Spotting Venus

June 5, 2012

Here’s a link to all things needed for the best viewing of the “Transit of Venus” tomorrow afternoon. Remember to use special eclipse glasses and hopefully the clouds will break enough in the afternoon for us here in Oregon to check it out!

Venus Transit

 

~ Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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Hail 101: A Tutorial

April 12, 2012

Ever wonder how hail forms? We saw some great hail today across Western Oregon, but ours here in the Northwest usually is about pea size or less. Back in the Southeast, it can get noticeably larger.

Below is a link to a great explainer from Dr. Tim Coleman- Professor of Meteorology at University of Alabama- Huntsville. It’s from ABC 33/40 Weather team’s blog, run by the weather legend, James Spann. He and his team are some of the best in the business.

A good read if you’re interested …

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog: Hail

Enjoy!

~ Justin Stapleton


Hoppy Easter!!

April 6, 2012

Oh … wait … it never gets old … Sorry had to do that old pun, couldn’t help myself. Alright- so here’s the story for Easter. The cut-off low will drift a tad close to the shores of Western Oregon and Northern California Saturday which should send some light rain bands at us for Sunday. So here’s how it breaks down:

– Coast: Light scattered showers starting in the morning

– Inland: Morning should hold dry with showers on and off in the afternoon and evening.

If you like pretty pictures instead of words (like me), here’s another breakdown:

 

From both Melissa and myself, we hope you and your family have a wonderful and peaceful Easter!

~Justin


No, it’s not just you, this is more rain than normal!

March 31, 2012

If you’re new to western Oregon, you just experienced the Pineapple Express!  It’s when warm tropical moisture streams right into western Oregon, providing what seems to be never ending rain.

Eugene picked up 2.55 inches of rain over the past 72 hours!

March, 2012 will go down as the 6th wettest March on record, and those records go back to the late 1800s. We’ve also seen nine more inches of rain so far this year, compared to this time last year.

Typically in March we see about five inches of rain.  This year, we’ve seen almost 10!

I’ll post the full March summary on Monday.


Wind Totals from Thursday Morning

March 29, 2012

The high wind warning has expired for the north coast, but continues until 1 p.m. for the south coast.  South winds of 30 to 40 mph are possible with gusts to 60 mph.  Winds will taper off this afternoon, although it will stay breezy through the night.

Here’s the preliminary list of peak wind gusts:

 MARY'S PEAK......................86     0425 AM PDT 03/29
 GARIBALDI,OR.....................70     0324 AM PDT 03/29
 PACIFIC CITY,OR..................63     0440 AM PDT 03/29
 LINCOLN CITY,OR..................63     1154 PM PDT 03/28
 WARRENTON,OR (CLATSOP SPIT)......62     1100 PM PDT 03/28
 CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT,WA...........60     1100 PM PDT 03/28
 CAPE FOULWEATHER,OR..............60     0137 AM PDT 03/29
 CANNON BEACH,OR..................58     0156 AM PDT 03/29
 YACHATS,OR.......................55     0147 AM PDT 03/29
 NEWPORT,OR AIRPORT...............48     0235 AM PDT 03/29
 ASTORIA,OR AIRPORT...............48     0355 AM PDT 03/29

It may be raining on the Spring Break parade…but at least the slopes are getting fresh powder!

March 27, 2012

After a break from the rain Monday, on-shore flow returned Monday night and so did the rain. A long trough of low pressure is sitting just off shore, which is strengthening the storms that are developing across the pacific.  The jet stream will carry each of these storms right here into western Oregon.

The first storm is a cold front that will swing through Tuesday night.  We’ll see showers on and off ahead of the storm with the heaviest precipitation overnight. Breezy conditions will continue this afternoon as well with gusts to 35 mph along the coast and in central Oregon.Highs will be in the mid 50s.

The freezing level will drop from 4,000 feet Tuesday to 3,000 feet Wednesday. Friday it’ll briefly climb to 6,000 feet, but then back down to 2,500 feet Saturday.  Willamette Pass will pick up about two inches Tuesday with another inch Wednesday and even more Thursday.  The ski report is looking pretty good for Spring Break!

If you’re not headed to the slopes, showers will be isolated Wednesday, so this will be your best chance at a dry break.

A stronger front will move in Thursday.  This will bring with heavy rain which will last through Friday.

Saturday and Sunday the jet stream will dip further south and we’ll see a deep area of low pressure overhead.  Scattered showers will stick with us both days, which will change to snow above 2,500 feet.

