Vacation Time: Vista House Sensor Dies

As mentioned in the post last Thursday, I’m on vacation for a week. But I was just checking out the strong wind in the Gorge. Looks like Corbett gusted to 77 mph early today. So I went to the Vista House sensor. It may have physically broken, or is beating itself against the side of the building. It was gusting in the 70-80 mph range and then has mostly gone dead with just occasional gusts. It lived a good life though. Made it through 3 winters! That’s all. I’ll be back online Thursday. One more day of this


175 Responses to Vacation Time: Vista House Sensor Dies

  1. Sapo says:

    00z GEM and 00z NAM are more aggressive with the coldness of the air in the Gorge in the Saturday-Monday period than the 18z GFS and 12z ECMWF. I’ll be interested in the 00z ECMWF and 00z GFS, to see if they are any colder. Also, the 00z WRF-GFS should be interesting too.

  2. Ted Berry says:

    “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” J. Krishnamurti…….This is how I feel about the blog sometimes. Time to move on….maybe some others should consider this too…….Good day!

  3. BrianInKeizer says:

    Well, there isn’t a forecast lower than 38 degrees for a low in Salem area, so I can rest assured it will be a rainy weekend. And tomorrow we might hit 60 degrees! I guess us Central Willamette Valley folks are heading to Spring while you grumbling Northern Willamette Valley and Gorge folks can bicker amongst yourselves 😦 Isn’t there a moderator in this blog? It has become quite childish.

    • Sapo says:

      Mark Nelsen is the moderator guy for this blog I’m pretty sure, but he was on vacation when the fighting went on (usually that is the case). I assume he will do something when he comes online again.

  4. MCP says:

    Oxymoron anybody? “I just roll with it and push back”
    Erik you are a bully and a troll. Please just go away.

  5. pappoose in scappoose says:

    “To say Stevens Pass ski resort got a little bit of snow this month is to say a few people showed up Downtown for the Seahawks Super Bowl Parade.”—2nd-snowiest-in-50-years-247664681.html

  6. Sapo says:

    It’s looking like our best chance for actual snow will be Sunday afternoon/evening as a transition event. Not looking like much right now, but WRF-GFS keeps temperatures pretty cold most of Sunday and then possible snowfall with the precipitation arrival Sunday afternoon/evening.

  7. BoringOregon says:

    Nice tan Mark!!!

  8. Sapo says:

    Today’s 12z GFS and 12z WRF-GFS cooled it down 3-4 degrees since this morning…WRF-GFS makes it possible for snow down to the valley floor Saturday morning, Saturday night, Sunday morning, Sunday night, and possibly Monday morning. Looks like the precipitation will be showery on Saturday, with rain/snow mix or a light snow flurry. Then Sunday we will be much chillier, with the high temperature anywhere from 39-44 degrees. Sunday morning there does appear to be any significant precipitation, as the light precip/showers from Saturday will be ending. Starting around 2 PM Sunday, a surge of precipitation will come up, diminishing sometime in the late evening. It appears that for part of this we could be cold enough for snow. Then Monday morning another blast of precipitation hits us around 1 AM. At this point, snow is possible. An interesting weekend ahead, but today’s later runs will be crucial.

    • Sapo says:

      Oh, my bad. After looking at more models, it’s looking like Monday morning is probably out of the picture for snow for Portland unless models change. Same could be true for Sunday night, as a warmer flow pushes in Monday and cold air exits on Sunday.

    • Sapo says:

      18z GFS ensemble warmed up a bit, not really any cold outliers. Still potential for a rain/snow mix or something, but it is looking pretty dry thru sunday per the 18z gfs. if the 00z runs are all bad, its over

  9. Aloha Rainshadow says:

    Wow…everyone seems to be in jackass mood the last couple days. Seems to be the world against Erik…but I think he likes it. Those raggin on Erik all day may just be feeding his appetite…just a thought.

    • Lurkyloo says:

      I think it’s just because Erik promised to be Waggly Puppy and not Grumpy Cat until next Nov. 🙂

    • W7ENK says:

      No, I don’t particularly appreciate it, but what can I do? I just roll with it and push back, even if it looks like I’m the one stirring up crap. People here seem to forget easily how these things actually get started, and I usually get blamed for the mess even when I don’t say a word… but honestly, I don’t really care anymore.

      This about sums it up perfectly, TBH:

      Yeah, there’s a word in there. If it offends you, please refer to the rest of the text.

  10. Austin-East Vancouver says:

    I for one don’t trust these computer models and I’m going with my gut feeling. Its going to snow:)

    • JohnD says:

      Yeah…the models…drive you crazy. And by
      the looks of things, most all of the riders
      have gone away for now. GOLU all the way
      on this one. It’s gonna be a wintry weekend!

  11. WEATHERDAN says:

    What a difference a day makes with the weather models. Well that’s what makes meteorology so exciting. Just when it looks like the weather is going one way it goes another. But if you look at the long term averages you just know that snow isn’t going to happen in the valley very often in early March. Now we might still see some wet snow down to the valley floor over the weekend. And if so it will be nice to see. But what I would rather see is sunshine and 70 degrees. Either way I will take what we get because that is all we can really do. Now we have a lot of very knowledgeable posters on this blog. Posters such as Rob and Paul from Eugene and Tyler Mode. And sometimes when they give their opinion on the future weather others just have to tear into them. I myself have felt this juvenile wrath myself at times and probably will again. Look it’s just weather right. There is so much more to this big blue ball we call Earth than just the weather. Not anybody, me you anybody can change the weather by bitching and moaning about it so why bother. Let’s just agree to disagree. On the other hand sometimes this log is better than watching Congress on C-SPAN. I respect everybodies opinion, especially Rob. Let’s remember we are here to discuss and opine about the weather and not to act like little schoolchildren. Peace.

  12. JJ78259 says:

    Bueatiful sun filled day in San Antonio, dark blue sky absolutely breathtaking, flowers blooming all over. Spring has sprung 80° degrees tomorrow! Thunder boomers on Sunday. Should be fun!

  13. Garron near Washington Square says:

    Karl Bonner, here’s the specifics from my post below….

    Karl, The following events started before March 1st…1960 Feb 26-March 5 and again on the 8th, 1962 2/23-3/3 again on the 8th, 1971 2/24-3/1, 2012 2/29-3/1 again on the 13th and 19th and 21-23.
    Here are the other “multi day events” ALL occurring in March.
    1952 3/18-19, 1951 1-10 1955 2-5 & 13-15, 1956 3-6 & 1OTH, 1967 12th and 13th, 1974 2-3 & 6-8 & 13th, 1976 1-3 ice event? 1989 1-5, 1993 1-2, 2006 8-11
    Here are the other single day March snow events, again most were more like “spring shower” events, but the snow remark was included: 1953 2nd, 1954 10th, ’58 7th, 1964 12th, 1966 1st, 1970 1st, ’77 27th, ’81 15th, ’86 26th, 1991 4th, 2002 7th and 17th, 2009 9th,

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