Record Setting Easter Weekend Temperatures Possible

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Happy “Good” Friday everyone! After a few months of transition from their old blog format to wordpress, the Columbian Newspaper is re-rolling out the weather blog. It actually never went away! It has just been redesigned and I am happy to be back blogging once again.  Hey, it was a boring winter anyway, right?

Are you all ready for what is likely to be a nice / warm Easter weekend and great start to Washington’s spring break and end to Oregon’s? I know I am. I am planning to sun myself in Vegas! I am sure I will blog from down there as well. Temperatures across the Pacific Northwest will be pushing near record levels over the weekend. Portland / Vancouver should reach the lower 70’s both Saturday and Sunday as a ridge of high pressure temporarily moves over the region. I have attached an image of the latest Euro model for this weekend. It is a no-brainer forecast for this weekend. If you have outdoor Easter plans with the kids, there should be no rain anywhere in sight north of Eugene.  A weak system will slide well to the south through California over the weekend. The moisture associated with that system will stay well south of the Portland metro area leaving us warm and dry with a few passing clouds.

A cool down is on the way for the start of Washington’s spring break on Monday. Most of the upcoming week looks dry at this point. However, models are a bit unsure of what to make of the weather pattern after Wednesday of next week. At the present time, most models are  taking another system into California for continued dry weather in the Pacific Northwest mid next week.  Speaking of dry, this March will go down as the 3rd driest in Portland airport history. After the last three wet years, I am not sure anyone here will argue with that, right? The outlook for April is for above normal temperatures and drier than normal. No arguments from me on that one.

Everyone take a moment this weekend and enjoy the nice weather, family, friends, etc. I always love the smell of fresh cut grass, a clean car and getting out the shorts to go with my ghostly white legs this time of the year. How about you? What do all of you like most about spring?

Stay tuned!

Steve Pierce
Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)


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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