Strong Wind Storm Possible Late Monday Night Into Tuesday 

Forecast data is currently showing that a very strong low pressure system may develop over the Pacific Ocean and then rapidly intensify via “Bombogenisis”. This storm has the potential to bring a major wind event to our region starting late Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

As of right now, it appears the local Klamath Falls area will be spared from the higher winds. Travel in the mountain regions around Klamath Falls could be hazardous. Widespread power outages are possible especially toward the coast. A high wind warning and watch have been issued for the areas around Klamath Falls.


Bombogenesis, a popular term used by meteorologists, occurs when a midlatitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, dropping at least 24 millibars over 24 hours. A millibar measures atmospheric pressure. This can happen when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass, such as air over warm ocean waters. The formation of this rapidly strengthening weather system is a process called bombogenesis, which creates what is known as a bomb cyclone. – NWS

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Key Points With This Storm:

  • Strong south winds Monday night into Tuesday. Power outages are expected. (See wind gust graphic below.)
  • Snow levels lower late Tuesday and winter impacts return to high mountain passes Tuesday night. (See snow graphic below.)
  • Moderate to heavy precipitation expected Tuesday into Wednesday. (See precipitation graphic below.)

A strong low pressure system moving northeast over the offshore waters will bring the potential for a major wind event to the forecast area Monday night into Tuesday. Moderate to heavy rain and lowering snow levels will accompany the front Tuesday into Wednesday.

Wind gusts up to 76mph are possible at Crater Lake with this storm. Klamath Falls should see 35-40mph gusts as our area is expected to be somewhat protected from the very strong south winds that are forecast.

This is a developing situation and we will provide updates as new information becomes available.

…HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM MONDAY TO 7 PM PST
TUESDAY…

* WHAT…South winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 80 mph
expected.

* WHERE..Portions of the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains. This
includes Mt. Shasta, Crater Lake, Diamond Lake, Howard Prairie,
Lake of the Woods, and Mt. Ashland. This includes portions of
Highway 58, 62, 66, 138, 140, 232, and US 97.

* WHEN…From 10 PM Monday to 7 PM PST Tuesday.

* IMPACTS…Damaging winds will blow down trees. Power outages are
expected. Travel will be dangerous, especially for high profile
vehicles.

* View the hazard area in detail at
https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around
trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of
your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if
you must drive.

 

 

…HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 7 PM PST TUESDAY…
…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 7 PM PST TUESDAY…

* WHAT…For the High Wind Warning, south winds 35 to 50 mph with
gusts up to 75 mph expected. For the Wind Advisory, south winds
25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph expected.

* WHERE…For the High Wind Warning: The Warner Mountains
including Cedar Pass, higher elevations of the east side
including the Winter Rim, and Highway 31 between Summer Lake and
Paisley. For the Wind Advisory: Lower elevations of the East
Side including Silver Lake, Lakeview, and Willow Lake. The
advisory also included portions of Highway 140, the rest of
highway 31, and US Highway 395.

* WHEN…From 4 AM to 7 PM PST Tuesday.

* IMPACTS…Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines.
Power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult to
dangerous, especially for high profile vehicles.

* View the hazard area in detail at
https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around
trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of
your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if
you must drive.