The Fox12 Cares Food Drive was a success last night. It was great to meet all sorts of folks donating food and money just out of the goodness of their heart. One woman said she was donating because Oregon Food Bank had helped her out in a time of need. Another said she just felt moved when she saw our broadcast. Good times all around.
Then I ran into the OTHER Mark Nelsen. Now there is a Mark Nelson that does weather in Colorado Springs, CO, or at least he used to. I met him about 10 years ago. But I’ve never met a Mark Nelsen with an “E”. As far as I know only the Danish have the E in the names. All the other Nelsons are from other parts of Scandinavia. So this Mark Nelsen (pictured above) walks right up to me and introduces himself. Seems to be a nice guy. He IS also looking for a job right now and lives in Beaverton, so if you need someone in sales, marketing, or journalism??? We’ll, shoot me an email.
Okay, let’s move on to weather. Cool is the word for the next 2-3 days, then wonderfully warm October weather next week.
It’s a nice deep and cold trough that drops right out of Western Canada tomorrow through Sunday. We’d be talking an arctic blast and possibility of snow if it was late November through early March. Since it’s early October it’ll be felt mostly in the mountains with snow levels as low as 4,000′ Saturday and Sunday mornings. The moisture is very limited with this, mainly confined to some afternoon convection Saturday. It’ll be weak convection, but some hail or rumbles of thunder are possible. Then on Sunday morning we just get clipped by some wrap-around moisture on the west side of the “diving” low pressure. My gut feeling is that the showers will stay over and east of the Cascades, making for a chilly and wet/white day east of the mountains.
Beyond that high pressure flops in over the Pacific Northwest for quite a spell; at least through all of next work week. Offshore flow and 850 mb temps around +15 should get us to right around 80 degrees next Wednesday or Thursday.
Chief Meteorologist – Mark Nelsen