A Quiet Night

saddle mtn2This nice picture taken from the Saddle Mountain trail in the north Coast Range comes from Mike Ramey.  He works in production here at KPTV.  He’s been harrassing me for days, asking when I’m going to show his picture…so I’ll do it on a day that he’s gone!  Nice play of fog with the trees on a cool summer afternoon.  I think the picture is about two weeks old.

Not much to talk about this evening.  It looks like summer is back for the long term, minus a trough passage on Friday.  We made it to 85 degrees today, right on the forecast mark.  We had light offshore flow today…notice the 81 degree high at Astoria!  So I figure 5 degrees of warming tomorrow with a warmer airmass still looks good. 

Decent chance for showers on Friday now with a trough passing through, then recovery over the weekend, although the trough lingers just to our east.

I’m making a feeble attempt to “tweet”  now on our Twitter account.  It all seems a bit silly with people “following” each other around and I could care less if you just trimmed your nose hairs or your dog has a cold…   BUT, for sharing weather and news information (or any sort of customer service) it should be a great tool.  I’ll try to get on there more.  Our account is:  http://twitter.com/fox12weather

Chief Meteorologist – Mark Nelsen

125 Responses to A Quiet Night

  1. ***Flab5 Alert***…..
    Grandpa’s rheumatism sez there’s wet coming in…..

    and it’s just a darn shame that Ignacio lost all it’s wind….

  2. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Oh great now the Weather Channel doesn’t have thunderstorms mentioned for today and tomorrow, thats wierd. This is while a band of showers/thunderstorms is moving this way, and they chose to knock it off now?

  3. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    This cluster of showers/thunderstorms is interesting.

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

    It almost looks like there is a split in the flow with some of the moisture going into central Oregon and the rest paralleling the coast. And PDX right in the middle of course.


    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      Of course 🙂

      Like the good old times

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

      On a positive note. The area where it is splitting is moving inland. We have sun right now which may help to warm temps and create some intsability later int the day. Also on visible satellite, it looks like the clouds behing this first line are enhancing so maybe we get some good showers later.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      Some good thunderstorm activity too, this moisture is pretty energetic.

  5. Tetra says:

    So I guess the coast is getting all the money from the bank of clouds.

  6. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    I think the NWS should start issuing special marine warnings soon, maybe.

    And I’m surprised the SPC doesn’t at least have the coast covered under a convective risk.

  7. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Reflectivity looks fairly impressive as moisture nears the coast. currently, cloud tops are reaching up to 30,000 feet, not bad.

    Oh wowie look at this:

    We got ourselves some convection already!

  8. Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

    Wow, the last frame of the satellite loop has a pretty impressive burst of moisture a long the central Oregon coast. Maybe this thing will be a drencher.

    Only another month or so and we will be able to go into storm watch mode with the models. The best time of the year is nigh!

    • Tyler says:

      Ya seems most of the models show all of the moisture paralleling the coast and not making much progress inland. The latest GFS shows hardly any moisture until later tonight, and hardly any then.

      The high clouds did make for a nice sunrise this morning.

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

    There’s a lot of rain, right off the Coast. Not making much progress inland…yet.


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


    I don’t see that anyone answered your 90 degree question.

    It was 2, on the 11th and 16th, but we had 4 89’s and 1 88 as well that month. Sept ’08 was a warm dry month.

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

      Never mind Mike from Orchards got it. He’s correct.

  11. Tetra says:

    Forgot to include the bank of clouds weren’t present 1/2 hour ago from the moment I typed.

  12. Tetra says:

    It’s mostly clear here and a very pretty sunrise. It dipped to 58.8F here. I see a bank of clouds to the west but there is no money in them. 😛

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

    Call me crazy but perhaps storms sooner than we think?
    WV Loop
    Rapid progression northward of moisture and convection. Also the shortwave is looking nice and has begun its NE turn…. Hmmmm…

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

    Good sign.
    Lightning flaring up offshore

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

    I really think models are greatly downplaying the amount of QPF that will be available and realized as more of Ignacio’s moisture is ingested into the system offshore.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      I have a feeling that we will see some sort of thunderstorm activity. Moisture is strengthening which is obvious by now. And now TWC has thunderstorms forecasted for both tomorrow and Saturday…

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      I don’t know about Saturday, but we should definitely see something out of this tomorrow, any thoughts on when they will arrive?

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      3-7 PM.

  16. Mark Nelsen says:

    Does anyone have a number for 90 degree days last September (2008)? The NWS site is down right now and we don’t have the pages printed out.

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