Location Is Everything

If you were looking for a warm day today, you had to be in the right spots.  Specifically, we had lots of very warm air overhead, but it only "mixed down" in a few areas.  At 1,800′ on top of our transmission tower in the West Hills, the temperature sat at 62 degrees this afternoon.  That usually would equate to 68-70 down in the city.  East winds out of the Gorge brought those windy spots up into the 60-62 degree range.  But the real warm areas were the towns where a light easterly wind off the Cascades prevailed.  Battleground, Hockinson, Sandy, Estacada, Brightwood.  As you can see in the map below, 65-68 was common in those areas.  IF a southerly wind had developed on schedule (see yesterday’s blog), and we had just 2 hours of hazy sunshine instead of solid cloud cover, I think most of us would have seen 70 degrees today around the metro area.  Notice the calm wind spots (Hillsboro, McMinnville, Aurora) stayed below 60.Snapshot_5

Tonight’s cold front is VERY slowly moving inland, evidenced by the cooler Coastal temps, but there’s another wave moving north along it which will prolong/renew the rainband later tonight and into the morning hours.  One more wave comes through Friday night.

A cool & showery weekend then in store since we will be in the chilly post-frontal airmass.  A brief break Monday, then back to more wet stuff next week.  GFS keeps trying for a drier-warmer pattern, but notice it keeps getting put off a day?  Kind of like arctic air in wintertime eh?

By the way, folks from McMinnville can relax.  For a couple years we’ve been getting nasty emails from some of you since our radar maps have displayed it as Mcminnville.  Apparently capitalizing the 2nd "M" is a civic pride issue.  On the map to the right we minimize the "C" to keep everyone happy as well.  Either way it’s fixed now with a software upgrade…so now there’s no need to throw objects at your TV in anger (some said they actually did that!).

13 Responses to Location Is Everything

  1. Justin says:

    A lot of media outlets listen to them, and they seem pretty popular amongst the general public especially along the East Coast. They just use computers to write their forecast.;
    I don’t know how they survive either really, they’re a joke for real weather enthusiasts. Last hurricane season Joe Bastardi was basically spelling the apocalypse every time a tropical wave moved into the Atlantic, and people seemed to be lsitening to him!
    Weather gets fairly quiet again this weekend, though the storm we were talking about last week is bringing very chilly air. Vancouver, B.C. might not get out of the 30’s on Sunday.

  2. Josh"The Snowman" says:

    Hey, accuweather is calling for rain and snow mixed on April 4th..lol. God, you’d think they would get with reality one of these days. They have no credibility, how do they survive?
    http://wwwa.accuweather.com/forecast-15day.asp?partner=accuweather&myadc=0&traveler=0&zipcode=98205&metric=0

  3. Josh"The Snowman" says:

    It’s 59 here in Everett right now. Had some pretty intense pop-up showers so far this afternoon, hoping for some more around sunset. I guess one just west of me dropped pea sized hail earlier, cool stuff. Looks like spring is getting in full swing.

  4. Josh"The Snowman" says:

    It’s 59 here in Everett right now. Had some pretty intense pop-up showers so far this afternoon, hoping for some more around sunset. I guess one just west of me dropped pea sized hail earlier, cool stuff. Looks like spring is getting in full swing.

  5. Travis says:

    Check out this link http://wxweb.meteostar.com/leads_images/Models/GFS/CON/CP/large/surface/2006032406_CON_GFS_SFC_SLP_THK_PRECIP_WINDS_042.gif
    This is for Sunday. This is interesting because it shows plenty of rain.

  6. Travis says:

    I’m sure Derek will tell you whats going on when he gets back.(Maybe)

  7. Josh"The Snowman" says:

    Ya, but that is just parade day. I know it’s rained more than that..lol

  8. Justin says:

    I agree. Some mammatus clouds were developing today, always ripe for a few t-storms, so I think that there’ll be justenough cold unstable post frontal air tomorrow and Saturday to produce a few t-storm flareups when that wave comes in tomorrow evening
    Other than that potential, I don’t see much else happening of any immediate interest, thank god during these sometimes dull weather months we have enough going on in the midwest to keep me awake.
    Josh, in the previous thread you inquired about Rose Parade Weather History, well here it is from the start to 1999 I believe
    http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/pdxclimate/PG102.html
    Also, I do too qonder what caused Derek to run out on the geeks, maybe he saw something major coming up next week weatherwise and has been tracking it solo…
    Or he has a girlfriend…..

  9. Josh"The Snowman" says:

    Oh, and the guys up here are hinting at some unstable air for tomorrow afternoon so there could be some pop up Tstorms tomorrow, especially with the cold air rushing in behind the front clashing with this very mild air.

  10. Josh"The Snowman" says:

    Still 56 at 10:30, wow. Made it to 69 here today without any sunshine at all, that front pulled up some very warm air for sure.

  11. Travis says:

    Derek will be back Saturady and he will have plenty to say. I assure you.

  12. Ryan says:

    I think it will start warming up personally. How about you Guys?

  13. Ryan says:

    I think it will start warming up personally. How about you Guys?

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