Storm Recap; A Windy Night & Nice Soaking

8pm Tuesday…

Last night’s forecast turned out well.  When we look back at this event it’ll just be a typical winter storm.  But it sure was nice to see after such a slow start to the storm season wasn’t it?


Quite a soaking.  Most spots in the metro area saw 1″ or more, some spots more than 2″!  PDX saw about 1.30″ since the rain started yesterday afternoon.  There was no intense band of rain for the morning commute so we avoided any sort of widespread road flooding.  This is the type of rain we need to soak in for the next dry season.  Note we’re just about back to normal for December now.



I’m glad I made a last minute downward adjustment to the wind speed forecast.  All the airport locations remained below 50 mph.  Quite a few spots saw nothing more than a typical breezy night (Scappoose, Vancouver, Troutdale, Gresham etc…)


Way up on the Fremont Bridge there was a gust to 50 mph, and a tower on top of Chehalem Mtn near Newberg hit 59 mph.

Of course it was a real wind storm at the coastline.  Cape Foulweather made it to 90 mph, and most coastal cities were in the 55-70 mph range

Dec 18WindCoast

Today was pretty quiet in our viewing area and amazingly warm with midday sunshine.  We hit a record high in Portland…59 degrees!  There were some downpours this afternoon and even a few lightning strikes with a few showers though.

Todays Observed Highs OrWa 2017

Tomorrow will be uneventful, then a powerful storm moves towards British Columbia tomorrow night.  This system will have a weaker wind field.  That keeps most effects on the coastline; not a significant wind producer for the valley.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

99 Responses to Storm Recap; A Windy Night & Nice Soaking

  1. WEATHERDAN says:

    It may not be time to kiss Winter goodbye just yet. But I am getting ready to pucker up. This El Nino is starting to live up to it’s full potential. Even Mark has no falling snowflakes on his blog. Merry Christmas and Peace.

  2. Ken in Wood Village says:

    Well, I guess I’ll say something about Wednesday. We could be on the borderline of having snow flurries in the morning before we warm up. Just something I saw on the 12Z Euro. 🤗❄

  3. Ken in Wood Village says:

    The 12Z GFS isn’t the greatest because of the annoying High pressure that develops offshore and stays for a couple of days. What I do like around hour 234 to the end of the run. The jet stream (300mb height, wind) finally consolidates with winds around 175 kt. It’s also targets the Oregon/California border. If this happens, we will be on the cold side of the jet and the systems that come in will dump a lot of snow onto the mountains. I know it’s a long ways out but I’m majorly wishcasting right now…lol

  4. We don’t have to drive anywhere that day so i say..i hope so..

  5. Climate X says:

    If this comment is allowed to be posted there is a Super Blood Moon next month around this time on a Sunday evening. NASA will of course stream it if the weather outside is frightful.

    Thanks Mark for showing your true colors on censoring. It’s no wonder the MSM is a dying breed grasping on straws. I hope either Trump or a smarter President then him figures out the rest of the pieces and busts up the global media monopoly and any of you who collaborate get to see your days behind bars.

    Little kids get the rest of their life ruined by a little bag of weed (often holding it for someone else not even the owner of the weed) yet crooked businessman who screw others get off Scott Free or go to Camp Fed (aka Federal Minimum Security) in the rare cases of being prosecuted.

  6. Did any one else uabe thunder?
    Heavy rain juas just started…so relaxing of a sound.

  7. ron says:

    Thunder and lightning on the north coast.

  8. Winds are picking up.
    I just want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year..

  9. Hey, just want to let you know, we’re freezing in the Castle Roc area., earlier this morning there were som slide offs on some ramps on I 5.

  10. JohnD says:

    Pulling for that pattern retrograde around the end of this month that could put the entire PNW in a favorable winter weather flow! (I know, “wishcasting”; but some signs are there too!)

  11. Jason Hougak says:

    Hmm Christmas Eve could be interesting if the low tracks further south. Praying for a white Christmas. God Bless and Merry Christmas to all.

  12. Climate X says:

    Gotta love the post modern warmth. The ocean patterns are a reflection of our massive planet wide change not the cause get used to it.

    At one point in the 1,000AD global warming Lake Tahoe went dry but not till the peak of it which was more like 1,200AD. We have a long dusty road ahead of us.

  13. W7ENK says:

    Blessed Solstice, and happy Winter to all!

  14. Car says 34 weather online says 36…stark change in temperature as opposed to yesterday. Lol.

    Well, at least we wont he getting a sever snow and ice i am thankfully for that .

  15. Ken in Wood Village says:

    The 12Z GFS looks much better than a day ago 🙂

    • Joshua Lake Oswego says:

      Looks like steaming garbage to me.

      • Ken in Wood Village says:

        LOL, it’s better than having a High pressure system over us for a week or more…hehe

        • Joshua Lake Oswego says:

          The rain for this weekend/early next week keeps getting dwindled down. Shocking, I know. We will end December below average for precipitation and way above for temperature. We will end 2018 with around 27” of total rain. I am not sure if it will be the hottest year on record. It will be up near the top if not. All long-term forecasts indicate that we will continue the warm and dry conditions. Drought will remain. Worst in the country by state. On the bright side, it can’t get worse… right?

        • Well great news for our solar power system.

  16. TOP HALF OF CAR HAS ICE!, our raidio was reporting multiple slide offs from i 5 ramp.

    Clearly the Northwest did what it does best ..freeze right after a storm lol.

    Does any one else have ice?

    • Diana F. says:

      Haven’t been outside yet her in East Vancouver, but i’ve been sleeping with my window wide open every night–this morning I woke up with the cat under the blankets with me, and a REAL chill in the air! BRRRR, it’s literally the first time I’ve turned the heater on!

    • Nice and frosty here this morning. Had to bring the rain gauge in because it was frozen together and I couldn’t get it apart to take a reading and empty it.

      The front brought in cooler, dryer air, plus it cleared off and got calm, all of which maximized radiational cooling. It doesn’t take much to get an overnight freeze when the nights are as long as they are right now.

      • I agree. But, all tuat water became black ice in areas i think its time we remind our selves just how fast our weather can change..Mr Budy is set to medium..those Mr Big Buddy Heaters are Nice… Were not off grid Yet.

        I suppose inam the only one here headed that rout.

        Why pay for power when you can get some of it for free? has to invest in equipment..but all in all..its an interesting life style.

        Just remeber, when the lower goes out..were all off gridders then lol.

        Any who..looks like were freezong again tonigjt..

        I out up a dragon ..hoping he will scare off tue frost. Disnt work sogu. Oh..i guess i need a real dragon lol.

  17. My area in Castle Rock, hf, solapanel casualties..
    We disnt lose power in my area of Castle Castle Rock Washington.

    It was a pretty strong balst of wind thst knocked my hf panels over.

  18. Ken in Wood Village says:

    Well, if you went by the 00Z GFS, we no longer have a winter.

    • It can be deceptive you know..The Pacific Northwest can still pull a fast one. I have seen it rain, snow freeze, melt freeze rain, freeze then snow…and i have seen 1 5 flooded to the point of total shut down. Living inthis area for 48 years…i learned to trust my instincts..not a peice of electronic Pheltercarb.

  19. Still gusty but it’s been ramping down for some time. Apparently this event peaked early. Significant damage to the power infrastructure here on the west side of the Salish Sea with main distribution lines down in multiple places. No power here since 11:13.

  20. W7ENK says:

    Aside from some light breezes, Downtown Portland has been spared once again.

    • GTS1Kft says:

      Some seem quite disappointed to be spared – even though this was never going be be anything other than normal weather for NW Oregon in late December…

  21. Pressure now 1005 mbar and rising, minimum was 1004. That means winds should increase for the next several hours. Blustery with rain showers. Reports of downed power lines starting to come in on the scanner. Power is still on here.

  22. We just iad this ligh rain come through.

  23. K says:

    Reed Timmer was here. He was in California, skipped over us completely and headed to Washington 😦

  24. Only slightly breezy at the morning. Forecast to increase rapidly after 10:00.

  25. Ken in Wood Village says:

    Wow, give me a break on the 12Z GFS extended forecast. Another bad thing is the 00Z Euro extended forecast was hinting at the same thing. I really hope it doesn’t come true. I don’t want to see highs close to 60 degrees. 😦

    • W7ENK says:

      What’s funny (not so funny) is, when models show epic cold and snow or a raging wind storm in the long range, it rarely ever verifies for us. However, when models show dry and unseasonably warm weather in the long range, it almost always verifies.

      Weird, but true.

      • I have always had the same feeling about that as well. Whenever snow shows on the long range and reverts to warm weather it never usually flips back.

        • Joshua Lake Oswego says:

          Next weekend has gone from cool and dry to warm and wet. We know the warm part will stick.

          Today is the 10th day in a row above 50. No sub-freezing temps or highs in the 30s all season and none in the foreseeable future. Below normal precipitation in December despite the recent “storms”. I have a feeling that this will go down as a historically futile winter.

      • I think this winter will go down as an official bust in regards to snow in the lowlands. We haven’t even had a decent hard freeze yet. Hopefully January will have something in store but all forecasts “as much of a grain of salt” as it is all show warmer than average temps for the northwest. Hopefully we can get something between now and February.

  26. It is Thursday, i see the storm was late in arriving..

    I noticed, Chewy, our dog growls while looking out the window bwfore a storm have a ..Storm Alert Dog

    Eh does tuat constitute as a service animal?

  27. Round two is here and its just starting..its slowly getting louder out side. Oh..wait that was my computer fan.

    Oops nope, it was not my computer fan…

    It..has..begun…(holding Staff in Hand)..It..starts now!..

  28. Ken in Wood Village says:

    Ok, the 00Z GFS is a mess. I actually hate it. I’m hoping this was just a fluke.

    • K says:

      Hate is a strong word.

      …Yes, I hate it. It was genuine trash.

    • Joshua Lake Oswego says:

      Same old story… high pressure too close to us. Cold air forced east (and south in this case). It is certainly not locked in though.

    • It is time to end that thing and put it out of its misery.

      All the fancy tech we have..and it can’t even get the weather right..

      Ok serious question..why are the bloody models in such an mess?
      Some one needs to give the main fran a swift kick…

  29. John Liu says:

    Any thoughts on this weekend? Wife and daughter are driving from Bay Area to Portland. They can drive either Friday or Saturday. Any sign of really bad weather (esp snow) on Highway 5 either day?

    • Ken in Wood Village says:

      Saturday maybe the better day. It’s suppose to be mostly a dry day. Friday could have snow going over the Siskiyou Summit during the morning and there could be showers (possibly snow) in the afternoon. I think Saturday would be the best day to travel.

  30. I was right: it was an EF-2 tornado. Very unusual for western Washington (strongest since 1986)!

  31. High Wind Watch for my area upgraded to High Wind Warning.

  32. Ken in Wood Village says:

    I was looking at the next storm. It’s still between 150 and 140 longitude and between 30 and 40 latitude and still moving East to Southeast (but by the Visible Satellite image it looks like it’s moving more SE). If it can keep this direction for awhile more and get close to 130 longitude then start it’s turn to the NE and intensify as it moves up to Vancouver Island, we could see some good winds.

    I did look at a Buoy 46006 (it’s the only buoy that is close to the storm). The pressure there was 29.55 inches and it says it’s falling rapidly.

    I’m thinking we could see some decent winds tomorrow if the storm tracks a little more eastward. This is just what I’m observing at the moment in the satellite picture. But I could be wrong…lol.

  33. We didn’t loose power on Storm “A”. I see storm “B” heading in.
    we shouldn’t call these storms busts or failures because we do not know who is going to be effected. I read online where there were people with out power.

    One thing we need to keep in mind is that Location is key.
    some areas might have protections from high winds, where as some areas will act like wind tunnels.

    *side note, my dog is growling out the window and nothing is out there…Storm must be due to hit soon

    At any rate, remember to stay safe, Storms are unpredictable things.
    they can change fast.

    Currently it is the , dead calm before the storm…and I mean dead calm, no birds and I have not even seen the squirrel cross the telephone line of late.
    No Aircraft have been heard either.

  34. John Blair says:

    But all in all it ” The storm of the season” was little more than a rainy day with a few gusts in the overnight period.

  35. K says:

    Sad. We get this weak storm after Seattle got 50-60 gusts last week and will be getting more gusts past 40 this week?

  36. We had fun . But i got 0 sleep last night.

  37. JERAT416 says:

    Great job with the forecast Mark!

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