A Busy Week

April 8, 2010

I apologize for the lack of posts this week.  It’s been a busy week due to a big change in our graphics.  Each day has been filled with “putting out fires” as Jim Little used to say back at KOIN.  A cron job here, a missing banner there, a weekend getaway forecast that needs re-vamping etc…  It doesn’t SEEM like that much work when I look back at it, but all those little 15-30 minute tasks add up to mostly full work days.  Things should slow down a bit next week as we have converted over a good chunk of our graphics.  Still having some issues with content going to the website, but I was able to get the ECMWF 850mb maps zoomed in for the warm seaason…easier to read the numbers now.

What a chilly day.  Here we are in the 2nd week of April, where in many years we get day after day in the 60s.  Some years we get a few days in the 70s even.  But today we struggled to hit 50 as a cold airmass came in behind the cold front early today.  Another round of hail and snow showers in the hills and hail/rain showers in the Valleys.  Models did do really well showing the precipitation tapering off dramatically this afternoon.

The general theme for the next 7 days is…WARMER.  No, I don’t see any 65-70 degree weather through much of next week, but no more highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s.  And not much rainfall either.  The flow looks to return to the splitty pattern we saw much of the winter, at least for a few days.  In April that means pretty decent conditions for getting outside.

Yikes!  It’s 11:40pm and I see it’s getting close to freezing at home.  I have a cherry, nectarine, and peach tree blooming right now, with the apples/pears just a couple weeks away.  We need cloud cover to move in quickly to raise that temperature, or at least keep it from falling any further!

Chief Meteorologist – Mark Nelsen