The most impressive storm since GOES-17 was put into orbit last year is roaring onto the shore of the Pacific Coast of Oregon tonight. What a storm! Winds are expected to gust to 80 mph in numerous locations. I’ve seen one reported gust of 106 mph.
The snow is also flying! Several feet of snow will fall in the mountains, along with winds of up to 60 mph.
This is a historic storm and one this area has never seen before (since records have been kept). The pressure readings are comparable to cat one or two hurricanes. In fact, the storm just broke the all-time lowest pressure reading every recorded for this region!
If you’ll recall, the GOES-17 satellite is the one I got to see in person down near Cape Canaveral in January of 2018. I then got to see it launched on March 1, 2018 from the roof of the Vehicle Assembly Building on NASA’s campus. What a day that was! That was my first rocket launch.
So, to see that satellite sending us such incredible images of this historic storm really makes for a special sight. Just look at the size of that storm.
As for our weather tonight, we can expect rain and wind to increase. The winds have been slow to pick up but they’ll be picking up later on. A wind advisory is in effect until 6:00 a.m. Wednesday.