A New Weather Book

MASWEA I just found out about a new book related to Pacific Northwest Weather today.  The details are here.

Cliff Mass, the author, is a well-known expert in our weather, especially the Puget Sound area.  He was my favorite professor back when I was at the University of Washington (way back in 1990!).  That program had a very heavy emphasis on research and graduate work back then.  But Cliff was one of the few professors who seemed to actually love the day to day weather like we do.  Many hours were spent listening to his thoughts on upcoming weather patterns in the map room.  For you young kids, we actually used to hang maps on the wall because computers were a bit slow and cumbersome for displaying maps quickly.  It was like that until only 8-10 years ago!  

It was during Cliff's synoptic map-drawing class, when two of us (me and Steve Abarta) sighted the 1991 Kitsap County Tornado.  I was actually staring out the window not paying attention.  I'm easily distracted by the way.  Hard to believe that the only tornado I've ever seen was in the middle of Seattle DURING a meteorology class.  I haven't read his book yet, but I'm sure it'll be full of good info for both "normal" folks and those of us that track weather closely.

As for weather, looks like we just barely avoided the rain during prime trick or treat hours.  A band of showers has been moving across the around between 9 and 10pm tonight.  Lots more to follow the next week or more.  November is going to come it just as it should…Mark Nelsen

 

Early Morning Update….From Rob Martin

OK Good Morning all, I am just giving a quick little morning update.  There is a Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Until 4pm Today … INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…GOVERNMENT CAMP…DETROIT.. SANTIAM PASS…MCKENZIE BRIDGE…OAKRIDGE…WILLAMETTE PASS.. COLDWATER RIDGE VISITORS CENTER…MOUNT ST. HELENS -NWS

Expect rain for most of the day turning to showers this evening here in the Metro Area with highs around 50. Tonight we will see a low near 45, leading us into tomorrow with more showers and a High of 50. The snow level will continue to drop, 4500' this afternoon, 3500' tomorrow afternoon. Expect snow falling up on Mt. Hood above pass levels today, down to pass level tomorrow.  We have a crew up at Timberline this morning and there is SNOW on the ground and falling from the sky right now(7:15AM)!!!  The road up there is only wet up to Govt Camp, turning to snow after you turn on to the Timberline Road.  Happy Trails, Rob Martin

131 Responses to A New Weather Book

  1. Atmospheric Wrath -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Good morning all.
    Nice to see the snow on the cams up there.
    My Conditions
    Temp: 50.4
    Dewpoint: 48
    Humidity: 98%
    Barometer: 29.74 in
    Wind: E@7 G 14
    [Surface gradients]
    As of 10 AM
    PDX-DLS: -2.3
    TTD-DLS: -2.3
    OTH-GEG: -6.2

  2. Atmospheric Wrath -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Good morning all.
    Nice to see the snow on the cams up there.
    My Conditions
    Temp: 50.4
    Dewpoint: 48
    Humidity: 98%
    Barometer: 29.74 in
    Wind: E@7 G 14
    [Surface gradients]
    As of 10 AM
    PDX-DLS: -2.3
    TTD-DLS: -2.3
    OTH-GEG: -6.2

  3. Boring Larry in Cherryville el.918 says:

    …there’s a momentary lack of grey here right now….46.0..

  4. Boring Larry in Cherryville el.918 says:

    …there’s a momentary lack of grey here right now….46.0..

  5. Punxsutawney (aka HIO Phil at work by Sunset High ~280' elevation) says:

    Thanks as well Rob,
    Here is the link to the Meadows’ web cams. Looks white!
    http://www.skihood.com/Mountain/Conditions/Default.aspx

  6. TV Weather Producer says:

    Thanks Rob. Always good to get that Cascade Snow Pack started early. I can’t wait for snow down low.

  7. jacob BPA says:

    Well Nice active weather
    Hope everyone enjoyed the Nice October
    Now its time to getting some snow
    Have a Great week I m off to do some training this Week

  8. 00z Has our first snow flirt in the extended, how neat. Looks like some average-ish weather for november. The latter half may get exciting though.

  9. 00z Has our first snow flirt in the extended, how neat. Looks like some average-ish weather for november. The latter half may get exciting though.

  10. Atmospheric Wrath -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Let me reiterate that the east winds will not be overly strong, just breezy.
    Lol okay good night all.

  11. Atmospheric Wrath -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Speaking of the Gorge…
    [Surface gradients]
    As of 10 PM
    PDX-DLS: -0.7
    TTD-DLS: -1.1
    Surface flow has recently switched to very light offshore. A 1006mb low offshore is approaching and looks to deepen to 998-1001mb so look for the offshore gradients to increase slowly with some breezy/gusty conditions east of I-205 tomorrow.
    That’s it for me.
    Good night all.

  12. Atmospheric Wrath -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Speaking of the Gorge…
    [Surface gradients]
    As of 10 PM
    PDX-DLS: -0.7
    TTD-DLS: -1.1
    Surface flow has recently switched to very light offshore. A 1006mb low offshore is approaching and looks to deepen to 998-1001mb so look for the offshore gradients to increase slowly with some breezy/gusty conditions east of I-205 tomorrow.
    That’s it for me.
    Good night all.

