Steve Pierce in the Top 3!


Looks like our own Steve Pierce is a  bit more famous.  No beach party is coming to Vancouver, but the Pierce family was SO close!

 Here’s the press release we got from The Weather Channel today:


The Weather Channel Announces Finalists
for Its ‘Ultimate Summer Beach Party’ Contest


Contestant from Vancouver, WA, crowned Contest’s Fan Favorite


ATLANTA – The Weather Channel® (TWC) announces three finalists for its “Ultimate Summer Beach Party” contest.  Contest finalists include Susan Adair of Kent, OH, Steven Caldwell of Terre Haute, IN, and Steve Waldner of Fargo, ND.  In addition to announcing the finalists, Steve Pierce of Vancouver, WA, was crowned as the contest’s fan favorite, where users voted on their favorite video submission.  Click here to watch his video.


A panel of judges from TWC viewed hundreds of video submissions and, based on uniqueness and creativity of the submissions, selected these finalists, one of which will be chosen as the grand prize winner to host TWC’s “Ultimate Summer Beach Party,” live July 25, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET. All of America can tune in as TWC transforms the winner’s home into a beach party destination complete with sand, water features, palm trees, barbecue and much more. Meteorologists Jen Carfagno and Adam Berg will provide on-air reports to capture all of the day’s excitement and get reactions from the winner along with family, friends and neighbors.

To be eligible, contestants submitted a short video describing why they deserve to host TWC’s “Ultimate Summer Beach Party.” From interesting stories to unique props, these finalists caught the attention of TWC judges. To view their videos as well as other submissions, visit


All finalists and fan favorite will each receive a TWC summer-themed prize pack valued at $250, which includes an HD flip camcorder.  Viewers can tune in Sunday, July 18, during “Weekend View” to find out who will be selected to host the biggest beach party on the block – no matter the location.

74 Responses to Steve Pierce in the Top 3!

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

    Currently 87.1°
    High temp 88.0°

    Right around my target #. So, was I wrong?

    Oh by the way I have no problem being wrong(Don’t like to be of course), but I would never sit here and jump on anyone for being wrong. Even if I did think anyone was wrong I’d point it out differently with information to back it up.

    A good example would be today.

    The flow aloft turned westerly a bit and both the AST-PDX, PDX-DLS onshore gradients have increased quite a bit over the past few hours signaling that the onshore push commenced too early capping temps especially near the Columbia River.

    That’s a good way to go about telling someone they were “wrong” and done so professionally with respect.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Explain how I didn’t do it respectfully, Rob. I gave reasoning and everything. Here was my first post contradicting your 86-90 call:

      “Yesterday was a warmer day, so clearly last night was a warmer night so today has a warmer start.

      The airmass is just about the same as it was yesterday. 83-86 today most areas (possibility of it being a few degrees warmer thanks to a warmer start). 90 isn’t in the cards westside.”

      All I was saying with the first paragraph is that PDX being ahead of where it was yesterday this morning had little bearing on today’s high temps since this morning was +5 warmer. How on earth could that be interpreted as rude?

      I then explained my rationale, that today’s atmosphere was no warmer than yesterdays. Maybe I should have also thrown in that a marine push would cap things, because that was part of my thought process.

      Anyway, no harm, no foul, hopefully. I have no idea why Mark felt the need to jump in and take sides with this one, btw. A little unprofessional, IMO.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Since Mark made his “decision” you’ve kind of nit picked me 4 or 5 times and I will admit that since I am quite used to you doing so on such a regular basis that I may have jumped the gun today assuming you would do so. I apologize and I don’t want any ill feelings, I really don’t. I’d prefer we could discuss weather now and well into the future.

  2. Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

    CO2 acts as both a coolant and a contributor to global warming? But wait, there’s more!
    For all you science geeks,

  3. Lots of sea ice currently drifting back in around Barrow:

  4. Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

    I’ve never gone to and never will go to WW for reasons you’ve already well outlined.

    I think the better approach is to say you didn’t appreciate my sarcastic comment. Not just “shut up” which is going to do nothing but draw more fire.

  5. Mike (Orchards 255') says:

    78° here currently

  6. Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

    I’m at 80 now. Running a couple degrees over yesterday with a little less wind. 88-90 looks like a good target high for my neighborhood. A spread of 4 or 5 degrees in the various Portland areas is very likely, guys. So Rob’s forecast is just as valid as Jesse’s. So you both win (or lose). Relax!

    • Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

      But if we get much of onshore push later our high will plummet as we get the coast breeze. Just a note; Corvallis is just a few miles to the west of my house. Many times in the evening the coast breeze kicks in and will drop Corvallis’ temp by 10 or 15 deg in an hour or less. Here we will stay quite warm with very little wind and experience a gradual cool down over several hours. Just a few miles away.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Agreed Boydo, I forecast 85-88 which means we can all be correct. Hahaha!

  7. Garron near washington square says:

    Mr. Nelsen, (or anyone else that may know)

    I was wondering if there is a site that has bar graphs of weather stats from the past instead of the usual boring text I am accustomed to looking at? I have been piling together research and weather stats locally since meeting Jim Little back in 1983, and would like to find a better site to compile my data.
    Thank you.

  8. Kyle says:

    77F here and looks like a *hot* day on tap Jesse.

    I think TWC for the West Coast is based off of Sacramento and they are forecasting our weather from them.

    Did I mention that the PNW is just a pain in the ass to forecast except for summer?

    Actually it’s even a bit tricky in the summer due to onshore and offshore flow so I don’t blame TWC for being wrong.

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


  10. Jesse-Orchards says:

    PDX is now only +1 over yesterday, despite this morning being +5 warmer.

    Perhaps I should revise downward, 81-84 today?

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      I think the only thing you should revise is your overly sarcastic, nit picking nature. (Mark’s Note: Score = +1 for Rob!) I also think 81-84 is far too chilly.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Let’s just not go down that road again for the 117th time. Anyhow enjoy the nice(bit too hot) day.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Read over my comments, Rob, and tell me where I was either nitpicking or sarcastic.

      If disagreeing with you on a forecast qualifies as either of those things, I don’t know what to tell you.

  11. 52° this morning, currently 67°.

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

    PDX +4 right now. My forecast of 86°-90° might be a good call

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Yesterday was a warmer day, so clearly last night was a warmer night so today has a warmer start.

      The airmass is just about the same as it was yesterday. 83-86 today most areas (possibility of it being a few degrees warmer thanks to a warmer start). 90 isn’t in the cards westside.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      So Jesse, 83-86 with the possibility of it being a few degrees warmer but not 90 must mean 83-89.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      No, yesterday was 84 at PDX.

      The fact that my scale goes up to 86 accounts for the few degrees of possible warming.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Thanx Jesse, misunderstood.

  13. Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

    I’m thinking the A/C is coming back out of the window after today. The only hint of any warm air has been in lala land and it comes and goes.

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

    06z GFS has over 1 inch of rain in La-La land and 2 degree C 850mb temps. Timberline might see some snow flakes if that was to verify!

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

    Good morning.

    90° today?

    I’m running 7.4° warmer than yesterday. Clear skies from Kelso up the Columbia to Troutdale, so no real good inland penetration of the marine layer equals less of a cooling factor. PDX-DLS onshore gradient has not budged holding around 1mb the past 6-8 hour. AST-PDX NW Marine Push gradient has also remained roughly near 2mb overnight. 850mb temps have warmed to +17c now and look to hover around +15c to +17c today. Barring any onshore push after 3-4 PM I am thinking 86-90° throughout western Oregon and SW Washington today.

    • Snow-Zone/Monmouth-Elv200' says:

      Yeah that sounds good.. It really is warm out.. Even if PDX official reading isn’t 90F you know outlying areas definitely could be 90.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Yeah I’m thinking upper 80’s mainly, but a few areas may reach 90. It really depends on any onshore push later this afternoon.

  16. Kyle says:


    In a beautiful town there:

    all we had was a dorky radio statino where the guy would look out the window and say

    “Ummmmmm it appears it’s raining so I’ll forecast rain from a (warm front) or (cold front) though I am not sure if he was even that advance.

