Saturday Night Special

Dscf0007_2 Dscf0006_2 For some of us, it was one of the better snows so far this winter.  And I see some more neighborhoods can no longer claim "it didn’t snow this winter".  I took a drive to North Portland on business today and found plenty of snow there, and I know some fell in Gresham too.  I ended up with 9" at my home, the most in 4 years.  But just 400′ lower in elevation and 2 miles west, just an inch or so.  This is definitely the winter for that.  Notice the big pile of snow…hope that impresses everyone.  I’ve done more shoveling this winter than any in my adult life.  I used to think a snowy climate would be fun, but a week or so in the winter is plenty.  I don’t have any deep thoughts to add about tonight’s weather.  Maybe a few degrees cooler than current temps by midnight, then we seem to dry out quickly by daybreak.  A bunch of clearing by then may give us very icy conditions.  Those of you at/above 1,000′ will probably hold on to your snow through tomorrow.  Warmer weather systems next week, but not warm enough to give us big flood trouble…for now…Mark Nelsen

114 Responses to Saturday Night Special

  1. Here is the 2nd one just now getting its act together.
    http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~ovens/loops/wxloop.cgi?ir4km_enhanced+12
    You can see it entering the left side of the loop. It’s cruising along eastward, but should begin to turn NE soon.
    Here is a stunning WV loop of the same system.
    http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~ovens/loops/wxloop.cgi?wv_enhanced+12

  2. Wow.. Cyclogenesis in full effect in the North Pacific. Not one but 2 bombs will be offshore within 24-36 hours. Impressive.

    This may be something we need to keep an eye on this weekend/next week.

  3. Marty McFly says:

    Mark, seeing you on tv a second ago reminded me of Richard Gere in Pretty Woman. Quite the sly dresser aren’t we Mark? I’d be scared to shake your hand right now on the grounds that I might wrinkle you, lol.

  4. SD - N PDX says:

    Mark, Rod Hill just mentioned on the 4:30 news that he met with you on Saturday at the University of Portland…and from now on you guys will just say “low elevation spots” in situations like Saturday since it seems to drive you guys crazy. He even said you are a colleague that he “respects a lot”. I thought that was cool 🙂

  5. Camas~Mom says:

    Heat, as I said, statistics can be very misleading. I had a very difficult time keeping my dress clean the next day (also, this was in Eugene, OR). When it’s not sunny the ground doesn’t get dried up as it normally would, etc. Suffice it to say, that summer was one of the worst, as was 1995 (hence the Jan 1996 floods). If you go just by records it’s drama one way or the other. Either we’re in a state of drought, or we’re in a state of flooding. Geologists just aren’t happy unless they’re causing lots of drama. Could it be Job Security?
    Josh – very cool!

  6. josh"fromEverett,WA" THE SNOWMAN says:

    holy cow….dumping snow like crazy here. Have about 5 inches on the ground. Didn’t expect this..I’m only at 230′ too.

  7. Heatblizzard silverton Or near the gardens 360ft says:

    Hmm That is odd Camas; There is no downpour to speak of that August, The highest rainfall in one day was 0.16 at least for Salem. Where were you the day before you’r wedding? Huh?
    It’s 42.8 here.

  8. Heatblizzard says:

    Well maybe that winter will be better; Who knows. (I like to pretend I am back in time) What about the 100F day? That must have been a blessing to compare to the pouring day. I haven’t actually looked at August much I forgot to mention.
    Wxunderground now has hourly data back to the 1980s; With sky conditions.
    I just came back from collage and did grammer and learned complete,Incomplete and run-on sentences. Plus Difficult Nouns.

  9. mark says:

    Hey, does anyone know if there will be a good time to go running anytime in the next 2 to 3 days?
    I don’t like running in the rain too much, so I was hoping we’d get some sunshine sometime soon.

  10. Mat-ne portland says:

    Stayed out at my dads all weekend and had snow on the ground the whole time. He’s up around 800 feet in the hills by Beavercreek. Came back to Portland this morning and had snow falling lightly. Everything was icy, including roads. I don’t really feel the need to talk about possible flooding since that would be bad for alot of people. Instead I’d like to hear about possible arctic intrusions later on this month. Any thoughts on that Rob or somebody?

  11. Tyler in NW Vancouver (Hazel Dell) says:

    Lots of surprise snow on my way to work this morning. When I left Vancouver it was clear and frosty. By the time I got to Ridgefield it was snowing and continued until just past Woodland. Now everything is just rain.

  12. Longtimelurker-West Linn says:

    Camas Mom,
    I forgot to add it was in ’93 as well. 🙂 We were married at a bed and breakfast in NE Portland. Beautifully decorated, fires in the fireplaces and a string quartet. Simply awesome.

  13. Camas~Mom says:

    Snow on the ground is probably only 4-5 inches right now. When we get some it melts quickly. I’m sure if we added it up we’re close to T.A. in total. When I put the kids on the bus this morning it was snowing lightly, right now when I got home it’s a snow mix, and SPLAT on the windshield. I see the NWS discussion below, and I’m sure we’ll keep seeing snow this week – but hope not a foot! This is ridiculous, only because it just isn’t staying cold enough to be that fun, know what I mean?
    Weatherlurker – I’m jealous! I just think churches are so pretty during Christmas, everywhere is decked out, everyone is in the holiday spirit….great time to get married! My hubby wouldn’t go for it, he felt like it was too busy during that time of the year (like he planned anything – lol). Lucky you!

  14. appraiserbob says:

    The GFS 850 Keeps wanting to bring in cold air is this just LALA land or is there something to it just curious.

  15. Longtimelurker-West Linn says:

    Camas Mom,
    Funny thing, my husband and I were married in December, right before Christmas. It was a beautiful sunny, but cold day. Perfect weather. Go figure. 🙂

  16. Sean (Lebanon, Indiana) says:

    Camas Mom – How much snow do you have on the ground at your location? I would expect it to be quite a bit, after seeing what is going on down in the Detroit area..

  17. Anonymous says:

    Camas Mom…this might work for you…….
    SNOW LEVELS AGAIN LOWER TO AROUND 1000 TO 1500 FEET
    TUE NIGHT AND WED…AND WITH GOOD POST FRONTAL OROGRAPHIC FLOW THE
    MOUNTAINS WILL SEE ANOTHER ROUND OF SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL.
    SNOW IMPACTS WITH THIS SYSTEM…SNOW ACCUMULATIONS IN THE CASCADES
    WILL LIKELY ADD UP TO HEAVY SNOW WARNING CRITERIA WITH AROUND A 12 TO
    18 INCHES FOR THE HIGHER CASCADES AND 6 OR SO INCHES FOR THE HIGHER
    ELEVATIONS OF THE FOOTHILLS. HIGHEST ACCUMULATION RATE SHOULD BE TUE
    NIGHT.

  18. jory says:

    1993 was the year after Mt. Pinatubo erupted, if memory serves me correctly.

  19. Camas~Mom says:

    Heat – I was married the summer of 1993 and I can tell you it was an absolutely MISERABLE summer! The day before we got married it was pouring rain – in August! The day of our wedding was partly sunny and 71 degrees – IN AUGUST, during the suppsedly driest week of the entire year. (Yes I was disappointed because I changed the date specifically for weather reasons, otherwise I would’ve had a December wedding) Thank goodness we honeymooned in Hawaii for almost a month, because it was literally the only summer we got!
    Statistics rarely tell the whole truth. The same could be said of this last summer, where we were “dry” yet the sun was rarely seen.

  20. Camas~Mom says:

    Schools 2 Hour delay here. Roads must be icy, temp is only 32.3 right now.

  21. We got about 1/4″ I think??? Enough to make the road white.

  22. T.A. Foothills NE of Woodland says:

    The fresh 1/2″ post was me.
    @&#!# Typepad!

  23. Got chillier than I thought – currently 32.0, but my low this morning was 29.8.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Fresh 1/2″ of snow here this morning.

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