Enjoy the Summery Weekend

May 11, 2012

Just a quick post to let you know everything is still on track forecastwise.  Here’s our evening 7 Day Forecast:

You could easily put 90 on Sunday and 88 on Monday, or 90 both days, or 88 both days!  I even considered changing the forecast slightly since the NAM is slightly cooler Monday.  But the 00z GFS just came in with the exact same surface temps both days.  Not worth messing with the same numbers we’ve had on there for days.  Plus, you forecast 90 one day, take if off the next, and a viewer wonders “what’s changed?”.  Well nothing really, so one more reason to leave it.

Next week looks cooler, but still above average for this time of the year.  At least through Wednesday or Thursday.  That means our dry spell will go to at least 10 days, maybe 14.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


Fun AMS Meeting Saturday Morning, Then Enjoy the Afternoon!

May 11, 2012

The “Godfather of Pacific Northwest Weather” Dr. Cliff Mass is coming to Portland tomorrow!

He was my favorite college professor, and he’ll be giving us a nice presentation tomorrow, May 12th, at OMSI.   It’s 10am-Noon, so that leaves most of the day to still have fun in the sun.

Now your first thought might be “How exciting could a college professor’s talk be?”  This is why you might be interested:

1. Cliff loves weather and climate just as much as you do (he’s “one of us”).

2. He has a great weather blog here:  http://www.cliffmass.blogspot.com/

3. Cliff is deeply involved in everything “WRF-GFS” up at the UW.  He will talk all about the past, present, and future of that modeling consortium.  If you ever look at the model, you’ll find the info to be very useful.

4. He was the main force pushing for the new Washington Coastal Radar.

5. He will be selling his book, and giving one away free: The Weather of the Pacific Northwest

It should be a good Saturday morning at OMSI! 

Oh yeah, you have a chance to win a brand new Vantage Vue weather station again, we’re raffling one off just like we did at the Winter Weather Meeting last Fall.



Here’s the official AMS announcement:

The “Godfather of Pacific Northwest Weather” Dr. Cliff Mass comes to Portland May 12th

 The Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) is proud to announce that it will host Dr. Cliff Mass, Author & Professor of Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington on Saturday, May 12th. Dr. Mass is affectionately known by many as the “Godfather of Pacific Northwest Weather.” Dr. Mass has put together an amazing presentation for us entitled, “The Future of Northwest Weather Prediction.” If you have ever used the University of Washington’s WRF-GFS and MM5-NAM weather models located at: http://www.atmos.washington.edu/mm5rt/ you will not want to miss out on this special presentation. Dr. Mass will give a detailed look at how computer weather models have revolutionized weather forecasting. He will also detail new modeling enhancements that will be coming online in the not-so-distant future. This meeting is free and open to all ages of the general public. Please feel free to share this notice others via your favorite social media source. Note – a large audience is expected, please arrive early for best seating.

 Win a $300 Davis Home Weather Station

 The Oregon AMS will be raffling off some great items at the meeting. The grand prize is a $300 Davis home weather station (http://tinyurl.com/c76qe2n). Other raffle items include, Dr. Mass’ book entitled “Pacific Northwest Weather”

(http://tinyurl.com/7qhj8lo) and his weather DVD (http://tinyurl.com/mn4kk8). Raffle tickets will be sold for as low as 50 cents each at the meeting. Someone is going to win these items. It could be YOU!

 For complete meeting details, including overnight accommodations and driving directions, please see pdf document attached or click: http://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon/