying a “strong wind storm” is on tap for tonight…but that’s definitely not the case.
The 35-50 mph gusts we forecast DID end up materializing, but it was another relatively weak wind event in our area and nothing like last year’s April storm. Portland barely hit 40, and only a few thousand PGE customers lost power at one time from tree limbs or trees that fell here and there. Not a “non-event”, but not a windstorm in the valleys either.
Peak gusts so far look like this, plus or minus 1 mph since the FAA is having some sort of rounding issue going from knots > mph recently:
Pacific City 58
Newport Bridge 63
Cape Foulweather (very exposed) 72
Models show wind gradually decreasing this evening/overnight. We’ll lose the warm daytime mixing too which means we just have a breezy night ahead.
Gusts will be mainly in the 25-35 mph range through the night, more like 20-35 mph by sunrise Sunday.
Expect lots more rain tonight…it’ll be a soaker!
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen