A SLOW Election Night in the Weather Center

Everything is working out as planned this evening.  A cold front moved through earlier this evening with very light rain.  But that was it.  A non-eventful front as expected.

Tonight was sure relaxing…in the weather center.   The news people had the busiest night of the year.  Wayne & Shauna were on the set (same room as me) from 4:00-11:30pm except for one hour from 7-8pm.  But there were no weather segments after the 6pm show!  It was a great evening to check out maps, return emails, schedule school visits, shop for cheap airfare for March (there isn’t any) etc…  I love big election nights!

Anyway, not much to report for the next 5 days, mainly dry with Thursday’s system curling well to our south, then a few pop up showers under the chilly upper-level low Friday afternoon.  Note how dry our RPM is for the next 3 days:

Temps will be quite a bit cooler now until further notice.

By the way, Mt. Hood Meadows was warmer than Portland today; 60 vs. 59.  Don’t worry, I already put a note in for next Monday’s report card with a big X; the expected breakout from low clouds to sun just ahead of the front didn’t materialize from Salem north.  I thought there would be more mixing.

Next week looks wetter, but not unusually cool.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

32 Responses to A SLOW Election Night in the Weather Center

  1. W7ENK says:

    Oh wow!

    Mesmerizing, and yet terrifying all at once…

    • Garron near Washington Square says:

      Yeah, I couldn’t take my eyes off that, kinda reminded me of the beginning of ‘THE TWILIGHT ZONE’ tv show. Just needed the spooky voice over to complete the effect.

  2. paulbeugene says:

    Got to wonder if something is up geologically…first a M7.7 quake in Queen Charlotte Islands…then a M 6.3 off Vanc Is/Oly Peninsula…what’s next…the big subduction quake…?

    The 7.7 quake was on the Queen Charlotte Fault, an entirely separate fault system from the the subduction zone…but nonetheless.. did the 7.7 quake relief strain at one point and transfer it to the other?

    I would prefer an arctic blast in December to a megaquake

    • paulbeugene says:

      relieve I meant…not relief

    • W7ENK says:

      Large quake right off the coast of Guatemala this morning, too.

      Things are moving all around us, but it’s awfully quiet here “in the middle”…

    • Roman~Snow-Zone-Monmouth, Elv. 223' says:

      I hear ya Paul.. Lots of activity off the northern Cali/Southern Oregon coast as well, smaller quakes. The whole region near or on the subduction zone sure has been seismically active the past couple of weeks.. http://www.iris.edu/seismon/

    • Garron near Washington Square says:

      That 7.7 was preceded by a slow quake that released the same amount of energy. But it was released over a 2-3 week period instead of minutes. Kinda was wondering if we’d get an event after that occurred? As I understand these slow sliding events, while they release energy on a fault line, this is not really GOOD news. It tends to bed the fault line further towards the surface causing even more tension in the depths of the fault. I believe that the slip sliding event occurred around Van. BC. I will have to look that up and shoot a link back.

  3. So……we’re naming all the big storms now?? Athena, the nor’easter. That’s quaint. But we need special names for our special weather here in the upper left hand quarter of the country!
    How ’bout these for starters…..
    Slick, the bad ass ice storm.
    Fuggles, the persistent inversion caused fog-storm.
    Eureka!, the one day sunshine storm in December.
    Miss Ditt, the forecasted snow storm that never hits Portland.
    and on and on and on…..

  4. *BoringOregon* says:

    Live link in Boston let it snow !! http://www1.whdh.com/video/7newslive

    • rianmuleback says:

      I’m on a flight to New York currently to help out with the hurricane Sandy relief efforts. It’ll be interesting to see just how bad it is there.

    • Sifton says:

      Please turn off all electronic devices & position your chair to the upright position now please……………..& good luck.

  5. *BoringOregon* says:

    Looks like the north east is getting hit hard with snow but then going to warm back up. Looks like Boston is Getting hit now then going to warm up again after midnight. This is great weather we are having lov it no hail out here ?

  6. paulbeugene says:

    CFSv2 still trending colder for Dec/Jan for Canada, northern tier of lower 48

  7. Well this sucks the extended forcast took away all the cold air. Booooo Wet and warm or cool and dry really hoping this is not the trend of winter coming up.

    • Brandan(Damascus) 675ft. says:

      I see a 527 500-1000 THKNS coming up for Portland in the next few days, that’s pretty cold. And long ranges keep snow in the mountains, I’d say we’re looking pretty good

    • W7ENK says:




  8. What a fantastic day today. Now this is the Fall weather I have been waiting for! A nice crispness to the morning. A refreshing and cool breeze. A delightful chill throughout the day. Mostly sunning skies, but just enough clouds bubbling about to make things interesting. Finally….

