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Possible Freezing Rain, Snow Mix

By Rod Hill on 2009-12-10

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Watching Saturday's Forecast

By Rod Hill on 2009-12-09

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know I am watching closely the forecast for this Friday night and Saturday.  A low pressure area will push rain mostly into California.  However, gorge east winds will ignite as the low approaches to our south.  It is at least possible that we will see light precipitation develop as a ice or snow Friday night and into Saturday.  Again, please know this is a forecast that I am tracking.  I will have more Wednesday regarding any chance of snow, ice or rain.   

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Bitter WInd Chills & Temperatures

By Rod Hill on 2009-12-06

The Arctic air mass arriving Sunday will keep the Northwest on the cold side into much of next week.  Dew points will lower to near 10 degrees Sunday and possibly single digits Monday and Tuesday morning.  Gusty east winds will hold temperatures at night above 20 degrees in most metro areas Sunday and Monday morning.  Calming winds Tuesday will allow the air temperature to drop near 10 degrees F Tuesday morning in places like Hillsboro, Salem and Battle Ground.  Portland city center will likely begin Tuesday in the teens.  Slight warming will begin Wednesday.  

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Sunday Flurries

By Rod Hill on 2009-12-04

The weekend headline is cold, but mostly dry air for the west side.  The best chance to see snow flurries will be Sunday.  A trace of snow will be possible.  No metro travel problems are expected.  The coast could also see snow flurries as a cold upper low hovers overhead.  East winds will be 15-35 mph across most metro areas Sunday.  Gusts into the gorge will reach near 50 mph.  Wind chill factors Sunday will make big winter coats necessary for those spending time outdoors.  Cold temperatures will linger well into next week.  

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By Rod Hill on 2009-12-02

If you have plans this weekend, I want to give you a heads-up that the forecast is uncertain.  A cold upper level low will drop across the Northwest.  The exact path of location is uncertain.  The best chance of showers on the west side and snow showers over the Cascades will arrive Saturday night and Sunday.  We may not see any moisture, if we do, amounts will be limited due to the dry nature of the weather system.  The best chance of a snow dumping, will be out east over the Blues.  The snow would be light and fluffy.  I still believe east winds in the gorge this weekend will gust up to 50 mph.  The coast will likely see lots of sunshine with east winds much of the time.  

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Normal rainfall, A Few Wind Events

By Rod Hill on 2009-11-30

Looks like November will close Monday with below normal rainfall for PDX.  The 30-year average is 5.61" at the airport.  Portland will likely close with 5.12" of rain.  The biggest memory will likely be a few moderate wind events, the strongest produced a 95 mph gust at the coast and 57 mph gust near Vancouver lake on the 16th.  The peak wind gust in Portland of 51 mph on the 22nd was the highest of the month at PDX.  All and all we escaped November will no "big" flooding event or memorable low pressure storm.   I should mention the hefty start to the mountain snow season.  As of today, Timberline Lodge has had 137" since October 1st.  The resort's reported base is 64 inches. 

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A Wet Thanksgiving Day : MAX MIN 24 HR 24 HR SNOW :ID STATION ELEV TEMP TEMP PCPN SNFL DEPTH AST : ASTORIA 11 : 53 / 49

By Rod Hill on 2009-11-27

Astoria:  1.11" / Seaside:  1.02" / Tillamook:  .85" / Newport: 1.32" / Kelso:: .63" / Scappoose: .60" / Vancouver: .57" /Portland: .52" / Troutdale: .43" / Hillsboro .44" / McMinnville: .49" / Salem: .60" / Corvallis: .74" / Hood River: .12"


                 

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High Winds - Coast

By Rod Hill on 2009-11-22

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
821 AM PST SUN NOV 22 2009

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

0816 AM NON-TSTM WND DMG PACIFIC CITY 45.20N 123.96W
11/22/2009 TILLAMOOK OR TRAINED SPOTTER

STRONGEST WINDS OCCURRED BETWEEN 4 AND 445 AM. SUSTAINED
IN THE 50 TO 60 MPH RANGE WITH THE PEAK GUST OF 85 MPH.
AS OF 815 AM THE WINDS HAD DROPPED INTO THE 20 TO 30 MPH
RANGE WITH OCCASIONAL GUST NEAR 40 MPH AS REGISTERED BY A
DAVIS WEATHER SYSTEM. NUMEROUS TREES ARE DOWN AND SOME
ROOF DAMAGE EVIDENT. NO POWER TO RESIDENTS AND IT IS NOT
EXPECTED TO RETURN FOR APPROXIMATELY 24 HOURS.

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Rivers Over Flood Stage

By Rod Hill on 2009-11-20

FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
207 PM PST THU NOV 19 2009

...FLOOD WATCH FOR EXTREME SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON AND NORTHWEST
OREGON...

.RIVERS IN FAR SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON CONTINUE TO RISE TODAY AS A
FRONTAL BOUNDARY DRAPED OVER THE AREA CONTINUES TO BRING PERIODS
OF HEAVY RAIN TO PACIFIC AND WAHKIAKUM COUNTIES. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF
3 TO 4 INCHES HAS BEEN OBSERVED IN THE WILLAPA HILLS SINCE
MIDNIGHT. THE HEAVY RAINFALL HAS CAUSED THE GRAYS RIVER TO RISE
ABOVE FLOOD STAGE AND STEADY RISES ARE OCCURRING ON THE WILLAPA
RIVER. RAIN HAS NOT BEEN AS HEAVY IN THE NORTHWEST OREGON COAST
RANGE AS THE FOCUS OF HEAVY RAIN SHIFTED INTO WESTERN WASHINGTON
AS THE FRONT LIFTED NORTHWARD. RAINFALL TOTALS OF 1 TO 2.5 INCHES
HAVE BEEN OBSERVED SINCE MIDNIGHT IN NORTHWEST OREGON BASINS.

ANOTHER PERIOD OF HEAVY RAINFALL IS FORECAST FOR TONIGHT AND
FRIDAY AHEAD OF THE APPROACHING COLD FRONT...WITH ADDITIONAL
RAINFALL OF 1 TO 2 INCHES IN THE WILLAPA HILLS AND NORTHWEST
OREGON COAST RANGE. THE ADDITIONAL RAINFALL WILL CAUSE THE RIVERS
TO RISE THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY.

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High Water In Washington

By Rod Hill on 2009-11-20

NW OREGON/SW WASHINGTON COASTAL BASINS BULLETIN

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN
WASHINGTON...

  GRAYS RIVER NEAR ROSBURG AFFECTING WAHKIAKUM COUNTY
  WILLAPA RIVER NEAR WILLAPA AFFECTING PACIFIC COUNTY

RIVER FORECASTS ARE BASED ON OBSERVED AND FORECAST RAINFALL AND
TEMPERATURES...AND INCLUDE CURRENT AND PLANNED RESERVOIR RELEASES.

FOR THE LATEST RIVER STAGES AND FORECASTS...VISIT OUR WEB PAGE AT
WEATHER.GOV/PORTLAND (LOWER CASE).

THE NEXT UPDATE FOR THESE LOCATIONS WILL BE ISSUED BY 10 AM FRIDAY.

WAC049-201801-
/O.CON.KPQR.FL.W.0036.000000T0000Z-091120T2137Z/
/WILW1.1.ER.091120T1030Z.091120T1200Z.091120T1737Z.NO/
201 AM PST FRI NOV 20 2009

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
  THE WILLAPA RIVER NEAR WILLAPA.
* AT 2 AM FRIDAY THE STAGE WAS...20.6 FEET / 9600 CFS.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 21.0 FEET AND FLOOD FLOW IS 9310 CFS.
* MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* FORECAST...THIS RIVER WILL RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE AROUND 3 AM
  FRIDAY...AND IS EXPECTED TO CREST AT 21.0 FT AROUND 4 AM FRIDAY.
* IMPACT...ABOVE 21 FT...EXPECT MINOR FLOODING.  SEVERAL ROADS
  ALONG THE RIVER ARE FLOODED...INCLUDING HECKARD ROAD AND U.S.
  HWY 101. MINOR FLOODING IN RAYMOND.

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