Early Spring or Big Tease?
Hope everyone is having a great Friday! Just a short post here as the weather looks really boring for winter. But some of you may love it! Looking at the latest forecast models I would say that we are in for one of the best weekends since last fall. Looks like the weather will be amazing from the Cascades to the coast, as long as you stay out of the fog. For folks who live from about Salem north to Longview the skies should be mostly sunny all weekend. There is a strong east wind blowing this morning through the Columbia Rover Gorge producing what amounts to gusts approaching 80mph at the Vista House (Crown Point) this morning. After seeing 105mph a few weeks ago, it is going to take a bit more than 75-80mph to get me back up there again. But for those of you who have not been up there before, it is a rush for sure. Mark Nelsen and I determined recently that if winds are showing 80mph on the censor he installed on the Vista House then gusts are near 100mph on the Keely Chalmers Memorial Steps out front. Do you like that name? Seems appropriate. If the winds show some strengthening, then a rare Keely Chalmers Wind Warning could be issued. In that case, you will want to get in your car and drive up there. But that takes 100mph+ to get my excited about heading up there. I have high “wind” standards these days. Pun intended.
For those of you who love all things weather, I encourage you to consider attending the annual Pacific Northwest Weather Workshop in Seattle on March 2nd and 3rd. Dr. Cliff Mass and his crew put on a great conference up there every year. It is very well attended. I plan to attend this year and hope to see some of you there as well. Those dates fall on a Friday and Saturday this year, so I will only be able to make the Saturday session due to other weekday commitments. For more information, see: http://www.atmos.washington.edu/pnww/
Anyway, I strongly encourage that everyone get out and enjoy the nice weather this weekend, along with a little football. I still believe that winter could make a comeback later in the month. Take last year for instance. Portland saw snow and arctic air settle over the area from the 22nd to 27th of February. At the same time Portland also set a new all-time record low temperature for that late in the season. It dipped down to just 18 degrees at the Portland Airport last February 26th. It has never been that cold, that late in the year at PDX. Have a great weekend everyone! As I always say, “stay tuned!”
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