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Finally On Facebook & This Weeks Weather

By now we have all heard the saying, “save the best for last,” right? Well, just last week I finally took the plunge into Facebook as a means to better communicate and network. It is amazing how many people are out there and how quickly you can get the word out about anything that is on your mind. I will be using Facebook more and more as time goes by and will also continue to post here. I encourage all of the readers of this blog to consider “friending” me on Facebook. That way you can be even more up-to-date on all things weather. Just click: http://www.facebook.com/stevepiercevancouver

Ok, enough about that. How about this weeks weather? We have had a pretty good run of weather for the Rose Festival so far. Nothing to warm, yet nothing to cold and wet either, in my view. This week looks like we will continue to see variable amounts of clouds and cool temperatures. Highs should be in the mid to upper 60’s for the most part across the western valley areas of Washington, Oregon and along the coastal strip. Some areas may see lower 70’s in the Portland / Vancouver metro area on Tuesday. One system looks like it will slide by to our north on Wednesday which will usher in cooler temperatures and a slight chance of morning drizzle. There are some hints beginning to show up on longer range forecast models that want to push a hot ridge over the Pacific Northwest next week, but that is still to far out to nail down for sure. Keep the light jacket handy this week, but it may not be needed in the afternoons, especially Tuesday.

Stay Tuned!
Steve Pierce
http://www.facebook.com/stevepiercevancouver

Steve Pierce

Steve Pierce

Steve Pierce is widely known as Oregon and Washington's "go-to-guy" when it comes to fast, accurate historical meteorological research and forecasts. Steve is currently the President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Steve is also recognized as a regional weather commentator and blogger who can be heard on local radio stations and seen in print media outlets across the Pacific Northwest. His Weather Blog is hosted by the Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Check it out! He is a third generation resident of Vancouver, Washington and holds a degree in Communications. Both sets of Steve's grandparents migrated to Vancouver during World War II. One set traveled from Lenox, Iowa to work in the Kaiser Shipyards supporting the war effort. The other set came to Vancouver from Olympia, Washington to work as educators for the rapidly expanding Vancouver School District. When the war was over, both sets of grandparents decided to stay in Vancouver and continue raising their families, as did thousands of other families at the time. Those who are most familiar with Steve can attest to the fact that weather is his true passion. His love for "all things weather" began at the age of 7 when Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980. He was fascinated with which direction the ash plumes were headed. Then came the very powerful windstorm of Friday, November 13, 1981, also referred to as the "Friday the 13th" storm. This was the strongest storm to hit the Portland / Vancouver area since the great Columbus Day Storm of 1962! At age 11, he was asked to publish an extended weather forecast for his elementary school's weekly newsletter. In the 1980's, at age 14, Steve was the youngest of KGW-TV's local "weather watchers" and would phone in his daily Vancouver weather stats to then television meteorologist Jim Little for use on-air. Steve has lived through all of the major Pacific Northwest weather events of the past 30 years, and then some. The most notable events include; the bitterly cold winter of 1978-1979, the record setting snow storms of January 1980, the summer heat wave of August 1981, the windstorms of November 1981 and December 1995, the severe arctic blast of February 1989, the record flood of February 1996, the historic ice storm of January 2004, the Vancouver tornado of January 2008 and the record setting snow storm of Christmas 2008. Not to mention every Mt. St. Helens volcanic eruption in between. With access to the most extensive set of historical weather records available to date, Steve has personally designed and integrated a proprietary system that gives him the ability to quickly locate and manipulate weather data as far back as the 1800's. As one local Meteorologist put it, "Steve has fast access to historical weather data that is needed for media, agriculture, business, personal, historical and other climatological needs. He can quickly manipulate the data in many different ways. His forecasts are also quite accurate, especially at longer lead times." Steve also provides local storm assessments, narratives and weather presentations to the general public, as requested. In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, vacationing at his family's coastal cabin and just relaxing! By the way, do you like your weather on the "extreme" side? So does Steve! Whether it is collecting damage assessment data & photos after record setting 125 mph winds at the coast in December 2007, being one of the first on the scene after the January 2008 Vancouver tornado, or feeling (literally) the awesome power of 100 mph wind gusts at Oregon's Crown Point in January 2010, Steve has experienced it all! As Steve says, "don't just love weather, live weather!" Check out Steve's personal weather website at: http://www.piercevideo.com/weather.shtml