Sign Up for School Visits

SnapshotI was out in Canby this morning visiting kids…which made me think that I should mention school visits here on the blog.  If you are a teacher and would like one of us in the weather department to visit your classroom and have a weather chat, we’ve added a signup for on the weather page at  I’m scheduling WAY ahead (as far as March right now) too, so send us a note if you’re interested.
As for weather…those annoying showers just don’t want to go away!  Even at 6pm the radar shows light showers in the Central Willamette Valley.  Pretty bad considering I though today would be a dry day with plenty of afternoon sun.  Dewpoints are quite a bit lower to the north in Western Washington, and with a light northerly drift tomorrow, we should see drier air filter in.  That’s AFTER a very weak system drops south out of British Columbia overnight.  It also helps to usher in drier and colder air too.  So it’s going to feel a bit chilly tomorrow even with more sun.  I think the combination of a cold night tomorrow night and then a mostly cloudy day from Sunday’s weak system will keep us quite chilly on Sunday.  It’ll be tough to crack 40 degrees.  Models continue to just barely keep moisture away Sunday afternoon, so I left moisture out of the forecast.  Of course with temperatures and freezing levels so low, anything that falls could mix with snow.  But after last weekend’s snow "freakout", I have no plans to mention that on-air (or in the newsroom).
I have to say that next week sure looks pretty quiet weatherwise.  A couple weak systems pass by, mainly to the north, which keeps us from getting too chilly, but not a real good chance for rain either.  Looks pretty dry.  That’s all for tonight, but I’m working this weekend so maybe I’ll post tomorrow evening…Mark Nelsen

143 Responses to Sign Up for School Visits

  1. snowhound says:

    Ben –
    It means you are under water…lol

  2. offroadjosh(kila-7miles west of kalispell Montana) says:

    mback you got mail

  3. gratefulduck (weather blog lurker) says:

    Thanks Ben.. I knew somethin didnt look right… it is actually not my weather station.. it is the closest one to my place that I can find on the net.. Greenway..over by hall and Fanno Creek park. It looks like maybe the instrument doesnt go any lower since it just sits at 32 .. the humidity is reading 83%

  4. Lonewolf >Vancouver,WA says:

    Marc, Padden and 142nd. 142nd used to go through before the Padden went in. It’s where the walking bridge is now. I’m just N of the bridge. Sounds like you’re just a couple of neighborhoods E of me.
    I’ve got 27.0 now.

  5. Ben says:

    It means something is wrong with your thermometer. Dew point cannot be higher than temp or you would have humidity which is greater than 100%.

  6. gratefulduck (weather blog lurker) says:

    whats it mean when your dew point is higher than your current temp? I would expect to see fog but things are clear here (beaverton)

  7. Cherie_in_Vernonia says:

    np Ben

  8. Ben says:

    Oops, *what*

  9. Ben says:

    Heat & everyone else, I’m sorry if what I said was misunderstood. I was not trying to start anything nor would I ever. I think was Heat writes is funny and was just trying to make a funny back. Sorry.

  10. Marc (Orchards) says:

    Hey Lonewolf, what part of NE Orchards do you live in? I’m near Padden Parkway and 162nd.

  11. Camas Mom says:

    27.6 and falling.

  12. Heatblizzard silverton Or near the gardens says:

    (wakes back up and finds everyone gone at the studio)
    Different subject warning and very long. but halfway down I talk about the weather again.
    Thanks for defending me bloggers. You aren’t so bad even if you don’t know things like the jet stream or do you? besides that. this is a very decent blog filled with wonderfull obervations and knowledge about our area’s climate/weather that you can’t get anywhere else as far as I know. I’ve looked. One thing I’ve learned is everywhere I go there is going to be a few “bad apples” trying to pick fights: I concluded the best thing to do is leave them alone they will lose friends in the future and be lonly and have nobody to blame except themselves. This blog is what should have been but not in fact this blog is a good model of how people using chat things should behave. On to the weather!
    its 33.4 now. So I think this “Artic Air is actually going to make it the fog is not going to do much I guess at this point. About the Unalasken question is there any activity up there at all? Can someone tell me how to look for activity up there at all such as a map instead of maps of our area that will be important to know the weather days ahead because storms will take the jet or be near it.

  13. Lonewolf >Vancouver,WA says:

    27.5 here in NE Orchards.

  14. Cherie_in_Vernonia says:

    Heat is one of us & we like having him here! Please allow for the fact that some folks have special circumstances ….thanks

  15. troutdale,oregon says:

    down to 29.8 brr cold!

  16. Cherie_in_Vernonia says:

    26.4 here
    They took 25 dump truck loads of flooded stuff out of work today. A wonderful construction company from St Helens brought 5 trucks so with them & our 1 truck we got 25 loads out. Still sooo much to do…but the end will come.
    Is it gonna snow Sunday??
    thanks gang!

  17. Mback (In Gresham) says:

    Take it easy on Heat. You do not know his story but if you would like to feel free to email me at and I will explain.

  18. Ben says:

    Hey Heatblizzard, I’ll have whatever it is that you’re on.

  19. offroadjosh(kila-7miles west of kalispell Montana) says:

    marc… email me please…

  20. Marc (Orchards) says:

    Wow.. 21 years old huh?

  21. Camas Mom says:

    28.2 right now. It’s cold folks!

  22. evening all…up here…31.4….hoping for a few flakes to watch!

