Pacific Northwest Weather Workshop

It’s the first weekend of March, a week from tomorrow;  the yearly Pacific Northwest Weather Workshop up in Seattle.  I’ve attended this event in the past few years and really enjoy it.  The presentations/papers are all focused on the Pacific Northwest.  Take a look at this year’s agenda here

You can also register at the same site.  Just $30 for two days; $15 if you are a student.  They always have really good cookies too, and it often includes a tour of the NWS Office up there at Sand Point.  I’ll be out of town so I can’t go this year…I’ll have to miss out.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

82 Responses to Pacific Northwest Weather Workshop

  1. SnowedIn - North Plains says:

    Ummm… So there hasn’t been a new comment on this post in 5 days? Wow, this is the deadest I think I’ve ever seen this thing…

  2. bgb41 says:

    Deadline will be March 1st to enter the March 2013 Weather Contest

    I have now archived all the monthly weather contests onto one webpage. March will be the 11th month in a row for these contests. I will be adding the other past contests to the bottom of this page tomorrow.

  3. The ecmwf is trending shorter lasting and cooler on the high pressure next weekend . Figures…..

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

    I’m so hungry I’m about to eat those mashed potatoes…. its got gravy on it. Just about to stick the fork in it………….. (drooling)

    Hmm… actually first I’ll go grab something to drink.. You’re all saved for now.

  5. Sapo says:

    We got a 2-Minute hail shower here around noon, and the deck was just starting to turn white before the hail stopped. Anyone else get something like that?

  6. Ron says:

    My wife and I went snowshoeing up on the mountain today. I was surprised at how little snow had fallen below 2,000ft. Less than two inches and bare roads on 26 in Rhodendron which is approx. 1,800ft. Barely a dusting at ZigZag. At Clear Lake there was a good foot of fresh snow and 28f. Drove up to Timberline later and it was 23f and snow blowing sideways, close to a white out. Couldn’t tell how much new. But down below even 2,500, not as much as I thought there would be .

    • Andrew (Near Silver Falls 1600') says:

      The NWS really blew their forecast for this storm. This system definitely did not look like a snowmaker for areas below 2500′. The front blew through quickly during the daylight hours, there was no snow with the front itself and no steady precip behind the cold front. Just a post frontal cold pool which wasn’t all that impressive. There was no way the amounts they were predicting were going to verify.

  7. vernonia1 says:

    I believe with my magnifying glass i indeed did see seveal stray snowflakes….no more…shower is over 😦

  8. I picked up 1.5″ of snow overnight.

  9. ErinK says:

    What is the snow forecast for the coast range? Like, Browns Camp area.

  10. vernonia1 says:

    @ 9:04am the Sunset Rest Area was getting a nice snow shower

  11. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Wasn’t all that impressed with the BEAST.
    Bring on the CLIFF!

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

    Snow continues.. Weird tonight though, even 60 seconds is enough time to go from totally clear skies, to heavy snow and 30mph winds. It’s been doing this off-on for a while.

  13. bgb41 says:

    2/22/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:55 at CW5474 Grants Pa( 915 ft) & ILLINOIS VALLEY(1389 ft)
    Low: 43 at Gold Beach(16 ft) & Gold Beach (US 1(60 ft) & DUNES(120 ft) & Newport(30 ft) & BROOKS(187 ft) & PACCTY-2 Pacific(28 ft) & BANDON(79 ft) & North Bend Munic(16 ft) & EW1814 Florence(98 ft) & Cascade Locks St(151 ft)

    High:24 at Mount Hood Meado(6601 ft) & HOWARD Mt Howard(8150 ft)
    Low: 10 at CRAZYMAN FLAT (6100 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 26 degrees
    PARKER MOUNTAIN (50/24 ) (5280 ft )
    Bly Mountain (Or (40/14) (4920 ft)
    CRAZYMAN FLAT (36/10) (6100 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    2.28″ at CEDAR(2220ft)

  14. Ryan says:

    Mark, weren’t the cascades supposed to get snow all night. Things seem to be pretty dead on the radar tho. Gonna pick up overnight?

  15. Sifton says:

    Hey hey hey, look at that 7 day!!!

    • JJ97222 says:

      Hey that looks great to me, can we say 70 in a few weeks after!

    • Sifton says:

      But now I’m a bit concerned after checking my other 1-2 favorite Mets. & they’re not showing anywhere near the same setup for next week. Mark is gone so my faith in the ‘kids’ forecast has greatly diminished! Don’t play with the computer icons while Daddys away kinda thing you know……….

  16. lilfoot123 says:

    We’ve had hail & heavy rain in Kelso today! We got a quick rain/wet snow shower at 9p

  17. germantownsummit1000' says:

    34.5… next shower should be fun…

  18. germantownsummit1000' says:

    35.5… chunky rain…

  19. SnowedIn - North Plains says:

    Well, if we don’t get snowflakes outta the next two weeks, It’ll be time to change my name back to ThunderCloud… No chance of being SnowedIn until next November. November 27th to be exact, at about 2:30 in the afternoon. Who’s in?

  20. germantownsummit1000' says:


  21. Jordan (Raleigh Hills, 420') says:

    looks like some nice showers moving in now. headed for the pdx metro and hills surrounding. hopefully will be heavy enough to put a snowflake in the air here and there.

  22. vernonia1 says:

    finally got the tower temps coming down 🙂

  23. Greg Carstens says:


    To bad you are not going to make it to the workshop this year. I would enjoy getting a chance to meet you in person.

  24. germantownsummit1000' says:


  25. vernonia1 says:

    they had to add a new # to the top of the towers chart. Top WAS 40….now 41……

  26. Wendy-Silverlake, Wa says:

    Major hail going on here right now.

  27. vernonia1 says:

    VERY dark to the north of me. Not showing on radar but wow is it ever dark!

  28. pappoose in scappoose says:


    National Weather Service Portland or
    220 PM PST Friday Feb 22 2013

    Just saw a report of snow mixed with rain this afternoon via social
    media…so with snow levels dropping down to near 1000 feet later
    tonight and into Saturday morning…interior valleys may see a
    snow/rain mix or a minor dusting of snow. No accumulations are

    • alohabb says:

      I saw on social media that Bigfoot and Elvis were in the area….but I duno

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      LOOK! A Stray Albino Donkey wandered in with the incoming cold showers.

      Need to be on watch for the possibility of WRAPPED HALF-EATEN BURRITOS! Hahaah!

    • flurball says:

      They stuck a fork in Elvis over 35 years or so ago but I believe he pulled it out and ate it.

    • germantownsummit1000' says:

      But first he battered and deep-fried it.

  29. David B. says:

    Definitely a blustery one here in Seattle today. Working from home, and my apartment building would definitely be shuddering in the wind were it not built of brick.

  30. runrain says:

    FROPA inside of Astoria. BEAST has just about an hour left in Portland. CLIFF will be arriving Monday.

  31. jumper2306 says:

    Really wet ‘n’ wild now!

  32. resting up today
    maybe night time rain snow mix
    grasping at more straws

  33. W7ENK says:

    Tower temps steadily on the rise:

    Those should come crashing down after FROPA.

    *Don’t forget the 1 hour delay.

  34. Longview 400 ft says:

    Anyone experiencing any windy conditions? I have had no wind the last couple of hours here in Clatskanie. They said wind gusts up to 40 mph. So I am wondering if they have not arrived, already missed the winds, or just surrounded by the local mountains which has blocked the them?.

    • W7ENK says:

      The trees are dancing around a bit in Downtown, nothing spectacular.

    • JohnD says:

      In anticipation of the current storm–and in
      light of our ridiculously mild winter (when the
      entire rest of the world, if would seem, is
      having a spectacular one)–I have been planning
      all week to take an urban hike all the way from
      our townhome in inner SW up to Council Crest,
      reveling in snow showers along the way! But,
      alas, it appears that even those dreams are
      being washed away. “No snow for you, you fool”
      say the weather gods. Still I will be monitoring
      the temperatures for the next 24 hours every
      degree of the way. 40.8′ in the W. Hills right

    • runrain says:

      An occasional gust to 30 mph or so here in Happy Valley. Windier than I’ve seen it in some time. Heavier rain now, but seems we’ve been rainshadowed somewhat the past few hours, with west side getting the heavier stuff. Temp at 42.6.

    • Longview 400 ft says:

      Thanks guys for your observations, I guess I have fallen to the boring winter and when we have wind predictions around the 40 mph I get a little excited and hopeful. But, here I wait.

    • germantownsummit1000' says:

      Windy pretty much all night up here and still is – 25 to 35 mph gusts. Rain started in earnest just before 10 AM and hasn’t let up a bit – lashing down with feeling! 39.5 at 6:15… all the way up to 40.1 now.

  35. W7ENK says:

    WordPress has developed a bad habit of nuking my comments as of late. Let’s try this again, in summary…

    PNW Wx Workshop, never been to it, hadn’t heard of it before last year, always a bad weekend for me — long hyphen — brother’s birthday, something something blah-blah-blah… some sort of wise crack, unnecessary ellipsis … maybe two … or three?

    [Return] key.
    [Return] key.

    Obligatory address to Mark in first post, likely something about his vacation. :smiley face:

    [Post Comment], (again)

  36. vernonia1 says:

    I spent the first 16 yrs of my life about a mile from Sand Point. It was a Naval Air Station back then 🙂

  37. Ben T says:

    You’ll be out of town? This only means Winter storm!

  38. bgb41 says:

    2/21/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:52 at Brookings (US 10( 150 ft)
    Low: 44 at PACCTY-2 Pacific(28 ft)

    High:18 at CW7477 Lostine(7002 ft)
    Low: 1 at ANEROID LAKE #2 (7300 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 28 degrees
    CRANE PRAIRIE (33/5) (5500 ft)
    Sand Creek (US 9 (36/8) (4525 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    1.21″ at CEDAR(2220ft)

  39. Lurkyloo says:

    That sounds interesting, and I like cookies.

    Wish we could have our own weather workshop down here in our area. Anybody up for that? Potluck at Blue Lake or somewhere once we get dried out? I’m talking summertime casual. Just checking …

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