Windy & Wet

February 12, 2010

It was nice to see the wind actually show up as expected today (as opposed to Thursday!).  Peak gusts were in the 30-40 mph range late this morning and then again with showers during the afternoon.  Scappoose really got soaked by the rain…capturing over an inch of rainfall.

Another system is approaching “Cascadia” this afternoon.  Just trying to capture part of the glory of the Olympics for us and connect to Vancouver BC somehow in that statement!  That warm front moves overhead early tomorrow morning (when I plan to be asleep), then most or all of the rain lifts to our north.  It could be a very nice mid-late afternoon!  And warm too!

Very slow weather continues in general the next 7+ days.  I think someone mentioned earlier today that it seems like I’m not posting as much lately.  My posting is directly related to our weather.  If there isn’t much happening I tend to post less.  You’d be amazed at the page views…anywhere from 40,000 hits on a big weather day down to 1,000 a day with sunshine!

There is a significant change in the pattern beginning the middle of next week.  Strong upper-level ridge of high pressure amplifies overhead.  The ECMWF continues (including the brand new 00z) holds onto this ridge more or less through the 10 day period.  The GFS has it retrograding to the west and north, allowing colder air to slip in from the east and then eventually wetter westerly flow to cut in from the west.  We’ll see how it turns out, but nice sunny weather is on the way for at least a few days late next week.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


Snow in all 50 states??

February 12, 2010

Alright, let me start by introducing myself. I’m Pat Rosborough and I am the Good Day Oregon weather producer here at Fox 12. These mornings can get REEEEEEEALY slow so I think I’ll be making some posts to add to the excitement here. A really active last 24 hours, finally some excitement with the wind we briefly had last night here and at the coast. Peak wind gusts at the coast hit 69 miles per hour in Cape Foulweather and Garibaldi.

Snow slammed the east coast this week, putting many cities into the record total snowfall category. This little tid bit came into the newsroom this morning: A Oklahoma forecaster at the NOAA National Severe Storms Lab is predicting that there will be snow in all 50 states at once this week. A forecasted snowstorm that is already dumping snow in parts of Texas is making its way east and covering the southeastern states, including parts of the Florida Panhandle which are under a Winter Storm Warning. Remember the hard freeze they had in the middle of December?? I bet all those folks who move down to Florida during the harsh northeast winter are a bit confused.

It is not actually known if the phenomena of snow in all 50 states at once has occurred or not, but nonetheless it is worth mentioning.