Chuck Pierce said, “I’m going to tell you, as a sign, you watch the winds start hitting Oregon as a sign that says, ‘I am blowing away the old season out of this region.’”

At the finish of this statement, Denny Cline, pastor of Albany VCF, stepped up on the platform and announced, “Yeah, we just found out that there’s a storm that’s supposed to hit tomorrow like the Columbus Day Storm [of 1962].They’re comparing it to the 1962 storm that hit. That’s the biggest storm that’s ever hit Oregon that we know of. In 1962 on Columbus Day, it had 100 MPH winds. They’re comparing this. They said it’s supposed to hit tomorrow (Sat 12/1/07). Now I don’t know if we should pray to lessen this thing or what. I don’t know. I’ll leave that up to you (speaking to Chuck Pierce) ya know, but I mean that’s incredible!”

Chuck Pierce: “You know, I always prophesy in the nick of time! I’m mean, really now, I’m shocked! I’m just going by the word here [he had just read from Is. 41: 14-16 and was commenting on this passage being fulfilled in the church this coming year.] Now what we want to do is ask the Lord to lessen any damage, but to awaken the people of God because the cleansing wind is going to come and blow away the past season.”

His teaching this night had been centered on Zech. 2:13 as well as Is 41:10-16 and he said we were already in the new season and that it started in the 7th month, which is the Jewish New Year. He says prophesy is based on the Jewish calendar, not the Roman one we use. Therefore, he believes we are already well on our way to seeing the new season of victory promised to us last year, a year of warfare and contending for the breakthroughs we have believed are on the way.

What is God Saying for 2008? Elijah List Conference
[Given at Albany Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 2:00 PM]

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Storm's two-fistedness is what gave it near-record punch

by The Oregonian
Monday December 03, 2007, 7:30 PM
The effects could challenge those of the Columbus Day Storm of 1962

By the time it rumbled ashore late Sunday night, the storm dubbed a "monster" by forecasters began to show its teeth. It mowed down large swaths of forest, severed electrical, transportation and communication lifelines and dumped copious amounts of rain.

In meteorological terms, it was a mid-latitude cyclone, churning with power that began as typhoons, and exploded with hurricane-force winds over the Pacific Ocean as it was energized with cold air from Alaska.

"We usually get big windstorms or big rainstorms, but not both at the same time," said George Taylor of the Oregon Climate Service. "With this one, we had near-record wind and near-record rain at the same time."

At the height of its fury, the storm stretched more than 4,000 miles, with its main impact felt from Florence north to Bellingham, Wash. Triple-digit winds -- 129 mph at Bay City on the northern Oregon coast -- and sustained winds of 60 mph to 70 mph wreaked havoc on coastal stands of trees, their roots weakened by as much as 10 inches of rain.

Wolf Read, a meteorological consultant with a keen interest in wind in general and Pacific Northwest windstorms in particular, said peak gusts at Newport and Astoria topped those recorded during the infamous Columbus Day Storm of October 1962. Wind gusts during the Columbus Day Storm reached 127 mph in the Willamette Valley, and many stations had gusts between 75 and 100 mph.

The winds might even have been higher at Newport and Astoria this time, he said, although he can't be sure because weather data was interrupted when the power went out.

Read said although the triple-digit gusts Sunday and Monday were impressive, the sustained winds of 60 mph to 75 mph are what caused "windthrow," a natural phenomenon that affects thousands of acres of forests in the Northwest when it happens once every 10 to 20 years. Large patches of trees -- often near clearcuts or roads -- get blown over en masse, knocking out power and blocking roads.

"Those are Category 1 hurricane-force winds, and that doesn't happen very often. The potential for tree damage is incredible," Read said. "Such storms – mid-latitude cyclones -- have a reach far beyond that of a typical hurricane . . . and can cause damage into the hundreds of millions, even billions" of dollars.

Read said he was skeptical last week when forecasters with the National Weather Service in Portland first mentioned the storm's potential impact -- until, he says, he looked at wind speeds over the ocean.

"The truth is, the weather service went out on a limb and that takes guts," he said of the early warning. "But they were justified in doing it. This storm was a once every 40- or 45-year event, even for the coast. It's storms like this that may slowly erode the memory of the Columbus Day Storm."

Although rainfall amounts totaled less than during last year's record-setting rains in the coastal mountains near Tillamook, fast-responding rivers such as the Wilson, Trask, Nehalem, and Willapa in southwest Washington, rapidly reached flood stage.

As fast as the rivers rose, they began to recede, said Andy Bryant of the Northwest River Forecast Center. He said the Wilson and Nehalem rivers crested above flood stage at about 2 p.m. Monday. The Wilson River never matched the level it reached last year, but the Trask rose higher than 2006, pushed there by massive rains, and Bryant said, "much higher seas."

He said that after the cold front moves to the east by Tuesday morning, northwest Oregon and southwest Washington will be looking at showers, a bit of rain and cool temperatures, and a slow drying trend into the weekend.

Stuart Tomlinson

The Oregonian