Happy Birthday: 5 Year Old Weather Blog

November 30, 2010

I almost forgot!  It was 5 years ago tonight that we started what has now become the largest (only?) gathering place for Oregon and Washington weather nuts to get together and discuss weather. 

The Fox12 Weather Blog began on November 30th, 2005 right here.  We started it, by chance, on a day when a Winter Storm Warning was up for the Metro area and stations were trumpeting the “big storm” on the way.  Some were expecting 2-6″!  I disagreed and was all alone.  It didn’t even seem close to me.  As I recall it was significantly warmer in the Columbia Basin that night than what we see over there right now.  My boss kept coming in and saying “are you sure???”.   The pressure was on big-time.  We even did something we have never done since.  Wayne put together video and forecasts from the 3 other TV stations and did a comparison of the wildly different forecasts.  Viewers just loved it, like a one-stop forecast.

I had a sleepless night;  but Portland woke up to rain showers with a dusting on the top of the West Hills (at best).  It never snowed.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


On to Slower Weather

November 30, 2010

Things worked out well the last 24 hours forecast-wise.  Strong wind at the coast but not damaging…most gusts in the 50-60 mph range at best.  Plenty of snow in the mountains, actually a bit more.  Looks like 12-18″ will be the storm total up there.  A good dump of snow in the central and eastern Gorge too.  5″ or so in Cascade Locks/Stevenson area and 6-8″ in the Hood River Valley.  I haven’t heard how much fell up in the Upper Valley in the Parkdale area, but I bet it was in the 8-10″ range at least.  And finally, some freezing rain at the west end of the Gorge above about the 700′ elevation.  I drove through this at 1pm today east of Crown Pt. (the picture above).  Thickest accumulation was about 1/2″.  BUT, with the easterly gradient down to less than 2 millibars through the Gorge this evening, the cold air layer is now less than 1,000′ thick.  I see the temp at my home has jumped to 43 degrees…warmest in about 10 days.

Looking ahead…it’s dullsville through the next 5-6 days west of the Cascades.  Some cool easterly wind Saturday-Monday; pray it’s enough to keep the fog at bay.  Those of you down the Valley can expect lots of fog this weekend.  Clear areas should all see lows in the 20s though.  East of the Cascades a very nice snowy system moves northeast on Thursday.  Another round of snow in the Blues/Wallowas, and John Day/Burns areas too.

Models all point to a renewed and very wet Pacific Jet Stream getting established again about 7 days from now.  Maybe we can get some REALLY windy systems…after all…it will be early-mid December!

I recorded a half hour segment on weather and the outdoors for the folks over at Keene HybridLife Radio today.  It’ll be on at 1pm Wednesday (tomorrow) streaming over the Internet. at the link I just highlighted.  I answered lots of questions about searching for signs in the sky, weather myths (a pig gathering wood means rain???), and even successfully navigated a surprise global warming question.  Those were good times on a gloomy Tuesday morning.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen