RE: More Changes In The Weather Center

I’ve been on vacation for the last week, but will be back tonight.  I’ve sucked the vacation “well” dry, so just a day or two off at a time between now and March.  But I talked to Rob late last week…what a disappointment for us but a great deal for him!  Rob was a weather intern at KPTV about 4 years ago, then finished college and came back to work for us last Fall.  I figured he would fly the coop at some point but hoped it would be a bit farther in the future.  He’s a great employee and friend; we’ve had many long discussions about weather patterns and other geeky things.  He’ll be missed. 

I have to admit that I’m slightly jealous.  I first applied for on-air jobs in 1991 right out of college.  I grew up here in the Pacific Northwest and REALLY wanted to go somewhere back east to live in and forecast thunderstorms and blizzards (far more active weather), plus I’ve always had a soft spot for agriculture and small towns.   But I couldn’t get anyone to hire me in little places such as: Fargo, North Platte, Kearney NE, or Kirksville, MO.  Instead I took a job for a small company here in Portland that forecast wind for windsurfers in the Columbia  Gorge for the next two years.  By chance I got that job at KOIN, so I never did get a stab at the wild weather in the Midwest.  Yes, I was lucky to start working in a large TV market, but Rob is doing the right thing by getting some experience in a small “market” first.

Good Luck!

Chief Meteorologist – Mark Nelsen

28 Responses to RE: More Changes In The Weather Center

  1. talea says:

    Saw this post on OMC and had to laugh. I just moved back to the Midwest from OR and, boy, the weather is much more changeable here. I had forgotten how volatile it can be. I also had forgotten how much I love thunderstorms. Tornadoes, not so much.

  2. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    Tetra, great post! Very articulate and good explanation of things. Quincy sounded like a nice place the way you described it. You have come A LONG WAYS in terms of typing, describing things, and spelling. You should be very proud of yourself. 🙂

  3. Tetra says:

    Thanks for the heater stories! 😉

    Dad is seriously looking to solarize our house next spring when we can afford it for at least our heater and fridge.

    Dad has gotten an estimate on the price from some guys that came over a few weeks ago though the guys were more intrested in selling dad an expensive generator. LOL.

    It’s funny. That low of 41F in Eugene would be about normal this time of the year for Quincy California *Plumas County about 3,000ft where I used to live.

    The reason it’s soo cold at night there is Quincy California sits wayyyyyy down in a hole with 5,000 foot mountains all around so the cold air drains in having no where to go.

  4. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    Lowest temperature in the US today: 28, Meacham, Oregon

  5. Cherie in Vernonia says:

    Does anyone see rain for tomorrow besides the NWS??

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      There may be some light rain or drizzle…..

    • Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

      The GFS continues to show a small band of very light precip around 6-8 am. Probably sprinkles or rain like Rob mentioned.

      The GFS has removed any rain threat from Friday and keeps us in the clear for the foreseeable future.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      Yeah the 500mb GFS is showing some sort of disturbance briefly dropping by here. Mainly some light rain.

  6. Tetra says:

    Well when you can be sure to let me know your first day of using heat for the upcoming winter season. 😉

    We almost used the heat a week ago but didn’t.

    We have central forced air *Gas* but it uses an electric fan where if our power goes off so does our heat. 😮 😮

    Last winter we had to stay next door at The Oregon Gardens cause it got too cold for mom when the ice came and cut off our electricity.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      We use Natural Gas here. When the east wind season begins ours runs a lot as our windows/door are east facing, so you can imagine…. Also when 50mph gusts slam the front of the house it is loud and fun. 🙂

    • Punxsutawney (aka HIO Phil at work by Sunset High) says:

      I don’t usually turn my heat on until Halloween, maybe a day or two before or after. My house is a well insulated solar collector and it will take a good part of October for it to cool down. I had the upstairs windows open last night and it didn’t get cold. Also, until it gets really cold, an occaisional fire in the fireplace will provide the heat I need.

      Last year I turned on the central heat Nov 4 for two days and turned it back off again for two weeks. It was off the first 12 days of December as well.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      Oh my apartment is completely out of the question when it comes to insulation; the front door has so many small openings on the side we have to use a thick strip of toilet paper during the winter season! We have these wall heaters, one in the living room, and one in each room. Those thermometer button thingies that turn them on are never too high. It doesn’t output enough heat.

      All I have to say is “LOL”. I love the windstorms we get they are nice, but in between them, it gets cold. I never complain about it though, I have a fireplace in my living room with plenty of wood, keeps me warm.

    • Cherie in Vernonia says:

      Tetra…my gas fireplace works even if the power is out…..just the fan does not come on…but still is warm enough.

    • Cherie in Vernonia says:

      I used good ol’ silver duct tape over the door last year when the power was out to keep the cold air out. I could take it off…come back in & still reuse it. :0)

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Known fact that duct tape is the answer to the World’s problems.

  7. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    I am loving these cool, crisp mornings. Fantastic perfect 5star, 10 out of 10 day out there, but I am noticing it’s really getting a bit warm in the house today. 😐 Where’s that brisk NW breeze at… That’s what is lacking yep as we had that the past few days. I think perhaps by evening a nice onshore surge floods inland which will lead to a much cooler Tuesday.

  8. N3EG says:

    Bad news: Fiber optic line cut has blocked my weather data from the internet today.

    Good news: I ordered an IP camera with pan/tilt/zoom. If I can find a fishbowl, I’ll mount it with a 180 degree view NW to SE from Longview.

    • Cherie in Vernonia says:

      that will be fun…since I am just over the hill from you…but our weather is so different :0)

  9. PaulB/Eugene says:

    For what it is worth, Eugene set record low of 41F this morning

  10. Tetra says:

    Hey Mike did you run your heater last night and if so what kind of heat do you have? I bet woodstove.

  11. Tetra says:

    I think I might have gone into the 40s last night. At 7:30 it was 50.5F so I bet I made it to 49.0F real brief.

    We don’t get the cold air drain that you valley folks get. lol

  12. Wow….can’t complain about this weather at all…. Great sleeping temps, sunny skies in the afternoon (without the bake-age that comes at 95°F+)….

    Currently 61.3°F after a very crisp low of 46.2°F around 6:35 am….. IMHO, an absolutely perfect morning!

  13. Low this am here was 47.7F…

    Currently a sunny 59.7F out…

    Should be a great day weatherwise.

  14. 42.7° this morning, currently 49.7° and sunny skies.

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