Intense wind and rainstorm slams Washington and Oregon

By: Christopher C. Burt , 8:15 PM GMT on November 19, 2012

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Mini-Blogs

As part of my new contract with WU/TWC I will begin posting several ‘mini-blogs’ each week (if weather events warrant) in addition to my weekly-featured blog. These ‘mini-blogs’ will be short updates concerning current extreme weather events and hazards occurring in the U.S. and/or from around the world. These blogs will rarely feature photographs or graphics unless the situation calls for such.

This first entry is an update on the extreme extra-tropical storm that is now affecting the states of Washington and Oregon.

Intense wind and rainstorm slams Washington and Oregon

20,000 customers are without power along Oregon’s north coast at this hour (10 a.m. PST). Damage reports are just coming in but include roofs blown off several structures in many coastal localities from southern Washington to central Oregon.



High winds caused this barn to collapse near Tillamook, Oregon this morning. It was built in the 1930s. Photo by Stuart Tomlinson, for The Oregonian newspaper.

As of 10 a.m. PST, November 19th the following reports have come in from sites in southwestern Washington and the western third of Oregon.

TOP WIND REPORTS SO FAR (10 a.m. PST) NOVEMBER 19th

114 mph: Naselle Ridge, Washington (elev. 2000’) 10 a.m.

101 mph: Meglar Tower, Washington (elev. 1189’) 9:35 a.m.

98 mph: Yaquina Head, Oregon 12.32 a.m.

92 mph: Astoria (mesonet), Oregon 9:35 a.m.

85 mph: Lincoln City, Oregon 8:50 a.m.

80 mph: Newport, Oregon 12: 32 a.m.

The 92 mph wind gust at Astoria, Oregon is close to the highest wind ever measured at Astoria, which was a gust to 96 mph during the great Columbus Day storm of October 12, 1962. However, the highest wind gust at the Astoria airport (official site) has only been 69 mph so far.

TOP RAINFALL REPORTS AS OF 10 a.m. PST, NOVEMBER 19TH

Peak 24-hour rainfall amounts in Oregon and Washington so far reported (as of 10 a.m. PST) are:

COAST: 6.23” at Nehalem, Oregon (Astoria has picked up 2.82”—record 24-hour precipitation for Astoria is 6.98” on January 22, 1919)

COASTAL RANGE: 5.20” Saddle Mountain, Oregon

INLAND VALLEYS: 3.29” Battle Ground, Washington

I will update the storm extremes in a mini-blog tomorrow.

For my most recent featured blog please see posted on November 16th.

Christopher C. Burt
Weather Historian

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14. Barefootontherocks
3:10 AM GMT on November 21, 2012
Of course.
:)

Happy Thanksgiving.
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13. Christopher C. Burt , Weather Historian
11:07 PM GMT on November 20, 2012
Quoting Barefootontherocks:
Chris,
You are mistaking my intent here. Your blog is significant. That's why I "bumped" it to the top (add: of the member blog list) by making a comment - so others could see it. "Bump" is a compliment. I don't see any issue.


Oops! Sorry! I misinterpreted what you meant by me being 'bumped' to the top of the page. I thought you were upset that Ricky's new post got 'bumped' off the top blog entries.

Please accept my applogies!

Chris
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12. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
8:16 PM GMT on November 20, 2012
weatherhistorian has created a new entry.
11. Grandma62
7:30 PM GMT on November 20, 2012
Hi Chris Enjoyed your blog I'm from Northern Calif. Is the storms in Oregon and Washington going to affect us?
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10. Barefootontherocks
1:45 PM GMT on November 20, 2012
Quoting weatherhistorian:


Sorry, but that is not my intention or fault. It was what I have been hired to do re; my new contract. Believe me, I also considered how this minor entry of mine today bumped Ricky's far more significant blog, just posted today, out of the featured spot. I'm not comfortable about that but the admin has not yet figured out how to address this issue. I will be blogging almost every other day from now on so this will be a repeating issue.

Please take your complaint about this to to the WU/TWC administration if you think it is out of order.

Chris
Chris,
You are mistaking my intent here. Your blog is significant. That's why I "bumped" it to the top (add: of the member blog list) by making a comment - so others could see it. "Bump" is a compliment. I don't see any issue.
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9. ycd0108
1:36 PM GMT on November 20, 2012
Since I'm flying in to the area this afternoon I will be watching any updates here with interest.
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8. Dr. Jeff Masters , Director of Meteorology (Admin)
12:49 PM GMT on November 20, 2012
It's great to have Chris posting more often. I'm looking forward to seeing how the many extreme weather events we're experiencing compare to what has happened in the past.

Jeff Masters
6. Christopher C. Burt , Weather Historian
6:43 AM GMT on November 20, 2012
Quoting Barefootontherocks:
LOL. Getting your blog up to the top of the list so bloggers will see it.


Sorry, but that is not my intention or fault. It was what I have been hired to do re; my new contract. Believe me, I also considered how this minor entry of mine today bumped Ricky's far more significant blog, just posted today, out of the featured spot. I'm not comfortable about that but the admin has not yet figured out how to address this issue. I will be blogging almost every other day from now on so this will be a repeating issue.

Please take your complaint about this to to the WU/TWC administration if you think it is out of order.

Chris
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5. Barefootontherocks
4:04 AM GMT on November 20, 2012
LOL. Getting your blog up to the top of the list so bloggers will see it.
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4. Christopher C. Burt , Weather Historian
3:54 AM GMT on November 20, 2012
Quoting Barefootontherocks:
Bump.


Sorry, just curious. What does "bump" mean?
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3. Barefootontherocks
3:15 AM GMT on November 20, 2012
Bump.
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2. FtMyersgal
8:31 PM GMT on November 19, 2012
Thanks Chris. Those are some very strong winds!
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Christopher C. Burt is the author of 'Extreme Weather; A Guide and Record Book'. He studied meteorology at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.