A Monday Soaker and Weather Anchors

Looked like winter at 1pm.

Looks like winter has arrived at the lowest elevation so far this season in the Cascades.  The very sharp (and wet!) cold front has moved through the mountains, dropping the temp at Government Camp from around 50 at daybreak to around freezing right now.  That sensor in the image had read 2-4 degrees too cold for years by the way.  This is a much better reading from this ODOT Maintenance Station at the summit.  Bookmark that one for the winter (or is it “Favorite it”?).

A heck of a soaking down here in the Valleys too!  I see Metro area rain totals range from 1/4 to 2/3 inch at the official stations.   The foothill suburban locations have seen an inch or more.

I’ve been a bit lax on posting the last 4 days…not quite sure how to publicly handle some significant changes to our lineup of weather anchors.  We are all friends, so I’ve decided to keep it real simple.

Here’s the latest:  beginning next Monday Stephanie Kralevich will move to the weekday shows (4/5pm) and Drew Jackson will return to the weekend evenings (5/10pm).  I will retreat to a slightly later shift (8/10/11pm weekdays).  The main idea is to keep weather and news anchors (they are changing too) a bit more condensed timewise on their shifts.  We have more evening newscasts spread over a longer duration than any other station in town.   Much more can/could be said in private, but I think it’s fair to say one thing is likely; all three of us will be more content with where we are a year from now versus where we have been for the past year. 

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

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Stephanie Kralevich shot this; a screenshot from Dean Kirchem's home video. He lives just west of Eagle Creek, about 2 miles west across the Clackamas River. The video coming up at 10pm!

112 Responses to A Monday Soaker and Weather Anchors

  1. Tetra says:

    41.7F *Turns on the central heat for the blog room and is surprised none of the bloggers notice the cold room*

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

    Our weather may be somewhat boring, but check out what lurks out in the far western Pacific.

    952mb bomb. OH what fun…

  3. stevied (North Portland) says:

    Go Blazers!

    Looking like Halloween late afternoon and evening will end up being dry with the front going through the prior evening (Friday night). Excellent. Much better for the kids.

  4. Tetra says:

    *Turns off the lights and gets a glass of water from the Fox 12 water-cooler*

  5. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Does “TSRA” mean thunderstorm and rain? Eugene is currently under a thunderstorm according to the Weather Channel observations.

    http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/getobext.php?sid=KEUG&table=1&banner=off

  6. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Apparently thats a fat “no”, no one I guess saw anything major or worth mentioning at least.

  7. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Yes, this must have been the cell. The funnel cloud was pretty darn close, and I heard rumbles of thunder as well.

  8. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Did anyone on this blog or anyone that you might know of, see a funnel cloud or possible tornado today?

  9. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Oh what the heck? 0.50″ inch hail in Hillsboro? Well I didn’t get that, was in Beaverton. What I did see was a funnel cloud when I was arriving back home. NOPE I did NOT have my camera with me at the time but I can assure you I saw a rotating cloud half way from the ground. And it didn’t look pretty…

    Location? Probably the cell west of Oregon City, I think.

  10. wwm says:

    Rob,

    you forgot the Ducks!! Go Ducks!! (Ducks 27- usc 21)
    I don’t even use a cap for the “U” they get lower case.

    lots of snow up high… yeeeee haaaaaaaaa!

    • Gordon says:

      GO USC!! Not sure I can take much more Duck hype.

    • Aloha Rainshadow says:

      Gordon, sick of the winning I take it? This is not country for a trojan, too cold.

    • Gordon says:

      Aloha,

      Don’t get me wrong I hate the Trojans too. Its kinda the lesser of two evils thing here. I’m actually a WSU alum (I know, I know we suck) – likly the reason I get tired of the winning. Well that and my in-laws are huge quack fans.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      How in the world did I forget the Ducks.

      Wow. Go DUCKS.

      Back to weather…

      It’s quickly becoming dark outside.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      No offense to you, Gordon.

  11. Tyler says:

    It’s turning out to be a fairly pleasant October day with a temp in the low 50s with some sunbreaks!

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

    Just got a report of marble sized hail from a friend out in the Hillsboro area.

