Double Rainbow Over The Gorge

Every once in awhile we get a real spectacular or different picture…today was one of those.  From Sharon McCormack on the bluff up in White Salmon.  The view is looking west down the Columbia River.

Stephanie and I have a new rule…it’s a busy weather day when you get a viewer picture that has all 4 of the critical elements (motor home, chicken fence, old pickup, latticework on part of house) in just ONE picture.  That’s pure gold and it happened today.  Now don’t get me wrong…I at one time or another have had 3 of those 4 on MY property, but I’ve never sent in a viewer picture with them.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

144 Responses to Double Rainbow Over The Gorge

  1. Ken says:

    I see the geese are coming home for the winter.

  2. RobWaltemate says:

    I can’t wait until they put doppler radar on the coast! Darn radar doesn’t see anything coming from the NW here for Long Beach!!!! Grrrrr.

  3. goducks09 says:

    I’ve been nostalgically looking at old satellite images from Dec 2008…
    That said, I’m happy Fall is here, and I’m eagerly awaiting a late November cold-snap! Glad the blog is alive and kicking too!

  4. Muxpux says:

    Longview/Kelso 10/26 (back to the future day!)
    High: 48
    Low: 45
    Precip: 1.00″ (as of 8:15pm)

    • W7ENK says:

      Actually, Doc Brown never made it to today. His travels were interrupted when the Lybian Nationals chased and captured him just before travelling 25 years in the future. Thank goodness for bullet-proof vests, huh?! 😆

    • Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

      W7, huh?

    • W7ENK says:

      See, the Libyan Nationalists shot Doc in the chest just after Marty returned home from 1955. They wanted their plutonium from Doc, which he instead took for himself to power his Flux Capacitor and gave the Libyans a mock weapon made out of an empty bomb casing filled with used pinball machine parts… Marty witnessed the whole thing and thought Doc was dead, BUT! Doc was wearing a bullet-proof vest, thanks to the note Marty gave him in 1955! YAY! 😀

    • muxpux says:

      Boydo, in the movie, Oct. 26, 1985 is the date they time travel. however, we have to wait 5 years for the “actual date” they arrive in the future.

    • Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

      I’ll have to watch it again!

    • W7ENK says:

      That reminds me, I need to go buy myself a double-tie tomorrow! Someone’s gotta start the trend, right? We have exactly 5 years left from today… 😆

      I wonder how that would go over in a job interview???

      I digress – we’re straying away from weather.

      So, we know that October 26, 2015 will be a VERY wet evening in Hill Valley, CA. I wonder what it will be like up here… I predict sunny, cool and crisp with breezy conditions coming out of the Gorge, 55/37 at PDX. 😆

  5. High 52
    Low 40
    Rain 0.21″

  6. washington observer says:

    I just read Mark’s blog about his chicken coop.
    I guess I have just never scrolled down far enough on his weather page.

  7. Gregg-Formerly TTD now in Bend says:

    Washington observer, the high desert over here cools off very quickly, especially thrus time of year with clear skies. Currently 33.1, DP 25.4, with clear skies and a light breeze.

    • RobWaltemate says:

      I like that area of Oregon… lots of geology you can see, rock hunting out by Prineville. Sure has changed since the late 1970s that I first remember going over there.

  8. W7ENK says:

    Wooo! It’s chilly-willy in SE PDX right now!
    99E & SE 17th:

    I think I found where our first arctic blast is going to originate from… I’m really surprised the roads in the area haven’t started icing up already! 😆

    • Garron near washington square says:

      Love it! The reporters should be out showing us how cold it is out there right now!!!lol

    • W7ENK says:

      My only question (well, not my only question) is: Is that degrees F or degrees C??? 🙂

    • RobWaltemate says:

      Holy Cow! When I was taking physics those darn minus signs were always sneaking around! Well I know it isn’t that cold in PDX so it must be wind chill! So then the wind is blowing about the speed of sound? haha

  9. muxpux says:

    Longview/Kelso rain total since the 23rd: 3.65″

    also, .89 since 5am today…

  10. muxpux says:

    wow. marks new 7 day takes a turn for the wet/warm. 65?! and lows in the mid 50’s??

    wow. so much for the snow the mountains just got…

  11. Gidrons says:

    Seen the monster low over Minnesota? Glad the World Series isn’t being played there

  12. PaulB/Eugene says:

    12Z GFS = Chehalis flood
    18Z GFS = Chehelis flood

  13. Gregg-Formerly TTD now in Bend says:

    Received 1 1/2″ of snow last night and was a cold and sunny morning. Now it has clouded ip here and temp has dropped from 42 to 39. Hoping for another snow shower or two. Looking at low 20’s tonight.

  14. wendy-silverlake,WA says:

    This rain is unrelenting. My rain gauge is full of needles so it’s not working, but according to the pool (which is just about ready to overflow) I’ve gotten over 4 inches of rain in the last couple of days. Ugh!!!

    • Cherie in Vernonia says:

      I think I see the back side of this latest red blob….at least you might get a little break 🙂

  15. Large outbreak of severe weather, tornado’s on a line from eastern MS, northern GA up thru western PA..

    48.5°….0.11″ rain

  16. muxpux says:

    nozzle is pointed directly at Longview/Kelso today… been absolutely pouring all day here.

