A Weather Slow Down

SnapshotIt’s been a wild ride the last 2 weeks!  I had to double-check those numbers from Mt. Hood Meadows.  How the heck do you get 14′ of snow in 13 days?  There were something like 6-7 days where at least 18" fell!  Lots of low elevation snow and big snowstorms in the mountains has made for a huge snowpack.

But it appears the weather pattern is going to generally slow down a bit the next 7 days.  It sure won’t be dry anytime soon, but I just don’t see any really stormy weather.   Definitely not any low elevation snow (below 2,000′) or flooding issues either.

A warm front with the next system moves inland late tonight and lingers overhead ALL DAY tomorrow.  It should be one of those classic drippy, low ceiling, gray & breezy days here in the metro area.  It does lift north tomorrow night and the cold front doesn’t move inland until Saturday P.M.  That leaves us with the possiblity of south wind, warm atmosphere, and a dry period Saturday morning and midday.  IF everything works out right, we COULD have a decent Saturday morning.  Maybe a stretch? Most likely I’m just desperate for a brief taste of March temps.

It’s very clear from the 00z ECMWF and 00z GFS that our chances for a nice arctic blast are pretty much dead.  The 7 Day forecast takes us to the halfway point in February, after which a big blast of cold air gets tempered by increasing sunshine.  You may remember (you can find it in the blog archive to the right), that unusually late blast in February 2006.  It hit around the 17th or maybe 19th.  We had one afternoon with a high at PDX of 31 degrees, then with sunshine highs bounced back up around 40 the next day.

But, we can defiinitely still see a wind storm or snow storm for another month.  There’s always hope for more exciting weather in this La Nina winter…Mark Nelsen

56 Responses to A Weather Slow Down

  1. Boydo3 says:

    Ya, it seems winter went out with a bang. Looks like la nina will hang in and influence next winter as well. My summary (tho I know we can still get some windy days and even a spit of snow, but hopefully no flood) for this winter is as follows…….
    November we wished that we would have lots of snow.
    December we wished that the wind it would blow.
    January we wished that the snow level was low.
    February we wished that it would all please just GO.
    The frogs are croaking tonite in the marsh. Winter bows to spring.

  2. Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

    I’ve enjoyed the dry and mild weather. I was actually happy to see the 7-Day mostly dry and near 60 degrees! I’m ready for spring for the first time in years.

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

    After a few showers tomorrow afternoon, it looks mostly dry through the weekend.
    Right now it is still 48 with mostly clear skies.

  4. Great day, great weather. I need a dry slot Wed – Fri. to move my daughter. After this week we can get another winter storm or two.
    High today 54.9°
    Low this morning 32.0°

  5. Hey Blog!!!!!surely someone must be as happy as me that it’s dry, and warm enough to actually enjoy being outside to get stuff done!!!!!!!

  6. Snowfreak says:

    this place is dead. I will see you all next winter 2008-2009 🙂

  7. C-Tate says:

    Very strange. Seems that most that popped in and out of the blog only want to discuss local weather. I grew up in Florida and saw some exciting weather. Weather happens all over and in different forms. It would be fun to talk about what is happening in other parts of the country/world. Maybe Mark can drive it by posting some blogs of weather elsewhere. And maybe interesting weather tidbits?

  8. Scott - Fairview says:

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (AP) — The temperature in International Falls, Minnesota, fell to a record 40 below zero Monday, just a few days after the northern Minnesota town won a federal trademark making it officially the “Icebox of the Nation.”

  9. Luvry says:

    T.A…I hope I am correct in saying this but i believe her husband passed away.
    Please forgive me if I’m wrong here.

  10. Matt aka PrivatePilotWA, Castle Rock WA says:

    Signs of Spring, looked outside this morning and my bulbs are coming up already. WOW! I guess Winter is over, will see you all next year.. LOL Unless something drastic happens, not likely-but you never know.

  11. wendy-silverlake,wa says:

    Her husband died.

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