I realized this weekend that as of TODAY, I’ve been doing this for 10 years now. I was only 36 when I started…just a kid.
Of course the weather blog wasn’t born or hatched…as I recall it was an idea from our web guy. Blogging was a new idea back then…a combo of WEB & LOG = BLOG. There was no Facebook or Twitter, or at least most of us hadn’t heard of either one if they did. No iPhone yet and mostly flip phones at that time I think.
I know some of you that read this were just in middle school and are now out in the adult world already. All along you had the drama and trauma of the weather blog to feed your late night weather geekness!
It’s been truly a labor of love when I look back at all the hundreds, or thousands, of postings over the past 10 years. If I didn’t enjoy it I sure wouldn’t take the time to post.
It’s funny that it all began on a day when the entire metro area was prepping for a big snowstorm, except here at FOX12 I couldn’t figure out how there was going to be a snowstorm when it was in the 40s in the Gorge? https://fox12weather.wordpress.com/2005/11/30/snow-or-no-snow/
That was also the ONLY time we’ve put snippets of 3 other forecasts on our station…just before my weathercast at 10pm. Do any of you remember that? You actually saw Jeff Baskin, Rod Hill, & Matt Zaffino for about 10 seconds each! Seems bizarre but Wayne Garcia suggested it as a “one-stop shopping” thing. Here were the results the next day.
In the end it didn’t snow and I heard about that success for several years afterwards. In fact a few times a similar thing has happened…Mark downplaying some winter storm event while others were hyping it.
Yet, that’s balanced out by my worst forecasting disaster…December 29, 2009. That was the worst metro area evening commute I’ve seen in my 24 years forecasting here. We forecast only rain and instead it was all snow. Read all about it on the wrapup post the next day: https://fox12weather.wordpress.com/2009/12/30/snow-storm-09-wrapup-what-happened/
There have been lots of ups and downs. To be honest what sticks out most is the neverending drama, especially the first 8 years or so. Things seems to have settled down (a bit) in the past year or two. I think a large part of that is a move to discussing weather on Facebook instead of here; commenting is definitely down the past couple of years but visits are not. There are currently two groups in the Portland area that discuss weather on FB 24/7 and I’m part of both those groups. I admit it’s more “immediate” and convenient than commenting here. On this blog you have to hit refresh to see if anyone has added a comment…that’s a bit annoying. But thanks to those of you still sticking around!
The thing I find most useful here is the 10 years worth of forecast reasoning during many different types of weather events. Whenever we have any sort of extreme weather, I’m going back in the past to see what I was thinking before a similar event occurred.
Here’s to at least a few more years of blogging!
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen