Vacation Time

I’m taking an unusually long vacation for TV people…two whole weeks beginning Friday.  I haven’t done that since late winter 2003.  Poor Rod Hill had to work 16 days in a row.  What a jerk I was eh?  I’ll be back on Friday, April 2nd.

Generally you don’t see TV people take long periods of time off at once.  That’s because viewers get used to seeing a certain person on at a certain time.  If you disappear for a month, a viewer that enjoys watching you wonders if you’re in rehab, trekking around the globe, or having a mental breakdown.    I’m always amazed that after just one week I get emails from viewers asking if I’ve been fired or what kind of illness I’ve contracted.

So please behave on the blog…I’ll leave comments on.  I’ll be quite far away in a warm place, but with occasional internet access.  If there are any issues I’ll just turn comments off until I get back.

We’ll see if the vacation curse strikes again.  Hopefully not a windstorm with gusts to 70 mph @ PDX!

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

438 Responses to Vacation Time

  1. Mr Data says:

    If it comes to it I’ll do it online but I prefer to buy it in person as I can see and feel what I am getting and can ask questions.

  2. Mr Data says:

    What are realistic suggestions on getting me a handheld wind gauge and are their any that are 100$ or below?

    Do you think our local Wilco Farmer will have any wind instruments as I do know they carry theromters and barometers.

    The reason I am asking this is because you are the weather geeks who have had weather staions a lot longer then I have and know the ins and outs. 😮

    It is MUCH colder today then yesterday at this time:
    It is still 54F which yesterday was slightly over 60F and 53F late evening.

  3. wendy-silverlake,WA says:

    Sooooo……Wind storm or just breezy?

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Very gusty 35-45+mph perhaps gusts higher locally. I like to call this a South Wind Event. South Wind Storm threshold is when gusts exceed 60mph.

  4. Mr Data says:

    It’s gonna be one busy night for the power crew.

    Hope they are alert and they are not caught with their ‘pants down’ as one would say.

  5. yevpolo1990 says:

    http://www.marinewaypoints.com/marine/wind.shtml
    47-54mph:
    Slight damage occurs to buildings, shingles are blown off of roofs.
    High waves (6 meters), rolling seas, dense foam, Blowing spray reduces visibility.

    Remember 50 on the cross section is KNOTS not MILES, so times that by 1.15

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      If we get winds in that range, my guess is we will hear about a tree down somewhere causing trouble (hope not here, I haven’t cleared out the last one yet).

  6. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Heavy showers just passed Scappoose again. Why am I not surprised.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Because you know what happens in Scappoose.

    • Andrew Johnson says:

      I heard what happens in Scappoose stays in Scappoose, so I have no idea what happens in Scappoose…

    • alohabb says:

      I am in Scappoose once a week, and what happens there, needs to stay there! :} just kidding…..Going to be a long nite for power crews

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      We try to keep what happens in Scappoose in Scappoose, but word got out that Scappoose is the land of intense showers, (couldn’t hide this fact from modern technology).

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      LOL Scappoose I guess is just too good a land to be kept secret.

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

    12z 4km cross section continues to show 50kts down to 975mb early Monday AM.

    I have not backed off on my predictions of winds 40mph+ could be some gusts to 50mph if mixing potential is realized.

    • alohabb says:

      Wow, that could cause some damage. What time are you thinking.?

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      As things stand right now based upon 12z WRF-GFS 4km windcast and cross section I would say 11 PM tonight – 7 AM Monday.

    • Justin (Brush Prairie) says:

      Although I agree that locazlized southerly wind gusts up to 45-50mph are probably likely, keep in mind that that is not actually enough to cause damage aside from extremely small branches. Damaging wind is generally considered 58mph or higher, and there is next to no chance of that happening the next several days.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      I would agree that no damage would happen. A windstorm is technically defined with winds higher than at least the 60-65 mph range. A strong south wind would be the correct title for this situation. All in all, rain is actually a bigger threat than wind in this case, because if it rain as hard as the media says, rivers will go pretty high and potentially flood a few locations.

  8. Mr Data says:

    That’s all fine and dandy but that doens’t explain the winds between Eugene and Portland.

    Any realistic answers?

    54.8F the same as two days ago.

  9. Battle Ground Brian says:

    Picked up 0.51″ of rain from 4:30am – 8:00am this morning.

    4.57″ for the month now.

  10. Cherie_in_Vernonia says:

    Am I reading the chart right on the Cliff Mass page. The lines seem most compact & closest together up in the Frazier (sp) River Canyon of BC?? Is that how to read it correctly??

  11. W7ENK says:

    Well, here comes the wind, I think? Southerlies picking up 12 – 15 mph after a mostly calm morning. Just heard a light gust “whoooo” past the chimney, that’s what caught my attention. Looked out the window and noticed the trees starting to dance around a little.

    Ramping up from here?

  12. alohabb says:

    So, how does our approaching, or non-approaching wind event look?

  13. Jory (Sandy) says:

    Cliff Mass has made a comment on the approaching weather…
    http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2010/03/serious-rain-and-wind.html

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