East Wind Starting Up…

November 2, 2010

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Here’s a pic from Chanticleer Pt. right now…maybe a 20-25 mph wind..should be far windier the next 24 hours!  More later…Mark

9:30pm Update:

Gradient is picking up this evening, already approaching 6 millibars PDX-DLS (I suppose it would be -6 mb, but you get the idea).  One surprise, at least to me, is that it’s also a “downslope” wind this evening.  Wind is blowing in the areas that only get east wind when it comes off the Cascades.  That includes Battle Ground, the Lewis River Valley, Woodland, Sandy, Brightwood, Eagle Creek etc…

00z WRF-GFS shows 55-60 mph wind around the 2,000′ level over the Metro Area peaking around daybreak.  That’s impressive even in winter.

Gradient should peak during the morning hours tomorrow, then it just turns to a regular “Gorge Wind” tomorrow evening.

With such a strong wind, it’s going to be a very warm night, remaining in the 50s in the windy spots, maybe even near 60! 

No big changes in the longer term forecast…turning wet and cooler this weekend and beyond.  Interesting maps up around 10 days.  The 12z GFS had a cold pattern setting up around hour 240 or so, but now the 00z GFS has the ridge to our west much closer, giving us drier and mild conditions.  So now we can play the “10-Day Map Game” between now and March many more times…

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


Have You Voted?

November 2, 2010

Today is a big day..,Election Day in the United States of America.  And it’s sunny too!  Or at least it will be soon in the areas that still have clouds.

If you haven’t voted yet, there is still time.  In a democracy like ours there is no reason you shouldn’t be voting.  Sure it’s your right not to.  But today, when a record turnout for a mid-term election is forecast, it’s pathetic and a disgrace that in the USA that still means only about 40% of the eligible voting population will show up at the polls.  In most democracies the number is in the 70-95% range.  I know, it’s just an agonizing amount of work to fill out the ballot that came in the mail, put on a stamp and send it back.  Good lord, you might even have to read up on some of the positions.  But people die for that right in other countries, in fact American soldiers die weekly to give that right to others over in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I still remember the first time I went to vote; Lewis County Washington – 1988 Presidential Election.  That was a great feeling to walk in, have the nice little old ladies give me the card, and then go punch out my choices.  This will probably come back to bite me at some point, but I think I’ve voted in every single election since then.  And my political views have gone totally from one side of the spectrum to the other.  Now they are a muddled mix that doesn’t fit in either of the two main political parties.  But through the changes I always voted.  Of course I sure don’t have plans to run for political office in the future, but maybe the local school board?  No, that’s probably worse than forecasting rain/snow at 34 degrees!

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen