Morning Storm Recap
A strong morning storm raced across Oregon and Washington bringing with it strong wind, heavy rain, power outages and some downed trees. Just after 8AM, a strong squall line embedded within the front swept across the Portland / Vancouver metro area from Salem north to Kelso, WA. Peak wind gusts at the Portland International Airport reached 39mph in the 8AM hour as the front passed by and the temperature dropped sharply in a short period of time. Isolated reports of downbursts with winds estimated over 50mph were reported by local storm spotters. The Portland airport picked up just over .25″ of rainfall this morning. This mornings storm continues the trend of active weather in the month of November, after a relatively quiet October. Last weekend a similar storm stuck the Seattle area with wind gusts to nearly 60mph. Snow is also piling up in the Cascades. Snowfall levels have fallen to below pass levels. This will add to the early-season snow pack that is accumulating presently. Longer range models continue the trend of more mountain snows as temperatures should remain at or slightly below normal for this time of year. This should be music to ski resort operators ears.
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