Rod's Weather Headlines

No Rain On The Bird

By Rod Hill on 2009-11-13

Lets pretend I can forecast the weather two weeks in advance....here we go:

Right now, dry weather with easterly winds and sunshine, minus any morning fog,  looks possible Monday Nov. 23rd - Saturday Nov. 28th.  That's right it could be dry and pleasant during the Thanksgiving holiday!  The overall airmass warms nicely, however, cold morning lows could lead to stubborn fog and chilly afternoon temperatures.  I will keep watching and give you another update next week. 

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Cool Start, Mystery Finish

By Rod Hill on 2009-11-11

NOAA: U.S. Posts Third Coolest-Highest Precipitation for October on Record

November 10, 2009

The October 2009 average temperature for the contiguous United States was the third coolest on record for that month according to NOAA’s State of the Climate report issued today. Based on data going back to 1895, the monthly National Climatic Data Center analysis is part of the suite of climate services provided by NOAA.

The average October temperature of 50.8 degrees F was 4.0 degrees F below the 20th Century average. Preliminary data also reveals this was the wettest October on record with average precipitation across the contiguous United States reaching 4.15 inches, 2.04 inches above the 1901-2000 average.

Portland was one degree below normal for the month of October and +.17" of rainfall for the month at 3.05".  Our weather is likely to remain wet and active the remainder of this month.  I will tell you there is not a correlation between Oct. and Nov. and the rest of the winter season.  Noaa is still calling for dry weather for our region December and January, but the agency did call for a dry November.  Oops - missed that one!

   

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Snow and Rain Totals Forecast

By Rod Hill on 2009-11-10

Active weather into next week.  Tonight's rain should be fairly gentle.  A vigerous low pressure area Wednesdy night and Thursday morning could briefly drop snow to the 1,500 feet level.  The strongest weather system I am tracking is scheduled for next Tuesday.  Early indications are high winds at the coast and up to 1.00" of rain for Portland and Salem.   Mt. Hood has 30" of snow at 5,000 feet and more to come this week, including 4-8" through the day Wednesday.  As you look at the 7-Day forecast, keep in mind the timing and locations of weather fronts is changing daily.  Our current pattern is too aggressive for the models to "grab" onto.

 

 

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EF-0 Tornado Lincoln City

By Rod Hill on 2009-11-09

 

November 7, 2009 Lincoln City Tornado

NWS confirms EF-0 tornado

Winds 65-85 mph, 11 homes damaged, 3 cars damaged

No Injuries
 

A quick blow by a isolated thunderstorm dropped a brief tornado in Lincoln City near Roads End around 937 PM PST on November 7, 2009. The tornado's destruction path was a mere 150 yards long by 80 yards wide, but the tornado ended up doing considerable damage to this area.

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Early Open For Ski Resorts

By Rod Hill on 2009-11-08

As of early Sunday morning, Mt. Hood Meadows had a base depth of 28" of snow.  Timberline had 26" and Ski Bowl 16" and the snow was still coming down!  4 - 8" of new snow is in the Monday forecast for Mt. Hood.  Timberline has already opened and Mt. Hood Meadows hopes to open as early as Wednesday of this week!  The outlook through Nov. 24th calls for snow levels of 5,000' or lower on most days and several episodes of heavy snow.  It looks likely, (at least right now), that all resorts will have 30-40" of snow on the ground before Thanksgiving weekend!

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Dangerous Surf - Great High Sea Watching

By Rod Hill on 2009-11-06

...HIGH SURF WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM PST SATURDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS UPGRADED THE HIGH
SURF ADVISORY TO A HIGH SURF WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4
PM PST SATURDAY.

LARGE SWELL GENERATED BY A STORM IN THE GULF OF ALASKA WILL BUILD
TODAY AND CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY...BRINGING DANGEROUS SURF
CONDITIONS TO THE COAST. A BUOY ABOUT 85 MILES NORTHWEST OF
TILLAMOOK IS ALREADY REPORTING POWERFUL 24 FOOT SEAS APPROACHING
THE COASTAL WATERS. THESE SEAS ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO THE
COASTAL WATERS WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE HOURS...AND WILL LIKELY
BEGIN POUNDING THE COAST BY MIDDAY.

THE LARGEST SEAS ARE EXPECTED TO ARRIVE THIS AFTERNOON...WHEN 25
TO 30 FOOT SWELL WILL BEGIN TO IMPACT THE COAST. THESE WAVES WILL
BE VERY ENERGETIC AS THEY MOVE INTO THE SURF ZONE...PUMMELING THE
COAST WITH LARGE BREAKERS AS THEY MOVE ONSHORE. HEAVY DEBRIS SUCH
AS LOGS WILL BE THROWN AROUND BY THE LARGE WAVES...MAKING THE SURF
ZONE ESPECIALLY HAZARDOUS.

HAZARDS FROM HIGH SURF CONDITIONS ALONG THE SHORELINE WILL BE
ENHANCED DURING THE HIGH TIDES AROUND 3 TO 4 PM IN THE AFTERNOON
TODAY AND SATURDAY. THE HIGH TIDE DURING THESE TIME PERIODS WILL
CAUSE THE LARGE WAVES TO IMPACT HIGHER PORTIONS OF THE BEACHES
THAN AT OTHER TIMES OF THE DAY.

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High Wind Warning & Watch - Coast

By Rod Hill on 2009-11-05

The National Weather Service has upgraded the southern Oregon coast to a High Wind Warning.  Possible south wind gusts between 60 & 80 mph from North Bend to Brookings, late Thursday morning into early evening. 

The north and central Oregon coast is under a High Wind Watch during the day Thursday into early evening.  Gusts may reach 60 mph along the beaches and headlands.  Heavy rains are likely up and down the coast. 

 

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El Nino Continues To Strengthen

By Rod Hill on 2009-11-03

Here is the latest news on what to expect this winter.  The El Nino continues to strengthen out over the equatorial waters of the Pacific.  The waters have been slowly warming each month since April.  There are currently hot spots of 2-3 degrees celsius above the seasonal norm.  Confidence is growing that the Northwest will see a mild and some what quiet winter.  This does not mean, that individiual storm episodes will be absent. 

Our weather looks wet and active this Thursday night and into much of next week.  The middle of November looks fairly dry. 

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Daylight Saving Time Ends

By Rod Hill on 2009-10-30

Daylight Saving Time will end Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m.  Remember to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night.  Standard Time will give us the following on Sunday November 1st:

Sunrise:  6:51 am  /  Sunset:  4:57 pm

My fingers are still crossed and Saturday evening still looks dry except for possible lingering mountain showers.  Looks like nice weather across Salem and Portland for Halloween evening!

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Snow For Tuesday Morning Travel

By Rod Hill on 2009-10-27

As forecasted for days, heavy snow has arrived over the Cascade passes.  As of 10:00 pm Monday, close to 6" of snow has fallen over Government Camp.  Heavier amounts are being reported over the Washington Cascades.  Tuesday morning travelers should carry chains over the Cascades.  Snow showers are expected to be scattered Tuesday above 2,500 feet.  Be sure and check the mountain forecast section for more information.  Rain totals are close to 2" along the north Oregon coast and between .50" - .85" so far across the Portland metro area. 

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