A message from the intern

September 19, 2006

Hi, this is Kim.  I’m hanging out (er, working) here in the weather center a few days a week as Mark’s weather intern (what else?).  I do a few things, like the Bend weather graphics, some of the 10 and 11 o’clock graphics, and random little assignments he (sometimes) thinks up for me.  No, the graphics aren’t rocket science, as evidenced by the fact that I can do them even though I’ve only been here about two months.  I certainly do enjoy myself here, and I’ve learned a lot about both TV weather broadcasting and behind-the-scenes TV "life" as well.

Since you get a lot of weather information (usually) on this blog, have a little info about myself.  I’m currently a physics major at OSU (go Beavs!) and will be starting my senior year there next week.  Physics doesn’t generally denote an interest in meteorology, so to clarify, I’m planning on going to graduate school next year to get a master’s in this field.  Before I entered college I was told that having a physics degree would provide a solid foundation for the study of weather, which is why I’m on this track today.  I’ve been interested in the weather, particularly the severe kind, since I was a little kid (about 12 years ago, to be precise, since many people still see me as a kid, unfortunately).  I definitely get excited every time there is even a hint of a thunderstorm, much to the amusement of friends and family.

Well, I think that’s enough about me as it sounds like I’m writing a book by this point.

– Kim

Back to Summer?

September 19, 2006

Showers ending this evening, I just set a timelapse for one of the last few stragglers coming down the hills from Scappoose towards Northwest Portland at 4pm.  Hopefully that will make for magical TV moments at 10pm (more than the usual magical moments at least).  Then we wait for a vigorous little system to come through tomorrow night.  Nice northwest flow behind this one so it should be a sharp wind shift type front; from southerly to northwest.

After that I HAD been expecting a weather system brushby later Saturday or Sunday with flat westerly flow over us.  But as you folks have discussed in the previous thread, the GFS and ECMWF are now in agreement on upper-level ridging sitting just offshore from Friday through early next week at least.  The trend is solid, even if 36 hours ago the GFS was not showing it, so I’ll go with it and do some major surgery to the 7 Day forecast in the next hour.  Nice offshore flow Sunday-Monday too, probably enough to push us up past 80 again.

By the way, I see NCEP will release the monthly long range forecasts on Thursday.  That should be interesting to see how their latest El Nino forecast changes the winter outlook…Mark