2 Hours of Work

How many of you saw that movie The Weatherman?  I clearly remember the scene where the weather guy is telling people that he really only works 2 hours a day.  Several times he is shown just sipping water by the water cooler looking bored.  You may have suspected as much, but that's not quite reality.  Especially the last few years, but even in the past, we keep busy most of the time.  That point hit me again this evening when I spent 50 minutes on the phone from 7-8pm.  It was with a customer service person trying to solve a minor problem on our "Prism" program.  It's a piece of software that exports imagery from our weather computer to the internet, and sometimes to other spots on our network as well.  I took a brief break then tried to do some diagnosis myself around 8:45pm.  All of a sudden now it's 9:15pm and I feel like I've done hardly anything useful since 7pm.  I don't have a whole lot to show for those two hours of work.  Sometimes days go like that in here…other times it can be really slow.

There is some good news to report related to this blog!  We will be switching over to WordPress soon (in a few days).  The basics of the weather blog will not change…you will still get to comment and discuss weather.  But a quick glance at their features shows a bit of improvement.  For one you can have an avatar…a picture that represents you.  I think there is also a tool for polls, which should be lots of fun.  The links you put in your comments will also have little "snapshots" showing the web page you are directing us to read.  In general it should be a significant upgrade.  The biggie for me is that I don't want to lose all the past posts.   I like to be able to look over the last 3 years for images and my thoughts in severe weather situations.  I'll let you know when it's time to move over.   Mark Nelsen

28 Responses to 2 Hours of Work

  1. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    I am using Internet Explorer for everything and mine does just fine. I never used Firefox. I wonder why many people have issues with IE?

  2. TetraforceofTime also The destroyer of bad-boys says:

    Well I thought it was live. I hate it when they say a webcam is live when it’s only updated every minute or so.
    At least it has an ENTIRE movie of today and yesterday.
    Warning: Any thing that links to WeatherUnderground will not work on IE explorer but will work with FireFox.

  3. …it can snow in Joseph any ol’ time….

  4. TetraforceofTime also The destroyer of bad-boys says:

    http://www.josephoregonweather.com/ A live webcam with a movie of todays weather.
    Good night.

  5. TetraforceofTime also The destroyer of bad-boys says:

    In April? (almost May?)

  6. Andrew Johnson (Silverton) says:

    I see it is snowing over in Joseph, Or right now. A winter weather advisory for up to 2-4 inches over there.

  7. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Intense cell SW of McMinnville
    52.5 dBZ
    Severe Hail: 40% chance
    Hail Size: 0.50″
    VIL Desnity: 3.75 (3.50 being severe)
    Top: 11,000 ft.
    Pretty impressive!

  8. Sandman - Aloha says:

    Great news on the upgrade. Hopefully it can track IP adresses so antaganists can be tracked.

  9. TriforceofEternity says:

    It’s 57F and so far zero (0) convection to fire up.
    Just my luck that when I get healed I won’t be able to look up the archives due to them not existing. grrrrrrrrrrrr. :>
    I’ve been under A LOT of stress affecting my memory skills sorta like when Rob gets his dizzy spells and can’t type. 😦
    Early next month I am suppose to be seen by a chiropractor and get fixed up.
    I hope you are doing better Rob as you don’t want to be in my position.

  10. TriforceofEternity says:

    Thanks for warning us about the change in the blog.
    Autistic people tend to have a harder time with change unless told in advance and now you told me so I will expect change any day now.
    I just hope when I get my tail-bone healed I can enjoy the archives as I will be able to think more clear again.
    I had an accident that broke it.

  11. wrasslin lost a star
    crippler done been silenced
    always fair and square

  12. …had a very nice hailstorm ’bout an hour ago; left the ground nice and white……

  13. Hmmm….very interesting direction the rain pockets are moving in….

  14. IceKeeg - workin' in Tigard says:

    72 forecast tomorrow … in Fairbanks. Spring has sprung in the interior north. :o)
    I’m ready for our return to the 70 zone Friday. Too bad it’s so short lived…

  15. Rob "Wrath" - Elevation 300' -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    New AFD out
    SHORT TERM…UPPER LOW STILL OFF CENTRAL COAST THIS AFTERNOON MOVES ASHORE INTO WESTERN ORE THIS EVE. INSTABILITY AROUND THE LOW STARTING TO WEAKEN. GFS SHOWS AXIS OF UNSTABLE AIR TO THE N OF LOW ACROSS NORTHERN ORE/SW WA WITH LI OF -1 TO -2. WITH BREAKS DEVELOPING IN CLOUDS WILL GO WITH TSTMS THREAT FROM KSLE N AND COAST RANGE EAST THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

  16. Rob "Wrath" - Elevation 300' -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    SPC Thermodynamic Fields
    SB CAPE: 250J/kg
    MU CAPE: 100J/kg
    Lifted Index: 0
    Mid-level Lapse Rates: 7c/km
    Low-level Lapse Rates: 8c/km

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

    I could see lots of developing cumulus and sun breaks over the valley as I was heading west down Hwy 26 from Sylvan a little while ago. I can’t say whether anything will come of it but with temps a little higher than yesterday maybe we can get some afternoon and evening showers out here.

