Saturday, December 01, 2007

From the Phillipines with Love

Update 3:Mon @ 10:32am: Things seem calmer and the sky is getting lighter. There is a lot of standing water and one stream I passed on the way to work is within a couple feet of coming over the bridge. According to the weather service, we've received about 4 inches (10cm) of rain which is a lot, but certainly not unprecedented. Lee's Camp about 40 miles (65km) away received over a foot of rain (30cm) in the last 24 hours (1440min). Now that is wet. The wind wasn't bad here, but it was intense along the coast with gusts in the 125mph range.End of Update 3

Update 2:Mon @ 6am: Now it is storming out there pretty hard. Apparently there are widespread power outages and downed trees along the Coast, so storm 2 is the Real McCoy.End of Update 2

Update: Well, storm 1 of 2 is through and it did some damage on the Oregon coast but not much inland other than plenty o' rain. At 9pm Sunday, storm 2 of 2 is getting close and it is already spicier than storm 1 was (not sure which storm belonged to which typhoon). The temperature is still in the mid-40s (about 7-9 deg Celsius), so the word tropical is a non-starter in this case. In fact, storm 1 dumped a foot or more of snow in the mountains, so it wasn't the Pineapple Express-type storm we were promised. Storm 2 could be another matter. If I have power in the morning, I will post more. End of Update

Once upon a time, there were two typhoons names Mitag and Hagibis that lived in southeast Asia. Here they are:

These storms killed several people in the Phillipines and Viet Nam.

They got bored there and moved eastward across the Pacific Ocean. Even though they hit colder air and colder water, they kept moving. After several days, they moved across the entire Pacific Ocean.

While they aren't nearly as strong now, they are expected to hit Oregon in the next day with a one-two punch the Oregonian calls a monster storm...or at least they did until they backed down. Here is a look at the storms coming in:

Nonetheless, Bill Schneider describes the situation on Stu Tomlinson's Weather Blog (Tomlinson is a long-time writer for the Oregonian):

Bill Schneider, science and operations, NWS explains:

The directive that gave offices the authority to issue a "Hurricane Force Wind Warning" in the marine forecast was issued May 21, 2002. In the five years since then, none has been issued along the West Coast of the lower 48 United States. The purpose here is to highlight the extreme nature of rare storms that may only occur once every 5 to 10 years.

These storms are "extra tropical cyclones", meaning they don't have the structure of a hurricane, and should not be confused with an actual hurricane (we won't give them names or anything like that). Storms like this approaching the West Coast are normally much larger in areal extent than a typical hurricane and have much broader impact zone where damaging winds can occur.

The current threat appears to be mostly to the water and the immediate coastline. We noticed Thursday that moisture from three separate tropical cyclones will likely be drawn into this one large storm over he next several days. This is storm has the potential to damage ships or cargo and will be difficult to avoid due to the huge area it will cover.

So, it looks like the coast is expecting 100+ mph gusts and high sustained winds while the Portland area will get 50+ mpg gusts. We had a storm that bad last year but it only lasted a few hours. This one is supposed to go on for 2 or 3 days and dumpea few inches of rain.

Of course, we were supposed to get some significant snow today and that never materialized. Hard to say. We will let you know later what really happened.


Pandabonium said...

Strike the topgallants, batten the hatches, hard a-lee!

Weird weather. Hope nothing serious actually comes of it, but just in case make sure you don't have anything laying around loose outside, and take care.

Swinebread said...

Well it's going to be wet in any case

Dave said...

Pitter Patter Pitter Patter Splat!

Don't eat yellow snow...

Don Snabulus said...


I've battened, but so far it is just larger than average rain storm with some occasional wind. This storm has about 36 more hours to make its case.




Hi. or drink from yellow mud puddles.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Maybe Pandabonium and I owe all of you an apology...

Howard Cosell said...

It's the thriller FROM Manila.

Pandabonium said...

Sorry, I was playing with my new do-it-yourself rooftop High Frequency Active Antenna Array which I hooked up to the washing machine on spin cycle and the next thing I know I'm reading your post....

Don Snabulus said...


Well YOU do, but I'm not sure why.


Gotta keep up with the Alaskans...

ladybug said...

Hmmmm.....It's a balmy 74 degrees Farenheit here!

I think that last storm WAS a Pineapple Express!

Pandabonium said...

Ladybug - does that mean Oregonians are on the "Dole"?

Anonymous said...

Eltigris growls: Take one typhoon remnant ... stir... add two pinapple chunks...a touch of green .. a few ice cubes... cap and shake... *wallah* serve fresh and breezy