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

      207th and TV Hwy area.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      I did see maybe 20 minutes ago? On radar a brief flare up of red echoes in that area. Lucky them…

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

      Yeah,

      Must have been, because when I looked I didn’t really see anything on radar.

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

    Go Blazers!

    and t-storms

    Snow…
    Wind storms…
    EAST WINDS also….

  14. Crisp fall day this am….

    45.1F…0.04″ rain so far…

    Cells already popping up…especially towards Washington County…

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

    Hmmmm this sounds good.

    AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
    845 AM PDT TUE OCT 27 2009

    SHORT TERM…A COOL SHOWERY UNSTABLE AIR MASS WILL CONTINUE TO POUR IN FROM THE NORTHWEST TODAY BENEATH A BRISK NORTHWESTERLY UPPER JET. THE THREAT OF THUNDERSTORMS WILL REMAIN WEST OF THE COAST RANGE THIS MORNING…THEN SPREAD INLAND BY MIDDAY AS A STRONGER JET STREAK APPROACHES THE AREA. MODELS SHOW LIFTED INDICES OF 0 TO -2 C OVER MUCH OF THE AREA BY MIDDAY…WHICH WILL SUPPORT VIGOROUS SHOWERS AND POTENTIALLY AN ISOLATED THUNDERSTORM HERE OR THERE. THE UPPER LEVEL COLD POOL WILL MOVE OFF TO THE EAST LATE IN THE DAY…

  16. Shawn says:

    Cant believe KGW used the term artic on there article on this latest storm. Thats comical.

    “An arctic storm system pushed into the Northwest, prompting the season’s first Winter Weather Advisory.”

    Not trying to bash, wondering your opinions?

  17. stevied (North Portland) says:

    12z GFS shows a couple relatively deep lows…
    976mb heading into Western Canada morning of 10/29
    972mb heading into Western Canada afternoon of 10/31

    starting to feel like Fall/Winter!

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Definitely looks like an active pattern, Stevied. Now just bring those lows 200-300 miles further south.

  18. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Whoa just saw lightning flashing from the cell to the NW of me. No CG’s but I definitely saw a flash.

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

    It looks like Portland is close to going above average rainfall for the month of October. Another quarter inch will do it. I didn’t think that was allowed anymore.

    This will not do!

  20. Snow-Zone/Monmouth-Elv200' says:

    Raining pretty hard outside right now. A chilly 42.4F, I like it.

  21. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Why did the SPC knock out our risk area for storms?

  22. Eternal Yamcha (SE Milwaukie) says:

    I decided to sit down and figure out just how common a “wet” October is here in Portland and how often it’s happened in the period of 1999 – 2008. I’ve also include rain totals and other various bits of information.

    October Rainfall 1999 – 2008:
    (Year) – (Recorded Rainfall) – (+/- Average) – (Percent of Normal)
    1999 – 2.46 – -.42 – 85.4%
    2000 – 3.25 – +.37 – 112.8%
    2001 – 3.13 – +.25 – 108.7%
    2002 – 0.63 – -2.25 – 21.9%
    2003 – 3.02 – +.14 – 104.9%
    2004 – 3.36 – +.48 – 116.7%
    2005 – 3.40 – +.52 – 118.1%
    2006 – 1.40 – -1.48 – 48.6%
    2007 – 3.26 – +.38 – 113.2%
    2008 – 1.77 – -1.11 – 61.5%

    10-Year Average: 2.57″ – -.31 – 89.2%
    30-Year Average: 2.88″

    6/10 (60%) Octobers have been “wet”
    4/10 (40%) Octobers have been “dry”
    ————————————–
    I want to note that at the rate things are going, if I did this list after this month, I have a feeling things would be a little different.

    Overall, looks like our Octobers are often more “wet” than “dry”; but our dry Octobers tend to be incredibly dry. The real stand out is 2002 which was nearly 80% below normal. We’re really not that far off of the 30 year average, luckily.

    It’d be interesting to see how which years were El Nino/La Nina years.

    Current Weather:
    …Yay, it was thunderstomry. I wish I’d been able to hang out outside and watch the storms roll through, but I was stuck at work.

    Don’t look like much excitement’s on the horizon after tomorrow, almost kinda looking like a normal October.

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