October = Let The Storms Begin

Welcome to October everyone! There are two reasons why October is my favorite month of the year. First, the leaves change color as fast as you can change the channel on your local or national college football game. GO COUGS! Second, the big “what will the winter be like” weather meeting is held at OMSI at the end of the month. This is a free public event where forecasts are presented for the upcoming winter by regional experts. October is also one of the foggiest months of the year. All of these combined with Halloween make it a great month. After that we can look forward to the holidays. Let’s not forget that October’s average high in Portland is nearly 70 degrees near the 1st and falls to just 58 degrees by the 31st. Burrrrrr! No other month has that kind of a temperature swing. Finally, the fall storms start coming at us with increasing frequency.

Ok, so what about that winter weather forecast meeting? Well, I can say this much (call it a tease if you will) — Our executive board just met last weekend and we have selected our presenters and forecasters for the 19th annual “what will the winter be like” forecast meeting. I can tell you this much, you are all in for a huge treat this year with a newly added afternoon session along with some new forecasters who you all know from local TV, etc. With La Nina on its way back, it looks like this winter will be another exciting one! I guess that depends on how you like your weather. So, make sure and mark down your calendars for Saturday, October 29th 10am to 3pm at OMSI in Portland. This “free” meeting / conference is open to the public. This year we are going to raffle off a “very” nice weather related prize that one lucky winner will really enjoy. Then after we break for lunch from 12 to 1pm, we will host a new afternoon session from 1pm to 3pm. If you are interested in a detailed look at Pac NW windstorms from a leading expert, or want to get an in-depth look at the newly installed coastal radar, or would like to hear a presentation about why global warming may not be human caused after all, or hear what role combat meteorologists play in the military, this will be an event you will not want to miss. For the latest updates on this meeting, please see: http://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon/

Don’t forget — get my latest weather updates now via Facebook. Send me a friend request and I will add you in. See: http://www.facebook.com/stevepiercevancouver

Stay tuned!

Steve Pierce
President – Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society

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

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