Back to “Regular” April Weather

April 21, 2008

Snapshot_2Well, it looks like we’re pretty much done with snow at low elevations.  What a cold, & white at times, weekend.  Of course that white came as either snow, hail, ice pellets, or snow pellets.  Sometimes we saw all four in 15 minutes!

George Taylor, our state climatologist sent this info out today:  The latest snow on record fell in Corvallis yesterday.  The old record was April 11th.  So the "possibility of snow season" down there was extended by almost two weeks!

Interesting weather pattern tonight that I sure would like to see in January.  A surface low is developing offshore where cool air has been spilling out of British Columbia and combining with moisture coming from the west.  It will turn pressure gradients offshore by morning for east wind through the Gorge.  The low swings towards the coast tomorrow, but then just sits there off of Newport until Wednesday morning.  Then it decides to move inland to our south during the day Wednesday.  This would be a great setup for a significant snowstorm in the winter.  But, in April it just means some rainy and gray weather the next two days.  Our RPM model has insisted for 3 runs now that some convection will swing north around the low tomorrow afternoon/evening.  I notice that there is some forecast instability, but we’ll see.

Hopefully the models are correct forecasting an upper-level ridge for about 2 days this weekend.  We all REALLY need some warm and sunny weather.  Kim Maus has been taking kick-boxing classes and nicely threatened to take me down if the weather doesn’t improve "inmediamente".  She’s normally quite nice, but just like lots of other folks, has had about enough.  I agree, I wasn’t even amused in the least by the weekend snow.

On the gardening front, I took a brief survey of my fruit trees today.  Looks like the peach trees just kind of "stopped" in the last 5 days.  The blossoms just stopped opening while the snow was on them, but I don’t think it got below 31 degrees, so I think they made it.  Apple blossoms weren’t quite open yet, so they are probably safe too.  From what I hear the Hood River Valley fared well, but not the higher elevations behind (south) of The Dalles.  A bigger freeze there for the cherry trees.   Mark Nelsen