We just found out, officially, that FOX-12 will begin a one hour newscast from 4pm-5pm weekdays. This will begin on March 3rd. So we’ll join the other stations in having an early (very early) evening newscast. We’ll also be adding a 5pm Saturday show. That means the First, Live, Local weather team will be on the air every evening of the week, as well as late night and morning shows too.
On to some brief weather talk. I’m a little bit bored with our current weather pattern (rain, wind, mountain snow), so it’s nice to see a break and change in the weather regime on the way. A ridge is going to build over the West Coast, or offshore aways, depending on which model you look at. It begins Sunday, then a system comes over the top of the ridge Monday-early Tuesday. It quickly rebounds and the rest of next week may be dry. 2 things to note. The ECMWF has been much more consistent with the ridging placement, so that’s why I put a few snowflakes into Monday night’s forecast. It’s a much sharper shortwave diving through the Northwest at that time with a colder airmass than what’s shown on the 00z GFS. It still isn’t a real good snow setup for PDX because the moisture usually ends quickly with a fast-moving wave like the one forecast to move through.
Most likely what grabs your attention is the slight retrogression of the ridge later next week. The ECMWF shows it a bit, and the GEM has the same idea. But the 00z GFS really went nuts this evening. It has an arctic front moving through the Northwest next Friday with snow, then bitterly cold arctic air behind it for the MLK weekend. It’s 9 days away and it IS the GFS, so I assume future model runs will change dramatically. But fun to watch closely anyway. The "Mark Nelsen Effect" could be showing up on the models…I have 3 different days scheduled off clustered around the MLK weekend.
Looks like Mt. Hood Skibowl has more snow at this point in the year than any in the last 8 years. Very impressive snow piling up in the Cascades isn’t it? And I always love the reaction I get from people when I tell them about the 39" one-day snowfall record in Oregon. Not in the mountains, but near sea-level at Bonneville Dam. There had already been 14" snow the day before, and more followed the next day. On the 11th (2 days later), there was 63" of snow on the ground at Bonneville Dam! You "old" timers probably remember the news video like I do…that telephone booth in Cascade Locks covered almost to the roof, and travelers stranded for days in the Gorge. Fun times eh??? As I recall I was an 11 year old weather geek, sitting in the rain in Mt. Angel at the time…wishing so badly I lived in the Gorge. Now, we just need to do it again someday! Mark Nelsen