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Colder Weather Pattern Across Pacific Northwest

Colder Weather Pattern Across Pacific Northwest

Vancouver, Washington (November 3rd 2011) – “The first week of November is going to end on a cold note. A system that originated in the Gulf of Alaska is sliding down across the Pacific Northwest today. Longer range models indicate that the pattern will likely stay in a cool northwest flow aloft for the next 5-7 days. This is the type of pattern that will likely build some early season mountain snowpack at higher elevations of the Cascades. Additional systems will arrive this weekend and into next week. Snowfall levels will likely drop to pass levels or below at times through the weekend and into next week with plenty of cold valley rain. The Portland International Airport recorded its first freeze of the season yesterday (Wednesday 11/2) morning with a morning low of 30 degrees. The earliest Portland has ever reached 32 degrees or colder for the first time in the fall season was on October 8th 1985 when it reached 32 degrees. This weeks first freeze in Portland is about a week earlier than the climatic average of November 8th.”

Here is a quick list of other stations across the region and their lowest overnight temperatures so far this season —

Astoria = 34 on Oct 25th and Nov 1st
Seattle (Sea-Tac) = 34 on Nov 2nd
Olympia = 24 on Nov 2nd
Salem = 27 on Nov 2nd
Eugene = 26 on Nov 2nd
Medford = 27 on Oct 26th and Nov. 2nd
Vancouver, WA = 28 on Nov 2nd
Yakima = 19 on Nov 2nd
Pasco = 22 on Nov 2nd
Pendleton = 24 on Oct 26th
Redmond, OR = 10 on Oct 26th. *New all-time coldest temp for this early in the season.
Spokane = 23 on the Oct 27th

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Steve Pierce
President – Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society
stevejpierce@comcast.net
http://www.piercevideo.com/weather.shtml
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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