    • W7ENK says:

      Indeed! Some dark and threatening clouds moving about today, particularly on the East side of town. Did you get any of that hail?

    • Sifton says:

      For sure, been a fairly good Fall, now right @ the halfway point. I even broke out my jorts again today!!

  9. runrain says:

    We should ALL know this:

    For the most accurate snowfall measurements, it is suggested that a snowboard be used. A piece of wood, painted white about 16″ by 16″ will work well. Other good alternatives include a spot on a wooden deck approximately 20 to 30 feet away from the house or a picnic table in an open, unobstructed part of the yard. It is not a good practice to measure the snow directly in the grass as the snow amount will be inflated by the blades of grass.

    The snowboard is used to measure new snowfall and will need to be cleaned off after each measurement. To measure snow depth, you can place a second snowboard near the first one. This snowboard will not be cleaned off after each measurement and will allow for natural settling and melting to take place, allowing for a more representative measurement of snow depth. A ruler or yardstick can also be staked out in your yard to facilitate easy snow depth measuring.

  10. SnowedIn - North Plains says:

    Low of 36.9F this morning. That just about exactly the historical average low temp (37F) for today.

  11. W7ENK says:

    Chance of fireball showers in the forecast!?


    Sky watchers should be alert for fireballs in the nights ahead. Forecasters say Earth is entering a swarm of gravelly debris from comet Encke. Meteoroids the size of pebbles and small stones hitting Earth’s atmosphere at 25 km/s are producing a slow drizzle of very bright fireballs flying out of the constellation Taurus. The display is expected to peak with a few fireballs every hour during the nights of Nov. 5-12.

    On Nov. 2nd, Salvador Aguirre photographed a Taurid fireball streaking over Hermosillo, Mexico. Circled, the fireball was even brighter than the nearby Moon:

    Photo: http://spaceweather.com/submissions/pics/s/Salvador-Aguirre-j20121102_085441_010_1351954187.jpg

    “Este fue un Gran Fireball!” says Aguirre, who estimates its astronomical magnitude to be -18. This means the fireball was 100 times brighter than a full Moon (magn. -13). To capture the Taurid, he used an All Sky Sentinel camera on loan from the Sandia National Laboratories.

    “What always strikes me about the Taurids,” notes Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, “is how deeply they penetrate Earth’s atmosphere. On average, they make it down to an altitude of 44 miles. Contrast this to the recent Orionids, which burn up at an average altitude of 58 miles. Part of this is due to the speed difference: Taurids are slow (27 km/s) while Orionids are fast (66 km/s). In addition, many Taurids are made up of stronger stuff than the Orionids.”

    Cooke encourages sky watchers to observe the Taurids and report their fireball counts to NASA using the Meteor Counter app–now available for Apple and for Android devices.


    • runrain says:

      Does this have anything to do with the 12/21/12 date of impending doom? Hmmm! If we’re gonna go anyway, maybe we could get a 3 foot snow and ice storm and 120 mph windstorm during the interim too. Won’t be needing electricity or heat on December 22nd anyway!

    • W7ENK says:

      Naah, it’s more than a month too soon.

  12. W7ENK says:

    For being a crystal clear morning, I’m very surprised my low temperature only dropped to 48 degrees.

    This is November, right???

  13. bgb41 says:

    11/6/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:80 at PRINEVILLE 4NW(2840 ft)
    Low: 55 at CORVALLIS(230 ft)

    High:51 at HOWARD Mt Howard(8150 ft)
    Low: 21 at CHRISTMAS VALLEY (4360 ft ) & Lakeview, Lake C (4734 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 51 degrees
    CHRISTMAS VALLEY (72/21 ) (4360 ft )
    Lakeview, Lake C (72/21) (4734 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.46″ at CW2654 Corbett(1050ft)
    0.45″ at DW0380 Sandy(1600ft)

  14. karlbonner1982 says:

    I wonder what the chances are that some of next week’s moisture will sneak in before all the cool/dry air has moved out…Hmmm….

  15. W7ENK says:

    Wait, what? Weather?? What is this weather you speak of??? We don’t get “weather” around here, are you kidding me?!?

    Back to the election circus! Or bed…

  16. bgb41 says:

    Oh well Mark.. you got 100% last week on your report card.

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