The Portland NWS forecast office picked up another 1.2" of snow this morning, adding to the winter total. There was .7" last Saturday night/Sunday AM. Funny how in most other winters this would be a big deal, but instead it's just another little burst of winter snow this year. Of course it's nice when it comes in quickly and disappears quickly, at least for our jobs here at a TV station.
Things worked out really well this morning, except that the ultra-fast timing of our RPM model was correct, not the UW mesoscale models.
A nice surge of mild air has made it all the way through the Gorge…I see The Dalles is in the mid 40s…for the first time in 2 weeks! I bet some of you out there have stripped down to boxers and are running around in the streets??? Maybe not…but it must feel good, especially since you'll probably have lots of sunshine with westerly downslope wind tomorrow. That will also be the first time in two weeks you've seen any of that bright yellow orb in the sky.
Back here in the metro area, our weather looks REALLY boring the next week or so again. One change though this evening is an increasingly sharp shortwave for Saturday morning. Not a lot of rain, but a vigorous cold front passage Friday night ahead of it.
Thanks for all the snow measuring you folks did this morning, it filled out the maps nicely, especially since there were no spotter reports from the NWS again today.
As Steve Pierce has pointed out in NUMEROUS emails today, we are doing really well with our winter snow. The NWS forecast office site has recorded 23.2" of snow so far this winter. At the PDX Airport site, snow measurements stopped in 1995. If you put those two together, then this is the 3rd snowiest winter since WWII, or when the PDX site began taking observations. Thanks for the info again Steve.