This is one of the slides (are they still called that???) in my wrap up of Winter ’08-’09 at OMSI on Saturday. There’s definitely a bit to discuss on here. Then here is another image showing just the past 10 years at PDX. Not much snow most years is there? But when we do get a good winter lately, it’s lots of fun!You can click on either image to get a much better view.
In case you missed it, I’ll attempt to move some of the comments from the previous post onto this one. Several of you put your summary in the comments, which is great.
This is what I got out of the meeting, which took place during those thunderstorms which meant I was outside or in the hallway during parts of two presentations: Two forecasters thought we’d have somewhat typical weak El Nino conditions. The wet season may start big and then peter out…and snow accumulations could be pretty skimpy to none in the lowlands. The third went crazy with snow; Kyle Dittmer went for 6 snow events here in Portland. Hmmm, that would be a winter to remember. Of course that’s exceedingly rare, but he was also basing it somewhat on the lack of sunspots as well. Feel free to add your own comments as well.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen