A new St. Bernard on the Mountain

September 14, 2010

Timberline Lodge has a new St. Bernard.  In this case it’s a very young one!  The name is Heidi.  Read all about it here.  Timberline’s St. Bernard’s are legendary to those of us that grew up in Northern Oregon and Southern Washington; always paddling around the parking lot since the 1930s.  So what’s the weather connection?  Not too much except for us weather folks Timberline Lodge definitely brings up the image of “winter weather”.  Heidi should see plenty of snow in her first winter; luckily if genes have any part, she’ll grow quickly.

A New Week

September 13, 2010

Sharon McCormack sent this picture in this evening. She lives on the White Salmon Bluff, with a great view across the Columbia River.

Considering it was such a boring weather day, it was real nice to see a LITTLE weather action this evening.  Thunderstorms fired up across Central Oregon, then moved north and east, continuing well after dark.  In fact this was probably only the 2nd (or maybe 3rd) time this summer we were able to see any flashes of lightning after dark.  Geez, do we have boring summer weather or what!  Thankfully we can do other things in our beautiful region while enjoying the boring weather.  For example the picture above is the sunset view from someone’s deck in White Salmon.

Moving on, the 7 day forecast needed some serious surgery when I came in this afternoon.  A deep upper-low is going to set up off the West Coast the 2nd half of the week.  It appears to send an upper level disturbance up over us Wednesday night, then a 2nd stronger wave and surface low comes up along the Coast Friday.  Either one could be real juicy; my money is on the 2nd.  The big picture?  It’s going to get wet, so cover up any projects you have outside by Wednesday afternoon.

I started looking at La Nina details today.  I had compiled quite a little database of the last 20 La Nina events and their effects on our area.  Too bad the last two La Ninas didn’t actually produce measurable snowfall in Portland (at PDX).  I forgot about that.  Of course it was far different in the hills wasn’t it?

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

Perfect Weather Ahead

September 10, 2010

I know, it’s always a subjective thing (remember the mean rain lady?) but looking at this 7 Day forecast has to bring a smile to most people.  Many days in the 70s beginning this weekend.  Not hot, not cloudy and chilly.  No need for either heat or air conditioning.

So why such a nice stretch?  We don’t have a large or hot ridge of high pressure in the upper-atmosphere, but upper-level heights rise in general.  A warming airmass with weak onshore flow just means temperatures rise about 10 degrees warmer than they have been during the past week.  IF we had easterly wind and a real warm airmass we could still make it into the 90s this time of year.  Tomorrow’s record high 94 degrees here in Portland was set just last year on September 11th.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

Cool West This Summer

September 9, 2010

No big surprise here, but a colorful picture of our summer temps from NCDC:  a cool west this summer and a hot eastern USA (especially in the southeast).

Time to Vote

September 9, 2010

It’s been 3 months since we’ve done a poll.  We’re trying to get an idea who goes to what sites, please vote:

I should point out that I didn’t include the option I myself would have clicked:  “both, but what a waste of time!”.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

A Test For Facebook

September 9, 2010

Just a test here to see if we can do a double “FTL” jump:  That would be blog -> twitter -> facebook.

A Warmer Forecast

September 8, 2010

A slight change in the forecast this evening.  The general trend in the models the last 24 hours has been to push upper-level heights a bit higher this weekend through early next week.  I sure wouldn’t say Summer is coming back, but it’ll definitely be sunnier and warmer beginning Friday afternoon.

A nice addition to our online presence tonight; Brian set up a Facebook Page: 


We’re working on getting the blog posts to go directly to the page, but for technical reasons it can’t for now.  But they are going to my Facebook page: Mark Nelsen.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen