Christopher C. Burt is the author of 'Extreme Weather; A Guide and Record Book'. He studied meteorology at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.
By: Christopher C. Burt , 8:15 PM GMT on November 19, 2012
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
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