White Christmas!

December 25, 2008

Snapshot Merry Christmas!  Here we are again…it's Christmas in Portland and it snowed…who would have thought it could happen in two back to back years!

That nice little band of solid snow that dropped through the Portland Metro area this afternoon dropped anywhere from 1/2" to 4".  Officially .8" fell at the NWS office on NE 122nd Ave.  There is still 10" on the ground there, and 5" at PDX.  That 5" at PDX still blows away any previous snow on the ground measurements for Dec. 25th.  The next largest amount was a trace.  So now you can once again tell your kids about the White Christmas of 2008.  Oh, and now it's the 2nd snowiest month in PDX snow history, outranked only by January of 1950.

I didn't work yesterday, but when I left Tuesday night, I expected 1-3" of snow Christmas Eve morning before an afternoon warm up.  Others were very skeptical, but the south wind did the trick again, pushing PDX to 39.

It also appeared a surface low would come quite close to us on it's way SE for today.  That did happen, although the low center was farther offshore.  We still had one nice wrap-around band come through the area this afternoon which pretty much saved it from being a forecast bust.  I had figured maybe 2-4", which was high for most of us.

So now it's on the westerly flow after leftover snow showers tonight.  The flow through the Columbia River Gorge is light westerly right now, so we'll have no problem warming the airmass tomorrow for a quick changeover to afternoon rain.  Yes, we'll see a mix just about anywhere in the morning, but then it's on to a cold Friday afternoon rain.  Increasing southerly wind with a warm front tomorrow evening actually pushes our temperature up and by Saturday AM we may be well into the 40s.  Oh man…I can't imagine what kind of noise that snow on the metal roof will make when it slides off.  I'll try not to stand under it.  That's if I don't get speared by the 4 ft. icicles hanging off the gutters…apparently I need to get better insulation in my attic because my snow was melting on the roof pretty well yesterday even with a temp in the mid 20s.

Speaking of the home front…I got an additional 3" yesterday morning, then 6" again from yesterday afternoon through this afternoon.  That brings the snow depth to an amazing 26"!  I have never lived in a place that had so much snow on the ground.  My winter total (the last 11 days) is up to 42.5".  Now if we could just do the same thing again the last week of January AFTER I buy some sort of snow blower, that'll be cool.  But for now it's back to lots of rain and south wind.  We'll keep a close eye on developing low pressure systems…hopefully no big windstorms on the way…Mark Nelsen