Tornado Meeting Next Week

Since the weather is REALLY slow the next 12 hours or so…here’s a reminder about next week’s AMS Meeting.  It’ll be all about tornadoes in our area.  This is from our local vice president Steve Pierce (you might have heard of him?).

Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society  

 The Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and OMSI to host technical meeting regarding the Aumsville, Oregon tornado!

The strongest tornado to strike western Oregon in nearly 20 years will be the topic of discussion at OMSI on January 20th. George Miller, retired Meteorologist, author and weather historian will give his insight into historical Oregon tornados. Then Meteorologists Tyree Wilde and Jonathan Wolfe from the Portland office of the National Weather Service will give a detailed technical presentation on what atmospheric conditions came together in order to create the EF2 tornado that struck Aumsville, Oregon on December 14th 2010. This meeting will be very insightful for any agency or individual interested in understanding this rare Oregon weather event. Please arrive early for best seating.

What: Aumsville, Oregon Tornado Technical Meeting

Where: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) 1945 S.E. Water Avenue Portland 97214

When: Thursday, January 20th 2011 from 7 pm to 9 pm

Cost: Free and open to the general public

Primary contact

Bobby Corser, President, Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)

Phone: 971-563-9458 E-mail:

Secondary contact

Steve Pierce, Vice President, Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)
Phone: 503-504-2075 E-mail:

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404 Responses to Tornado Meeting Next Week

  1. Azzurri says:

    00z GFS and Euro looks disturbingly bad for snow lovers, but brings a nice essence of May.

  2. Josh in Puyallup says:

    Looks like a long overdue snow storm is going to make its way up through the North East at the end of the week.

  3. Tyler in Battle Ground says:

    38.3 here, coldest since 6 am on the 12th (the morning of the freezing rain)

  4. stevied (North Portland) says:

    Well, most interesting weather in the future comes tomorrow it seems, when snow level might be just a bit below 2,000ft (possibly as low as 1,000-1,500ft at times) and a chilly rain in PDX. Then the long-term warm-up.

  5. Well if this were July 17th, and summer was nowhere to be seen, would we write the summer off as a dud and a bust?

    If so, then that’s why I’m feeling this winter is a bust. If not, then I guess it’s not over til it’s over.

    But I spent the weekend in Wildhorse canyon near Antelope, Or., and it felt tropical much of the time. Warm, drizzly, not under 40 at night (although I didn’t have a thermometer) and today we were wearing short sleeves.

    If that isn’t a bad sign, I don’t know what is.

    We have March, April, May, and June for warm rain. Why is this happening now?

    • SilentReader says:

      I am a nut like all of you – love the snow etc. But have come to terms long ago that our weather is rarely exciting. but that is in fact what makes it so fun.

      For now I will take the warm temps and chalk it up as lower heating bills for a few weeks. really helps at the end of the month when my bill goes from 550.00 to 350.00 if the warm weather stays. If the cold air comes and we get snow then I am happier still. But no sense in getting to worked up either way as I see it.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Feel the same way SilentReader, nice for the heat pump to get a rest. I’m a long way from buying into the idea that winter is over however.

  6. Sean Mott (Lebanon, IN) says:

    I recently saw the damage up on Lolo Pass Road, one thing I haven’t been able to determine was exactly where on Lolo Pass Road that washout occurred. Does anyone know where it happened? Just curious as I use to own a house up in that area.

  7. Kyle says:

    You couldn’t blame factories during the 1,000AD warm period so I wonder what Caveman Gore WOULD blame in 1,000 AD?

    Dinosaur poop? Tar Pits?

    In fact it was warm enough to grow grapes in Canada and people in Greenland had farms…….until it was too cold to farm when the climate changed.

    • RobWaltemate says:

      Have to wonder about where Canada was (plates move) were also, along with the axis of the Earth was pointed where, and oh, about a million other things. Earth is getting warmer, but it has been for the last 15000 years!

    • SilentReader says:

      no matter what you want to believe:

      The sun will eventually die and the red giant created will swallow up the earth. Or a giant meteor will b*tch slap us. Super black holes will suck us into oblivion. The sudden burst of energy from collapsing/exploding galaxies that could annihilate us. Or even the instantaneous decision that matter ceases to exist in our universe. There are much scarier planet killers than the “Global Warming” Theory. I guess since we, supposedly, can stop it then it is one disaster we could avoid. But only until a real planet killer comes.

      There is a ticking clock on this planet no matter what we do… So live like it’s a party every day. Right?

  8. bgb41 says:

    18Z GFS @ KTTD

    Looks like the faucet is shutting off. I think the 25″ of rain I have had at my house since Nov 1st is plenty.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      Funny how our rain is called a faucet im guessing probably because it generally never stops during the winter.

      Speaking of…. If models do by any chance verify…. could possibly have a repeat of 09/10’s El Nino? It is already getting similarily warm and models are trending towards a dry pattern.

    • Joshua in Lake Oswego says:

      What a horrible 16 day outlook- warm as hell and dry as a bone! I feel bad for anybody that enjoys winter sports. Looks like our snowpack will be way below normal come February 1st.

    • Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

      We had a whole lot less rain last year by this time (since Oct 1).
      But that dome of high pressure moving over us is annoying for sure. Ski areas lost a bunch of snow during this last bit, so it would be nice to have a week of cold/wet instead of the upcoming warm/dry IMHO.

  9. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    This is in reply to that “Massive Superstorm” article


  10. Azzurri says:

    The extended portion of the 18z GFS run was the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen for late Jan/early Feb. I mean, you can’t even make up that ****. 😉

    • TAGinGresham says:

      Wow Tyler, I just saw the one you posted on Western showing the creek in 2001 and the “river” currently. That is incredible, and unfortunate at the same time.

    • W7ENK says:

      “…California faces the risk of a massive “superstorm” that could flood a quarter of the state’s homes…”

      Well, if that doesn’t sound like grossly exaggerated sensationalist doomsday rhetoric, then I dunno what does! o_O

      I call bull$#!+

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:


      This story should be in the Weekly World News paper, you know that same crap that produced “Bat Boy” 😆 😆

    • Yevpolo1990 says:

      I don’t even think Columbus day storm could be that bad, and the storm itself was BAD!

    • W7ENK says:

      I can’t help but wonder what other goodies Marcia K. McNutt-job has up her sleeve?!? Any apocalyptic snowstorms with 20 feet of snow for the Western Oregon/Washington lowlands???

      You do realize that there’s no chance in Hell California is going to EVER receive 120 inches of rain in little over a month’s time, right?


    • Yevpolo1990 says:

      “atmospheric river”

    • W7ENK says:

      “Atmospheric river” is a figurative term that relates to air currents, not a literal “river” in the sky. 😆

    • JohnD says:

      Heck yeah! That even surpasses the 2 1/2′ of snow that Portland was dead on for January 11! And how many people bought that one!

    • Jake-(Gresham) says:

      I saw that article, thought of posting the link here but instead went to cut because it’s so ridiculous.

      I mean it’s a yahoo article…. enough said right there!

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      And there is a term thats “Atmospheric Wrath” the kind of atmospheric conditions you dont mess with!

    • Gidrons says:

      Ridiculous story, and of course they got the global warming plug in.

    • Pete says:

      1862 was the year that San Francisco received 24.36 inches of rain in January. I remember reading about it in 1998, when the city got nearly 15 inches of rain in February and I thought surely it had to be the rainiest month in SF history. But no, it was second — a whopping 9+ inches less than January 1862! In a 10-day span that month (Jan 7-17) the city received 14.37 inches of rain. And if you know California, you know that places in the mountains often get two or three times the rain San Francisco does. Boggles the mind.
      Jan Null, who was the lead forecaster for the NWS down there for many years and is now a consultant, wrote a piece a few years ago about the flood. You can check out the PDF here:

      Click to access wwjan07.pdf

    • pdxgeologist says:

      It’s not that far-fetched people. The Sierras can store a sh#%load of water in snow, add a big, long-lasting pineapple express and you can put most of the San Juaquin Valley under water. The thing I question is the part about damage to 1/4 of the homes in the state. It could do a number on the agricultural output.

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