Fast Moving Front

I woke up to totally dry outside about 20 minutes ago here on the east side of town but here comes the rain.  The radar loop at 10am shows a cold front just flying across the metro area.  The leading edge of the rain is already to the east side of town.


The good news is that it’s a narrow band of steady rain, thus mainly dry this afternoon.  It should be a breezy and refreshing afternoon with lots of sunbreaks.

Back to dry weather for Thursday and Friday, then cold showers are still on tap for the weekend.  Although the weekend doesn’t look excessively wet, it’ll be chilly with snow down to around 2,000′ Saturday and especially Sunday mornings.

Here is the 00z ECMWF ensemble chart.  Some debate among models whether we warm up after Monday or not; the last run of the ECMWF (this one) prolongs the chilly temps a bit longer next week:


Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

14 Responses to Fast Moving Front

  1. JJ97222 says:

    Sitting here doing emails in Ventura on the beach 69 degrees not a cloud in the sky drive down on hwy 33 thru the mountains from Bakersfield great old twisty road with great weather to boot this is spring!

    • JJ97222 says:


      As I am just finishing lunch with a client an old 57 ford station wagon drove by the restaurant with surf boards on top fun in the sun perfect!

    • Lurkyloo says:

      Must be nice, JJ. I’m officially jealous!

  2. NWS down this morning?

  3. bgb41 says:

    4/10/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:71 at HERMISTON( 550 ft) & ECHO(758 ft)
    Low: 51 at BROOKS(187 ft)

    High:37 at Timberline Lodge(7001 ft)
    Low: 21 at HOWARD Mt Howard (8150 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 41 degrees
    Rome (69/28 ) (4049 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.98″ at Mount Hood Meado(5249ft)

  4. Sifton says:

    Highs in the 50’s??? This bites BIG time!!!

  5. W7ENK says:

    Holy CRAP!!! Damaging winds SE of Mt. Hood, trees down on Hwy 26, saw the roof torn off a semi trailer ahead of us that fell onto two other vehicles, no injuries.

    Incredibly torrential rain between Welches and Sandy, lots of standing water on the roadway.

    • *BoringOregon* says:

      When was this just blue sky out here now the chase is on watch—

    • W7ENK says:

      The downed trees were about 10, maybe 15 minutes into the tree line coming up 26 towards Mt. Hood from the Warm Springs “flats”. The first one fell across the entire highway just a few hundred yards in front of us, forced us to swerve all the way across to the opposite shoulder. Maybe 12-18 inches in diameter, it shattered into about 40 pieces 2-3 feet long each, would have been some great firewood as it was obviously dead and well seasoned. I jumped out and waved down the traffic approaching from behind, which thankfully all stopped. I and the driver of a big rig headed the other way worked quickly to remove the larger pieces of tree trunk from the roadway, took us maybe 2 or 3 minutes. The other trees were much smaller and only partially fell onto the shoulder or roadway, not large enough to cause any concern. This was all about 2pm or a little after.

      Once the road was clear, traffic began to move ahead of us, and the first vehicle behind us that stopped was the semi whose trailer roof ripped off, about 10 minutes later right at the junction to the road that cuts across to Tygh Valley, whatever that one is. We had allowed the two vehicles behind him to pull ahead before we came back onto the highway behind them, and those were the two vehicles struck by the fiberglass debris, it just peeled back like a banana and crashed down onto the top of vehicle 2 and into the side of vehicle 3. Otherwise, it would have been us!!

      The torrential rain was maybe 45 minutes after that?? So, just before 3pm I guess.

      Now, I’m safely at home on my couch with a beer, watching snowflakes fall in the breeze out my window in the sunshine! Or maybe they’re fruit blossoms… but they look like snow.

    • Lurkyloo says:

      Oh, wow. Seriously? Glad you’re safe and sound. Guess that foils my notion that the dome follows you everywhere …

    • W7ENK says:

      Yup, serious as a heart attack — which I swear I almost had twice in 10 minutes because of all this… I don’t make this stuff up!

      I looked back at the timestamp on a clip of video I took of the driving rain, that was at 2:36p, so the falling trees and the truck roof craziness being about 45 minutes to an hour before puts those at roughly 1:30-1:45p or so.

      Back in the office today, things should be considerably more mellow.

  6. Ben T says:

    Bring on more April showers so there’s tons of May Flowers!

  7. philinforestgrove says:


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