Weather Eye: Strong winds from east brush edge of area Monday

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Monday afternoon, I sit and look out the window writing this column and see hazy sunshine and calm winds. A typical uneventful late autumn day, wouldn’t you say?

In contrast, a few miles to my east in the Columbia River Gorge, wind sensors at Crown Point registered winds of more than 70 mph Monday. And you didn’t have to go that far to notice the strong east winds; there were gusts of more than 30 mph as far west as Camas/Washougal on the Washington side of the river.

Those were our strongest east winds of the season, although they didn’t make many ripples on the west side of I-205. It was enough to blow away that dense morning fog we had in the western parts of the county. The winds will slowly subside today as a weak system moves inland and brings a little rain and relaxes the pressure gradients.

Beyond that, the rest of the week looks rather benign. What looked like a great start to the snow season a week ago has fizzled. With just two weeks or so until Thanksgiving, I am holding my breath that things turn around and we start to build up our snow pack.

OK, I am breathing now, but still edgy about that one. Of course, if you have lived here long enough, you know it only takes a couple of good storms to dump on the mountain and we are off and running.

But nothing this week.

It does appear we may get a northwest flow of air late in the weekend or early next week and some mountain snow showers will develop and things turn cooler, but that may be short-lived. With the wide swings in the forecast and weather, I’ll hold my prediction for Thanksgiving for now.

Best to you, and we’ll see what we have to chat about on Thursday.


Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.