    (memory lag)

  17. Kyle says:

    Anytime someone bashes The Weather channel: I am going to say that they were *spot on*
    in predicting the New Yers Flooding for virtually ALL of Northern California.

    It was next to the biggest flood in history which I think was 1964 for them as well.

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

    00z EURO continues to look unseasonably cool.

    Frequent lightning on the Midland, Texas cam
    This is heading in the general direction of Midland.

    Good night.

  19. Mike (Orchards 255') says:

    First time I’ve seen a child abduction emergency on NOAA’s active/watch warnings..


    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      I’ve only seen that one other time. Sounds like some crazy sicko. I hope they put a few holes in him.

  20. Chuck on MT Scott says:

    Tonight, Mark mentioned breezy afternoons coming up in the cascades. What causes afternoon breeziness ? Up here on Mt Scott, I notice more wind as the day goes on.


    • Mark Nelsen says:

      Two reasons it gets breezy around here mainly in the afternoons; greatly simplified explanations of course.

      1. Land heats up, cooler ocean air is pulled inland. That’s our northwest wind.

      2. The airmass becomes well-mixed with the surface heating up. The result is more wind mixing down to the surface.

      As for the Cascades? The marine layer thickens up a bit (especially Sunday), that cool air sloshes through the passes/gaps in the afternoons. So that would be the afternoon wind up there.

    • Chuck on Mt Scott says:

      Thanks for the reply Mark. Taking my kids on their first camping trip this weekend. Glad to see it will be dry and hopefully the marine layer will stay below Trillium.

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

    Still a very warm 72.9F here. MUCH warmer than last night. I am inclined to wonder if we’re close to the upper 80’s tomorrow.

  22. Mike (Orchards 255') says:

    Yeah, the winter of 1981-82 was good. The fall of 1981 was even better thanks to November 13th. 🙂

    76° currently after a high of 82.4 today.

  23. Battle Ground Brian says:

    22 stations reported a 50 degree or more diurnal temperature swing today.

    Foster Flat lead the way with a 59 degree change (84/25)

  24. Jethro (Molalla ~320') says:

    Nice work SP! 🙂

  25. mback says:

    Even though the video wasn’t mine, it kind of gets under my skin that the fan favorite wasn’t a finalist in the top 3 and all videos that were are in the middle of the country. Just goes to show how cheap they wanted to be and not send someone across the US. That’s to be expected though since most of their viewers are on the East coast. In any event, the video was well done SP!

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Agreed. East coast bias!

    • Runrain says:

      In fact, The Weather Channel people always stand in front of the west coast when on air. I’ve emailed them about it and they say they will try to fix. Sure!

    • pgiorgio says:

      agreed that The Weather Channel has always had an East coast bias. They are based in Atlanta which would make the east coast an obvious choice if they were going to be biased one way.

    • Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

      There is also the fact that the larger portion of the US population lives on the east coast. As a television station (weather or otherwise) your going to pay more attention to the larger volume of watchers.

      I never watch TWC unless they have a good weather show on.

  26. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    I wonder if the power ever went out in the hot summer of 1981…that’s when I was conceived lol

    • Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

      Same year for me. However, I was a child of the winter! I think March 81′ was one of the warmest March’s on record.

  27. Steve Pierce (Vancouver, WA.) says:

    I see that some of you were talking about 1981 analogs. Although these are not huge, they are sprinkled in there a lot lately. Mostly as follows:

    Several May, June and July record cold temps (both highs and lows) are on the books in Portland from 1981. This is similar to what we have been seeing lately. Rainfall was also quite juicy in June of 1981. I believe it was 5th on the all-time list. 2010 of course is now first.

    Nothing earth shattering, but fun to look at none the less. It will be interesting to see if we have a VERY hot August as we did in 1981. We all know what happened on Nov 13th 1981. 🙂 We also had New Years Day snowfall (Jan 1st 1982) that winter as well.


    • Eternal Yamcha (SE Milwaukie) says:

      I just looked back at the records from Apr – Sep 1981 and yeah, there was a noticeable cool period there. Though I can’t say for sure whether or not they were below average back then… May, June and July were all noticeably cooler than our modern averages… With August being quite a bit warmer.

      I also noticed that January and February were quite warm in 1981 as well…

      January 1981 –
      Avg. High: 51.2
      Avg. Low: 34.0
      Avg. Temp: 42.6

      February 1981 –
      Avg. High: 51.8
      Avg. Low: 36.1
      Avg. Temp: 44.0

      Again, I can’t speak for the averages back then… But by today’s standards, January was a scorcher and February was quite warm as well. I’m curious as to what the averages were back then and what the rainfall totals looked like.

      I can completely understand why people might make connections between this year and 1981… And you know what? It’d be awesome if it did turn out similar to it. Basically the best of all extremes here… We had the incredible heat, the exceptional cool, the abnormally rainy and the monster windstorm. It’d definitely make me more than happy to have put up with weather that I absolutely dislike for the better part of 7 months.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Mmhmm yep that’s it. Thanks for the info, Professor SP.

  28. Steve Pierce (Vancouver, WA.) says:

    Thanks to all of you who helped make this video the “fan favorite.” In the end it was YOU who helped it win. Once again, a testament to the power of the internet and social networking.


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

    Congrats, Steve!
    I had to find some weather excitement..

    Severe line of storms rapidly approaching Omaha, Nebraska.
    Destructive winds in excess of 70mph possible.

    Another line of strong to severe storms is approaching Concordia, Kansas.
    Chaser Mike Phelps is in the vicinity.

  30. Congratulations Steve on being a finalist! It was nice to meet you last fall at stark street pizza, it was fun talking and hanging out with someone who knows a lot more about weather than me (most people on this blog).

    Have a great day everyone, enjoy the sunshine!

  31. Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

    He owes us! If you win, Steve, you gotta share some of that cold beer they’re gonna pack for you with your humble constituents!

  32. Sandi (Wilsonville) says:

    Good job Steve!

  33. Battle Ground Brian says:

    18Z @ KTTD – Not liking this run too much at all.

    The 14-day period 7-16 to 7-29 is looking to average 6-10 degrees below normal for high temps for that whole 2 weeks. This is no surprise to me since last year was so hot during this same period. Time for mother natures law of averages to pay us back in late July 2010. 😦

    • Runrain says:

      And wouldn’t mind it so much, except for the fact that the veg garden is pretty much a bust. Have to wait another year for some really good home grown tomatos!

      Way to go, Steve. You should have won!

    • Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

      It’ll change.

    • Sandi (Wilsonville) says:

      There are still tomatoes in my freezer from last summer’s abundance, so the pressure is off here for extra for winter soups. 😉

      Very much enjoying not needing the furnace or the air conditioning, just the fresh air coming in.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      No doubt it will change, but the theme of cooler than average that has been persisting since April doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere.

      Still too soon to say if July will end up cool (though I think it’s a good bet) but this certainly won’t be looked back on as a hot month.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      A lot of indicies are lining up for 1981 which I believe we saw a fairly cool June/July, but 1981 August was broiling hot too. Oh and then the BIG wind storm of November 1981! 🙂

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      What indices are lining up for 1981, Rob?

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      Steve Pierce was just saying the same thing about 1981 earlier…not sure what he was looking at.

    • Battle Ground Brian says:

      Unfortunately, in 1981 my family took me on a Carribean cruise followed by disney world in Orlando. I missed the whole heat wave as the trip was from 08-04-81 to 08-13-81. Such a sad thing.

    • Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

      I suspect summer will probably kick out another heatwave or two towards the end of August into September.

      I’m just hoping we don’t have an Indian Summer and have warm temps run late into October!

  34. Battle Ground Brian says:

    84.0 now after 46.0 this morning. I would enjoy 200 days in a row like this one.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      You need to move, man.

      I’m thinking somewhere like Quito, Ecuador? It’s high in the mountains so you’d get nice temp swings like what we saw today, but it’s nearly on the equator so the weather would stay the same most of the year.

    • Battle Ground Brian says:

      I don’t think my lungs could take living at 8340ft elevation. I would have a lot of trouble riding the mountain bike there.

    • Sifton says:

      I was thinkin the same thing, ‘man’………

  35. Gidrons says:

    Way to go Steve

  36. Congrats Steve!

    Currently 79.4°

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