Now that's a rough-looking crowd. I hope there were no fist-fights on Saturday! Bobby Corser took this picture of many of you folks getting together for pizza Saturday afternoon. The turnout was definitely larger than last year's get-together. If you go back in the archive to the December 31st post last winter, you'll see the picture from that one.
Sorry I couldn't make it…my kids were lost (kind of) in the woods. A neighbor and I spent 30 minutes wandering around looking for them when they had actually just gone over to a friends house down the road. Long story, but the point is that I didn't make it to the big event. For those of you that couldn't make it, you can click on the picture to see the names…that way you can put names with faces as you read the comments.
Not much has changed in the maps since I left Friday. The general trend is for an upper-level ridge to continue quite close to the western coast of Canada and the USA through at least the middle of NEXT week. Forget about ski season for now. That's not going to begin until at least the 6th or 7th of December. If you look at the very end of the GFS the last few runs, you can find some sort of arctic air over us (12z) or quite close (00z). Of course you have to go out 2+ weeks to find that! So for now the slow weather continues.
East wind dies down late tonight and tomorrow, then returns quite strong Wednesday and Thanksgiving Morning behind tomorrow's very weak front. Another very weak system moves in Thanksgiving Night. Other than that I don't see any rain until the middle of next week? Whew…that's some slow weather! Good time to get some work done around the Weather Center…Mark Nelsen