A Blustery April Day; Wind Dying Down

5pm Saturday

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:

Portland 40
Hillsboro 41
Troutdale 40
Scappoose 33
Vancouver 35
Aurora 45
McMinnville 47
Salem 45

Astoria 53
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

42 Responses to A Blustery April Day; Wind Dying Down

  1. K says:

    Barometer has gone from 30.20 earlier all the way down to 29.80.

  2. K says:

    I would really like another storm like December 11, 2014. That was such an impressive storm. Here in the West Hills there were several gusts over 60 MPH, and not to mention the impressive rain totals around Northern California. I still remember the blue sky racing by, road signs shaking in the wind, trees swept back by the roaring gusts, and it is to date my favorite weather event EVER.

    • Ken in Wood Village says:

      That was an impressive storm but the one I remember was back in either 1995 or 1996 (I can’t remember the year or date). What I do remember was I worked at a bank and was told to go home because the Mayor (Vera Katz) sent out a urgent message to everyone that they should go home. I lived off 134th and East Burnside and when I was outside having a smoke, I saw a tree fall onto someone’s garage. I remember watching the news and saw that Beaverton got hit hard with a bunch of trees falling onto people’s homes. It was the strongest storm I can remember. I don’t know how strong the winds were. I tried to look it up on google but couldn’t find it.

      I know how you feel about wanting a big wind storm. Back in January of this year, I went up to Crown Point and the winds were close to 100 mph, it was very exhilarating. Being able to feel what a Cat. 1 hurricane could feel like without having all the rain or debris hitting you. I wish we could have another East wind event soon. I want to go back up there and feel it again…lol 🙂

      • K says:

        I agree with you about the east winds- they get super strong up here. The storm you are talking about was (probably) December 12, 1995. That storm bottomed out at 954 MB, and peak gusts were in the 65-75 range in the metro area. Intense storm for sure, it hit 119 at Sea Lion Caves. I just love a good windstorm.

        • Ken in Wood Village says:

          At least someone knows the dates…lol. That storm was very intense. Like you, I would love to see another good windstorm 😁😉

  3. Roland Derksen says:

    No record wind or rain here yesterday, but I’m close (again) to reaching my tolerance level for this rainy spring weather. It’s early in the month yet, but I’m starting to wonder IF I’ll see my first 70 of the year in April. It usually happens, but maybe not this year.

  4. anuheaikauatuahine says:

    The worst for us was early Saturday morning when that burst of wind came through. It was blustery last night with tons of rain. Good call, Mark.

  5. W7ENK says:

    “Windstorm” was a total bust at my location. Peak wind gust for the day was 22mph, which came before sunrise. The sound of it going from being dead calm all night long to hearing two sudden wind gusts woke me up, so at least I didn’t sleep through the strongest winds of the day.

    The bigger story is the rainfall. I had 2.08″ from midnight to midnight yesterday, and another 1.05″ since midnight last night… and it’s still raining! Was hoping today would be at least a little dry so I could go out and sniff around for morels. Maybe next weekend?

    • K says:

      Yes, thought the windstorm was a bit underwhelming the rain overacheived. In the gauge I have 1.3 inches from 5 PM yesterday to midnight, and about 0.75 inches more after that, from about 2 to 7 o’ clock.

    • W7ENK says:

      Finished out yesterday with 1.30″ of rainfall at my place in Milwaukie.

      Storm total: 2.38″ from 12am Saturday to 3pm Sunday.

  6. JohnD says:

    I still don’t understand how Mark has not censored a certain person from this blog when clearly he is way out of line. The rude, crude, vulgar, taunting remarks above have utterly nothing to do with weather matters. Just don’t get it.

    • Ken in Wood Village says:

      I understand what your talking about. I emailed Mark on Thursday about “F40 fan” because that person was targeting me. In every post he or she would say me by name and would be very rude so Mark blocked the person. Mark says that he doesn’t have time to police the blog to find if someone is being rude or vulgar. I didn’t want to email Mark but I had enough of the person taunting me.

      The person your talking about really hasn’t said a specific name so it’s hard to figure out what the person means. I know this person has done stuff in the past which has been very rude. I don’t want to email Mark again unless I see something which is very inappropriate. Your more than welcome to shot Mark an email (as I smile). Mark did say that he has been very busy, that’s why I don’t want to email him unless its very dyer.

