2012 Weather Blog In Review

Only a few hours left in 2012, and I’m working this evening (but only until 10:30pm!). 

Wondering who the top commenters were this year?  Here are some year end stats…

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 1,900,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 35 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

In 2012, there were 363 new posts (didn’t realize I post that often), growing the total archive of this blog to 1,678 posts. There were 795 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 284 MB. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

Ready for this? 

These were the 4 most active commenters:

  • 1 atmosphericwrath 1651 comments
  • 2 W7ENK 1205 comments
  • 3 pappoose in scappoose 1201 comments
  • boydo3 500′ N Albany 577 comments

123 Responses to 2012 Weather Blog In Review

  1. Longview - 400 ft says:

    Currently 31.5
    Some what foggy.

    High 34.2
    Low 31.3

  2. Brad says:

    I have to admit that it wasn’t for Rob or Erik, I probably wouldn’t visit this blog that much. You guys are both an asset here and Mark was right to give you a little love.

  3. IceCold says:

    Mark has an icy mix for Thursday am. What is that all about? Is it widespread or limited to certain areas? I have to travel up towards Wenatchee on Thursday and need to plan accordingly.

  4. chris says:

    It has been a long time since i have seen my temperature drop this fast! 0.0

  5. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    Yay 2013!! Hopefully its a good weather year this time…

    Okay, ready for some supercells people? O_O

  6. Marcus says:

    Wow the ensemble runs look cold to me!

  7. paulbeugene says:

    I am quite impressed with the low of 23 at PDX this morning…almost as if the urban heat island went poof.

    Mid Jan looking interesting…..the ice/frost scrapers are going to get worn out

  8. Sifton says:

    Really watching, & can’t wait to see, of all the local “professional mets” who’s 7 day turns out to be accurate……..

  9. Marcus says:

    Wow temp. 34 E@30 I bet that’s cold over there in se portland:) sounds like a gap event to me bummer I have a east wind@ 5 La Center

  10. 34.0 here and the wind has definitely increased, sustained that is, and number of gusts over 40mph have too. Tonight is going to be incredible east of I-205.

  11. Marcus says:

    Man that dew point is dropping big time!

  12. My temp is dropping pretty quick now. With the sun setting so early this time of year temps start to fall after 2:30 – 3:00 PM especially in these type of situations with a cold air mass, very cold east wind, and relatively clear skies.

    Temp: 35.1
    Dewpoint: 16
    Wind: E @ 18.5
    Peak Gust: 44.2 mph @ 12:49 PM

  13. Marcus says:

    18Z looked to be a lot of the same as far as the real cold going east I did see some cold maybe sneaking in but as far as an outbreak of arctic cold don’t see that yet:(

  14. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Someone was asking about Z Time recently. Here’s a handy dandy Time Conversion Table.
    https://ready.arl.noaa.gov/READYtime.php

  15. I’m trying to figure out how if gradients are already running at least 2mb higher than forecast and have already well ahead of schedule reached the peak forecast range of 8-10mb, and yet that is supposed to be underdone how we won’t be looking at 12mb or so. I guess we’ll find out.

  16. AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
    200 PM PST TUE JAN 1 2013

    .SHORT TERM…TWO WEATHER EVENTS TO DEAL WITH IN THE SHORT TERM. THE FIRST IS THE EAST WIND EPISODE FOR PARTS OF THE FORECAST AREA TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING. THE SECOND IS A WINTER MIX OF PRECIPITATION THURSDAY.

    TONIGHT THROUGH WED NIGHT…HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT WILL BE CENTERED OVER THE PAC NW TONIGHT AND WED…BUT START TO SHIFT E LATE WED IN RESPONSE TO AN APPROACHING WEATHER SYSTEM. THE 21Z REGIONAL SURFACE PLOT INDICATED A 1038 MB SURFACE HIGH OVER THE COLUMBIA BASIN…PRETTY CLOSE TO THE 3 HR NAM FORECAST. THE 21Z KTTD-KDLS GRADIENT WAS UP TO -8.4 MB *AT LEAST 2 MB HIGHER THAN FORECAST.* GUSTS 40-50 MPH OCCURRING IN CORBETT AND JUST OVER 30 MPH AT KTTD. HOWEVER…KPDX REPORTING LIGHT W-NW WIND AT 21Z. THE KPDX-KTTD GRADIENT WAS 0.7 MB…WHICH IS A LITTLE ABOVE THE 0.4 MB BENCHMARK USED FOR EAST WIND TO DEVELOP OUT THERE. THE OFFSHORE GRADIENT CONTINUES TO STRENGTHEN TONIGHT…AND BY 12Z THE NAM HAS -8 TO -10 MB KTTD-KDLS GRADIENT. *BELIEVE THIS WILL BE A LITTLE UNDERDONE AS THE COLUMBIA BASIN HIGH WILL LIKELY BE STRONGER THAN MODEL FORECAST DUE TO THE EXTENSIVE SNOW COVER.*

