Nice Viewer Pics

Got a few good ones today, want to share here as well as on our Facebook Page…

Cannon Beach Sunset - Melissa Watson - 2/2/2012

East Wind Damage...Every tree in Mill Ends Park was destroyed today. From Erik Holm.

In case you don’t know, Mill Ends Park is the world’s smallest park according to the Guiness Book of World Records.

And if you ever thought Wikipedia doesn’t keep up on the latest new in our area…I just found this at the end of the “Mill Ends Park” entry:

“On Friday, February 2nd, 2012, a terrible storm with winds gusting in excess of 20 miles per hour devastated the park, leveling every tree inside the park’s boundaries, resulting in the largest “blowdown” of timber in the park’s history. Thankfully, no one was injured.”ย 

Please keep the dying forest of Mill Ends Park in your thoughts and prayers this weekend…

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

46 Responses to Nice Viewer Pics

  1. AdamInAumsville says:

    Quite the 00Z GFS tonight. Extracted data shows only 0.01″ of precip in the next 16 days. DRY!

  2. john says:

    crazy day started at 23 and got up to 61 yeah nice day had a bbq yum hoping to do the same tomorrow

  3. Made it up to 55 up here today.

  4. Muxpux (Castle Rock 175') says:

    Hit 63 in Castle Rock, 61 in Longview today

  5. SilentReader says:

    I am truly sorry for those that did not get the winter they wanted. But come on ! This weather is just awesome. Can get stuff done outside. power bills will be much lower. To get this much sun, in a row, in Feb is just amazing.

    at 900ft we had 2 feet of snow in that last storm and no power for 3 days. having tons of snow gets old really quick. I love snow like the rest of you and is why I moved to higher elevation. But I would not want this all winter long. 2008 was no fun for anyone over 500 feet for 2 weeks it was non-stop snow and the fun wore off very quickly.

    I can’t see how anyone can not love this sun and relatively warm weather.

    If we are not going to get record cold, snow or wind then I’ll take this weather any time. Get outside and enjoy it. Clean your gutters, windows, driveway what ever. just get outside and get some sun.

    I would venture to say that this much sun in Feb, with these temps, is pretty unheard of. Maybe even more rare than the snow we can get. So this makes this an interesting weather event. or not ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sifton says:

      I’m with you S.R., it’s grilling (& drinkin) time while watchin the Super Bowl outside for me!!

    • o.c.paul says:

      Not me. I like 55 in February, as much as you like 55 in July.

    • Jake-(Gresham) says:

      I am a complicated individual, I like the sunny weather for the obvious reasons but I dislike it right now because I just know we’re going to pay for it come spring and summer!

    • Runrain says:

      Maybe just maybe we get a nice spring coming up!

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      I agree, SilentReader. I know when I was shoveling snow and clearing my driveway/cars/house with the last event, I told myself, be careful what you wish for! (but I’m over it now, bring on some more)

      Betcha it wouldn’t take long to get tired of -21F with a 15mph wind.

  6. Jeremy KF7NGT says:

    Normal and average: Two completely different terms with two completely different meanings used incorrectly by meteorologists (except Mark). NWS uses normal where they should be using average.

    A perfectly average year in Salem would be miserable. It would never drop below freezing, it would rain every day, and high temperatures would never exceed 84. Now that would be wacky.

    On the other hand, a perfectly normal year in Salem is full of deviations from average. A hundred degree day or two is completely normal. Snow and cold are normal as well. Move from maritime to continental climate regions and the deviations are greater. Just look at Denver.

    A 10-day ridge in the west during February while not average is perfectly normal and the same goes for the snow and cold in Europe.

    • I just happened to be thinking about this earlier today – very well said, and something I fear that a lot of people forget.

    • SilentReader says:

      darn right. averages should be taken from long periods of time and are made up of extremes and less extremes. To think that any given day should be a high of X with a low of Y is ridiculous.

      Our weather is made up of ranges and what is more likely than not for a given day. can we get sun in Feb for 10 days. YEP. can we get snow and bitter cold for 10 days. YEP. both are possible for any given day in Feb ignoring models. With the input of models we can then try to predict those ranges with a certain degree of accuracy (or at least those that have the knack like Mark). An entire month of Feb with little to no rain really means nothing in the scheme of things.

      I just don’t like it when people look at averages in hand picked way. you can take any subset of years with in a range and state “look here, as you can see for a period of 5 years temps were higher than average” You can’t apply the average of 5 years to that of numbers from 100 years. etc. sorry for rambling. Nothing else to do. gutters are clean, property fixed up, Starting my tan next.

  7. A low of 30.3 up here this morning. It was my 66th sub-freezing low of the season.

  8. I had a low of 37.1 this morning, but it was only brief. At 6:15 the temp was 47 and by 6:45 the temp had dropped 10 degrees. The wind picked back up and by 7:15 it was 46 degrees.

    Just two miles south of here the wind is calm and there was frost everywhere.

  9. bgb41 says:

    2/3/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:66 at DW1265 Newport( 164 ft) & WA7ZVY-4 Newport(128 ft)
    Low: 47 at OCNSID Oceanside(22 ft)

    High:29 at N7GSU Condon(3340 ft) & ANEROID LAKE #2(7300 ft)
    Low: -7 at CRANE PRAIRIE (5500 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 47 degrees
    CRAZYMAN FLAT (46/-1 ) (6100 ft )

  10. wwm says:

    hahahahahaha, Mark you are on a roll the last couple of blog posts. 20 mph windstorm? hahahaha too funny.

  11. Jethro (Molalla ~320') says:

    I think the title up ^^there^^ needs to change to “Fox 12 Sarcasm Blog”.

  12. Here are pics and videos: NOTE some of the videos are loud… … 581_3F6Vjw

  13. Karl Bonner says:

    I might be in Portland next week…if any help is needed with the Mill Ends Park restoration, I’d be glad to lend a hand for a little while.

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      Here at FOX12 we’re thinking of doing a “Save Mill Ends Park” telethon next week. We would be raising money for planting a new forest (seedlings) in the park. I estimate 1 tree x $1.20 = $1.20 needed. Can any of you man the phone bank?

    • Runrain says:

      I’m a CPA. I’ll do it! We’ll get callers into groups of 10 and have them pony up 1 cent each.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      I can assist with tree planting. Have some volunteer seedlings I’ll donate. We could have a pick the best seedling contest, to see who gets the honor of having their tree planted!

      We CAN save Mill Ends Park!

    • o.c.paul says:

      As a landscape contractor, I recommend ‘tree stakes’ on the new tree. Perhaps chop sticks would do??

    • SilentReader says:

      Perhaps my company could dole out 100% of the funds needed for the park. It would be tight for us but a nice plaque would be appreciated.

    • City forester might require a permit. Better check before any unauthorized work begins!

  14. I did something today I’ve only done one other time in my 137 hikes.

    I turned around before completing the hike.

    The winds near the summit of Hardy Ridge (2,900′) were so strong, and the snow was so slick, that I didn’t want to end up on the news as a fatality after falling down the cliff!

    I turned around about 1/2 mile before the summit…the wind was blowing so strong that it was difficult to breath and it almost blew me over several times.

    It’s a whole different experience at Crown Point where you have nice (not slick) concrete to stand on and no edge to fall over!

    I’d estimate winds were in the 70+ mph range up there.

    There was one other hiker who has hiked the trail for the last 15 years and he says that it was the windiest he had ever experienced.

    Pics and some videos to come!

  15. Erik, did you check that thing for tire tracks? I’m sensing another SUV-caused ecological disaster here… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

    Ha!!! Mark i never thought you’d actually use that photo! ^_^

    LOL in boring times I guess we have little option for news anyways

  17. Jake-(Gresham) says:

    What whacky weather all around the globe. Snowing in much of Europe with very cold temps:

    Parts of Japan and Alaska are buried in snow and we’re having sunny 50+ degree weather in February!

    Forget global warming – it’s more like global confusion.

  18. W7ENK says:

    Well, apparently the powers-that-be on Wikipedia do not allow for tongue-in-cheek humor, regardless of the nature of previous content.

    The content is not suitable because:
    โ— It is not published in a reliable source.
    โ— It is not notable: this sort of thing happens all the time. It will be repaired in a day or two. Usually around this time of year, the park is replanted for the spring season.
    โ— It places undue weight on an incidental event. Should the Portland article mention today was stormy?
    โ— It is not a proper way to include an external link.

    *slapped* โ—

    Sorry Mark, I guess Fox 12 is not considered a reliable source by the almighty internets… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  19. john says:

    what a nice day nice started at 28 and made it up to 58 wow

  20. W7ENK says:

    HAAAA!!! So, are you gonna put my photo on the TV tonight? ^_^

  21. Patrick Timm says:

    Good updated news except it is February 3 not the 2nd.

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