A Beautiful Day

October 22, 2008

Snapshot Quite a perfect day across the Pacific Northwest today.  Temps in the lower 70s at the beaches, near 70 here in town, and crystal clear blue skies the entire day.

East wind peaked around midday at the west end of the Gorge with a peak gust of 50 mph at Corbett.  The wind spread out and weakened quickly as it exited the Gorge.  All areas west of Troutdale had peak gusts below 40 mph, most areas not even above 30 mph.

The gradient is weakening this evening and I see at 10pm the wind at TTD is only 7mph.  A weak cold front is approaching and it'll turn flow onshore tomorrow.  A 2nd system gives us more extensive cloud cover on Friday.  That along with more low-level moisture probably means a pretty gray day.

We get "leftover" clouds Saturday morning, but then some good afternoon clearing.  Saturday night strong easterly flow commences once again.  That gives a day Sunday just like today.  Models all agree on strong ridging Sunday through Tuesday, then some sort of flatter flow returns the latter part of next week.  The 00z GFS has 500mb heights around 586dm Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.  It's going to be a slightly warmer airmass then what we had today…that's why we have lower 70s in the forecast for Monday…Mark Nelsen

By the Way: The annual What Will The Winter Be Like? Meeting is at OMSI 10am-Noon on Friday.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  If you enjoy hearing about weather patterns, winter, snow, and windstorms, this is for you.  Sponsored by OMSI and the American Meteorological Society.  I hope to meet some of you there.  Most of us on the weather team here at FOX12 will be there!  Plus many of the other local tv (and past tv) weather people show up too.