Hopefully this is a fair assessment of my forecast from last night. It’s the same graphic on the previous post with my notes on top. My boss said "where’s the snow?" as soon as I showed up at work today. It sure was a nice snowstorm up closer to 1,000′, but too bad things didn’t at least turn white down below. But it’s time to move on, considering that only 2-3 degrees separated us from a little Portland snowstorm today!
Not much to talk about tonight and tomorrow…a weaker system moves into Southern Oregon tomorrow. Then a much stronger area of low pressure tracks to our north late Saturday and early Sunday. We should get quite a gusty south wind Saturday night and all day Sunday. That’s why even though a 1,000′ or lower snow level is quite possible, I’m not too wound up about it. A showery airmass with strong onshore flow means it’s going to be tough to get the snow level real low.
Lots of high pressure builds in to our east Monday-Wednesday…A big east wind event is coming. Rob get the gradient watch dusted off!
As for the Polar Bear picture. Next Tuesday, New Year’s Day, at 11am, several weather people in town will be taking the "polar bear plunge" into their pool up at the Oregon Zoo. I would ASSUME that they clean out the hair and poop first, but maybe that’s asking too much. Anyway, it’s a fundraiser for the zoo and it sounded like a fun/wacky thing to do. Of course when you look at me don’t you think "fun & wacky"?
I think Dave Salesky and Bruce Sussman (assuming he isn’t on his deathbed), will be joining me as well. The pitch? If you want to pony up a $500 donation, you can join me too, but only an additional 7 people are allowed in the pool. So who’s first in line? Any takers? Go to the Polar Bear Plunge website for more details and to sign up. Shauna suggested I have a big chunk of ice to toss around the pool like the bears do. Of course she didn’t offer to join did she??? Mark Nelsen