A message from the intern

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

68 Responses to A message from the intern

  1. Justin says:

    Hey Sean, this system for Thursday evening and night looks like a potent one, wtach out Missouri is all I can say. The 100 mile radius or so around the K.C. metro could be ground zero, no need for May 4, 2003 comparisons just yet but it could be their worst in several years up there. Easily the most impressive looking 500mb dynamics since early April, WRF and now the GFS are going crazy with the amounts of shear and helicity in some of these soundings. 18z GFS is a little weaker, with 992mb but still very impressive dynamics and should be ample moisture return, with cold heights behind it. Very large hail, strong winds, and isolated tornadoes seem like a good threat for KS/MO tomorrow night.
    Eastward into your area, models are still a bit inconsistent on exact track, and most of all progged intability (could be fairly capped on Friday). Biggest threat I see for you is renewed flood concerns, you don’t exactly need the rain. Subject to change though, again WRF and even 18z NAM both show very impressive systems for Thursday/Friday, for you though I think the jury is still very much a hung one for Friday, I’d wait a bit before I started to charge my camera batteries. September 20, 2002 however proves that your area can be hit with strong severe weather/tornadoes even in the midst of September.

  2. Sean says:

    Going to be a very chilly night here, around 36-37 for tonight.. Then by Friday night only suppose to get down to 66.. Talk about some mean temperature swings..

  3. Derek Hodges says:

    This is for you Andrew
    INCLUDING THE CITY OF…ELLENSBURG
    219 PM PDT WED SEP 20 2006
    …WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 9 PM PDT THURSDAY..
    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PENDLETON HAS ISSUED A WIND
    ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 9 PM PDT THURSDAY.
    WINDS WILL INCREASE BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON…WITH NORTHWEST WINDS
    OF 3O T0 40 MPH GUSTING TO 50 MPH. VERY WINDY CONDITIONS
    WILL PERSIST THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING…SUBSIDING TO 15 TO 25
    MPH BY LATE THURSDAY EVENING.

  4. Derek Hodges says:

    Raining pretty good right now at my house. I had some gusty winds for a couple minutes.

  5. Derek Hodges says:

    I think Friday morning will be very chilly, mid 40’s at least. (45 or so.) Then I still believe we heat up. Probably for a week or two but then we probably will switch back to cool and wet.

  6. Jesse says:

    Yeah Ryan, Friday night and Saturday night could be really chilly around here. Just got a glimpse of the new 18Z GFS, shows flatter ridging Sunday/Monday so we might make it through the warm up with no 80s. I’m ok with mid-70s that still means cool nights and feels like fall, 80s are too warm for me though, especially after all the cool weather lately.

  7. Ryan says:

    A small positive from the riding due to arrive here this weekend. I’m seeing some forcasts push us as low as 40 degrees overnight. We might have a borderline shot to see our first overnight sub-40 temprature of the season.

  8. Ryan says:

    So far the rain is spot on with the forcast. Moderate showers developing during the day through the night then drying out starting Thursday.
    It is an awfully slow moving and developing system.

  9. Andrew says:

    Anthony, have you moved back up yet?

  10. Andrew says:

    i have been seeing some pretty weird clouds around here today, not sure what they are.

  11. Got some pretty nice rain bands coming in off the coast, looks like totals might be pretty good.
    Funny, GFS forecasted 0.0 inches of rain for today as of the 00z model :-p

  12. Sean says:

    Justin – If you get a chance to, I would like to know what your thoughts are on the potential situation for this weekend in the MS and OH valleys. In looking at the latest models it looks like a one low will roll up and Friday with another possibly stronger low on Saturday. Also, looking at some of the severe indicies they are looking pretty strong at the moment.

  13. salemphil says:

    Here comes the rain, just west of amity

  14. luvrydog says:

    Oops, that’s what I get for not having a computer at home and only having 5 minutes to check the blog at work. SORRY MARK!

  15. Sean says:

    Actually Mark did have a small post before Kim’s.

  16. luvrydog says:

    Kim, that’s awesome! When I was in school taking the prereqs for Meterology, I was about to go to OSU. HOWEVER, life took me in a different direction and I am now a HUGE duck fan…We can all agree to tell OKLAHOMA to go chase tornado’s and quit worryin about the call. Anyways. I have a lot of friends that are Beavs…Are you familiar with Meteorology as a lot of the bloggers on here or are you just an avid weather watcher? Thanks for posting on here, Mark probably wanted a night off! Welcome!

  17. Jesse says:

    I’m really not too worried about it, give it a couple runs, and it will probably flip-flop back to troughing next week. That’s what it did with last weeks big trough.

  18. Jesse says:

    Yeah, the 12Z GFS still builds a ridge over us, but has it weaker and slightly to our west into early next week, now it puts off any 80+ days until next Wednesday.

  19. GFS doesn’t show that, but the funny thing is that whoever decided that is probably right with how accurate GFS has been thus far :-p

  20. Derek Hodges says:

    Posting from school, its nice to be a senior and have almost no classes šŸ™‚ Looks dry for a while but whoever was on the morning crew at KPTV added some showers for next Monday/Tuesday. Anybody have the GFS link, I can’t use it from school because I don’t know what it is haha

  21. Ryan says:

    At least the weather models are looking a bit more fall like. That and the latest GFS run is keeping us below 80 through this weekend. The long range is very cool staying in the low 60’s. Although the ECMWF keeps pretty strong riding all the way through Tuesday šŸ˜¦

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