Winter Weather Meeting In 3 Weeks

The yearly winter weather meeting is coming up in just 3 weeks!  Make sure you are there for the Oregon AMS meeting.  It’s always the highest-attended of the year…here is the press release, which you can also find on their website:

 Oregon Chapter American Meteorological Society


 Regional Weather Experts Will Once Again Descend On Portland To Predict This Coming Winter’s Weather!

 (Portland, Oregon – September 23rd 2010) – La Nina is back! The Portland International Airport recorded its wettest June in history this year, along with its coldest summer in 17 years. Records fell all across the Pacific Northwest this spring and summer. Is our record setting weather expected to continue into the winter months? What about our chances for low elevation snow?

 The Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society is proud to announce the 18th annual “What Will the Winter Be Like” forecast meeting. This year’s event will once again be held at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), located at 1945 S.E. Water Avenue in Portland on Saturday, October 16th 2010 from 10 am to 12 noon. The meeting will be free, open to the general public and will also include our annual “snowflake contest” where attendees can take a guess at when the first snow will fall in Portland this coming winter. Prizes will be awarded to the winner(s) after the first snowfall. Last year’s meeting drew a record crowd of nearly 300 people from all across Oregon and Washington. In keeping with tradition, regional news media is again encouraged to advance and cover this informative event. This year’s guest speakers will include:

 Review of last winter (2009/2010)

Mark Nelsen, KPTV Fox-12 Chief Meteorologist

 Forecasts for this coming winter (2010/2011)

Tyree Wilde, NOAA-National Weather Service WC Meteorologist, Portland

George Taylor, Applied Climate Services Climatologist, LLC, Corvallis, Oregon

Pete Parsons, Oregon Department of Agriculture Meteorologist, Salem, Oregon

Kyle Dittmer, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Hydrologist-Meteorologist, Portland

Steve Pierce
Vice President, Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)
Phone: 503-504-2075 (Portland)


Oregon AMS chapter web site: 

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26 Responses to Winter Weather Meeting In 3 Weeks

  1. PaulB/Eugene says:

    12Z GFS backing off once again on Late Sept/early Oct heat wave….waiting for other models…..last run of ECMWF did look a bit toasty for fall though

  2. Tessa says:

    Can someone please tell all weather people that it is La Niña not La Nina!! There is a huge difference! It’s pronounced “neen-ya” and if you don’t add the tilde (ñ) then you’re writing it “nee-na”. It’s driving me crazy. 🙂

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      That’s in Spanish though. We’re talking English here. Just like with German words (or other non-English languages), we’re not going to get each word perfectly. Doesn’t German have a funny little character or two? I think those are generally ignored in English-speaking countries.

      Have you actually heard a person call it LA-NEEN-A? Now that would be funny and a bit ignorant.

    • Tessa says:

      But it is a Spanish word. 🙂

      Just because it’s in another language doesn’t mean we shouldn’t write it correctly either. Just a pet peeve of mine!

      (And, sadly, I have heard people pronounce it “nee-nah”.)

  3. 00Z GFS @ KTTD – Hottest run we have had since August. Near record heat first week of October.

    11 days above 80 degrees and all 16 days above 70.
    850mb temps of +23C on October 6th. Wow!!

  4. Jim in N. Tabor says:

    I see in-Accu Weather shows a 95% chance of T-storms most everyday next week starting Sunday p.m. yet they show clear and sunny most days with 0% chance of precip. Go figure. Anybody see anything to support that ?

  5. High 62
    Low 47
    Trace of rain in the form of a few misty type showers.

  6. Dan (Corvallis) says:

    Sadly, I will have to miss the meeting. I have to be in Tacoma at 1pm. Has anyone thought of recording it for a podcast? I know the group posts the information put out by the individual speakers; however, it would be fun to be able to see it on “tape delay.”

    I went last year for the first time and had a fantastic time. I love watching the weather, especially here in western Oregon. This year should be interesting. I recall 1989 with a foot and half of snow in early February, just a week after it was close to 70. I even remember Pete Parson’s TV forcast for this event. He was right one…

  7. Today was the coolest max temperature here at BG Lake since June 20th when we had a High of 56.2.

    09-23-2010 Summary
    High: 56.6 Low: 48.9 Precip: 0.18″

    September precip so far: 3.48″

  8. Yevpolo1990 says:

    Definitely a meeting all of the weather lovers have to attend, if I remember correctly George Taylor last year had the forecast nailed (mentioning a warm and a strong El Nino period in January of 2010).
    He was dead on target.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Did he predict an arctic outbreak in December?

    • Yevpolo1990 says:

      nope, this is last year Jesse

    • Yevpolo1990 says:

      Sorry, (forgot we actually did have one last year…gee i wonder why i forgot)
      As far as I remember I think he did…

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      I don’t remember that. I do remember he and Pete Parsons really poo-pooing (that a word?) a “very weak and strange” El Nino. Then it ended up being very strong. I got the impression there were some bad forecasts. The worst was Kyle forecasting 6 snowfall events here in Portland…that worked out well. Sorry to be so negative, but this last winter really reinforced why I think it’s not a good idea to go for specifics in a winter forecast.

    • Have to agree with Mark. There were some blown winter forecasts…

    • Yevpolo1990 says:

      You are right, but the “weird” El Nino prediction was probably the closest forecast then, yea so much for 6 snow events! :/

  9. Paul D says:

    I just watched the 7 day forecast video with Stephanie, and it has completely different temperatures than the 7 day forecast graphic to the right of the video. So which is it?

  10. Garron near washington square says:

    This is going to be a very interesting one indeed. So much to go over, I have a feeling this year will be a record setter once again! I manage for a grocery store, and it’s just amazing how much the public is informed with weather and the upcoming winter ahead! It would seem that everyone has gotten the message about the impending weather predictions.

    • Shelleylovessnow says:

      I work for a big box home improvement company and we already have the faucet covers out and people are buying them. I don’t remember seeing that (this early) in the 11 yrs. I’ve worked for the company and I am hearing daily from customers that we are in for a bad winter. The last few years have reminded me of how the seasons used to be when I was growing up. Wind storms, snow, silver thaws. I hope we get all of that this winter.

  11. Oh, I’m so there! First time for me at this meeting.
    I did go to stark street pizza last fall though. This will be fun!

  12. Me planning on going………..

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