On to 16×9 !

Snapshot_2You folks didn’t know it, but for the last few weeks we’ve been getting ready to upgrade our weather system.  Here’s the story.
Television stations for the last 50 years have broadcast in a 4×3 format or the "boxy" look.  The FCC has mandated that in mid-February 2009, all analog (and 4×3) broadcasts will end and TV stations need to be broadcasting in digital only.  Of course that means the size of the screen changes to 16×9, regardless of whether stations upgrade to HDTV.  About 2 months ago KOIN became the first station to start broadcasting in this 16×9 format.  As of 10pm tonight we are as well.  That is 16×9, but not HDTV.  For those of you watching on cable or satellite TV or regular channel 12 over the air you may not have noticed much of anything different.  In the weather department we did change our forecasts a little and cleaned up some graphics too.  Those of you watching on an HDTV (either over the air or HD through satellite/cable) noticed that the black edges are gone and now we are filling the screen.  An example to the left shows our 7 Day forecast.  The area within the lines is seen by everyone.  But those watching HDTV will see farther out to each side.  So for 2 years we have to make graphics and show video for 2 sets of viewers.  We can’t put anything critical outside of the white lines, but we can’t stand long in the "edges" or some of you viewers will wonder where we went!   In February of 2009, all USA viewers will have to either purchase a set-top box to convert their TVs or purchase an HDTV.  At that point we will stop broadcasting that 4×3 signal.  Tricky for making the weather graphics eh?
As for weather…cold trough the next few days…get ready for showers.  My garden needs them, so I’m not complaining…for now.  Mark

65 Responses to On to 16×9 !

  1. Cherie_in_Vernonia says:

    We made 2 trips from Vernonia to Forest Grove today on the motorcycle. Was sure bummed cuz we had a great clear view to the East & NUTTIN! Not even a decent shaped cloud :0(

  2. Derek-West Gresham says:

    There are some INCREDIBLE thunderheads to my east.

  3. Derek-West Gresham says:

    I want some hail! I have yet to see even a pellet of it.

  4. Ben Monjay @ Work in Hillsboro says:

    Birds and bugs don’t reflect returns of 40-50db. The echos originated as bright spots on the MFR radar about 2:30 and have been “streaming out” as they slowly fall on the way up the valley.

  5. Ben Monjay @ Work in Hillsboro says:

    Per the morning SLE sounding the only “southerly” winds moving at the speed of those echos on radar were between about 6000m and 12000m.
    Don’t know if the following will post right.
    ——————————————————————————-
    LEV PRES HGHT TEMP DEWP RH DD WETB DIR SPD THETA THE-V THE-W THE-E W
    mb m C C % C C deg knt K K K K g/kg
    ——————————————————————————-
    SFC 1006 61 11.0 8.7 86 2.3 9.7 170 5 283.7 284.9 282.6 303.1 7.03
    1 1000 113 12.2 9.4 83 2.8 10.6 180 6 285.4 286.6 283.8 306.0 7.41
    2 925 762 8.0 5.0 81 3.0 6.5 245 12 287.5 288.5 283.1 304.2 5.91
    3 850 1454 2.6 1.4 92 1.2 2.0 235 11 288.9 289.7 282.6 303.1 4.98
    4 814 1802 0.0 -1.0 93 1.0 -0.4 239 13 289.7 290.5 282.3 302.3 4.37
    5 765 2298 -1.7 -2.8 92 1.1 -2.2 250 12 293.1 293.8 283.4 305.0 4.07
    6 700 2999 -6.5 -8.3 87 1.8 -7.2 235 20 295.3 295.8 283.0 304.0 2.92
    7 681 3213 -8.1 -10.2 85 2.1 -8.8 227 23 295.8 296.3 282.8 303.6 2.58
    8 619 3948 -13.3 -24.3 39 11.0 -15.7 203 33 298.1 298.2 281.7 300.8 0.86
    9 611 4046 -14.1 -32.1 20 18.0 -17.2 201 34 298.2 298.3 281.2 299.7 0.42
    10 597 4222 -14.1 -23.1 46 9.0 -16.2 196 36 300.2 300.4 282.8 303.4 1.00
    11 550 4842 -16.1 -18.5 82 2.4 -16.7 204 31 305.0 305.3 285.4 310.2 1.62
    12 542 4953 -15.1 -15.9 94 0.8 -15.3 205 30 307.5 307.8 286.7 314.0 2.04
    13 500 5560 -17.5 -18.7 90 1.2 -17.9 200 32 311.7 312.0 287.9 317.4 1.75
    14 447 6392 -22.1 -23.7 87 1.6 -22.5 190 39 316.1 316.3 288.8 320.3 1.26
    15 400 7200 -28.1 -32.0 69 3.9 -28.7 180 46 318.5 318.6 289.0 320.8 0.65
    16 300 9190 -45.5 -51.5 51 6.0 -45.7 170 62 321.2 321.2 289.2 321.7 0.11
    17 263 10054 -52.8 -58.8 48 6.0 -52.9 165 67 322.9 322.9 289.7 323.1 0.05
    18 255 10253 -54.5 -60.5 47 6.0 -54.6 165 65 323.2 323.2 289.8 323.4 0.04
    19 250 10380 -54.5 -60.5 47 6.0 -54.6 170 64 325.0 325.1 290.3 325.2 0.04
    20 228 10971 -55.1 -63.1 36 8.0 -55.2 170 58 332.8 332.8 292.5 332.9 0.03
    21 211 11472 -51.5 -59.5 38 8.0 -51.7 185 49 345.9 345.9 295.8 346.1 0.06
    22 200 11820 -51.7 -61.7 29 10.0 -52.0 195 42 350.9 350.9 296.8 351.1 0.05
    23 166 13032 -50.1 -77.1 3 27.0 -50.7 207 31 372.8 372.8 301.1 372.8 0.01
    24 150 13690 -52.3 -79.3 2 27.0 -52.8 200 30 380.0 380.0 302.2 380.0 0.00
    25 139 14179 -53.9 -79.9 3 26.0 -54.4 208 27 385.5 385.5 303.1 385.5 0.00
    26 100 16290 -53.7 -79.7 3 26.0 -54.3 205 17 424.0 424.0 308.2 424.0 0.01
    27 95 16620 -53.5 -79.5 3 26.0 -54.2 208 16 430.6 430.6 308.9 430.7 0.01
    28 70 18570 -56.5 -81.5 3 25.0 -57.1 240 6 463.5 463.5 312.1 463.6 0.01
    29 54 20212 -57.3 -82.3 3 25.0 -58.0 329 5 497.4 497.4 314.8 497.4 0.01
    30 50 20700 -55.5 -81.5 3 26.0 -56.5 355 5 512.7 512.7 315.8 512.8 0.01
    31 30 23960 -53.7 -79.7 3 26.0 -55.5 75 8 598.2 598.3 320.5 598.4 0.02
    32 25 25139 -52.7 -78.7 3 26.0 -54.9 80 9 633.1 633.2 322.0 633.4 0.03
    33 20 26600 -48.1 -76.1 3 28.0 -52.1 85 11 688.9 689.0 324.1 689.5 0.06
    34 10 31263 -38.9 -69.9 2 31.0 -49.5 92 11 874.3 874.5 329.0 877.7 0.31
    TRP 255 10253 -54.5 -60.5 47 6.0 -54.6 165 65 323.2 323.2 289.8 323.4 0.04
    WND 263 10054 -52.8 -58.8 48 6.0 -52.9 165 67 322.9 322.9 289.7 323.1 0.05

  6. TV Weather Producer says:

    the strange movement could be birds, bugs, or a number of things.

  7. Andrew---Ellensburg, Wa and Portrland, Or says:

    Super windy outside all of a sudden:
    …WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING..
    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PENDLETON HAS ISSUED A WIND
    ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING.
    SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH ARE EXPECTED
    TO DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING. THESE WINDS MAY CAUSE
    LOCAL BLOWING DUST NEAR FRESHLY PLOWED FIELDS MAINLY IN AREAS THAT
    RECEIVED LITTLE RAINFALL DURING THE PAST 24 HOURS. THE WINDS WILL
    DECREASE OVERNIGHT TONIGHT…BUT THEN THEY WILL INCREASE AGAIN BY
    WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
    A WIND ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS ARE FORECAST
    BETWEEN 31 AND 39 MPH OR GUSTS RANGING FROM 46 TO 57 MPH. WINDS
    OF THESE MAGNITUDES CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR
    HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. MINOR PROPERTY DAMAGE MAY ALSO OCCUR. FOR
    ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION…CHECK OUR WEB SITE AT
    http://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/PENDLETON.
    $$

  8. Chuckyd81 says:

    Ben…
    If it were chaff (not saying it isn’t)…how would you determine it’s height based on the sounding and radar images???

  9. Ben Monjay @ Work in Hillsboro says:

    That’s probably military chaff from training exercises that per the soundings at SLE is probably above 21000 feet.

  10. Jon says:

    Ya, I saw that too luvrydog. It’s pretty wierd.

  11. luvrydog says:

    Interesting dynamics on the Weather Underground radar. Most of the willamette valley is moving west to east maybe with a little north of east trajectory but if you look just to the south/west of Eugene, showers seem to be heading almost due north…really wierd, don’t see that often, anyone notice that?

  12. Cherie_in_Vernonia says:

    Look at the one down by Woodburn!

  13. Cherie_in_Vernonia says:

    really glad for you guys! Want some thunder too :0( LOL

  14. Derek-West Gresham says:

    no hail here. I got a new Digital Camera though. I will post a link if I catch any good pictures. Also, atmosphere will reload for one more round of excitement in the next 1-2 hours probably.

  15. Cherie_in_Vernonia says:

    shall we go to CHAT?

  16. Antipex (SE Gresham) says:

    We just had lots of thunder, lightning, and a nice white blanket of hail. It’s still raining too.

  17. Derek-West Gresham says:

    I have had 10-15 thunders, some of them were LOUD BOOMERS!! I saw two strikes and one was amazing, it was blinding!! lol

  18. Cherie_in_Vernonia says:

    looks like there has been thunder up & down the Cascade range
    https://thunderstorm.vaisala.com/tux/jsp/explorer/explorer.jsp

  19. Mark Nelsen says:

    3 Cloud-Ground strikes right around 26 & Orient Drive in Gresham in the last 15 minutes.

  20. Gregg-Troutdale says:

    Hearing some thunder, Gresham and Troutdale look to be the bullseye for this next shower.

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