    IN ANY EVENT…A KTTD-KDLS GRADIENT OF -10 MB IS A TRIGGER POINT FOR HIGH WIND WARNING CONCERNS. ANOTHER RULE-OF-THUMB IS THE 7-8 KTS PER MB FOR MAXIMUM GUSTS. THUS…70-80 KT GUSTS SEEM QUITE REASONABLE IN THE EXIT REGION OF THE GORGE AND THE NOTORIOUS WIND-PRONE SPOTS JUST ABOVE THE GORGE. FOR INSTANCE…EXPECT GUSTS NEAR 100 MPH AT THE VISTA HOUSE DURING THE PEAK PERIOD…WHICH WILL BE ABOUT 12Z WED THRU 12Z THU. VISTA HOUSE IS LOCATED SEVERAL HUNDRED FEET ABOVE THE EXIT REGION OF THE GORGE AND IS HIGHLY SENSITIVE TO EAST WIND. A HIGH WIND WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE GORGE FROM BONNEVILLE DAM WESTWARD FROM 08Z WED THRU 12Z THU. IN ADDITION…A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR THE N WILLAMETTE VALLEY AND CLARK COUNTY IN SW WA…PRIMARILY THOSE AREAS NEAR AND EAST OF INTERSTATE 205.

    NAM CROSS-SECTION THROUGH THE GORGE SHOWS THE COLD AIR CONTINUING TO DEEPEN ON THE EAST SIDE DURING THE NEXT 36-48 HOURS. STRATUS WILL REMAIN BANKED UP AGAINST THE CASCADES. THE SAME HOLDS TRUE FOR THE UPPER HOOD RIVER VALLEY. TEMP FORECAST TONIGHT AND WED WILL BE QUITE TRICKY DUE TO THE STRONG INVERSIONS…WIND…AND AREAS THAT DO NOT GET WIND. HIGHER PARTS OF THE CASCADES WILL BE AS WARM…IF NOT LITTLE WARMER…THAN LOWLAND AREAS.

    THURSDAY…THE H5 RIDGE CONTINUES TO SHIFT E WED NIGHT AND THU MORNING AS THE NEXT LOW MOVES TOWARD THE COAST. MODELS HAVE SEEMED TO SETTLE ON A GENERAL SOLUTION…WITH SOME MINOR TIMING ISSUES. AS ALWAYS…*AFTER A PROLONGED WINTER OFFSHORE EPISODE THERE IS ALWAYS CONCERN WITH THE FIRST WEATHER SYSTEM. **COLD AIR WILL BE FIRMLY ENTRENCHED EAST OF THE CASCADES AND WILL FUNNEL THROUGH THE GORGE. GFS SHOWS PRECIP ALONG THE COAST AND INTERIOR VALLEYS AS EARLY AS 18Z
    THU. THE ECMWF IS A FEW HOURS SLOWER. THE 18Z NAM IS SIMILAR TO THE GFS. NAM BUFR SOUNDING FOR KPDX VALID 18Z THU SHOWS A FREEZING LAYER UP TO ABOUT 1500 FT WHICH MAY BE DEEP ENOUGH FOR SNOW. THERE IS A WARM NOSE JUST ABOVE THE 1500-FOOT LAYER. BY 20Z THE SOUNDING RESEMBLES A FREEZING-RAIN PROFILE. WOULD EXPECT AREAS IN SW WA…N OREGON COAST RANGE…N WILL VALLEY AND THE COLUMBIA GORGE TO HAVE AN ASSORTMENT OF WINTER-TYPE PRECIP. FORTUNATELY**…THE QPF AMOUNTS DO NOT LOOK ALL THAT IMPRESSIVE. HOWEVER…AS WAS THE CASE YESTERDAY…IT ONLY TAKES A COUPLE HOURS OF SNOW TO HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT. *ANOTHER THING TO CONSIDER IS THAT THE OFFSHORE LOW-LEVEL FLOW NEVER GOES AWAY. THE NAM WEAKENS IT TO AROUND 3-4 MB 00Z FRI.* THE PRECIP SHOULD MOVE OUT OF THE FORECAST AREA BETWEEN 00Z AND 06Z FRI…WITH THE ECMWF HOLDING ON TO IT A LITTLE LONGER. THE NEXT FEW SHIFTS WILL NEED TO FINE-TUNE THE DETAILS.

    .THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY…HIGH PRES RETURNS THU NIGHT…FOR ANOTHER COLD NIGHT. OFFSHORE FLOW STRENGTHENS FRI. IT WILL BE DRY FRIDAY WITH PLENTY OF SUNSHINE…EXCEPT FOR THE USUAL STRATUS AREAS.
    WEISHAAR

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