Take Your Kid to Work Day

Relatively slow in the weather center this afternoon, not quite as much action (lightning-wise) as I expected.  Good time for Andrew to hang out with his old man.  Today is officially “Take Your Kid to Work Day”, and my son looks forward to coming in and hanging out.  Plus “Aunt” Stephanie brings in treats too. 

Weatherwise, plenty of  towering cumulonimbus clouds plus blue skies in-between made for nice time-lapse today. The showers should die down dramatically after 7pm as we lose the daytime heating. Not that we had much daytime heating; highs somehow made it into the upper 50s between the showers. But most of the day was spent in the low-mid 50s.

A big slowdown in the weather now through the weekend. Tomorrow we get approaching warm front clouds for more gray than blue. Just not much (or any) rain. Then the warm front dies right over the top of us Saturday…in fact the afternoon that day might end up mostly sunny! Sunday looks nice again, then we start a fresh round of rain next week. The ECMWF shows below average 850mb temps through most of the next 7-10 days (after Sunday).

So no sign of an early May warm spell!

I had some fun on the way to work today.  Highway 26 was totally stopped near Murray Ave…cars started moving again slowly, and I pass by a pair of Canada Geese with their brand new goslings walking down the left emergency lane!  How did they end up there?  No pond nearby, the right side of the freeway is a 15 foot high wall, and the 3 foot barrier on the left.   They then decided to walk ONTO the freeway, maybe because I had parked in the emergency lane blocking them to get a picture…oops.  That would explain the lady screaming at me to move my car.  Anyway, they walked another 30 feet and were able to walk onto the grassy median to slop around in the mud puddles and I headed on to work.  Hope they made it…

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

18 Responses to Take Your Kid to Work Day

  1. Jbpdx says:

    I’m still laughing over this one:

     Latest KATU Forecast
    Friday, April 27th – 5:30 a.m.

    Showers have ended around the valley.  A pleasant and cool day is ahead for us!

    Rhonda

    • chris s says:

      Obviously she has never heard of the golu model, or any models!!!! How people go on the air with this stuff just baffles me.

  2. chris s says:

    Mark, not to poke a hole or 2 in your forecast, but we have had just as many showers down here in west salem as we did yesterday, just not as heavy of showers, and no hail. So when you say today would be more gray than blue, but little if any rain, i guess that statement is not for all eh.!!! 🙂

    • muxpux (Longview) says:

      yeah, weve had quite a few showers up here today too, but quite a bit of blue sky in between, looks like a rather solid sheet of rain heading in according to the Langley radar..

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      How DARE you question my forecast!

      Actually you’re right, what’s all that junk showing up on radar moving onshore too??? Ugh…at least here in Portland it worked out okay for most of the day. But yes, probably an “X” for the report card “rain” column for Friday.

    • chris s says:

      Sorry Mark, just had to do it. At least you didnt go on the air today and tell us its not raining outside!!! 🙂

  3. Jbpdx says:

    The crap continues.

    • Jbpdx says:

      Those 8-day prediction maps are really getting old. Only the PNW with below ave temps plus above ave precip. I’ll need to get back on the anti-depressants. May?

  4. weathercrazy82 says:

    Looks like a few sunbreaks out there…for now. A cool morning at 40 degrees, but the last few days of April last year were in the mid to upper 30s.

  5. bgb41 says:

    4/26/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:66 at PENDLETON(CITY) (1040ft)
    Low: 51 at CW1075 Boardman(322 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:35 at Timberline Lodge(7001 ft) & Timberline Lodge(6001 ft)
    Low: 20 at HOWARD Mt Howard (8150 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 22 degrees
    WEST BIRCH CREEK (61/39) (1626 ft)
    CW5984 Pilot Roc (61/39) (1749 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    1.53″ at QUAIL PRAIRIE LO(3183ft)

  6. Laurie says:

    The geese and babies were headed east on the south shoulder of hwy. 26 about 6:15 tonight. We couldn’t figure out how they got there. I hope they are safe now.

  7. karlbonner1982 says:

    I don’t mind another round of cool rainy weather, so long as we get some impressive rain totals in the East Gorge. Gotta keep that May landscape lush and green!

    • Mr Data says:

      What’s the latest the East Gorge has stayed green?

    • Joshua in Lake Oswego says:

      I like the way you think Carl. Last year was awesome for keeping green and I want more of the same this year. If I wanted a brown landscape, I would move back to CA.

  8. richtpt says:

    I was just past Sharis HQ when the geese were going on! I saw all of the cars stopped just before Murray and wondered what was going on because as I got there everything was fine and I didn’t see an accident. Cool photo!

  9. W7ENK says:

    Hey, I’m headed out to deep Central Oregon for the weekend, going off grid ’til Sunday.

    Supposed to snow with winds gusting to 30 in Bend tonight, High of 75 on Sunday!

    Should be an interesting weekend. 🙂

  10. Ryan says:

    Haha I pass by there every morning going east, would’ve been very hard to resist taking a pic. Nice work! I actually saw 2 geese flying directly over the highway at about 7:45 this morning, could’ve been the same ones.

  11. Scott Nelson (550' South Salem) says:

    Sounds like a fun day!

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