Weather In The Classroom

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90 Responses to Weather In The Classroom

  1. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    Wow…check out the jump in dewpoint at Vancouver…16 degrees between 8 and 9 pm.

  2. Laura Fenn says:

    Am I hearing thunder?

  3. W7ENK says:

    Why are we so privileged here in the PNW???


  4. Battle Ground Brian says:

    09-02-2010 Oregon Temperature Extremes


    High: 101 at Buckhorn Springs
    Low: 69 at Red Mound


    High: 57 at Mt Howard
    Low: 25 at Crane Prairie

    Largest Diurnal Change: 54 degrees
    Prineville 4NW (91/37)
    Klamath NWR (87/33)

  5. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    Digging through the archives…my road trip that ended at Mt. Baker in September of 2006…it was just gorgeous!

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

    There is some fairly strong elevated instability present to our south upwards of 2000J/kg.
    A weak disturbance is moving towards us. I doubt anything develops, but it is worth keeping an eye on.

  7. Jethro says:

    High of 88 in Molalla today, down to 82 with the overcast. Nice to have a little balmy weather again.

  8. Kyle says:

    Rob are your skies as overcast as mine with temps dropping fast from 86+ degrees?

    Good LORD!!!!!!! I am so tired I put my email in wrong TWICE and those two comments are now stuck in moderation as a result of me being tired! *Insert very bad swear word here*

  9. Kyle says:

    Rob: Are your skies suddenly as overcast as mine?

    And did your temp made it to 90F like mine?

    P.S: I am actually 84F now and dropping fast with very light SE winds.

    It looks like it wants to get wet here but where will all that water come from?

  10. Heard we had a minor earthquake today…

    High here today reached 85°

    Currently 82 with little east wind.

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


    … I see PDX is 86. Just as long as we do not hit 90!

  12. A friend lives where the + is on this radar..roughly 37 miles inland from Morehead City,NC…where CNN has a crew. Sure am hoping they do not get the full brunt!,+NC&type=N

  13. W7ENK says:

    Well, lookie here… I musta done somethin’ right this time! 🙂

    That’s been 4 frustrating years in the making…
    This makes me smile! 😀

    Sure is windy out there today. N-NE 10 to 15 G22

    • Punxsutawney (aka HIOPHIL) at work by Sunset High elev ~280' says:

      Gonna have a tail wind on the ride home – WOO HOO! 🙂

  14. branch confusion
    wet south becomes dry northeast
    leaf disposal looms

  15. Currently 68.5°F and clear. . . Absolutely glorious morning!!

  16. Beautiful sunny 66° currently

  17. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Hurricane Earl is now starting to close its eye, the eye isn’t as visible as it was last night and this morning.

  18. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    What I’ve noticed about most students is that they misunderstand that usually weather does not stay the same for 24 hours straight (typically speaking). I remember a couple years back I actually gave a morning forecast for a whole week in class. When on that Friday, the forecast called for ‘partly cloudy’ skies with a few rain showers. And we had almost exactly as the weather said. In the afternoon that day, everyone was wondering why it was sunny when it was supposed to rain. And then I thought to myself… When its partly cloudy, the clouds don’t cover up the whole sky, right? 🙂

    Just thought I wanted to share that.

    • Brian in Bellingham says:

      I think that applies to the general public as well, and probably causes meteorologists to pull their hair out.

      The other thing that happens is when people tell others what they heard the weather is supposed to be, and it gets distorted. The pro met will say “20 percent chance of rain, maybe mixed with snow”. Someone hears it, tells their friend it is supposed to snow, the friend tells another friend a snowstorm is coming, then that person tells someone else that a foot or more of snow will fall, etc.

      Then what actually happens of course is that there are a few showers with a snowflake or two mixed in, like the pro met said, but the people that were expecting a blizzard will think the weatherman is an idiot.

  19. Garron near washington square says:

    Looks like Earl’s undergoing some sheer from the massive front approaching the eastern sea board from the west. Still quite an impressive storm.

  20. Punxsutawney (aka HIOPHIL) at work by Sunset High elev ~280' says:

    Interesting photo on Spaceweather this morning of a Glory.

    And more on the phenomena. Some pretty cool stuff on this website. This is the first time I have visited it.

  21. Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

    The 06Z run is a wonderfully Autumn forecast… Glad to seed spots of drizzle/light rain scattered about. I missed the rain so!

  22. …from the 2:36 AFD:

    ….now what the heck does that mean?????

    • Washington Observer says:

      uhmmm, I don’t know but they are right above me.
      Lots of them.
      Fat ones.

    • Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

      The aliens have finally arrived and it wasn’t NASA, The US Military, the KGB, or any other military or intelligence unit that discovered them first. It was NOAA!!!!!

      Buahahaha… Who’s calling us weather geeks now?

    • Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

      Be afraid, be VERY afraid…

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      Cylons have found earth…

    • Punxsutawney (aka HIOPHIL) at work by Sunset High elev ~280' says:

      Jet Contrails,

      Must be a lot of moisture at that level of the atmosphere….or….OH NO! CHEMTRAILS!!!


    • Garron near washington square says:

      I saw W7ENK,’s youtube video collection. About a year ago he posted a vid of some strange returns between Bend and Kfalls. IS it a return visit from some vacation aliens?

    • sundaze says:

      It means either this guy is drinking adult pop. Or ‘we’ all know what that means but don’t really want to discuss it and would rather keep our collective heads in the sand…

      Maybe it was just a C-130 flying around in the system?… (if that’s your thing)

      OR… Maybe Marks answer is best and has something to do with 2012? Take your pick…

    • W7ENK says:

      @Garron: Oh God, you watched ALL of them?!? I’m sorry… 😆

      You mean this one:

      The only good explanation I got was military chaff, but then the guy that told me that followed up by saying that the military doesn’t spray chaff over land, especially over populated areas because it wreaks havoc when it falls onto powerlines.

      My only other explanation would be some form of Tropospheric ducting of the radar signal… it happens.

      I didn’t see today’s mysterious whatever, so I have no idea. Did anyone get photos or radar images???

    • W7 – if it’s what I think folks are talking about, I’d think they’d be visible at your location. I’m in Tigard right now and there are many contrail lines to my east and a couple to my west.

    • W7ENK says:

      Yes, I just see some very heavy contrails. There must be some very cold air up there!

    • Yep, must be chem trails!!

  23. Welcome to the tomatoes blog 🙂

    • Garron near washington square says:

      I call it the make a wish blog…

      Wishing for: ripe tomatoes, tornadoes, snow-nadoes, ect…lol

  24. Washington Observer says:

    My unofficial observation this morning.
    Air is coming up through my stove vent which means an easterly flow.

  25. Battle Ground Brian says:

    09-01-2010 Oregon Weather Extremes

    High: 87 at Illinois Valley
    Low: 64 at Rufus

    High: 46 at Mt Howard and Timberline Lodger (Palmer)
    Low: 33 at Crane Prairie

    Largest Diurnal Change: 43 degrees
    Beatty (77/34)

    Heaviest Rainfall: 1.66″ at Log Creek

  26. W7ENK says:

    [Milwaukie] 9/1/2010
    73.5°F High ◄▬ +7.7°/KORMILWA3, +0.8°/KORMILWA5
    59.4°F Low
    SW 27.0 mph 7:40a

    Interesting disparity between the two ‘official’ Wunderground stations today, 7 degrees over 3/4 of a mile? Hmm…

    I didn’t think the wind was quite that strong, but I guess the gust that woke me up at 4:40 this morning was 23.2 mph. Coulda been, as I had some plant damage.

    Sure was random. 😕

  27. Garron near washington square says:

    Earl’s got quite a well formed uninhibited look to him. Look out east coast!!!

    • W7ENK says:

      Wow, that’s one hellovan eye!!! 😯

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      The last image I have seen the eye has become very circular, no ragged characteristics. Also the SWLY shear which was having a more pronounced effect on Earl’s SW quadrant may be lessening. I see the outflow from the CDO is expanding as well as the deeper/colder cloud tops wrapping back around to his SW side. Hmmm…

  28. High 71°
    Low 58°
    Rainfall 0.06″

  29. MasterNate says:

    I’m not bragging here but we have an abundance of ripe red large tomatoes in are garden. We have been eating them for about 3 weeks so I dont know what exactly everyone is doing wrong. The only advise I can give is that we planted them 1′ away from the south side of the house which has Hardi Plank Cement siding and our plants are about 5′ tall and producing well. The siding radiats the heat long after the sun has set. The only green tomatoes we have are away from thisa location. Take Note!!

  30. Jim in N. Tabor says:

    For what it’s worth to those of you that grow and enjoy home grown tomatoes like we do, here is something to try that has always worked well for us. Once it gets cold and they won’t ripen on the vine pick off all of them and set them on newspaper near a heat source such as a furnace where it’s pretty warm and dark. They will ripen fairly soon and you could have red ones clear until mid to late Nov., we’ve even had them until early Dec but rarely. The quality isn’t as good as vine ripened but not too bad. Give it a try.

