A bit more free time tonight, so let’s catch up on more questions.
First the weather; there’s not much to talk about, more onshore flow tomorrow, then it weakens as we go into Thursday. Friday-Sunday are either northerly or northeasterly flow for temps back up close to 90. We are likely done with 100 this season since we’ve only hit it 2 times beyond the period of our 7 day forecast. You can see the slow change on the maps today. Look at the 18z GFS 500mb fcst. on my personal weather page and you’ll see the increasingly deep polar lows as northern latitudes already start cooling down.
So, here are a few answers…
Q. what is your opinion on the fall/winter outlook? Think we might see a better winter this year or stay on our average of the last 8+ years of having not so great winters….Josh (The Snowman) & Andrew in separate questions
A. I have never issued a fall/winter outlook because I really think it’s a crapshoot. Or am I just no fun??? We just seem to have milder winters lately, but even if our climate is slowly warming, what if that 1950 pattern sets up again or the 1979 one? Instead of 4 big snowstorms in a month we might just have 3. I have no idea, but I’ll once again state this fall that we’re overdue for a major windstorm (70+ mph gust at PDX).
Q. don’t mean for this to be personal but where do you like to vacation? As in do you go chase storms ever or anything when you take a vacation? If you don’t want to answer that its cool with me.
A. That’s not too personal. I just didn’t want to give out my address, weight, or kid’s pictures. I actually like to go to warm tropical places (Hawaii in March anyone?). I would LOVE to go on a storm chase and my wife has even offered to join, but maybe when the kids are a bit older. The last few years my family & I have had great times staying in fire lookouts in the Northwest. They are cheap, there is often lightning, and no people (of course I love all our viewers here at FOX-12, but you know what I mean). We just stayed at Thompson Peak near Missoula last week. I missed the lightning by one day, but what a night to leave the windows open with the stars shining and town lights miles away and half a mile straight down.
Q. Besides Portland, what city would you find most interesting to forecast for?
A. I have a friend doing TV in Wichita, KS and it’s crazy weather there. Anywhere in the Midwest from the Rockies to Indiana or so would be pretty busy much of the year. Fall is slow everywhere. There are places that would be interesting but I would never go to. That includes the Gulf Coast or Atlantic Coast states (not counting Maine). Too hot or too many people in those places. Northwest works just fine for me since it’s home anyway…Mark