  17. Yevpolo1990 says:

    Looks like Hillsboro is getting completely rainshadowed today 🙂

  18. RobWaltemate says:

    Are we in a warm or positive phase of the PDO? I can’t remember what image I saw, but there was a deep low in the North Pacific. Is that the Aleutian low, or just a low presure system? Just wondering what is going to happen is we have both a La Nina and a positive PDO.

    Mostly cloudy still, rain off and on 3 miles north of Long Beach Temp 52.5 DP 48.6 Presure 1014.5

    • RobWaltemate says:

      I had to go back and look at September blog, but Mark said we are in a cold phase of the PDO, which I guess helps along the La Nina.

      Where is a good picture of the Jet streams?

    • RobWaltemate says:

      never mind, I found one here

    • W7ENK says:

      PDO has switched Negative = Cooler
      NPI has switched Positive = Cooler
      ENSO has switched La Niña = Cooler
      Solar Cycle still Minimum = Cooler???


    • W7ENK says:

      …And according to Pete Parsons per my discussion with him at the OMSI weather meeting, we’ve never seen an alignment like this before, so no one knows what will happen.

    • RobWaltemate says:

      Perfect storm!

    • W7ENK says:

      Let’s hope this winter makes December 2008 look like a walk in the park! 😈

  19. Cherie in Vernonia says:

    Some of you may not have this link. Click on weather/roads on the left side bar….then select what might interest you. Neat winter resource

  20. PaulB/Eugene says:

    Model overview…midday Oct 26 version:

    Lots of snow fell, mostly above 4000-4500 feet elevation, during the past couple days….good for ski areas.

    A few quiet days coming up. Troughing digging down toward central California midweek…some rain down there, with trough affecting southern CA Fri into Sat…could be some lingering wetness during Ducks-Trojans game. Consider me crazy for flying down to LA to watch the game, with wife and kids no less. Crazy people live in Eugen I guess.

    GFS MM5 has a tidy little low tracking toward Vanc Is Halloween, should be gales on coast with that…ECMWF does not show this feature much.

    Concerning on the horizon is possibility of heavy rain early next week. MM5 GFS has heavy rains, 48h precip in excess of 2-3 inches from PDX area N to Puget Sound, while ECMWF is farther north. This will not be a cold rain…with snow levels probably about 6K feet with this. Fortunately, there is not much snow below 4000′, but still have to worry that Chehalis will flood yet again. Get those sand bags ready?

    As for OR Cascades, it looks as if they will be on the milder dry side of things during the next week, with some of the snow melting, but the ski areas hopefully will hold onto some of it until it cools off again.

    Looking at ensembles, it looks like it will transition back into maritime, cool, wet pattern from days 10-15 and beyond. GFS operational run has quite cold trough over us at end of run…in la la land.

    CFS does not have any arctic air for us…although shows northern Rockies, Great Plains arctic blast after Thanksgiving….in lalalala land.

  21. Sea ice starting to make its presence know in Barrow:

  22. Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

    First hint of cold air has made it’s debut on the GFS 12Z run! granted it’s the last hour of the run but it is still there… 🙂

    Hour 384: 528THK -4C @ 850mb


  23. PaulB/Eugene says:

    Now ODOT report says 6″ at government camp….not sure what the snow depth up there is…but it is 26″ at Santiam

  24. RobWaltemate says:

    Temp & DP 49.3, rain 0.50″ and gray all over sky.
    Presure 1012.3 mb
    Wind 6 G 17 mph West
    about 3 miles North of Long Beach.

    It is 66 inside the house so time to start a fire!

  25. WeatherLurker says:

    Time to start building an ark! Possible flooding rains next week if the 12z is accurate.

    • WeatherLurker says:

      BTW this model run looks like classic La Nina. Either juicy systems hitting us from the southwest or blocking off-shore and cool/cold northerly flow.

  26. Emily Waldman says:

    Is the low pressure system battering the plains & Midwest, the same low that was off Vancouver Island & battered us? It appears that it got much uglier since it left us!

  27. washington observer says:

    I think that lightning strike in Clark County yesterday was in the back of my mom’s pasture.
    Sure made a big boom.

    There is also a little apple tree in her yard that is blooming????

  28. washington observer says:

    Thanks to both Tyler and RobWaltemate for great pictures and videos of the storm on the coast.
    I assume the bar is open now?
    Even though some of you think we have boring weather, I say….
    What a great area we live in that we can show pictures of an ocean storm and mountain snows all on the same day and only a few hours apart.
    Oh…and double rainbows!!

  29. Yevpolo1990 says:

    holy moly next week 12z just abuses us with rain!

  30. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Socked in rain now, vis/IR sat shows pulse of energy coming down over us.

  31. Gidrons says:

    GFS lala 12z is showing the first blocking ridge of the season.

    • Andrew Johnson says:

      It is. Nice to see. It’d be nice if it ends up a little bit further west then where the GFS is showing. My goodness next week looks wet though doesn’t it!

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