We DO have a new addition to the weather center this evening. We just hired Pat Rosborough as a Weather Producer. Pat came to KPTV highly recommended by another local weather person who was just hired by a three letter TV station here in town. He’ll work mainly in the mornings. Pat went to Tualatin High School and just graduated from University of Oregon with a degree in Environmental Geography. He’s also pursuing a second degree in Broadcast Meteorology. We’re happy to have another person in here that’s interested in weather and forecasting. It’s also nice once again to hire a “local” who knows the area well. As you may recall, our previous weather producer (Rob Martin) headed out to North Dakota over a month ago.
Speaking of North Dakota, poor Rob is about to freeze his backside off for the first time. I’m confident that will happen MANY times this upcoming winter. A series of cold arctic high pressure systems move south out of the Northwest Territories of Canada into the west-central USA on the backside of a large upper-level high centered offshore. The brunt of the cold air (especially cold for early October) stays east of the Rockies. For you weather geeks; if you look at the maps for this weekend closely you’ll see it’s a very similar setup to our ice/snow storm patterns. Cold high pressure slides in east of us Saturday and Sunday, then a moist flow quickly pushes in from the southwest on Monday bringing increasing moisture while the surface flow continues easterly through the Gorge. Of course in winter the surface high to our east would be much stronger and colder, but you get the idea. We’re going into a much wetter weather pattern beginning Monday or Tuesday after a very dry and sunny weekend. East wind may get pretty gusty over the weekend too along with low dewpoints (maybe 25-35?).
Okay, back to work for now. I did hear a radio ad about ski passes today, which made me think about El Nino and it’s effects on the ski season. Maybe I’ll blog about that later this week.
Chief Meteorologist – Mark Nelsen