At this point, Monday is looking dry.


More Rain, High Winds and Mountain Snow on the Way

March 13, 2012

Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Weather Discussion:

The high winds and snow have tapered off, but we’re not out of the woods just yet…the rest of this week it’s not going to be a question of whether or not it’s going to rain, but rather which variety of rain we’ll see each day.

A deep long trough of low pressure will continue to support storms moving through about every 24 hours all week.

Monday night’s storm is now east of the Cascades.  It brought in winds as high as 87mph at the coast and 51 mph in Eugene and then dropped five to eight inches of snow at the coast, and one to three inches in the valley.  By the time this storm is done tonight in the Cascades, they’ll see over a foot of fresh snow. (The full list of snow and wind reports are below)

Showers will taper off today and we’ll see dry conditions tonight through Wednesday morning.  Highs will be in the mid 40s with lows in the mid 30s tonight.

We’ll see another storm Wednesday, this will bring in light rain for the second half of the day.  Temperatures will be slightly warmer with this one because it’s coming more from the south than the north. The coast will see another round of high winds, not as high as Monday, but gusts to 60 mph are expected.

The next storm hits Thursday, this one packed an even bigger punch.  We’ll see another round of high winds for the coast and heavy rain for all of western Oregon.

We should catch a dry break Friday morning before the next storm rolls in Friday night.

This one will bring with it another arctic air mass which will once again drop freezing levels to at least 1,000 feet. for Saturday and Sunday.

Have a great rest of your day,
Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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Here’s the full list of wind and snow reports from the National Weather Service:

LOCATION SUSTAINED GUST REPORT TIME
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 LINCOLN CITY,OR (TAFT HS)........NA          87     0230 PM PDT 03/12
 PACIFIC CITY,OR..................44          87     0125 PM PDT 03/12
 GARIBALDI,OR NOS TIDE GAGE.......57          82     1054 AM PDT 03/12
 CAPE FOULWEATHER,OR..............44          81     1133 AM PDT 03/12
 CAPE MEARES,OR...................48          80     1145 AM PDT 03/12
 CLATSOP SPIT,OR..................57          79     0900 AM PDT 03/12
 LINCOLN CITY,OR..................38          77     0136 PM PDT 03/12
 NEWPORT,OR (YAQUINA BRIDGE)......53          77     0412 PM PDT 03/12
 GARIBALDI,OR NOS TIDE GAGE.......52          76     0206 PM PDT 03/12
 MT. HEBO,OR......................NA          76     0150 PM PDT 03/12
 CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT,WA...........60          75     0845 AM PDT 03/12
 MEGLER TOWER,WA..................50          72     0925 AM PDT 03/12
 BUOY 29..32 MI W OF ASTORIA,OR...52          67     0750 AM PDT 03/12
 BUOY 89..85 MI WNW OF TILLAMOOK..49          67     0350 AM PDT 03/12
 CANNON BEACH,OR..................NA          63     0957 AM PDT 03/12
 NEWPORT,OR JETTY (C-MAN).........46          61     0148 PM PDT 03/12
 TILLAMOOK,OR.....................NA          60     0205 PM PDT 03/12
 FLORENCE,OR......................40          60     0340 AM PDT 03/12
 OCEANSIDE,OR.....................NA          60     1248 PM PDT 03/12
 HATFIELD SCIENCE CTR NEWPORT,OR..NA          59     0125 PM PDT 03/12
 NEWPORT,OR AIRPORT...............44          58     0235 PM PDT 03/12
 ROCKAWAY BEACH,OR................NA          56     0645 AM PDT 03/12
 OCEAN PARK,WA....................NA          56     0910 AM PDT 03/12
 TIERRA DEL MAR,OR................NA          53     0104 PM PDT 03/12
 SEASIDE,OR.......................NA          52     0405 PM PDT 03/12
 ASTORIA,OR AIRPORT...............NA          51     1032 AM PDT 03/12
 YACHATS,OR.......................NA          51     0520 AM PDT 03/12
 TILLAMOOK,OR AIRPORT.............NA          51     0155 PM PDT 03/12
 LONG BEACH,WA....................NA          46     0745 AM PDT 03/12
 MARYS PEAK,OR....................55          83     0330 PM PDT 03/12
 NASELLE RIDGE,PACIFIC COUNTY.....47          83     1020 AM PDT 03/12
 HUCKLEBERRY,WA...................NA          54     0711 AM PDT 03/12
 CEDAR CREEK RAWS,OR..............NA          46     1110 AM PDT 03/12
 BLODGETT,OR......................NA          40     0858 AM PDT 03/12
 SALEM,OR.........................NA          68     0109 PM PDT 03/12
 SALEM,OR AIRPORT.................NA          56     1119 AM PDT 03/12
 EUGENE,OR AIRPORT................NA          51     1254 PM PDT 03/12
 FOREST GROVE,OR..................NA          51     0809 AM PDT 03/12
 MCMINNVILLE,OR AIRPORT...........NA          50     0957 AM PDT 03/12
 PORTLAND,OR AIRPORT..............NA          48     1053 AM PDT 03/12
 EUGENE,OR AIRPORT................NA          48     1118 AM PDT 03/12
 MCMINNVILLE,OR AIRPORT...........NA          47     0453 AM PDT 03/12
 SW PORTLAND,OR...................NA          45     1202 PM PDT 03/12
 LONGVIEW,WA NOS TIDE GAGE........NA          44     1048 AM PDT 03/12
 KELSO,WA.........................NA          43     0812 AM PDT 03/12
 HILLSBORO,OR AIRPORT.............NA          41     0927 AM PDT 03/12
 SCAPPOOSE,OR.....................NA          41     0525 AM PDT 03/12
 AURORA,OR........................NA          37     0632 AM PDT 03/12
 OAKRIDGE,OR......................NA          40     0107 PM PDT 03/12

 

LOCATION SNOW DURATION REPORT TIME
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 TILLAMOOK,OR...............8.5          8 HR        0115 AM PDT 03/13
 NEWPORT,OR.................6.0          6 HR        0102 AM PDT 03/13
 FLORENCE,OR................5.0          4 HR        1205 AM PDT 03/13
 WILSON RIVER, OR...........5.0          24 HR       0402 AM PDT 03/13
 LIVINGSTON MTN CAMAS,WA....5.5          4 HR        0206 AM PDT 03/13
 HAPPY VALLEY, OR...........5.0          6 HR        0609 AM PDT 03/13  
 BORING,OR..................4.0          UNKNOWN     0433 AM PDT 03/13
 CANBY,OR...................2.5          3 HR        0159 AM PDT 03/13
 HAPPY VALLEY,OR............2.0          UNKNOWN     0136 AM PDT 03/13
 LONGVIEW,WA AT 1150 FT.....2.0          UNKNOWN     1257 AM PDT 03/13
 CAMAS,WA...................2.0          1 HR        1110 PM PDT 03/12
 WASHOUGAL,WA...............2.0          UKN         0427 AM PDT 03/13
 MILWAUKIE,OR...............1.2          UNKNOWN     0317 AM PDT 03/12
 WILSONVILLE,OR.............1.1          UNKNOWN     0414 AM PDT 03/13
 SALEM,OR...................1.0          1 HR        1225 AM PDT 03/13
 GRESHAM,OR.................1.0          5 HR        0317 AM PDT 03/13
 JUNE LAKE, WA.............21.0          24 HR       0500 AM PDT 03/13
 SPENCER MEADOWS, WA.......19.0          24 HR       0400 AM PDT 03/13
 SHEEP CANYON, WA..........17.0          24 HR       0500 AM PDT 03/13
 SURPRISE LAKES, WA........15.0          24 HR       0500 AM PDT 03/13
 BENNETT PASS, MT HOOD, OR..9.0          24 HR       0335 AM PDT 03/13
 MT HOOD MEADOWS, OR........7.0          24 HR       0400 AM PDT 03/13
 GOVERNMENT CAMP, OR........7.0          24 HR       0400 AM PDT 03/13
 TIMBERLINE LODGE, OR.......6.0          24 HR       0404 AM PDT 03/13
 MCKENZIE, OR...............6.0          24 HR       0500 AM PDT 03/13
 ROARING RIVER, OR..........6.0          6 HR        0500 AM PDT 03/13
 WILLAMETTE PASS, OR........6.0          24 HR       0404 AM PDT 03/13
 TOMBSTONE, OR..............3.0          22 HR       0121 AM PDT 03/13
 CLACKAMAS LAKE, OR.........3.0          24 HR       0500 AM PDT 03/13
 WHITE RIVER, OR............2.0          24 HR       0404 AM PDT 03/13