Storm Moving Inland

December 13, 2010

Not so quiet now as a strong cold front is moving through the Coast Range!  It’s visible on radar at 11:30pm.  A dramatic temperature drop and wind shift behind it too.  I expect south wind gusts to 35 mph in the next couple of hours, along with brief heavy downpours too. 

Funny that there was no high wind warning for the Coast, yet peak gusts were up in the 60 mph range up and down the coastline. 

Plenty of weather action over the next 7 days as we get a ton of snow in the Cascades the next 36 hours, heavy showers with hail in the lowlands, and then plenty of rain and MAYBE some gusty southerly wind late this week.

There’s been some talk on the blog about possible snow in the Metro area this weekend.  As of now I don’t see cold enough air over us or east of the Cascades.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


A Real Quiet Monday

December 13, 2010

Just a few light showers out there today as we wait for a nice cold front to come charging inland overnight.  The chilly air behind it drops the snow level down to around 2,000′ tomorrow afternoon.  There does appear to be a nice sharp line of heavy rainfall that moves through with the front in the middle of the night, so you’ll probably wake up to a downpour around midnight or so.  I notice the airmass is unstable Tuesday afternoon as well, so we could see hail, or a rumble of thunder along with brief downpours…definitely a convective afternoon.

I’ll post later today about the very wet year we’re having and the more active weather at the end of the week.

In case you missed the outbreak of “blog violence” yesterday; I blocked two more regular posters.  I hate doing that because I like them both, but I’ve been getting too many email messages from regulars getting turned off by the constant bickering from the same 4 people.  Those are 4 of the most knowledgable people here, but I’m tired of wasting time coming to work and dealing with drama.  The results you can see below.  A normal, civil discussion between weather geeks.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen