Episode 30: Snow Pack, Weather Questions and New Promos

Fresh podcast just posted this afternoon…enjoy!

Northwest Weather Podcast

This week, the guys talk mountain snow pack and what areas could see drought conditions this summer.

Plus, they’ll answer your weather questions and break down our Cities of the Week!

Mark and Brian will also take you behind the scenes of the new set of weather promos. Β Take a look at one of our newest spots.

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40 Responses to Episode 30: Snow Pack, Weather Questions and New Promos

  1. Random question, can a cutoff low forming off the california coast produce thunderstorms for us?

  2. Warm spring update:
    Snowing out my window right now. 34F
    Oh, this feels real warm

    • JJ97222 says:

      I am starting wonder about the nice day we were supposed to have seems like the showers are hanging around and it is cold out there again my nieghbor fired up his wood stove again still hoping for double 85’s but stuck with 58’s…………we won’t hit 60. San Antonio update 90 today

    • SilentReader says:

      today was never supposed to be nice. it was forecasted to be cold and some rain.

    • JJ97222 says:

      Then why is 62 on everyone’s 7 day it only 48 degrees out right now it is cold, can’t wait for the 80s to get here

  3. archangelmichael2 says:

    Down in the mid 30s now. Frost advisory for most of the valley! πŸ™‚

    I love this crispness of mid autumn. I mean spring!

    I’ve been wondering after a lot of researching regarding past ice ages which only indirectly reference the west coast of America perhaps these up and down temps were quite normal rather then the solid cold most people would think.

    During the big ice age the Midwest was locked in most of the year with ice while the Pacific Northwest likely had extreme fluctuations between southern heat and the ice sheet extending from Canada with air masses from the NE quite frequent.

    The Columbia Gorge likely had regular episodes of 100+mph winds like clockwork during most years and a few years would be extremely harsh with ice storms rather then snow.

    • W7ENK says:

      Kyle, the Puget Sound and Willamette Valley regions were scoured out by the repeated advancing/retreating of glacial ice, evidenced locally in your area (eastern side of the WV) by the abundance of deposited glacial erratics — those spherical orangey boulders and/or occasional rounded hunks of granite), so I’m fairly certain the vast majority of the PNW was locked in with ice as well…. at least down to the periphery of the Great Basin.

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      Actually, the ice sheets in the last glaciation stopped around Centralia west of the Cascades and partway through the Columbia Basin eastside. The Oregon Atlas has a nice color map of ice age glaciers. The Cascades were covered by glaciers though. I can only imagine what the wind was like through the Gorge in the wintertime!

    • …weren’t the erratics the result of the Missoula floods?…

  4. schmit44 says:

    4/29/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:76 at ILLINOIS VALLEY(1389 ft)
    Low: 52 at BARNHT(894 ft) & NATRON(518 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:31 at Timberline Lodge(7001 ft) & Mount Hood Meado(6601 ft)
    Low: 17 at HOWARD Mt Howard (8150 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 35 degrees
    ILLINOIS VALLEY (76/41 ) (1389 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    1.13″ at Mount Hood Meado(5249ft)
    1.02″ at LOG CREEK(2800ft)

  5. ashley watson says:

    the problem with the pacific northwest climate is that we don’t have enough weather ingredients to make things very exciting. the midwest and east coast have several, like warm humid very moist air, and cold dry continental air. The ocean that their warm moist air comes from is 75-85 degrees. ours in in the 50’s. they get bitter cold dry air coming off the land. we get bitter cold air that first travels over our 50 degree water and really gets modified. the result is a lot less dynamic weather systems. once in a while and especially in the past the subtrop and polar jet would meet up but that is pretty rare and even rarer these days. our weather just lacks the ingredients to make it a great place. when i was young and inexpirenced it didn’t understand this but now i do. i wish i would have known this then because i would have high tailed it out of here and moved to some place like cheyenne wyoming, rapid city south dakota or even new york state. some say we have global warming others global cooling but as for us in the pacific northwest we always seem to get the short end of the stick weather wise no matter what is going on. if i could live at 6,000 ft on mount hood then we could be in business. i don’t need constant thunderstorms to be happy. just some good snowstorms during the winter months. 40 degrees and rain for 6-7 months out of the year is just depressing. our weather is no better than california. their problem is that it is too sunny (boring) our problem is that it is too rainy (boring). in portland there are really only 2 seasons, wet and dry. our “cold” weather is laughable even to people that live in tennesse. our snow is so illusive and scant that when we do get a december 2008 it’s like a kick in the groin just to say here you go this should last for another 40 years. sorry to anybody that read this entire comment all the way through. i just need a means to vent my frustrations about our extreme boring sleepy weather. i am sure many will disagree and you have the right. i just think we should all give up on this lost cause and live vicariously through the weather in the midwest and east coast and just pretend that our boring weather doesn’t exist. can you tell i am looking foward to moving back to portland.

