A Messed Up Forecast & World Wind Record

January 26, 2010

The 12 hour forecast (rain/snow) valid at 4pm this afternoon. From the 12z WSI-WRF model we use here at KPTV.

You’ll definitely want to click on the image to get a better look, but we sure missed the afternoon showers today.  Last night the same model showed showers developing over the Coast Range and drifting out over the northern Valley this afternoon.  I discounted it, assuming this model was once again over-doing the precipitation.  But it was right on.  Actually the batch of showers has been sitting directly over north Portland and Vancouver for almost 3 hours!  Obviously it’s not a “high impact” event like the surprise snowstorm, but still a very annoying screwup in the forecast.

Before we move on; due to today’s events I should clarify that there are NO nude photos of me anywhere on the internet, so please don’t bother searching.

Okay, now that’s out of the way…did you hear about the new world record windspeed?  253mph!  And it didn’t just happen yesterday, it was 14 years ago!  Check it out here.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen