Vacation Time

I’ll be on vacation through Monday, March 28th looking for a sunnier/warmer place part of the time.

No blog posts unless we get a: Tsunami, Hurricane, Snowstorm (lowlands), or Volcanic Eruption.  Yes, I’ll be “offline” until Tuesday the 29th.

I might occasionally post on Twitter (@MarkNelsenKPTV) or my personal Facebook page (MarkNelsen)…maybe.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

97 Responses to Vacation Time

  1. I’m not expecting my first 70F (or above) of the year until tomorrow but I could be surprised today. I had a diurnal range of 29 degrees yesterday (High 64, low 35) and with today’s minimum a bit higher(41) we might make it. Whatever the result, I’m enjoying the sunshine!

    • 38 for me this morning. I doubt I’ll see any 70s from this one; I tend to get the sea breezes at my location. Mid/upper 60s seem a pretty safe bet, though. Made it to 63 yesterday.

  2. schmit44 says:

    3/29/2016 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:71 at ROWEWS( 104 ft)
    Low: 44 at ROCKWY Rockaway(450 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:24 at ALAKES Haines(7979 ft)
    Low: 15 at ALAKES Haines (7979 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 38 degrees
    CW8892 Sweet Hom (67/29 ) (574 ft )
    Wasco Junction ( (65/27) (1100 ft)

  3. Boring Oregon says:

    Rainfall totals:
    January: 11.00in
    February: 6.74in
    March: 7.83in
    Year total to date: 25.57in. Pretty dang wet!

  4. For the first afternoon this season the Sound Breeze is evident. That’s the phenomenon that occurs as the western Washington interior warms up and the lighter, less dense air draws cooler, denser marine air in through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, creating northerly afternoon breezes in the Seattle area on warm, sunny afternoons.

    • W7ENK says:

      I know exactly what you mean. Many of the really nice warm days at our beach house in Olympia would get “disrupted” by a stiff SW breeze off the water in the afternoons. It always seemed to wait until tide shift, nice and calm all morning, then the wind would kick up just in time for the water to get high enough to ski. After waiting patiently all day, the chop would get so bad we’d often have to just scrap the idea altogether. Quite frustrating!

  5. W7ENK says:

    Time lapse of this morning’s sunrise, zoomed in on Mt. Hood and her cloud cap, as viewed from my office in Downtown Portland.

    Enjoy!

  6. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    28.8 for a low here.

    In Battle Ground, my average last frost isn’t until April 24th.

    In Vancouver, my average last frost (20 years of record) is April 7th.

    • April 24th? You’re definitely in a cold-air pocket. Then again, it’s all relative. When I lived in the Rockies the last frost was typically in late May or sometimes even early June. Made gardening real fun.

    • High Desert Mat says:

      If you think that’s late, since I’ve moved to Redmond my average last frost is somewhere mid May. Gardening can be rough for those that have the bigger gardens. Theres a saying over here, once the snow is completely gone from the top of Black Butte, that’s the time to plant. The grow season is definitely short relatively speaking.

  7. schmit44 says:

    3/28/2016 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:60 at BROOKINGS( 79 ft) & CW9821 Gleneden(49 ft) & US30 at Rocky Po(56 ft) & Forest Grove(200 ft)
    Low: 46 at WYETH(102 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:21 at HOWARD Mt Howard(8150 ft)
    Low: 5 at ANEROID LAKE #2 (7400 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 36 degrees
    BEND WATERSHED (49/13 ) (5330 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.65″ at LOG CREEK(2800ft)
    0.62″ at YELLOWSTONE MTN.(3080ft)
    0.60″ at MT. HOWARD(7910ft)
    0.53″ at EW1284 Oregon Ci(387ft)
    0.48″ at EW1556 Maupin(1910ft)

  8. High Desert Mat says:

    Does anyone know if Gladstone has something funny in the water? Cause my brother Josh is texting me weird strange texts right now. I’m guessing that the sewage from the wilamette has made it upstream to the tributaries and that he ate something from those? Who knows?

    Anyways, temp got down into the teens last night here and look to be in the 20’s again tonight. Go spring!!

  9. Well, I suppose it’s “Day 1” of the Omega block. Looking forward to all this week in the sun. Just a couple of facts from my corner of the PNW. I have recorded a total of 7.89 inches for this month, making this my 4th wettest March. I noticed that of the top 5 wettest March months here, 3 of them have come in the last 3 years. (the 3rd, 4th and 5th). Also, in 13 of my last 14 years (2003-2016) March has been wetter than February. So, there seems to be some shifting in weather patterns going on. Historically, February is supposed to be wetter. Anyone else see something similar?

    • W7ENK says:

      Yes, I’ve noticed a similar trend.

    • Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

      20 years of averages:

      February: 3.87″
      March: 4.04″

      March has seen a steady increase in average precip (trendline just below 3.5″ in 1996, up to 4.75″ in 2015)

      February has seen a steady decrease in average precip (trendline at 4.75″ in 1996, to 2.5″ in 2015)

      This is thrown off quite a bit by the very wet February 1996 (10.10″)

    • Thanks for the information, Tyler: It seems to be in fairly close agreement with the data I have except February 1996; That one wasn’t very wet here in Vancouver BC. We had our wet February in 1999 (9.66 inches) and recent Februarys since 2010 appear to be having more rainfall as well.

  10. Jason Hougak says:

    Snowing hard with 34F and a light dusting at 1300′ Cascade foothills SE of Sandy, OR.

  11. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    High of 50.2 @ 12:33 this morning…and a low of 41.6 @ 12:35 this afternoon…certainly a backward day…

  12. Mostly sunny and breezy (or windy) conditions here in the afternoon. I did see some impressive Cb clouds on the southern horizon which could have been hail producers, but none of them were close enough to confirm it.

  13. CorbettTez says:

    Is there ANY chance that this alleged upcoming stretch of warmer weather will be calm for all or is it due to another round of East wind? Would be amazing to finally get out under calm, clear, blue skies with warm temps and get some clean up done on our property. But many times these patterns are nice in the city and 10-15 colder here in the gorge due to winds 20-30 mph. Just curious…..thanks!

  14. cgavic says:

    Mailman weather today. Sun, hard rain, hail, z-storms, going on now.
    (but no snow or twisters)

  15. Aleta-West Geesham says:

    Wow! Quite the thunderstorm in Gresham! Lots of hail and dumping rain and one lightening strike so far.

  16. Longview 400 ft says:

    When one of those showers goes over it is amazing how the temp drops 10 degrees.

  17. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    Much heavier shower now with hail Temp down to 44.

  18. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    Pretty light shower, but this last one just produced hail. Pea sized.

  19. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Ya, 50 shouldn’t be a problem!

    AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
    918 AM PDT SUN MAR 27 2016

    .UPDATE…MADE NO CHANGES WITH THE MORNING UPDATE AS PREVIOUS FORECAST IS ON TRACK. AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WILL MAINTAIN SHOWERS
    ACROSS THE REGION TODAY…WITH SUN BREAKS BETWEEN SHOWERS. INCREASED INSTABILITY FROM AFTERNOON HEATING MAY TRIGGER A FEW THUNDERSTORMS
    THIS AFTERNOON. THE CONVECTIVE TEMPERATURE EAST OF THE COAST IS AROUND 50 DEG AND SHOULD BE EASY TO EXCEED. EXPECT SMALL HAIL WITH
    SOME OF THE SHOWERS THIS AFTERNOON.

  20. The forecast for the last few days in March (after Sunday, that is) gives the possibility that I’ll see the temperature go into the 70’s as well. It’s somewhat similar to what happened in March 2013: A wet month ending with a sunny warm spell. However in the immediate future (next 24 hours) we’re in for more rain. i expect this March to end up around 4th or 5th wettest for me.

  21. W7ENK says:

    Just broke the 6-inch mark for rainfall this month, with a mostly wet week to go yet…

    8.48″ in January
    4.54″ in February
    6.01″ in March (so far)

    19.03″ total since January 1st.

    47.34″ in the first half of this water year, again with a mostly wet week to go yet…

    What drought?

    • W7ENK says:

      Looking back at my records, that’s ~2 inches less than my entire 2015 rainfall total, and ~2 inches more than my entire 2014 rainfall total… and we have another 6 months + 1 week left.

      Craziness!!

    • Josh "the snowman" from Gladstone, OR says:

      I broke 6 inches when I was 12 but I digress. Anyone see what looked like some rotation over clackamas today? Anyone see anything in the maps to confirm that? Otherwise, mundane weather. Makes me wish I could W7enk it.

    • High Desert Mat says:

      Uh, ya. Late bloomer eh Josh? I think I was 8 @ 8. Learn about it.

      On another note, been a wet spring so far over here relatively. Nothing like you guys have though only 2.32 since the first so far.

    • Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

      7.43″ in January for me
      5.90″ in February
      6.54″ in March

      19.87″ since January 1st.

      45.73″ for the water year.

      Insane!

    • JohnD says:

      ‘Sounds like “Trump mentality” is rubbing off on some of you guys. Sad. You should have been at the Bernie rally today. In the end the “human spirit” shall triumph–err through rain or shine! (Yeah, I get it: Political digressions disallowed.)

    • Boring Oregon says:

      What’s your favorite flavor of food stamp John?

    • Josh "the snowman" from Gladstone, OR says:

      Yep. I prefer to keep the money I work for. Not give it to those who don’t work and instead think it’s cool to post on a weather blog all day.

    • JJ78259 says:

      I wonder if we should do a poll to see who preferred the previous dryer year or the normal year your having now. Just a thought.

    • JohnD says:

      Hey Boring: I have an MA, am a professional person; also with 2 kids UO grads. PLUS I don’t live in Boring. My favorite food stamps?: I started to post “Eat s….”–but that would be horribly “Trumpian”. Instead: “Some people just don’t get it, and never will.”
      (Sorry Mark. I won’t use the blog this way any more!)

    • JohnD says:

      P.S. Larry
      I am a mellow dude. Sorry about the vehemence! Big day today.
      I always enjoy your weather commentary.
      So great that we all have such weather passion!
      Keep up the good work!

    • Boring Oregon says:

      Whatever John just remember you started that by bashing Trump. You knew you were looking to stir the pot with that little snarky comment. Congratulations man.

  22. Boydo3 N. Albany says:

    Looks like an Omega block is going to set up starting the middle of next week. We could be getting into the 70s by the end of next week if it holds true.

    • runrain says:

      Yes, does sound like 70’s are a-comin’. I’m going to say we get our first 70 of the year on Sunday, April 3.

      Went down to spring training last week in AZ. That’s one big ole party down there! If felt exactly like one of our typical lazy warm summer days in July/Aug. By June, it will feel like the inside of our winter furnaces!

      Was also in San Diego last week. Though the ocean water was only 58 deg off Coronado, lots of people out in it. For you big spenders, the del Coronado Hotel offers marshmellow roasts and sand castles – for a hefty price! And a slushy margarita in a plastic cup: just $17!! I didn’t stay in the hotel, by the way. Couple nights works out to a mortgage payment (or two)!!

    • I’m ready for an omega block: 7.20 inches of rain for me so far this month. One more shower, and it’ll be another March in the books that is wetter than the February before it.

  23. JackFrost says:

    P.S Are post El Nino summers usually hotter or cooler with more ocean layer weather?

    I have a gut feeling we will have some bouts of extremely hot blistery weather here for a time in July which it will look scary as in “OMG ALL THIS HEAT!”

    but it will be followed by a lot more cooler interludes then we had last year that evens it out in the end to just an average summer before entering Nina mode for a snowier then average winter either down here in the lowlands or up in the mountains.

    • I think the general opinion is that summers following El nino winters are warmer and drier than usual. For instance, the summer of 1998. On the other hand the summer of 2010 was seen by many as less than normal, although here in my location it was good through July and August, before it ended with a wet September.

  24. JackFrost says:

    Seems whenever Mark leaves this place quickly turns like a certain weather forum I shall not name where they forget to keep the petty arguing in the political banter thread which was created for that very purpose to not hijack the proper thread. 🙂

    Hopefully a few coolish nights in store during this ridgy weather?

  25. Jason Hougak says:

    My Timberline midweek pass turns unlimited after spring break, more snow falling today and into next week. Instead of mowing on the weekend I’ll be at the mtn.

    • JackFrost says:

      Yay. Looks like with the extra snow we will not have drought problems this summer at least on our side of the mountains. 🙂

      One more year we escape the problems. Rural areas by late fall were already on water restrictions until further notice until the snows came.

  26. W7ENK says:

    Quite windy in Downtown Portland this afternoon…
    Was it supposed to be like this?

  27. Jason Hougak says:

    Erik why didja post that scary girl… she was chasing me in my dreams last night. Timberline is 32″ away from breaking a season snowfall of 500″.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful sunshine here today- pity it won’t last!

  29. mark:
    ENJOY. Come to think of it, why did.nt you leave your “phone” at home?.

  30. W7ENK says:

    ERMAHGERD!!!

    –10C @ 850mb WITH PRECIP ON APRIL 4TH!!!

    ERTS GERNER SNERRRRRRRRR!!!

  31. MJ says:

    Enjoy your vacation time, Mark.
    Looks like steadier rain killed the chance of thunder 😦

  32. Anonymous says:

    I say we all be good socialist here and take that time Mark has and apply some “Social Justice” and give it to someone who does not have as much. Can I be first in line?

  33. No thunderstorms up here yet, but late last night (around 10 pm) we had a very heavy shower.Could have flooded my basement if it had lasted longer.

    • Thunder showers have arrived here now: At 3;51 pm i heard a rather soft rumble of thunder during a rainfall. There may have been some hail mixed in briefly as well.

  34. schmit44 says:

    3/20/2016 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:72 at DW1597 Troy(1612 ft)
    Low: 53 at CW5302 Roseburg(410 ft) & Roseburg Regiona(525 ft) & Port Orford(0 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:37 at Lagoon(6370 ft) & Mt Hood Meadows(7300 ft) & Rim(7050 ft)
    Low: 23 at CRANE PRAIRIE (5500 ft ) & DIMLKE (4726 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 43 degrees
    Rome (71/28) (4049 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    1.45″ at QUAIL PRAIRIE LO(3183ft)
    1.40″ at BIGELOW CAMP(5130ft)
    1.16″ at YELLOWSTONE MTN.(3080ft)
    1.12″ at HORSE CREEK(3402ft)
    1.10″ at BIG RED MOUNTAIN(6050ft)
    1.07″ at RED MOUND(1753ft)
    0.93″ at EW7191 Selma(1394ft)
    0.01″ at Rome(4049ft)

  35. marinersfan85 says:

    I get 80 hrs a year and only every 3rd weekend off. If my wife gave birth I would get one week off. My wife as a certified nurse would be allowed no time off. But go on about how difficult it is, please.

    • marinersfan85 says:

      This was in response to the comment I made well below this one.

    • marinersfan85 says:

      I also work those same holidays Mark. Although you’re on vacation right now so a reply won’t happen. Not that I blame you.

  36. Andy says:

    Very gusty winds here in Jefferson,Or…Possible thunderstorms near by.

  37. One of the best t-storms over my house in quite some time. Car alarms going off!

  38. Lurkyloo says:

    Pooose?! You’ve got a few strays over here in NE!

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
      654 PM PDT SUN MAR 20 2016

      .NOW…
      RADAR AND SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS OVER NORTHWEST
      OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON THIS EVENING. BESIDES LIGHTNING AND THUNDER…HEAVY RAIN…SMALL HAIL…AND GUSTY WINDS MAY
      ACCOMPANY THESE STORMS. THE THREAT FOR THUNDERSTORMS SHOULD
      END AROUND 10PM TONIGHT.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Beware the frisky critters, on the loose they are!

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Replay possible tomorrow!

      DAY 2 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
      NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
      1143 AM CDT SUN MAR 20 2016

      …SYNOPSIS…
      A PROGRESSIVE UPPER-AIR PATTERN WILL ENSUE ON MONDAY WITH THE PRIMARY FEATURE OF CONVECTIVE INTEREST BEING A SHORTWAVE TROUGH OVER
      THE PACIFIC NW STATES EMBEDDED WITHIN THE LARGER-SCALE TROUGH OVER THE E PAC. A COLD FRONT IS FORECAST TO MOVE INLAND INTO THE PACIFIC
      NW DURING THE DAY. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE
      FORECAST ACROSS THE NWRN CONUS.

      …PACIFIC NW REGION…

      THE ARRIVAL OF THE MID-LEVEL DISTURBANCE/STRONGER DEEP-LAYER FORCING
      FOR ASCENT INFILTRATING THE WRN HALF OF ORE/WA DURING THE DAY HOURS
      WILL RESULT IN WIDESPREAD CLOUDS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF SCATTERED
      SHOWERS/ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. COOLING H5 TEMPS FALLING INTO THE
      -26 TO -30 DEG C RANGE WILL STEEPEN MID-LEVEL LAPSE RATES ACCORDINGLY AND POCKETS OF MARGINAL BUOYANCY WILL LIKELY DEVELOP…ESPECIALLY IN THE POST-FRONTAL AIRMASS. WHILE THE THREAT
      FOR ISOLD TSTMS WILL PRIMARILY BE CONFINED TO AREAS NEAR AND W OF THE COASTAL RANGES THROUGH EARLY AFTN…THE CHANCE FOR TSTMS WILL
      INCREASE/EXPAND IN SIZE TO INCLUDE AREAS FARTHER E IN THE INTERIOR PACIFIC NW AND NRN ROCKIES BEGINNING DURING THE LATE AFTN.

  39. BlazerFan32 says:

    Uh oh there goes the Northwest weather because Mark is going on vacation once again. 🙂

  40. Hal in Aims says:

    enjoy, Mark…beautiful sunlit mammatocummolus to the southeast following a double rainbow about 15 minutes ago……….

  41. He deserves his vacations. His brain probably needs a break every now and then.

  42. Steven James says:

    What about a tornado?

  43. marinersfan85 says:

    I need to find a job that gives me as much vacation as you get. Seems like you get 1-2 months a year of vacation.

    • WEATHERDAN says:

      Mark gets what most Europeans get. Sure sounds nice to me. Peace.

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      An employee at Meredith Corporation (they own TV stations and magazines) gets 4 weeks of vacation after 10 years of employment and pre 2002 employees get 5 weeks at 20 years. Add in holidays, which I often work, and 2 personal days…plus all the weekends I work. So it may appear I take a lot of vacation time; but remember I was working almost every day in late December and January when you had weekends off. In fact this entire week of starting Monday is all from extra days I earned while working 32 days in a 35 day period! I’ll also be working Memorial Day, Labor Day, and often Christmas/New Years when you have time off. Do I sound defensive?

    • Boring Oregon says:

      Yes.

    • Anonymous says:

      Silly Mark. I only get every 3rd weekend off. I do get 80hrs of vacation each year though!

  44. MasterNate says:

    I hope your vacation is filled with great memories!

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