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


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


~ 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!


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

Impressive Snow Totals For Late Season Storm

March 1, 2012


Some impressive snow totals for our (finally!) late season winter snow storm. Thinking the ski resorts will be rocking this weekend for sure!

~ Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

February 25, 2012

Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:

Temperatures dropped dramatically Friday night as a storm moved into western Oregon. Winds gusted to 68 mph in Lincoln City, over 60 mph in the Cascades and to 36 mph in Eugene.

Heavy rain in the valley turned to heavy snow at the passes.  Willamette Pass had 12 inches of snow on the Highway by 10 a.m!

The snow level lowered to about 500 feet early Saturday, allowing snow to accumulate throughout the Coast range and Cascade foothills, including McKenzie Bridge and Myrtle Creek. Although it didn’t stick for long, falling snow was reported all the way down to the valley floor.

So this is pretty much what we expected. The front is long gone now, but the cold air remains and a few lingering showers to go with it.  Sunday’s forecast is on track.  Temperatures are dropping quickly tonight and should get down into teh upper 20s before sunrise.

The freezing level will lower to around 500 feet early Sunday.  There will be limited showers at this point, but with temperatures below freezing overnight, the valley could see brief sticking snow with any isolated showers that move through.

During the day, temperatures will warm back into the mid 40s for the valley, so the precipitation will change back to a snow/rain mix.  Elevations above 1,000 feet will still see isolated snow showers during the day, but it won’t amount to much more than 3 inches, even at the highest elevations.

Monday we’ll dry out in between storms with a slight ridge of high pressure overhead, but then it’s going to pick right back up Tuesday.

The next storm to hit us is over the Aleutian Islands right now.  It doesn’t look to be quite as cold as this past storm, but close. Freezing levels will stay between 1,000 and 4,000 feet Tuesday through Saturday.  The snow will continue to pile up in the Cascades and Coast Range, with rain showers in the valley and along the coast.

Stay tuned this weekend for any updates.  If you see snow in your area let us know via Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail.

Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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Winter Weather Returns this Weekend

February 24, 2012

Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion

High pressure is in full force over the Pacific Northwest.  The dry, sunny, warm afternoon yesterday turned into a dry, clear, cold night! Temperatures dropped to 28° by 6 a.m.  We won’t stay cold all day though, in fact we should get all the way up to about 55°.

This high pressure area is going to slide east today, and behind it is a very cold storm that will drop down from the northern Gulf of Alaska.

The front will first bring rain to the Coast mid afternoon, then to the Valley between 5 and 7 p.m.  That precipitation will then make it up into the Cascades first as rain, then as snow. A very cold air mass will move in behind the front, dropping the freezing level from 5,500 feet to 2,500 feet by Saturday morning and 1,500 feet Saturday afternoon.  This storm will also bring in strong winds, especially for the Cacades and Central Oregon.  Gusts could get as high as 60 mph.

Here’s a break down of snow totals expected by elevation for Saturday:

Passes: 7­-15″

Foothills near 2,000′: 4­-8″

Below 1,500′: Rain

The heaviest precipitation will be overnight Friday, but as the center
of the low pressure area moves through, showers will continue Saturday
and Sunday.

For elevations above 1,000 feet, this means light sticking snow
is possible Saturday night through Sunday night and the valley floor could see periods of falling snow Sunday morning and snow/rain mix during isolated showers Sunday.  For a list of elevations in western Oregon click here.

Monday we’ll dry out in between storms, but then it’s going to pick right back up Tuesday.  Freezing levels will stay between 1,000 and 3,000 feet Tuesday through Thursday.  The snow will continue to pile up in the Cascades and Coast Range, with rain showers in the valley and along the coast.

Stay tuned this weekend for any updates.  If you see snow in your area let us know via Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail.

Have a great rest of your Friday!