  13. mike from orchards says:

    I ordered one last night. Sounds like a great book.

  14. Atmospheric Wrath -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Cliff, one thing I really like to focus my attention on is the Gorge, gap winds, downslope conditions, and the various weather patterns that produce them.
    I hope to be purchasing a copy of your book soon.

  15. Atmospheric Wrath -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Cliff, one thing I really like to focus my attention on is the Gorge, gap winds, downslope conditions, and the various weather patterns that produce them.
    I hope to be purchasing a copy of your book soon.

  16. Big_D says:

    Thanks for the work Cliff – I bought a copy of Hatton’s last book and I’ll buy yours as well.

  17. Big_D says:

    Thanks for the work Cliff – I bought a copy of Hatton’s last book and I’ll buy yours as well.

  18. Cliff, you have me interested in the book. Go weather nerds! 46 here in the Grove, baro rising. Winter is here. Rain showers entering the area now, winter is definitely here.
    John

  19. Cliff, you have me interested in the book. Go weather nerds! 46 here in the Grove, baro rising. Winter is here. Rain showers entering the area now, winter is definitely here.
    John

  20. Cliff Mass says:

    I want to thank Mark for mentioning my new book on NW weather, and wanted to note I put plenty of material on the Gorge and northern Oregon weather. I have spent a great deal of time research gaps winds in the Columbia Gorge…and a lot of that material is in there…as well as the 1972 Vancouver tornado, ice storms, and the Dec 2007 event. Anyway, the book is at Powells and amazon/barnes and noble if anyone is interested…cliff mass, uw

  21. TriforceofEternity says:

    It’s mostly clear and 49F out. I took a walk and it’s peaceful out.

  22. TriforceofEternity says:

    It’s mostly clear and 49F out. I took a walk and it’s peaceful out.

  23. Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

    Poking around the models… +15 for the 16th on the current run.
    All I can say is… Really? Aren’t we done with warm now? I want cold!! 🙂
    Looks like the only sure things in the model is 1 to 2 cool days followed by 1 to 2 warm days with rain as a constant. Pretty dull models taking us into the heart of November.

  24. Tyler in Vancouver says:

    Got some good shots of a beautiful sunset this evening from near the gorge. This morning a very heavy shower moved through around 11:30 and my rainfall rate peaked at 3.39″/hour.
    Speaking of rainfall…
    I cleaned out my rain gauge yesterday, found 20 or so hibernating wasps, several stink bugs, spiders and a lady bug…wasn’t that a fun surprise!

  25. Tyler in Vancouver says:

    Got some good shots of a beautiful sunset this evening from near the gorge. This morning a very heavy shower moved through around 11:30 and my rainfall rate peaked at 3.39″/hour.
    Speaking of rainfall…
    I cleaned out my rain gauge yesterday, found 20 or so hibernating wasps, several stink bugs, spiders and a lady bug…wasn’t that a fun surprise!

  26. Boring Larry in Cherryville el.918 says:

    …this must be the blog minimum….

  27. Boring Larry in Cherryville el.918 says:

    …this must be the blog minimum….

  28. Mike (Sweet Home) says:

    Just had a good strong shower move through, so far 0.59″ of rain today. Currently 48.8°

  29. Mike (Sweet Home) says:

    Just had a good strong shower move through, so far 0.59″ of rain today. Currently 48.8°

  30. The showers seem to training over the northern coast. I am up to .42 inches since midnight

  31. mike from orchards says:

    Bob Lynott was one of my favorites. My real favorite tho was Jack Capell. (Bob partly dedicated his book I mentioned to him). Between Bob and Jack, my family and I never missed their weather expertise. “Mark” is pretty good, too…:-)
    55F here with spotty showers….

  32. mike from orchards says:

    Bob Lynott was one of my favorites. My real favorite tho was Jack Capell. (Bob partly dedicated his book I mentioned to him). Between Bob and Jack, my family and I never missed their weather expertise. “Mark” is pretty good, too…:-)
    55F here with spotty showers….

  33. boydo3 says:

    You’re never too old to be a weather nerd!

  34. boydo3 says:

    You’re never too old to be a weather nerd!

  35. boydo3 says:

    You’re never too old to be a weather nerd!

  36. HIO Phil (Punxsutawney) says:

    Pretty good showers coming off the Coast Range right now.

  37. HIO Phil (Punxsutawney) says:

    Pretty good showers coming off the Coast Range right now.

  38. Boring Larry in Cherryville el.918 says:

    …radar isn’t lying, i can verify the few sprinkles, although the tree drip is heavier right now…48.6

  39. Boring Larry in Cherryville el.918 says:

    …radar isn’t lying, i can verify the few sprinkles, although the tree drip is heavier right now…48.6

  40. Boring Larry in Cherryville el.918 says:

    oh yea, the Hour!!!..thanks ….

  41. Mark Nelsen says:

    Stephanie O. has a big commitment and had to take the weekend off. At least the show is only 2 hours! Plus I gained an hour overnight, so not so bad.

  42. Boring Larry in Cherryville el.918 says:

    Mark…what the heck are you doing awake this time of day???

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