Windy & Wet

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

14 Responses to Windy & Wet

  1. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Hey, cold air from the east, wet air from the west, doesn’t that spell snow?

  2. stevied (North Portland) says:

    pattern change would be welcome!

  3. Mr Data says:

    EVERy February I have been too has had at least a week of sunshine (give or take a day) though usually not all at once.

    Feb sunshine (a clear day) is usually here and there but we average (unofficaly) about a week (give or take a day).

    I consider it a clear day when there is at least 75 percent of the day with no clouds at any given time.

  4. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    I gotta go, see ya guys tomorrow

  5. W7ENK says:

    Oh, Cascadia… Mark, you’re a man after my own ambitions! How sweet it is, this land we call home… 🙂

  6. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    so what does this mean for Midwestern severe thunderstorm outbreaks this summer? I bet they in for something historical. Maybe not like May 3 1999, but I’d say it could be inching towards that.

    • W7ENK says:

      I hope so, but let’s postpone that until August, ‘kay? 🙂

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      I’ll try!

    • Annie in Vancouver ~330 ft. says:

      I’ve always wondered…how on earth do you guys remember specific dates of past storms of all the different varities? I can hardly remember my own birthdate, let alone one day back in 1999, or any other year, when there was a lightning/snow/wind/etc. storm! It’s rather amazing!!

      I am looking very forward to some nice warm sunny weather next week!

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      Tracking and experiencing storms have been my most enjoyable thing ever, so I guess it just comes to me naturally.

  7. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Today was interesting, had heavy downpours, brief sunshine, and the biggest rainbow I have seen in years as I was driving back home at 3pm.

    Sucks how El Nino can give us a dead winter but bring the most active winter across the east coast since 1870. WOW is all I have to say.

  8. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Well, 00z WRF-GFS does have a positive outlook for weather, as it shows strong high pressure developing next Tuesday continuing through about Saturday!

    So, this is February or May? I can’t remember.

  9. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:


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