  18. Rob "Wrath" - Elevation 300' -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Stevied,12z WRF-GFS also has a 987mb low moving towards southern Vancouver Island.
    [2:00 PM Tuesday]
    http://www.atmos.washington.edu/mm5rt/data/2009042912/images_d2/slp.153.0000.gif
    Kind of neat to see. I wonder if anything may come from this.
    ———————————-
    It looks like we are not totally done with possible convection.
    PDX NWS AFD
    SHORT TERM…UPPER LOW ALONG CENTRAL COAST MOVES TO S WILL VALLEY THIS AFTERNOON. SOME INSTABILITY AROUND LOW WILL KEEP TSTMS THREAT CENTRAL COAST THIS MORNING. DEFORMATION BAND OVER NORTHERN CASCADES REMAIN FAIRLY SOLID TODAY. AS LOW MOVES ASHORE THIS AFTERNOON INSTABILITY DEVELOPS TO N OF LOW IN UNSTABLE AMS. WITH SOME BREAKS IN CLOUDS ALREADY DEVELOPING WILL ADD TSTMS THREAT FROM KSLE N AND COAST RANGE EAST THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
    ——————————————-
    [Current upper air analysis]
    850mb temps: -2c
    500mb temps: -30c nice cold pool aloft
    SPC Thermodynamic Fields
    MU CAPE: 100J/kg Willamette Valley and PDX/VUO metro areas.
    Mid-level Lapse Rates: 7c/km
    Low-level Lapse Rates: 7.5c/km
    We will have to keep an eye on instability this afternoon.

  19. Very glad to hear about the blog upgrade!

  20. Gidrons - Hills above St Helens says:

    Looks like GFS trend is to move Saturdays storm in earlier, as in waking up to rain. The storm on Tues-Wed looks pretty intense for May, but subject to change of course.
    Good news on Word Press. Will that let Mark weed out the trollers?

  21. stevied (North Portland) says:

    Looks pretty wet coming up starting Saturday. I notice at hour 150 on the 12z GFS this morning a fairly strong low (sub 990mb) coming in just north of PDX around Tuesday next week. Kind of far out still, but something interesting possibly.
    http://www.nco.ncep.noaa.gov/pmb/nwprod/analysis/namer/gfs/12/images/gfs_ten_150m.gif

  22. Antipex (Cupertino, CA) says:

    Great news about the upgrade! Sounds good.
    Weather here has been more like early January lately… 59-60 during the day and low 40s at night. I hope it warms up soon, just not as hot as last week.

  23. Great blog news!
    Nice moderate rain bringing 0.24″ in just the past hour! 0.59″ on the day and counting. 44.7F with calm winds.

  24. Rob "Wrath" - Elevation 300' -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Mark, thanks for the update. This upgrade does sound very beneficial to the blog. I’m looking forward to it.
    ————————————
    Now that’s the Blazers I know and love. Much better energy tonight. Oden played excellent defense and was really aggressive (despite bad officiating again) Put some doubt in Houston’s mind and go out in game 6 with a purpose and bring it back home for game 7 and WE WILL WIN. I guarantee it!
    ————————————
    Back to the weather.
    46.0F mostly cloudy.

  25. HIO Phil (Punxsutawney) says:

    Sounds great Mark! Hopefully we can post tables as I’m sure that at least Wrath and I would appreaciate the ability. Avatar…not sure….
    Hmmm…maybe not much work in So Cal at times. Fair and hazy will cover the forecast most of the time.
    Not much clearing today and not much warmth either. If he high of 52 is official for Hillsboro, it ties the old record from 1967. PDX at 54 was five degrees above their record.
    Nice shower here at the moment. Currently 45.9
    GO BLAZERS, YEAH!

  26. Heisson Rob (750') says:

    Cool on the upgrade.
    Just drove home from the VanMall area, and twice went through downpours which I would rank right up there with some of the worst I’ve driven in. Full-speed wipers, slowing down to avoid hydroplaning, etc. No thunder or hail, but impressive rain.

  27. Thanks for the heads up mark

  28. Yay for WordPress. There’s quite an active WordPress community in Portland, with a user group that meets monthly and a sizable annual conference called WordCamp Portland. If you need help connecting with local WordPress resources… let me know via email.

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