      I do have one thought. Maybe if this person posts again, I think everyone should just ignore him or her. I think this person is just trying to get a rise out of everyone. It’s just a thought 🙂

  7. WEATHERDAN says:

    RECORD RAINFALL!!!. Between 4PM Friday and 7AM today we received 2.75 inches of rain. Most sources forecasted .75-1.25 inches during that time frame. Major big time busted forecast. And this is April not the dead of Winter. Really feel bad for the farmers. Peace.

    • Paul D says:

      So that’s where my rain went 🙂

      • Ken in Wood Village says:

        I’m not sure how much rain we had in my location but we had a lot of rain. There were a couple of times were we had some heavy rain too. I love to get a weather station but I live in a condo complex and really can’t put it in my backyard since the grassy areas are for the whole complex. 😦

        • Jake in Gresham says:

          I’d ask the committee. It’d enhance the community because everyone can connect to it over the Weather underground app.

          Yesterday brought a 2.23” total here. Not much wind as Mr. Nelson stated. Definitely a soaking one. Jeez. Started around noon and didn’t stop!

        • Jake in Gresham says:

          Nelsen*…. sigh. Spelling. Curses.

        • Ken in Wood Village says:

          I’ll see about asking to put in a weather station. We had so much rain here that over on Arata Road between 238th and 223rd there is a mobile home complex that their front entrance is flooded and what I could see some people’s back yards are flooded out too. That was around 3pm today. Not sure what it’s like now.

  8. Paul D says:

    0.34″ of rain in Hillsboro yesterday. Not quite an inch….. 🙂

  9. Nahtalkin says:

    Most bazaar “news clip” ever…. with the weatherman at a gym filled with mostly sweaty females on some sort of pedaling contraptions….extremely peculiar….saw it a second time and wow…said to myself this is a “Jack Wipe man in a jack wipe society with a jack wipe President and a jack wipe little rich man phucking you all over with his jack wipe face book.” You all got what you asked for, hope your children enjoy.

    • boydo3 says:

      Do you still have that dial up connection?
      If so, perhaps you should disconnect it.

    • Boring Rain says:

      I read this a second time and said, wow.

      • Sprayandpay says:

        I think he’s ran out of money for lootboxes on EA Games like Need For Speed Payback

    • Longview 400 ft says:

      Again, he still does not get the purpose of this blog. Simply amazing. Maybe I should not hold the bar so high for this one.

    • J. Patrick Moore says:

      News flash: television stations do all kinds of things, including this type of station-wide promotional fluff piece, particularly during a “sweeps” period, to boost ratings so that they get more revenue. Don’t like it? Read the internet where you don’t have to click on a story you don’t want to read.

    • GTS1Kft says:

      Of all the people(?) who, you’d think, should be familiar with the spelling of “bizarre”, Ted continues to amaze…

      …Bizarre, ain’t it?

    • alohabb says:

      You could always change the channel or find a new blog that suits your taste. It’s a free world , so go somewhere else.

  10. anuheaikauatuahine says:

    Wind is definitely picking up here.

    • K says:

      Yeah, wind and rain picking up in the West Hills. Models also showing higher winds for tonight. Maybe some stronger gusts?

    • Ken in Wood Village says:

      I think that when the Low starts to move into the Puget Sound that we will start getting stronger winds because the Low is getting closer to us. Just a thought 😉

      • K says:

        Bufkit warehouse shows MUCH stronger winds at about midnight.

        • Ken in Wood Village says:

          I want to say that’s when the Low starts moving towards Puget Sound. This is just a gut feeling but I think we may see our strongest winds when the Low moves in.

      • Sprayandpay says:

        how much wood would a wood chuck chuck……………

        • Ken in Wood Village says:

          Lol, it has been getting breezy here the past hour. Nothing major but it’s something. I did notice something on the Euro for next week. It’s going to be fairly breezy next week. Thursday looks really breezy 😊

  11. K says:

    NWS and others going for stronger winds tonight. Hmm…

  12. anuheaikauatuahine says:

    At about 4:30 this morning in Damascus we had some really strong gusts come through; strong enough that our driveway was littered with a number of small branches. It hasn’t been nearly that strong since.

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