    • Lurkyloo says:

      Wow. You got that vent going on, sister! I agree on many of your points — especially the frustration aspect which has been documented many times on this blog.

      Someone from Frommer’s or some other travel magazine rated summertime in PDX the best in the nation (summer being after July 4, I assume). We get to really soak it up then and maybe we make the most of it and that’s what counts. Um, “Unstoppable!!!” ??;}

      I get all grouchy this time of year, too. But … we got some good stuff to look forward to.

      Keep on keepin’ on!

    • ocpaul says:

      Ashley, I feel your pain. I grew up in northern Illinois and Michigan. Many summer nights we had 3-4 hour long thunderstorms. We spent many nights in the basement watching tv until the tornado warnings cleared. I had a white Christmas
      EVERY year ages 0-12. And winter back there came early and ended late. The ONLY time I enjoy Portland weather is when it’s
      like the mid-west. It just barely happens often enough to stay here.

    • archangelmichael2 says:

      One thing we got the Midwest does not…………………Hills and mountains with lots and lots of trees. Actually Michigan has lots of trees and a few rolling hills around Grand Rapids but unless I’m mistaken they don’t get sunshine in the winter except the hazy kind.

      Though Pennsylvania has lots of hills and trees in many places but no true *mountains*. Just really big hills though people there will claim otherwise. πŸ™‚ Pittsburgh home of The Steelers and the geography actually looks a lot like Portland Oregon except a lot older and more run down with a lot of houses that look like they are crack homes.

      You don’t really start seeing *East Coast* influence both geography and climate till you get to Philly and all points east.

      West Virginia actually has better mountain like places then PA with more trees then you know what to do with but every time it snows the entire state closes down even if it’s just slush.

      All it takes is for the weather man to say it will snow and schools will close and everyone drives like a bat out of hell.

  6. Dave in SW PDX (235') says:

    Man, it feels chilly out there – 51.4Β°/DP30 with a breezy NW wind. Had to add another layer for yard work this evening; guess I’ve been spoiled by the weather the past few days. The advertised warmup for later this week can’t make it here fast enough IMO.

  7. Karl Bonner says:

    So if it stays drier than normal the next several months, will Mark cover up the drought conditions that WILL start to develop closer to home this time?

    • SilentReader says:

      it is just continuation of the drought from last Sept. All the wet weather in between was simply over reported to cover the fact that there is really a drought. It is caused by HAARP and all those people who really run the government. plus bigfoot and aliens too. i think i heard that ghosts also like a drier climate so surely the supernatural is also at work here.

  8. WoodlandJohn says:

    Hi, I am new to the blog, love the weather patterns in the Northwest, and enjoy trying to forecast it. Hey Mark what’s up with your throwing motion?? Who taught you that?? πŸ™‚

  9. JJ97222 says:

    Let’s hear for those 85 degree temps getting me ready for San Antonio heat we will need some mid 90’s after this nothing like getting climatized. I love this weather so so much better than the last 3 years

    • Lurkyloo says:

      JJ, I really hope you enjoy that heat in San Antonio! Just for fun, could you chime in around late August and let us know how you’re doing? It’s exciting to move! I wish you well! (Or maybe a well — ha!)

    • JJ97222 says:

      Yes it is hot in August but the trade off is being stuck indoors and watching it rain for 7 months in Milwaukie verses 80 degrees in November and late January so Yes I will be in the pool or in air conditioning for 3 months verses 7 to 8 months next to the wood stove. I really enjoy warm weather and we are excited to move lurkyloo. But we have love this 85 degree weather that coming it is awesome. We are grilling tonight most likely every night this week!

    • chris s says:

      no need to be stuck indoors here, true oregonians arent, they enjoy the climate we have!!!!

    • JJ97222 says:

      Chris I have to say that now that I have closed on new home I am officially a Texan. I sold all but a few pieces of my rain gear at the moving sale this past weekend. My webs between my toes are going away and not seeing any moss on the brickwork in my new neighborhood very clean looking. Go Spurs!

  10. schmit44 says:

    4/28/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:79 at ILLINOIS VALLEY(1389 ft) & MERLIN SEED ORCH(1144 ft)
    Low: 56 at ONTARIO(2260 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:35 at Timberline Lodge(6001 ft) & Mount Hood Meado(6601 ft)
    Low: 27 at DW9636 La Pine (4236 ft ) & DIMLKE (4726 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 43 degrees
    ILLINOIS VALLEY (79/36 ) (1389 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.54″ at MEARES Cape Mear(1421ft)

  11. W7ENK says:

    Caught both my first fish and my first sunburn of the year out on the river today… What a great weekend!!

    It just started raining lightly here, 61 degrees, it smells like a summer rain! Where’s the thunder?!?
    πŸ˜†

  12. WEATHERDAN says:

    Meteorologists tend to think in terms of weather patterns as being days or maybe a few weeks. But weather patterns can take months years or even several years to play out. We had a cool and wet weather patter that lasted fro the fall of 2009 until the spring of 2012. I believe that it ended last summer. Now a new weather pattern is taking hold . What form it takes and how long it lasts I do not know. But this should banish all the entries in Marks blog by some who predict the worst spring or the worst summer. I am now going outside to enjoy this nice weather. At 4:00 PM Salem is partly sunny and 68 degrees.

    • JJ97222 says:

      I agree the bad stuff is gone this Spring let the warmer temperatures take hold but I am glad you agree the last 3 years were horrible maybe the worst ever!

  13. schmit44 says:

    4/27/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:87 at ILLINOIS VALLEY(1389 ft)
    Low: 56 at ECHO(683 ft) & HERMISTON(550 ft) & Reese(1034 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:43 at Mount Hood Meado(6601 ft)
    Low: 23 at Sand Creek (US 9 (4525 ft ) & DIMLKE (4726 ft ) & KIRK (4519 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 49 degrees
    ILLINOIS VALLEY (87/38 ) (1389 ft )
    JOHN DAY RIVER N (79/30) (3139 ft)
    CHRISTMAS VALLEY (77/28) (4360 ft)
    CABIN LAKE (74/25) (4560 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.07″ at MEARES Cape Mear(1421ft)

  14. schmit44 says:

    4/26/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:88 at CW5474 Grants Pa( 915 ft) & ILLINOIS VALLEY(1389 ft)
    Low: 56 at GOODWIN PEAK(1800 ft) & Blue Box Pass (U(4024 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:48 at Port Orford(0 ft)
    Low: 25 at CABIN LAKE (4560 ft ) & FOSTER FLAT (5000 ft ) & HEREFORD (3599 ft ) & DW9636 La Pine (4236 ft ) & Sand Creek (US 9 (4525 ft ) & CHLOQN (4231 ft ) & DIMLKE (4726 ft ) & KIRK (4519 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 52 degrees
    ILLINOIS VALLEY (88/36 ) (1389 ft )
    CABIN LAKE (77/25) (4560 ft)

  15. Sifton says:

    Mark & Brian?? Maybe Brian & Mark to avoid a lawsuit yes…………

  16. Jesse-Stevenson says:

    Drought conditions this Summer? Man, I hope it stays sunny and dry like this forever!

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