Some “Real” Weather!

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

54 Responses to Some “Real” Weather!

  1. Quite a few strikes in southwest Oregon early today:

  2. Battle Ground Brian says:

    Low: 51.3

    PDX has an unusually low IFR cloud ceiling at 700ft right now.

    Because the ceiling is so low, where I live above 500ft, I am experiencing a rare July morning fog situation and 55 degrees right now.

  3. pappoose in scappoose says:

    The moisture on the southwest coast looks as though it could migrate our way, boomers?

  4. Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

    Looks like the GFS is finally settling down a little bit. The last couple runs have been mild in the short term with a decent trough coming at the start of August.

    I’m cool with that! 🙂

    I’ll let the other folks interpret the other models. I’ve never been good at reading them. We need a weather boot camp for model interpretation.

  5. 55° for my apparent low. No marine layer just scattered mid level clouds.

  6. muxpux says:

    cool, low-cloudy, and drizzly up in longview. ugh. 73 was all we could muster here today, a full 10 degrees cooler than portland.

    sometimes i really HATE the marine layer and our “reverse” gorge effect we get from the west winds off the ocean here.

  7. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    No echoes on the KRTX radar screen. How sad, but we still have Fri/Sat to look forward to.

  8. Battle Ground Brian says:

    July 27th 2010 Weather Extremes for Oregon

    Warmest:
    High: 102 at Blalock
    Low: 74 at Reese

    Coolest:
    High: 52 at Cape Foulweather
    Low: 39 at Crazyman Flat

    Largest Diurnal Change

    Fish Fin Rim: 45 degrees (91/46)

    Max Precip:
    1.40″ at Fourmile Lake

  9. Mark Nelsen says:

    ALMOST as good as the tornado…Joseph weather cam caught the 2pm severe thunderstorm that moved across the Wallowa Valley…I like how it goes totally clear right after the storm. The time is right around 2pm.

    http://www.josephoregonweather.com/videolastday.wmv

  10. W7ENK says:

    Man, I’m tired! Hopefully I can sleep in tomorrow???

    Haven’t done this for a while:

    [Milwaukie] 7/27/2010
    88.7°F High
    54.7°F Low
    NW 10.1 mph at 1:43p

    G’night all! :Zzz:

  11. Derek Hodges says:

    Nothing to work with, all the surface indicies are dead for any kind of storm action. I do still have my eye on a curious little feature towards the weekend, its a small chance but looks interesting.

    • Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

      Like that little bit of circulation showing on the GFS?
      It’ll know doubt be gone as we get closer. But…..?

    • Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

      Man, we are starved for T Storms here!

    • Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

      But we get some excellent fog and drizzle 😉

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Derek, it would all be elevated no surface heating/LI necessary. There is a plume of steeper mid-level lapse rates 8C/km moving northward. 1-2% chance! 😆

    • Derek Hodges says:

      To Boydo–I do like the look of whats being shown. Most models agree on taking a pretty solid upper level low right to our south with a SE flow aloft. Doesn’t look very moist though, maybe some elevated convection or something.

  12. Justin (Brush Prairie says:

    No storms for awhile. Looks like Arizona may get some action, though.

  13. W7ENK says:

    Not to get anyone’s hopes up (Timmy… cough-cough!) but there is a little patch of upper level moisture travelling NNE that just passed offshore from Cape Blanco in the last few frames of the visible satellite. This is on track to pass over the Portland area in about 4 to 6 hours. I wonder if it’s at all possible for this little blob to develop into anything overnight? I highly doubt it, but from here it kinda looks like a stray albino something???

    Maybe at least worth keeping an eye on…

    http://sat.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/loopsat.php?wfo=pqr&area=west&type=vis&size=1

  14. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    OMG, Estacada and Sandy just got slammed by a huge thunderstorm!

  15. Whoa! Shoulda went East today!!

  16. Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

    Those are rare for that area. My son’s wife is from the Dickenson area of Western ND and last year they had a rare tornado pass thru shortly before we visited them for a week about this time last year and saw the wreckage.
    Technical question, how do I upload pics to this blog?

  17. Well I’m camping near bend, and the last few days we have been brushed by some thunderstorms but not all that impressive.

    Today we got some showers, hail, wind, thunder, and distant lightning, but nothing like last year in early August here which shook the ground, lit up the sky, and gave us a show we wouldn’t soon forget!

    I’m hoping for another impressive light show before I go home to beaverton Sunday, only time will tell.

    Good night everyone!

  18. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Now if we could get real looking radar image like this here!

  19. W7ENK says:

    That’s a nice funnel! Too bad that people lost their lives… but you’re right, it’s amazing considering the lack of population out there. It’s sad when 2 people die, and your State loses ~8% of it’s population. 😆

    Sorry, people dying isn’t funny… 😦

  20. Yevpolo1990 says:

    I wonder if some of the tstorms around medford could sneak up to our area maybe late tonight?

  21. Very impressive!!

    Reached 82° today

  22. Mback says:

    Nice picture indeed. Being a weather nerd, a tornado is one of the things I want to see before I die. I’ve seen a funnel cloud and been in a storm that was tornado warned but that’s about it.

  23. Derek Hodges says:

    http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~ovens/loops/wxloop.cgi?mm5d2_x_500vor+///3

    Still watching this, for fri-sat. Model doesn’t show any precip but its our best bet. Certainly will be another active day eastside of the state though

  24. pappoose in scappoose says:

    A buffalo or stray albino donkey.

  25. Yevpolo1990 says:

    cool picture!
    If only we can score a storm here in portland area this year…

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