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/
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