April Ends Rainy, but a Brighter May?

April 25, 2011

Last week was pretty nice; in 8 days at PDX we only had .16″ of rain!  That was the break from the rain.  But starting Easter Morning the rain came back and today we saw daily rainfall records at Vancouver and Salem.  That plus hail, some thunderstorms in spots, and almost a foot of snow in the mountains.  We are within 1″ of our April rainfall record too.  The wettest April was 1993 when 5.26″ fell at PDX.  So what happened in May that year?  I remember…something like 4.50″ of rain.  Yuck…

Looking at the models tonight, there MIGHT be some hope for drier weather as we head into the first week of May.  The 00z GFS is drier after Friday, more like the earlier ECMWF runs.  I don’t hold high hopes for this solution since it’s the first GFS run to show a large scale change to more ridging on the West Coast.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


Wind & Weather Podcast

April 25, 2011

Some wind excitement this morning (at least in the forecast).  I was busy with Easter activities yesterday and didn’t even notice, but apparently there isn’t much to get excited about anyway.  A low pressure system just swung by to  our south, and we’ll get a breezy west-southwest wind here in the Metro area this afternoon.  No high winds or damaging wind though.  If the low would have gone by to our north it might have been a different story.  A very wet week to end April on the way too!  There

Brian MacMillan and I put together a podcast at the end of last week for your listening pleasure.  It’s 30 minutes of weather center chat, kid’s questions, and Stephanie Kralevich yelling in the distance.      

http://www.kptv.com/download/2011/0425/27663309.mp3

Give us your feedback; we are considering doing these on a regular basis.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen