Some “Real” Weather!

July 27, 2010

Quite a tornado picture eh?  While we rack our brains here in Portland all summer dealing with the depth of the marine layer and the possibilities for morning cloud cover, this is what other parts of the country deal with…REAL weather!  The picture is from “Weatherman Rob” this afternoon.  The regular readers to this blog probably remember that up until last October he was the morning weather producer working with Andy Carson. 

Well, our boy grew up and he’s been working at KFYR-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota since October doing weekend weather.  A good place to work on his skills forecasting snow, blizzards, freezing rain, wind, and now severe summer weather.  This is the tornado that hit a sparsely populated area in northeast Montana yesterday evening (near Reserve).  It killed two people.  Rob says this is actually quite rare (fatalities) due to the lack of population in that part of the Great Plains.  Seems more likely a buffalo would fly through the air?

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


Gray Morning in Clark County

July 27, 2010

A nice push of low clouds up the Columbia River this morning, models did really well with showing them coming up a bit past Kelso/Longview.  Interesting that they’ve been all north/east of the Columbia River (okay, maybe a mile or so over it in some cases).  Such a thin marine layer will evaporate quickly into sunshine up there today.  Tomorrow at the least we should see the clouds push down east of the West Hills all the way down into the lower elevations of Clackamas county.  The cooling trend is definitely on. 

A nice shortwave disturbance showing up on the image as well moving north through Eastern Oregon, setting off early morning thunderstorms over there.

Mark