Brand New Podcast

September 29, 2014

It’s been awhile, but Brian and I are back on track.  We just recorded a podcast on Friday and it’s available for your listening pleasure.  You can find it here.


Finally, a Really Strange Email!

September 29, 2014


It’s been 9 months since I’ve added a new letter/email to my FUN, WEIRD, & MEAN EMAILS link above.  But I got a real gem today.  Here you go…

Email Address:
First Name: XXXX
Last Name: XXXX

Message:: Hi Folks, I’m a regular watcher of KPTV news, and have noticed a media trend of using the word “haboob” in place of “dust storm”, I personally find this political correctness absolutely DISGUSTING and take offense at the use of this word in America. Either broadcast your entire program in Arabic or in English, but don’t mix it up in an attempt to be cute and clever and politically correct, because you offend many people with that tactic. America has lost enough to that 3rd world, let’s not lose our dignity of being proud Americans. Speak ENGLISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

I don’t really have any comments on this except that we probably use this word because it sounds kind of naughty, not because it’s an Arabic word.  And it sure doesn’t have anything to do with political correctness; I would probably be one of the last people to adopt it then.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

Monthly ECMWF Run

September 29, 2014

Just looked at the monthly ECMWF run.  That’s the ECMWF model run out to 32 days.  General pattern is ridging the first two weeks:



The the upper-high retrogrades farther west with cool troughing over us…


Then fall rains begin as the ridge disappears?


We’ll see…

Barn Swallows’ Morning Takeoff

September 29, 2014

This is pretty neat…


Check out the barn swallows leaving their overnight roost this morning just north of Salem on radar. You can see the ring of objects spread north, east, and south from the spot somewhere west of Woodburn. Observers say at least 25,000 of them spend the night in fields and then take off each morning to feed. I assume they will be heading south soon? US National Weather Service Portland Oregon mentioned this in a FB posting a few days ago.