Sunnier Weekend

February 15, 2008

Dscf0005 SnapshotToday’s weak front sure got closer models showed.  In fact a trace of precipitation fell at PDX and TTD late this afternoon or early evening.  Latest look at radar shows we’re back into the dry weather.  That should be the case until Tuesday. 

The upper level ridge over us has been "dented" a bit this evening by the trough passing by to the north.  It then sharpens strongly and moves over the West Coast tomorrow through Monday.  As it does so, surface wind turns northerly tomorrow.  This should be enough to clear out low level moisture by afternoon (morning if we get lucky!).  Tomorrow night through midday Monday strong easterly flow develops and we get the usual Gorge easterly wind.  As I mentioned last night, we are just about to the transition season with east wind.  It’s definitely not a real cold east wind Sunday and Monday, but it’s not like early-mid March when we get some good downslope warming in this sort of event.  So 60-62 still seem like good numbers for Sunday and Monday.  We’ll know by Monday afternoon eh?  We ARE guaranteed perfectly sunny skies both days though…so get off the computer and enjoy the bright days!  That is my plan…Mark Nelsen

The picture of the kid with the bird?  That was the grouse that flew through the Nelsen home’s front window like a baseball this morning.  AFTER going through the window, it went another 15′ or so!  Obviously it didn’t make it…but my son call in the report!

Friday Evening Extra

February 15, 2008

Photo9Something different this evening…this post is a big thank you to all of you posters out there.

Cherie P. from Vernonia, who has been a "regular" on this site for quite a long time (maybe two years?), has gone through a very rough week or so.  Her husband passed away late last week very unexpectedly. 

Cherie & I conversed via e-mail a bit this evening and she wanted to make sure you all know how helpful your calls and emails have been.  Several of you have been in regular contact over the last week.  Cherie pointed out how this "blog family" HAS been just like a real family to her during this very challenging period of time.

If you’d like to get in touch with her (other than through comments here), send me a note at and I can help you out.   

A thank you to Tyler Mode (another regular) for the appropriate picture…a sunrise on the clouds this morning.  Clicking on the picture shows a much larger version.