by Mike Godsey, firstname.lastname@example.org & Matt Sounders
A few days ago I wrote a blog about the strange Cut-Off Low at ≈ 18,000 ft. feet between Hawaii and Baja that was tracking towards San Francisco where it would bring epic winds. Then how the Cut-Off Low would create explosive winds for the Gorge
First – as it moved towards the Columbia Basin it would allow the North Pacific High to move towards us stacking isobars over the Gorge creating a strong pressure gradient.
Second – as the Cut-Off Low would deepen the low pressure in the Basin making for even a stronger pressure gradient.
Third – Matt Sounders, one of our Weatherflow Gorge forecasters was focusing on the clouds, winds and storm conditions that would arrive at the same time
Image #2 shows the Cut-Off Low at ≈ 18,000 ft. near San Francisco and how it is impacting the Gorge clouds Saturday morning.
All this strongly suggested that we would see explosive winds, lightning, and locally heavy rain and even a chance of large hail at some locations.
We tend to follow wild events like this carefully since there is much to learn.
The following is imagery and text messages between Mike Godsey & Matt Sounders the day of the storm and its aftermath.
Some of this is technical but skip to the good parts:
Mike Godsey 8:50 AM
Just go a major complaint about yesterday’s Gorge forecast…
Matt Souders 8:51 AM
You’ve gotta be frickin’ kiddng me
Mike Godsey 8:52 AM
Greg says: “Matt totally missed predicting of 2 trees being uprooted at Roosevelt by the evening breezes in the parking lot narrowly missing cars.” (Meant in jest.)
Matt Souders 8:53 AM
scared me for a minute…:)
It’s a great sign when the customers are kidding around like that