Happy Birthday: 5 Year Old Weather Blog

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

93 Responses to Happy Birthday: 5 Year Old Weather Blog

  1. Kyle says:

    Hmm why didn’t my post come out as 0.04 of a degree?

    Stupid wordpress!

  2. Kyle says:

    Maybe we will be 0.004 degrees warmer in 2011 to bring back Global Warming and save us from a Maunder Minimum. 🙂

    Please just ignore the Jurassic and Medival warming periods as they didn’t exist no matter what evidence proves and we all need to put a tax on farting in public.

  3. PDX Weather Nut says:

    Interesting climate article on the net today: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101202/ap_on_sc/climate

    • W7ENK says:

      So, they’re getting all worked up over 2/100ths of a degree?

      Really? REALLY??? C’mon now…


      ↑↑ New post, BTW. ↑↑

    • W7ENK says:

      I just can’t contain this: 😦

      So, if 1998 and 2010 were the last 2 of the “HOTTEST YEARS ON RECORD!!!”, then doesn’t that mean that 1999 was cooler than 1998? And 2000? And 2001?? And 2002, and 2003, and 2004??? 2005???? 2006-7-8-and-9 ???!???

      [freak-out mode]
      [/freak-out mode]

      Thank goodness we had 2010 to break us of that cooling trend by 0.02 degrees… WHEW!

      Gimme a break.

      What do records show before 1850? Oh that’s right, there aren’t many. But, the Arctic was reported by many a ship Captain to be completely devoid of ice in the summers of the 1840s. We have yet to reach that point again, though that most certainly must have been caused by human pollutants put into the atmosphere at the start of the Industrial Revolution, clearly.

      What about the Medieval Warming Period between 1000 to 1300 AD? Was that caused by cars and factories, too? Or maybe it was greenhouse gas emissions from campfires, or maybe it was from all the fires while the villagers were being pillaged?

      What about during the Jurassic Period when average global temperatures were in the 90F+ range and CO2 levels were around 3000ppm (~380ppm today), not to mention that there was no polar ice at all?

      Or the countless others?

      We’ll just overlook the reversals and other historical cooling cycles and concentrate only on the warming periods that prove our point, ‘kay? 🙄

  4. Kyle From Silverton says:

    I meant I tried to do that once myself but failed.

    I don’t get how the other forum members got away with it but strange things happen in life to the most innocent people on earth.

  5. Kyle From Silverton says:

    The only good thing Western Has (besides covering more areas) is talking about the PDO/NAO and other ocean conditions or I’d ignore that forum all together.

    Oh yes and the Northern California threads that pop up from time to time which I tried to do but failed.

  6. PaulB/Eugene says:

    Many thanks to Mark for setting up this blog. I think it has been 3-4 years since I first stumbled into the KPTV weather blog, and I have been fortunate ever since to have the opportunity to hear what other weather nuts have to say about upcoming weather action. It has been an interesting ride…keep it going!

  7. Office Man says:

    I’ve never seen a forecaster wishcast like this before!

  8. Sifton says:

    Happy B-Day Weather Boy!!

  9. Mountain Man says:

    I had to miss marks Q&A at 1:00 and that site has no link to listen to it that I can find. Now I am feeling a little depressed…

    • Andrew Johnson says:

      It was pretty interesting. I missed the first ten minutes, but what I heard they were asking him questions about the upcoming winter, climate change, old weather folklore, etc…

    • RobWaltemate says:

      I had to use Real Player to rip it from the stream on the first link Mark gave. I have it saved to a disk, and I could send it via email if anyone realy wanted it.

    • RobWaltemate says:

      oops, wrong post! haha

  10. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    So much can be said and there is so much to say. 5 years have gone by, and yes it is hard to believe. I have been here through it all with everyone. The good times, the bad times, every weather event, every “bust”, all of the enthusiasm, excitement, and let downs. Speaking for myself(And perhaps others?) the comparison between then to now is astounding in terms of the knowledge I have obtained, understanding of the atmosphere, computer models, improving my analysis, and other things.

    I definitely would not be at the point I am now in terms of those things if it were not for you, Mark, so thanks again. I too have seen you Mark improve greatly and perhaps this Blog has helped you too as much as it has helped all of us, not just as a platform to discuss our WX passion, but as an educational tool thanks to all of your updates, detailed analysis, and expertise.

    The fact is the Blog has simply become a way of life for many of us and it is not realistic to picture daily life without it. Whether that means you are a lurker, an occasional poster, or a die-hard obsessive poster(See ME :lol:) it doesn’t matter we’re all here for the same thing.

    Mark, you have allowed this to become a Family of sorts with the added benefit of the get-togethers for us weather enthusiasts. Certainly a lot has happened as these past 5 years have transpired. Hopefully the upcoming Winter holds a lot of excitement ahead for us. More snow and less busts. Hopefully the next 5 years are as good of an experience if not better than the previous ones.

  11. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Just listened to your radio interview Mark, particularly liked the whiskey drinkers forecast, Hahaah!!

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