Northern Lights and Mt. Hood

Northern Lights and Mt. Hood

Gary Randall captured the Aurora Borealis, Mt. Hood, and an Orionid Meteor October 23, 2011.

68 Responses to Northern Lights and Mt. Hood

  1. EmzinTigard says:

    Stunning photo Gary! Thanks for sharing!

  2. So now we are into late October heading towards November and are VERY close to that time where la-la land is often going to tease us so bad! BUT isn’t that part of the fun of it all? Sure it is beyond FCST HR 288, but seeing those purple numbers, negative 850mb temps, sub freezing temps, or strong sfc-850mb winds just adds to the entire experience of being a weather geek. That’s why we do this. It makes us remember weather events in our past we enjoyed, perhaps to the point it was something that defined that year to us, and that makes us want to experience it all over again. The extremes of weather. The build up to that point. Anticipation grows. Watching it slowly unfold on the models until it finally becomes a reality. Perhaps November will add to that list. More likely not, but I bet December – February will.

  3. Gosh Mark, all of those photos for the regional forecasts look familiar!

  4. Kim says:

    Anyone have a really good site where I can get current temps for the Camas area? My home weather station went belly up and the temps from NWS for my area are always from the Troutdale airport and way off what I get here. Thanks!

  5. john says:

    although its a few weeks out any predictions on what thanksgiving week will be like colder then normal or warmer the normal drier and so on

    • PaulB/Eugene says:

      CFS output from today for Nov 24 has ridge just offshore with cold trough over N Plains…with thickness around 534-540 over OR…looks like foggy and low 40s to me…but dry.

      ECMWF monthly output from end of last week has cold maritime trough over NE G of AK into Pac NW with cold rain/showers as of Nov 21….with very cold air with -20C or lower 850mb temps over northern BC…translates to cool and wet it looks like…

      So cool and wet or cool and dry it is…..typical Thanksgiving weather.

    • Boydo3 N. Albany 500' says:

      A trend in the right direction?

    • john says:

      thanks dang no snow oh well i wonder what the snow levels will be in washington

  6. bgb41 says:


    This station is about 20 minutes SE of Bend.

  7. bgb41 says:

    High temperature at BG Lake briefly reached 50.6 today after a low of 30.7. This was the coolest max temp at my station since April 28, 2011 when I reached 49.1.

  8. W7ENK says:

    Frost again tonight?

    But, it’s cloudy and there’s precip on the way??


    *fingers crossed*

    Yeah, right. 🙄

    • Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

      Not with the front falling apart… Cold air is already in place so even with the clouds we could cool enough (away from the city) to have frost form.

      I’d be willing to bet most areas don’t see frost overnight tough…

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      Models show clouds totally disappearing after midnight for another cold and frosty end to the night (outlying areas again)

    • W7ENK says:

      Models also showed a foot of snow to the valley floor multiple times last winter… and we all know how that played out.

      The clouds are awfully thick right now, I don’t think my temperature will drop below 40F.

      We’ll see…

  9. Some frost on the roofs and cars this morning, but the tomatoes bravely continue on.

  10. Steve Pierce says:


    I just got a look at Jim Little’s winter forecast presentation for the 19th annual Winter Weather Forecast Conference this weekend in Portland and I must say, “I am impressed with his analog work!” WOW! What a great presentation! Many of you are going to really enjoy his presentation, oh, and his February forecast “SHOCKER!” More details at OMSI!


    • john says:

      what did it say for February and what is OMSI please help

    • Joshua in Lake Oswego says:

      OMSI is the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It is in Portland.

      I’m guessing Jim Little believes that February will be cold and wet (as in snow).

    • john says:

      thanks went to web site to look and see but no info of confrence please tell me if you hear anything

    • Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

      @John…The Annual winter meeting at OMSI is taking place this Saturday Oct. 29th (10AM to 3PM).

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      Geez Steve, what a tease! You should work in a TV station promotions department…

  11. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Someone eating hot dogs on the tower again!

  12. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Quite a band of rain offshore. Will any of it get through the dry air that’s presently over us?

    National Weather Service Portland or
    856 am PDT Wednesday Oct 26 2011

    The next front is looking pretty good on the Langley Hill radar off
    the Washington coast. The models continue to forecast that this band will weaken rapidly today as it approaches the north coast zones and as the 850 mb low level flow weakens dramatically. Thus the main probability of precipitation
    will be on the north coast and coastal mountains…with some small
    probability of precipitation into the Kelso area and into the South Washington Cascades…but little if any reaching the Portland area.

  13. First official freeze here…30.5°.

  14. boringlarry says:

    …25.5 this morning up here…

  15. W7ENK says:

    32.4F when I left the house this morning. Had light frost on the grass, had to scrape the windshield… forgot to check the avocado:!:

    Beautiful sunrise over Mt. Hood from downtown! 🙂

  16. W7ENK says:

    Wow, that’s quite the composition! The low clouds/ fog lit up by the orangey HPS lights (presumably at Govt. Camp) adds a really spooky element to this… I love it! This is probably the only photo I’ve ever seen from Trillium Lake with the auroras over Mt. Hood. Just too bad we didn’t get a really showy display, but there will be more opportunities, I’m sure.

    Well done! 🙂

  17. Ken (S. Salem 500ft) says:

    Just hit freezing here in Salem at 7:12am 32.7F

  18. Ken ( S. Salem 500ft) says:

    Just hit freezing here in Salem at 7:12 32.7F

  19. PaulB/Eugene says:

    Great photo!….looks like Trillium Lake shot taken from the dam.

    First freeze at my house this am…32.4

  20. Tyler Mode says:

    Nice pic Garry! That’s an amazing capture!

  21. bgb41 says:

    10/25/2011 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:71 at BROOKINGS( 79 ft)
    Low: 54 at Brookings Airpor(459 ft)

    High:26 at MT. HOWARD(7910 ft)
    Low: 6 at Horse Ridge (US (4160 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 44 degrees
    Beatty (53/9 ) (4320 ft )

  22. Gary Randall says:

    Thanks so much for showing my photo tonight. 🙂

  23. Ken (S. Salem 500ft) says:

    Gary…That is a beautiful picture. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but I think in regards to that picture it may take few more than 1000. Nice work. Are you a professional photographer because if not you are missing your call. I hope to see more of your great photographs.

    • Ken (S. Salem 500ft) says:

      Found your website and Flcikr so clearly you are a photographer. Nice

    • Gary Randall says:

      Thank you so much Ken. 🙂

    • Shawn in Scappoose says:

      Hey Gary if you dont mind me asking, when you heard about the Lights last night did you immediately head up to Trillium Lake? What time in the night did you see those? And how far away from the city did you have to go to actually see them? I have never seen northern lights and would like to someday.
      Thanks Shawn

  24. Ken (S. Salem 500ft) says:

    Looking at the models(I know its LALA land and we all know how that ends up) it would appear that we are going to start getting much colder starting November 5th on with thicknesses in the 520’s and 530’s with -4,-5 850mb temps(Great for Gov camp if we get precip). Based on storm tracks we should start getting a nice east wind going around the same time frame. Would be great if this verifies. Let the model riding begin!!!

  25. B1900 Pilot says:

    Holy Cow! That’s an amazing shot. Well done Gary!

  26. john from gram says:

    how much cooler is early part of november supose to be

    • Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

      Based on model data it would appear it’ll be fairly seasonable. I wouldn’t expect any real temperature departures related to La Nina until December.

      If anything La Nina for November would mean more rain than usual.

  27. Runrain says:

    I’m guessing the 7 day comptuer is down again. For a couple days now.

  28. spiff88 says:

    Tuesday morning (10/25) at 5:45am – I thought I saw a bright sky on the horizon looking towards the west from the Tualatin area. I do look out over an office park type area, so I thought maybe the light was a semi truck or some other on the ground light source. In my rush to get out of the house and off to work, I didn’t get another look towards the west again.

    Normally – at Oregon latitudes – aren’t the ‘northern lights’ more towards the northern horizon? Was the lights captured in this photo looking west? I can’t make out the Hood profile to determine where the photo was taken.

    I read some of the sightings from the eastern US – and sure wish I spent more time looking this morning.


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