I put this on my Mark Nelsen Facebook Page today…a nasty email from a viewer.
Mr. Mark Nelson,
You and your fellow employees told your viewers that last week, including myself that there would be at best little to no rain… Please DON’T stand up there and give yourself a good grade this Monday night…You Blew It again…
You should take lessons from channel 6 weather, they are spot on…
Do I expect you to write me back, absolutely not… So please don’t stand up there this Monday night and make a fool out of yourself… I think that you only because I’m in a good mood, You GOT NO BETTER then a D…
Dr. XXXXX XXXXX / Ph.D.
Nice eh? Now here is the same letter with my comments in red:
Mr. Mark Nelson nice check on spelling…it’s NelsEn,
You and your fellow employees told your viewers that last week, including myself that there would be at best little to no rain very true, we screwed that up… Please DON’T stand up there and give yourself a good grade this Monday night…You Blew It again…thanks for the news flash
You should take lessons from channel 6 weather, they are spot on…haha! wait, let me climb back onto my office chair! yes, I’m sure Bruce has NEVER missed a forecast! (Same goes for me of course)
Do I expect you to write me back, absolutely not I try to respond to all emails, and usually do… So please don’t stand up there this Monday night and make a fool out of yourself I try to do that every night…nothing special… I think that you only because I’m in a good mood, You GOT NO BETTER then a D…huh?
Dr. XXXXXX XXXXX / Ph.D. really? even with the misspelled name and nonsensical last sentence?
That was fun; it just gives you an idea what kind of emails we get at times. We did have a tough week, but it’s all about the tone of an email…
11pm Update: He just sent me a nastier response. Apparently a major mistake while responding was to address him by his first name…it’s Dr. XXX XXX Ph.D. That’s enough of that email exchange I think.
Weather tonight? Spectacular. Unless we get something better later next week, tomorrow should be the warmest and sunniest day of the month. No low clouds, blue sky, tree colors at their peak, and warm temps.
Easterly gradient (and the wind) picking up quickly through the Gorge tonight. Peak gusts at 11pm are up to 32 at Corbett and 48mph at Vista House. Gradient is up to 4 millibars. The wind is also now spreading into the urban areas east of 181st avenue as well. With the gradient increasing, this will be one of those few nights where the wind spreads across a decent chunk of the metro area during the night instead of during the daytime. PDX low temperature forecast is a real pain as a result. 53 right now, I guessed it’ll briefly touch upper 40s before the wind may jump it back into the mid 50s after 3am.
WRF-GFS has been consistent forecasting 7-8 millibars across the Cascades by late morning tomorrow. This is a bit stronger than what we saw a few weeks ago, so gusts to 55 at the west end of the Gorge are likely. Probably 70 mph at Vista House for the first time this season. The wind should blow all day tomorrow, then back off quickly in the evening.
Interesting change tomorrow night and Sunday showing up only on the mesoscale models. They show a southerly surge moving up the coastline. The WRF-GFS shows it surging inland as well. Our RPM is a little weaker showing very little inland penetration. I believe the WRF-GFS, I think it’ll be a dramatic change with lots of cloud cover Wednesday.
Beyond that…well…weak weather systems at times. Not much rain. Models hint at another large ridge over us the middle of next week.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen