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19th Annual Winter Weather Forecast Conference In Portland

Hot off the press — here is the announcement for the BIG winter weather forecast meeting on October 29th at OMSI. If you enjoy following the weather, you won’t want to miss this.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Steve Pierce, President
Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)
Phone: 503-504-2075
E-mail: stevejpierce@comcast.net
Skype interviews also available upon request
Oregon AMS web site: http://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon

Regional Experts Will Once Again Descend On Portland To Predict This Coming Winter’s Weather!

Portland, Oregon (October 7th 2011) – La Nina is coming back again! Last winter saw record setting snowfall at several mountain locations across the Pacific Northwest as well as multiple snowfalls in both Portland and Seattle. Will this winter be a repeat? The Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) is proud to announce the 19th annual “Winter Weather Forecast Conference” in Portland. This year’s event will once again be held at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), located at 1945 S.E. Water Avenue in Portland on Saturday, October 29th 2011 from 10 AM to 3 PM. The year’s meeting has been expanded to include an exciting / new afternoon session, along with a weather-related raffle, valued at $300. As always, the conference is free and open to the general public. In keeping with tradition, regional news media is again encouraged to advance and cover this event. Please note – seating is limited. This year’s expanded rundown is as follows:

Morning “winter weather forecast” session 10am-12pm

Opening comments / welcome – Steve Pierce, President Oregon AMS

OMSI update – Jim Todd

Last year’s weather recap – Mark Nelsen, Chief Meteorologist, KPTV Ch.12 Portland

1st Winter Forecast – Pete Parsons, Meteorologist, Oregon Department of Forestry

2nd Winter Forecast – Dave Elson, Meteorologist, NOAA / National Weather Service

3rd Winter Forecast – Kyle Dittmer, Meteorologist / Hydrologist, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

4th Winter Forecast – Jim Little, Meteorologist, Oregon Department of Forestry

5th Winter Forecast – George Taylor, Meteorologist / Former Oregon State Climatologist, Retired

Audience Q&A

Lunch break for all conference attendees from 12-1pm. A no host lunch is available in the OMSI food court.

NEW afternoon session 1-3pm

Special AMS raffle @ 1pm. You must be present in order to win this great weather-related item, valued at nearly $300. Raffle tickets will be available during the lunch break in the OMSI auditorium.

1st Speakers – Jeremiah Pyle and Shawn Weagle – Meteorologists, NOAA / National Weather Service. Topic: Introduction to the exciting / new dual-polarization technology upgrade to our local radars in Southwest Washington (new coastal radar) and Northwest Oregon (Portland radar).

2nd Speaker – Wolf Read – PhD candidate, Forest Science, University of British Columbia. Topic: Diminished windstorm frequency and possible association with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) regime shift of 1976-77.

3rd Speaker – Thyra Bishop – Meteorologist / Lieutenant Colonel, Oregon National Guard. Topic: Combat meteorology. An overview of the Air Force weather career field and how combat meteorologists impact the military decision making process.

4th Speaker – Chuck Wiese – Meteorologist. Topic: Human caused climate change? A real look at the physics and evidence. A demonstration of the lack of evidence both empirically and physically, of human caused climate change.

Conference adjourns @ 3pm

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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