  31. geo says:

    BY the way it also said a snowstorm around dec. 16-18 followed by heavy rains. 1964?

    • WEATHERDAN says:

      On the Saturday before Christmas in 1964 the snow was falling very heavy. Well over an inch per hour. Salem was in the low 20’s. By early afternoon with a strong south wind the temperature hit 32 degrees and was rising rapidly. It was now raining very hard. By 6:00 PM the temperature exceeded 50 degrees and was still going up. By midnight under heavy rain the temperature in Salem was close to 60 degrees. The snow level had risen to almost 10,000 feet and we began a pineapple express episode. Over the next 3 days parts of the Willamette Valley had over a foot of rain fall with heavy snowmelt. After one of the worst floods in Oregons history the snow started falling again 5 days later. It was a weird winter.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      Weatherdan, thanks for posting that. As I read that came this thought: “How is that even possible???”


      So that change happened in one day?

  32. geo says:

    For what it’s worth, stopped off at borders today to glance at the old farmers almanac 2011 edition and it said for region 15 which is the coastal pacific northwest that the winter is going to be snowy and mild. Why on earth would they use the word mild in conjunction with snow. You would think COLD & SNOWY!

  33. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    How about weather in the living room? Where all of my family can ask you the exact same question they ask me (and the same questions the kids at the schools ask you). LOL sometimes their complete lack of knowledge amazes me!

  34. W7ENK says:

    That wind early this morning snapped one of my tomato plants’ branches off, taking about 5 or 6 decent sized fruits along with. Still green, I suppose those would constitute my first harvest? I have 3 red ones I’m leaving until tomorrow, and three more on their way after today’s sunshine… finally!

    • W7ENK says:

      Oh, and the wind snapped several of my corn stalks, and popped off a few of the smaller, immature corns.

      It’s frustrating.

    • Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

      Ya well at least you didn’t have a couple Bambis doing selective harvesting in the garden!

    • W7ENK says:

      Haha, yeah. Thankfully, I’m a little too urban for ‘Bambis’.

    • Garron near washington square says:

      My friend and I grow ours at his house right off the Powell Butte park, and those lil bambis presented quite a challenge. This year we purchased deer netting and used some poles, and it actually did the trick. I was wondering about covering the plants in plastic, but do you have to pollenate them by hand? I’ve actually used a small paint brush to get the blossoms to fruit, but it’s kind of a pain in the butt.

  35. Washington Observer says:

    I’m not a teacher but my husband is.
    But I really don’t think you want to drive all the way to Glenwood to talk to a school of about 50 kids.
    This is what the kids around here know about the weather.
    When there is a cap on our mountain it is going to rain or snow.
    They are excited about the first fall/winter snowfall and they cry when it is still snowing in April.

  36. AugTober weather
    Early start for leaf peeping
    Fried green tomatoes


  37. Kyle says:

    Still 0.00 so my dry spell isn’ offically over yet.

    I wonder what the record for the least amount of rainfall is for Salem airport?

    • Battle Ground Brian says:

      Thats amazing Kyle, a dounpour south of your house one day and then one north of your house the next day.

  38. k5mitch says:

    green tom’s, green tom’s, green tom’s. Plastic Thursday. I was just telling the wife as I was cutting up a roma from the store isn’t this strange buying toms this time of year…go figure. 😦

  39. Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

    I have to admit that I have been harvesting red ripe tomatoes since mid July. I built some cold frames (plastic covers) for my raised beds. I usually start the tomatoes and peppers (as plants) in the beds in early May or late April. This year was bad tho when I had fully developed tomatoes molding in the cold frames in June!
    Once we got thru June things were fine but not nearly as prolific as last year. I also plant spinach, lettuce and other greens early and late and put them under the cover for a long growing season. So if you want to get a consistently good batch of warm weather veggies, try putting them under cover.

  40. vince says:

    All tomato people. Tomatoes will continue to grow till first frost. Right now you should pull off most of the flowers because they won’t rippen anyway and the Toms. will rippen quicker. If you only have a few plants you can cover them in clear plastic and prolong the season as it protects the plants from rain and frost. Once the first hard freeze hits they are toast. Last year I was still getting some in Nov. Pull the plastic when it gets too warm. Too much water and the fruits get mushy. Since this has been a terrible season for Toms. this is the way to go. I don’t eat tomatoes in the Winter because are horrible from wherever you get them from.

  41. Somewhat pleasant 69° currently. 0.61″ rain yesterday and 0.06″ today..

  42. Sifton says:

    Yeh, I WIN!!

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