Take Your Kid To Work Day

My son Andrew is hanging out in the weather center late this afternoon.  Stephanie snapped a picture of him enjoying her generous gift of chips and sour patches.   He’s been asking for months to come to work with Dad on the official Take Your Child to Work Day.  This is fun for the kids since they get out of a bit of school.  In Andrew’s case he only missed a bit since Dad doesn’t start work until the end of his school day.  But on the positive side, what could be more fun than talking about vorticity maximums and 850 millibar temperatures this weekend with the old man???  He’s already had an exciting half hour at physical therapy (shoulder issue), on to Freddies, Starbucks, and then to work.  Evening sandwich shop and Krispy Kreme are on the schedule for later.  And of course the large monitors in the back of the weather center will become “Wii Central” after 6pm.  Obviously I’m not going to get much done today…luckily the weather doesn’t look real significant the next few days.  Depending on the strength of the ridge and atmosphere overhead, I think we have a chance at hitting 75 Monday.  For sure it’ll be right around 70 or just above Sunday and Monday.  The rest of next week should be cool and showery at times with troughiness nearby.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

77 Responses to Take Your Kid To Work Day

  1. W7ENK says:


    Hey, I’m serious! The strawberries are moving, the corn’s going in the ground, the raspberries are getting strung up and the tomatoes are getting planted THIS WEEKEND! The avocado has been outside for over a week now, and she’s not coming back in until October at this point, and that’s assuming I can figure out how to prune it properly to keep her under 7’6″ tall, so the last thing I need now is 30 degree temps to eff everything all up! 😡

    This cold crap needs to be over with… I’m more than a month behind on my veggies, and at this point I seriously doubt my corn will be “knee high by the 4th of July”. I’m going to have to work really hard to reach that goal, I’m afraid. They should already be 6-8 inches tall! Best I can do is over-nitrogenate and cover it all with dark mulch to keep it warm, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

    I don’t mean to rant, and I’m not pointing fingers, but this is really frustrating, I tell ya! I like the concept of self sufficiency, and sharing/exchanging home-grown produce with friends and neighbors is a lot of fun. I’d rather not fail at this endeavor this year…

    As I see it, Mother Nature needs to get over herself and mellow out! We know she’s in control, just stop screwing with my garden!!! 😆

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      What exactly do you hope to accomplish here? No one controls the weather. It’s gonna do what it’s gonna do, without always first taking to into consideration how W7ENK’s garden may or may not be adversely affected.

      Anyway, looking forward to the cold weather continuing, which it appears it will per the models.

    • W7ENK says:

      I’m sorry, I didn’t realize I wasn’t allowed to express my disdain for unseasonably cool weather, just as some have done for weather that would be conducive to growing gardens… I’m not trying to accomplish anything, I’m just venting my frustration at the situation. Next time, I’ll just go scream it into a pillow, privately. I didn’t mean to step on anyone’s toes here, my bad.

  2. Salemskylineankubluer says:

    Rotating Thunderstorm
    Tillamook County, OR
    Max Reflectivity: 40 dBZ
    Severe Hail: 0% Chance
    Hail: 0% Chance
    Max Hail Size: 0.00 in.
    Echo Top: 3,000 ft.
    Vert. Integrated Liquid: 1 kg/m²
    Speed: 0 knots
    Direction (from): new (0)
    Radar Site: RTX
    ID: S0

  3. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    Had some brief heavy rain, but now I can see blue (yes a little light) off to the NW.

    Have family up from Cali and they have dealt with a lot of rain down there they said.

    Also, have a co-worker who has family in Oklahoma which had a close call with a tornado last night…

  4. W7ENK says:

    Looks like the rain just got here, as did the wind. SW 8-10 G15.9 mph.

    Still 61 degrees, though.

    I guess I’ll have to plant my veggies on Sunday instead, unless Mother Nature jacks that one away from us, too?

  5. Mr Data says:

    Remember Feb 2005? I think that was the year it was almost wall to wall sunshine and lots of days where there was clouds in the morning and sun in the afternoon.

  6. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    I think the reason some of us got the idea that January/February was sunny was probably because it never really was completely overcast, which gave us constant breaks with brief sunshine peeking through the clouds every couple hours. thats was most of the days looked liked. And then there were also the days where it only rained at night, and was mild during the day.

    I think thats where we came from on that point.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      But those temperatures were of course unusual. How many 60’s would you remember in a single February?

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      Sorry for my grammer, I typed a little too fast as you can see 😉

  7. W7ENK says:

    Is the weekend still going to be decent? At least dry? I’m cracking down, tilling my ‘patch’ and planting my corn, albeit a full month later than I would have liked, but I MUST get it started if there’s going to be any hope. That, and my tomatoes, darnit!!!

    We should be done with freezing mornings, and my avocado has been out for a week now, but last night got DANGEROUSLY close! 38.8 overnight… I don’t like that. 😦

    And please don’t shatter my hopes by telling me were going to have lows in the 20s in the long range again… I want veggies!

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Not to shatter any hopes, but another cold night looks possible tomorrow night. Probably as cold if not colder than last night. Outlying areas could flirt with freezing, but not sure about your location.

    • Justin (Brush Prairie) says:

      Not to shatter any hopes Jesse, but another hot summer looks possible this June, July, August, and September. El Nino is exiting and those summers are infamous for their heat. PDX could flirt with 102+ for the 5th summer in a row.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:


    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Not to shatter any hopes Justin, but those plants need warmer temps now, the next cold snap could stunt their growth. Last suggestion I heard from a TV met was to hold off on planting for at least a couple days.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      We won’t really see any more cold snaps. I think we are done until at least November.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Oh, Timmy.

  8. Andrew says:

    Just wanted to jump in here and say I am very disappointed with the forecasting for monday. Going from 74 degrees and mostly sunny to cloudy and cool and 60 degrees is almost ridiculous. I understand it might be hard to judge and I love KPTV and Mark and the weather, but I am extremely disappointed in the 14 degree difference.

    • Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

      The models started showing this late yesterday….but of course, there are no lead forecasters in until the afternoon…so it went out on the air this morning as well.

      Next week looks pretty darn wet!

    • Gidrons says:

      I still think April/May are the hardest months for the models to handle…too many cut-off lows and too much of an effect from unexpected daytime heating

    • W7ENK says:

      I’d have to disagree with your statement of “unexpected daytime heating”. I don’t think it would (or even should) be unexpected at all. May is the Solsticial opposite (yes, I know I made that up, but I’ve mentioned that concept on here before) of July/August, so basically the sun is at the same angle. Granted, the atmosphere is not quite as warm, but it is warmING, so daytime heating should be expected, more than anything, right?

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      The drastic drop in high temp forecasts for this Sunday/Monday illustrates what I was talking about the other day. This time of year a lot of TV mets jump too quickly on the warmest/nicest possible model solutions in the hope of making a “good looking” 7-day, because so many are craving warm and sunny weather. 70 Sunday and 74 Monday looked possible on some runs a few days ago, but there wasn’t enough consistency to throw numbers that high on the 7-day, IMO. There should have been a more gradual ramp up to those numbers, so if the models did change their tune (like they have) the drop wouldn’t be so drastic, and people wouldn’t be disappointed. Just my two cents.

    • Battle Ground Brian says:

      00z might be more optimistic than the afternoon run.
      We are seeing alot of waffling with the long term models this week. Nothing is certain.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      No…it’s pretty much the same. At least with regard to this weekend/early next week.

  9. Mr Data says:

    Actually January was not mid and “sunny”. 😦

    It was actually mild and cloudy *3/4ths of the time* with Southwest flow being the chief air mass and a lot of constant drizzle for days on end.
    though that may have only been for here in the valley.

    Portland with the good ol Columbia Gorge could’ve made it different. 😕

    • Justin (Brush Prairie) says:

      Yeah, not exactly sure where the idea came from that January and February were warm and sunny. The default weather this year has been mild temps, cloudcover, and fairly dry weather. That’s pretty much the worst three combinations.

      More sunshine wouldn’t hurt anyone, and if it’s not going to be sunny it’d be nice to see some genuinely heavy rain rather than the stupid borderline drought crap we’ve been dealing with since 2007.

  10. Mr Data says:

    Are we like done with convection or is there more?

  11. W7ENK says:

    Oh, the sweet smell of freshly cut grass, humid and warmed by the sun… how I’ve missed you! 🙂

    45% Humidity
    Wind Light from the SW
    Not a drop of rain.

  12. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    You can tell seasons have changed, I was outside in shorts at 7:00 am this morning, and it did not feel like 36 degrees at all. Either its me or it’s just very moist/humid in the air.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Hmmmm it felt refreshing and cool here this morning and still does now.

  13. Gidrons says:

    Sunspot activity has dropped to zero for the 8th day in a row….


  14. Gidrons says:

    GFS 12z is cool and showery too. But at least that’s gold for the eastern Oregon farmers as was previously mentioned

  15. Jesse-Orchards says:

    *The GFS supports this idea

    • Punxsutawney (aka HIO Phil at work by Sunset High ~280' elevation) says:

      I had noticed that the Weather Channel’s extended had gone much cooler and wetter next week when I saw it this morning.

      I just looked at the 06z GFS (KTTD) and it is much cooler and wetter than yesterday’s with a lot of precip and the highest temp in the 10 day a whopping 66 degrees.

  16. Jesse-Orchards says:

    I’m loving the massive trough over the west on the 00Z Euro. A large area of sub 540 heights over the PNW for a few days, with 546dm heights reaching all the way down into southern Arizona! Very anomalous setup for the end of April. Lots of records lows will fall across the West if this scenario plays out. The GFS this idea.

    Also, the last days worth of model runs have totally done away with 70s this Sunday/Monday. Looks like we could hit mid 60s or so Sunday before going back to cold and rainy next week. 😆

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      Yeah…the Monday forecast needs serious invasive surgery. Otherwise you’re a sick man Jesse! Day after day of chilly and wet weather is going to depress me. But it is cool how far south it’s expected to dig.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Right on Jesse! Bring on the hail/graupel.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Haha, I guess it’s payback time. Day after day of mild, sunny weather in January and February depressed me.

      I don’t think it’s going to be a total washout here at all times if that trough really does evolve as progged. There will be some days with lots of sunshine, it will just be chilly. And usually when we do get a trough that deep this late in the season we’re hard pressed to get through it without at least some interesting weather. Cold core convective possibilities? A late snowstorm for the Cascades?

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      The warm weather is quite boring (unless you can throw in some boomers). Most of my outdoor activities are quite physical, I can sweat enough in the cool thank you very much.

    • Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

      Warmer weather is only boring when we lack the mechanics to fire of T-Storms. 🙂

  17. Punxsutawney (aka HIO Phil at work by Sunset High ~280' elevation) says:

    36 when I left Hillsboro this morning with some frost on the roofs. Still can’t get out of the winter biking gear. That shouldn’t be a problem on the way home.

    Lots of good storm chaser video yesterday afternoon and evening from Severe Studios and ChaserTV. Today is looking like it could be a good day as well.

  18. 33.3° this morning with light frost on the neighborhood roofs. De-icing my windshield this morning. Burr!

  19. Karl Bonner says:

    Why does it seem that as soon as we get far enough into spring for the sun to really heat us up, we have trouble maintaining strong blocking ridges for more than 2-3 days at a time? During inversion season the higher elevations can get a whole week of unseasonable warmth; why do the valleys have trouble pulling this off in April or May? Is there something about spring heat waves that makes them more dynamically unstable?

  20. Mr Data says:

    *smiley fail*

  21. Mr Data says:

    I sure hope that warmer weather means lots of mountain convection for Timmy and Rob! 🙂

    *holds out non weather related yellow warning card for the audience to see*

    The SNES and N64 center will be the best out of any consoles.

    This has been a public announcement and we now return to our daily scheduled program of the slow blog………………………..:P

  22. yevpolo1990 says:

    Mark your son looks just like you! (except the hair)
    ps 3 is better than the Wii common now…

    Am I seein this correctly? We could struggle to hit 50 mid next week?!!

    • Karl Bonner says:

      Um…the current 7-day chart says 58 next Wed and Thur, which is only about 5 degrees below statistical average and probably 2-3 degrees below the median highs. Where are you getting this prediction of only 50F??? That’s really hard to pull off on the brink of May Day.

  23. Mr Data says:

    Sounds like your not concerned with the weather the next few days.

    Any chances of convection at all due to the finally warmer tempers and the sunshine we have all been lacking.

    I mean before we didn’t have the sunshine needed. 😦

  24. Nice line of storms just west of the KSJT San Angelo radar site…


  25. Mr Data says:

    *beeeeeeeeep* It requires a beepin password to use your camera Rob. 😮 😦 http://www.smileyhut.com/naughty/axe.gif

    I’ll try the Midland camera instead which is on the second link.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Odd… should work fine… Oh and next 3 days here? Nicer, sprinkles/light rain, much warmer Sunday/Monday.

  26. Mr Data says:

    1. What about Oregon’s weather the next 3 days? Before you drift off to far in the Midwest I want to know what’s going to happen here?

    2. The scamera is broken in the link below. http://go2.wordpress.com/?id=725X1342&site=fox12weather.wordpress.com&url=http%3A%2F%2F72.48.229.3%3A8887%2Fview%2Findex.shtml&sref=http%3A%2F%2Ffox12weather.wordpress.com%2F2010%2F04%2F22%2Ftake-your-kid-to-work-day%2F%23comments (maybe I need to install a plug in so I’ll try again)

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

    I have been constantly tracking the severe outbreak today. In fact a buddy of mine from Grapevine, Texas(in the DFW area) decided to go chasing. I was his eyes and ears. I gave him Childress, Texas for his target. He was due east of the large 1+mile wide tornado west of Quanah, Texas. I have to tell you it was nerve wracking telling him via mobile where to go… He’s safe and okay now thankfully.

    Storms are ongoing with new ones erupting.
    Fantastic lightning show northwest of Midland, Texas
    Check that out!

  28. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Severe weather is occuring in Texas right now! Mesocyclone signatures by the dozens are being shown on the Amarillo radar! This is actually the first time I have seen these signatures, believe it or not.

    Reflectivity looks insane too.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      These storms have major potential for very large hail 2.75″ – 4.00″ inches in diameter

      Echo tops on the storm in the zoomed image has a 50,000 ft. top with vertically integrated liquid readings going to 75 kg/m-2. This is a serious situation.

  29. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Wii Central in the back? Oh man that would be fun! Its too late now.

  30. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Hey my brother’s name is Andrew! I had no clue this was ‘take your kid to work’ day. Well I don’t have kids yet so its not like it matters to me 😉

  31. Mr Data says:

    Can I go to Alaska Mark please? Even though yesterday was my birthday I’ll let you drive this time Mark. I promise……………….:)

    65.1F here and partly cloudy. Not sure what part.

  32. weathergirl - colton - 1000 ft says:

    Mark is your mini-me… very nice!! What a fun day!

  33. W7ENK says:

    Was that today??? Not that it matters to me any (no job, no biological kids), but I had no idea. That would explain why I saw so many kids out of school… I didn’t think it was an actual day off.

    Your son looks just like you, Mark! I hope he enjoyed his (half) day with Dad. 🙂

  34. …for the umpteenth time, not first…..
    Mark, your boy has his old mans’ camera presence….

  35. umpire says:

    OMG – for the first time ever – First! (Sorry, just had to do it!)

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