Winter Weather Meeting Saturday

October 14, 2010

Good times ahead for the weather enthusiast.  It’s time for the 18th annual What Will the Winter Be Like meeting at OMSI.  Hard to believe we’ve been doing this since the early 1990s!  It used to be held in a small conference room and maybe 15-20 people would show up.  Now we regularly see more than 100.  I wouldn’t be surprised if we approach 300 this year.

You are invited…as the event is open to the public.  The meeting basically consists of 3­-4 forecasters getting up and giving their thoughts about what might happen during the upcoming winter.  A lot of times they are wrong, sometimes they are right, but there is always lots of good discussion.  Last year one person forecast 6 snow events in Portland; you are welcome to ask him about it this year!  Also lots of discussion about La Nina, MJO, QBO, and other big phrases.  The event is held in the auditorium and lasts about 2 hours.  I will be there, but I just give a review of the previous year’s weather.  You’ve seen my thoughts about the upcoming winter in previous posts about La Nina.  You can click on the tab above labelled LA NINA 2010.  Another member or two of the FOX12 weather team may show up too.

Other meeting details are here at the…Oregon AMS website.

We have an incredible stretch of late October sunny weather on the way tomorrow through at least the middle of the week.  Enjoy the sunshine!…I will be off tomorrow, but back at work Monday.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen