Vacation Time

4pm Sunday…

Yes, I know many of us were just on spring break.  But this coming week I’ll be on an anniversary trip with my wife.  I’ll be wearing these…pretty cool eh?


Hurricane themed board shorts.  Nice streamlines, satellite imagery & weather maps while swimming.  A weather geek’s dream.

I’ll be back at work Monday May 1st.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

65 Responses to Vacation Time

  1. It’s almost certainly not going to break 80 at my home, and may not even break 70, given the marine influence. But it doesn’t matter. I’m going to be camping in Yakima Canyon, and the forecast high there is in the mid-80s on Thursday. It’s going to be a little on the surreal side going from the coldest May Day in 94 years (official high at SeaTac was only 50 ˚F) to those kind of temperatures.

  2. Paul D says:

    Weatherunderground shows 84 for Thursday in Hillsboro and it says “clear” but below that it shows 0.28″ of rain. That ought to be interesting 🙂

    • Roland Derksen says:

      Yes, Thursday should be my warmest day of the year yet, as well(probably around 70F here) but thundershowers in the forecast as well. Could be intresting, all right.

    • Paul D says:

      Now it shows chance of a thunderstorm. That makes sense.

    • Garron near Hillsboro airport says:

      Well of course we’re gonna get something severe thunder stormish! Mark’s on vacation! Oughta be an epic event! Book it, Thursday high of 90, followed by a derechos with front line winds in excess of 50 MPH, 1″ hail and thunder storms. The dew point forecast is NASTY for Thursday, if nothing else it will be mugggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  3. Jason Hougak says:

    • Jason Hougak says:

      Spent weekend on the Deschutes River. Saturday was warm low 70’s but winds really picked up and sky clouded up with sprinkles Saturday night. Still mild and good night for campfire. Fly fishing was tough with high water and the wind. Sunday was very gusty so went to Shears Falls. The hills were a nice green with alot of areas covered with yellow flowering Arrowleaf Balsomroot.

      National weather map interesting with a winter storm warning up for snow on the Volcanoes and blizzard warning for parts of northern Kansas. Its a winter that is really trying to holding on. I wonder if this has anything to do with the solar minimum?

    • High Desert Mat says:

      Steelhead falls Jason?

    • Boydo3 N. Albany says:

      Shearers falls.

  4. Ken says:

    I have a picture of a cloud formation and I was wondering if you could tell me what it’s called. Not sure where to send it for you.

  5. Jason Hougak says:

  6. Jason Hougak says:

    • Jason Hougak says:

      This is what this consistent rainy weather has blessed the mountain with.

      Deep powder✅
      Sunny bluebird day✅
      Time to ride✅

    • pappoose in scappoose says:


    • Boydo3 N. Albany says:

      very nice!

    • Roland Derksen says:

      Enjoy it while it lasts- I heard we’re getting an El Nino next winter! 🙂

    • ocpaul says:

      The NOAA weather guessers are saying ENSO neutral through June. Then a 50% chance of El Nino Aug-Dec.
      Who knows, maybe the strong La Nina we’ve had will persist a bit. The NOAA April forecast was way wrong.

  7. Jason Hougak says:

    It happened today!!!
    606″ Season snowfall

    202″ Snow Base

  8. Longview 400 ft says:

    One thing about this rainy/snowy/wet past winter weather, cutting firewood this early spring has been quite a workout. The wood (trees) are so heavy with water, they are just soaked. Then add cutting on a hill side where the dirt is muddy (when you step and slide a little) and the stickers are healthy and green. So just standing to cut is a workout in itself.

    The last several years have been somewhat dry and woodcutting has been a breeze. NOT THIS YEAR!!!! LOL

  9. Jason Hougak says:


    • Gene says:

      I don’t think it’s whining for people to want one or two sunny, semi-warm days in late-April/early May. If people are whining about rain in November or December, that’s certainly fair game for criticism, but at this point in the year it’s not out of line for anyone to want nicer weather.

    • Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

      I better not come and read you whining when the sun and 80 degree temps arrive later. 😉

    • Roland Derksen says:

      I think it’s understandable that people are complaining. Let me give an example in my neck of the woods: The first 38 days of this past winter (from Dec.21 to January 27th) i had 21 days without precipitation. That’s pretty good! But, look at my first 38 days since spring started on March 21st: Just 6 without rain, counting today(provided some intresting clouds on the horizon don’t come here). If it was the other way around(6 in December/January, 21 in spring) I wouldn’t be sounding off, you can be assured.

    • Jason Hougak says:

      Mike I don’t BLOG in the summer

    • Jason Hougak says:

      Why I choose not to blog in summer
      1. I’m way too busy at work getting water well pumps repaired
      2. Our summer is hardly interesting weather wise
      3. I’d rather float a river or go rock climbing
      4. Summit Cascade Peaks
      5. Camp in the back country
      6. …

    • Jake-(Gresham near Nadaka Nature Park) says:

      But, you can’t do all those things in the Summer if it’s still raining! 😛

      All I ask is for 2 sunny days in a row. Tis all I ask. Throw tomatoes at me all you want….. =D

    • Jason Hougak says:

      Did not ever once said I wanted rain in summer. I enjoy having fun in summer just like everybody else. I just choose to enjoy working even in the rain and mud. There are bigger things in life than complaining about weather.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      If you don’t wanna hear folks complain about the weather, you don’t wanna visit a weather blog.

    • Jake-(Gresham near Nadaka Nature Park) says:

      Jason, if it rains all this Summer? I’m blaming you. Your pictures will have condemned the lot of us! Doomed! Doomed are we all!

      Quick, purchase the last rain coats as the swimsuits come in falsehood! Buy your tickets to Hawaii and make sure your children have rubber duckies for the streets! We all drown. Soon!

      On a serious note. It’s sunny outside. Nobody say otherwise. I hate you all. My coffee machine better not break.

    • Paul D says:

      Hey Jake! It looks like your two dry days in a row are coming this week! Let’s see a smile on that face 🙂

  10. Jake-(Gresham near Nadaka Nature Park) says:

    Do my eyes deceive me? Do I see sun coming next week!

  11. WEATHERDAN says:

    Salem now more than 20 inches of rain above normal since October 1st. But finally it looks like our long Winter of discontent is about to end, hooray. Peace.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Over 20 inches above normal rainfall since October but finally some relief in sight. It looks like the Winter of our discontent is just about over, hooray. Peace.

  13. High Desert Mat says:

    For you guys over on that side of the crest it’s been lots of rain. This side has been wet relatively but the worst thing has been the wind the past few months. I’m over the wind, I’d prefer rain to it.

  14. W7ENK says:

    Almost a half inch of rain as of 6am. Lots more to come.

    It can stop any time now…

  15. Jason Hougak says:

    6-12″ of more snow… bring it!!!

  16. Lee Wilson says:

    I see we have winter weather alerts popping up in the passes..
    Fun weather..

    I hear it snowed at 2,500 feet..
    I am so ready for warmer weather.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Enjoy your vacation Mark! To all those “jealous” people that work in jobs that don’t get vacations 1 word-schooling. You work hard in life and usually you get rewarded. Much deserved Mark!

  18. Jason Hougak says:

    Another great night to recline by the woodstove as the rain can be heard on the metal roof.

  19. Linda Cramer says:

    We all miss you Mark. Thanks for telling us fans of our favorite weather geek what you’ve been up to lately. Have a beautiful anniversary trip for you and your wife. By the way………very nice pants!! Linda Cramer

  20. Roland Derksen says:

    Oh, how I wish we could put together 3 straight days without rain for the start of May- I don’t think we’ll see it for April. My total up til now is 5.74 inches.

  21. Jason Hougak says:

    195″ base at Timberline and 590″ snow for the season. Likely to break 600″ season and 200″ base this week. Weather blog is so slow it’s rediculous. The weather that is happening outside should be something to talk about. Still wet, muddy and enjoyable!

  22. Boring 550' says:

    Hey Jason, only 5″ more snow needed at Timberline to get up to a 200″ base. Think they’ll get there?

  23. pappoose in scappoose says:

    National Weather Service Portland OR
    252 AM PDT Tue Apr 25 2017

    .SYNOPSIS…Yes, Virginia, there is more rain coming.

  24. W7ENK says:

    We all know what happens to our weather ’round here when Mark goes on vacation…

  25. JJ78259 says:

    Happy anniversary Mark! Just absolutely beautiful weather at the final round of the Valero Open yesterday about mile from my house. It made it a great round of golf to watch. Little warmer today clear blue skies.

  26. Have to cut Mark some slack for taking Many vacations recently. This last winter must have been hectic with all the extended work hours. Have fun on your trip.

  27. Kathleen Snyder says:

    Happy Anniversary! Be sure and use sunscreen. Our sensitive Oregon skin burn easily.

  28. Matthew Beck says:

    Happy anniversary. Wish you the best.

  29. JERAT416 says:

    Have fun in whatever warm place you’re going Mark!

  30. Jason Hougak says:

    Mark goes on more vacations then anybody I know. Be safe and have a happy anniversary. The winter weather is about to begin in the mountains. Winter weather advisory for heavy snow down to 3,500′. Time to get in some fresh powder turns.

    • Paul D says:

      They must have a generous vacation plan for people who have been there as long as Mark has 🙂

  31. Paul D says:

    Your son in charge of the blog while you’re gone?

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