Sorry Folks, No Dry Spell Record This Time

Sorry weather lovers, with a front coming in tomorrow (Sunday) there will likely be no May dry spell record broken in Portland. We needed 16 completely dry days (not even a trace) in order to break the old record of 15 days set from May 17th-31st 1995. We would need to get all the way through Sunday in order to even tie that record and through Monday in order to break it. If you include record dry streaks where we picked up nothing at all and nothing more than a “trace” (still considered to be non-measurable) the record is even higher at 22 days set from May 1st-22nd 1958. But, after the wettest March in Portland airport history (1940-2012) where we received more than 7″ of rainfall, I don’t think anyone is complaining. Looking ahead, we will see a return to cool and showery weather for most of the Pacific Northwest as a trough of low pressure is close by most of this coming week. But hey, the glass is always half full, right? So, let’s get that trough in and out of here early in the week so perhaps we can look forward to a dry holiday next weekend, right? I see no unseasonably warm or hot spells coming for Memorial Day weekend. But at this point it does not look like a washout either. I think a lot of you will be just fine with that. By the way, thanks again to all of you who attended the great meeting last weekend with Dr. Cliff Mass from the University of Washington in Portland. It was an excellent presentation. If you are interested in computer forecast modeling, you will absolutely want to check out the video we just posted of Cliff’s talk in Portland last weekend. You can also download his presentation as well at:

Stay tuned!
Steve Pierce, President
Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)

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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:

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