  23. Heatblizzard silverton Or near the gardens says:

    I’ve seen the pics of the studio the job shadow guy took it’s pretty cool reminds me of OMSI since dad brought it up. We took a trip once and KOIN had a weather forcast simulator where you will pretend to do the forcast on tv with the green screen and graphics. NOOOOOOOOOO! The fog is coming back from the north nooooooo! (gasps) NOOOOOOOOOO! it’s going to keep it above freezing again. (bleeeeeeppppppppppppppppppp!) Say goodbye to winter we are going to be fogged in or drizzled all year long except for the 300 ft chance of snow in late Jan and summer when the Bermuda High finally kicks in. (faints in kptv studio falling in front of the camera while Mark is on-air with his forcast) (Lifts self up briefly and says: Its 36F out now. (Drops back down)

  24. Big_D says:

    I promised myself that one of these winters I’ll book a flight to Fairbanks, Alaska when they are supposed to have a cold wave. I figure they get a couple cold wave every winter with -45 to -50 degree cold, and they’re usually forecast at least a few days out. Its only a one-stop flight lasting a few hours, and I could pull a round trip with an overnight stay in less than 2 days…

  25. Marc (Orchards) says:

    It was below zero for 82 hours straight.

  26. Marc (Orchards) says:

    Last year in Laramie, Wyoming when I was there it got down to 29 degrees below zero. I’ll never forget that cold. -50 degree wind chills yikes

  27. offroadjosh(kila-7miles west of kalispell Montana) says:

    hmm gunna get cold tonight already 13.6

  28. Heatblizzard says:

    I am 21 now. The temps are dropping. It is 38 now.

  29. Ryan (Walnut Grove/Van Mall) says:

    Well the GFS 18Z looks good…
    If it can only keep this up for the next 16 or so runs.

  30. Marc (Orchards) says:

    Lol. How old are you HeatBlizzard? Just curious from your recent posts?

  31. Heatblizzard silverton Or near the gardens says:

    One more thing. I wonder if it will snow tomorrow my piano teacher is having a recital, so I hope not. Then again it should with the la nina.

  32. Mback (In Gresham) says:

    Same here D…

  33. K(p)=k(c)(RT)^n says:

    5-6 inches on the ground. 🙂

  34. Heatblizzard silverton Or near the gardens says:

    Another thing Dad wants to know what is happening in the Aleutians if their are any lows up there stacked up.

  35. Heatblizzard silverton Or near the gardens says:

    By the way. The high today is 42 umm it just bounced to 43 now. I think we are at our peak unless we have some tropical air move in overnight and bounce it to 50. new subject. This winter seems to me has been sunnier then average at this point of time anyone think so? Dad who works in Portland said it’s been cloudier their but not much storms: sunnier here in the valley except when it is foggy, The fog tends to hange here in Silverton all day even when Salem reports haze or sun. This is Lanina territory we should be looking at the Gfs and Marks maps and showing the storm train slamming us with a bunch of lows.

  36. Boydo3 says:

    Sure doesn’t seem to be any consistency in the longer range models. They have a different solution every run! Maybe that’s good. Keep us all from clinging to a fantasy run only to have it switch as things get closer!

  37. Heatblizzard silverton Or near the gardens says:

    30s brrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!! okay story time!!! About the jet stream. We used to live in Chico I didn’t give a hoot about weather since I was like 2years old but my parents said someone named Anthony did the Chico weather and he would always show a picture of the jet stream what it did the last week,what it looks like now and what it’s projected to do in the near future such as next week. Not sure if they still do that since the website expired and they didn’t show the jet on the website when I looked last year. Once we moved up here they’ve notice nobody ever talks about the jet stream. My Mom watches KGW late night once in a blue mooon and she says they show it. That is very important to know because if there is any hints of storms such as Sunday-monday, The jet is aimed right at us and the storms will follow that to quickly get outta here. If the jet moves east the storms will go in to the Rockies.

  38. Jesse-Orchards says:

    Managed to make it up to 45 here, about an hour ago.
    Down to 42 now with NNW winds 5-10mph and a DP around 30.
    Not quite as cold today as I would have liked to see, at least in NW Oregon and SW Washington. I was expecting highs more in the 39-41 range.
    30s look good for tomorrow though.

  39. Dr. Rob -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    I found it finally. This is yet another great site I bookmarked. I did not have this site so thank you.
    Right now it shows the jet due northerly coming right down the coast line. Over the next 2 days in response to high pressure nosing N-NNE offshore it actually shows the jet backing a little coming more straight down out of central British Columbia and S-SSW into Oregon.
    …. Interesting.

  40. Dr. Rob -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    I’m having a difficult time finding the jet stream link on that site. I’ve been looking everywhere on it Lol
    Seems very reasonable unless some high clouds move overhead late tonight.

  41. PrivatePilotWA - Castle Rock, WA says:

    Hey I was just looking at the forecoast on the NWS site and they are forecasting 23 tonight for a low? Too cold or sound about right in SW Washington, if so gonna have to wrap some more pipes tonight.

  42. Heatblizzard silverton Or near the gardens says:

    Hey Dr Rob look at the jet stream images on and tell me what you think okay?

  43. Dr. Rob -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    High pressure building north offshore would suit us very well indeed.

  44. Dr. Rob -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Finding some decent temperature departures from this time yesterday throughout southern British Columbia. Temps are down as much as 15F from this time yesterday. Most are 2-9F. Fairly impressive.

  45. Anonymous says:

    I never said it looks impressive, Mat. Just that it looks better. A couple days ago it was showing nothing but storm systems moving to our north and the cold air getting eroded. Now it’s showing the high pressure system in the pacific building further north. Im still sticking by my prediction of below average temps and precip but no arctic air outbreaks or big snow storms for the next 2 weeks. Overall dry and cool with some spotty precip.

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