Not So Ideal Weather Using ‘Ideal’ High School Chemistry

I hope my reference to High School Chemistry didn't conjure up painful memories from your past; a la exploding graduated cylinders, or brutal Bunsen burner burns. If not, please read on with an open mind. Very basic chemistry explains why the Willamette Valley has been cold, foggy, gloomy and literally unhealthy for those with certain … Continue reading Not So Ideal Weather Using ‘Ideal’ High School Chemistry

Weather Advantage – The Mountains

Check Out This Graphic  It shows a massive ridge of high pressure over the entire Pacific northwest. A set-up means unseasonably warm and sunny conditions right? Not so fast. The weather pattern we've been experiencing lately has been characterized by cold, saturated and foggy conditions. In order for this 'gloom' to go away we need this air … Continue reading Weather Advantage – The Mountains

Snow, Snizzle, What Is it Falling From The Sky Today?

A lot of people across the region are reporting some light snow on their lawns  this morning. A very cold and damp air mass is changing drizzle into 'snizzle'. Typically in a setup like this, we get an inversion - meaning that the air aloft (above the ground) is warmer. This allows the cold air to … Continue reading Snow, Snizzle, What Is it Falling From The Sky Today?

Another shot – albeit a slight one for Valley snow

If you are a snow lover and hoping to see some more Valley snow, I have some good news and some bad news. It's been feeling very springlike lately with highs in the mid 50s. Now that's warm for January standards; but enough of that, if one thing is certain, it's that much colder air … Continue reading Another shot – albeit a slight one for Valley snow

Most Of Oregon Had A White Christmas and A Dry 2013?

Unless you live along the Coast or in the Willamette Valley, chances are good you had a white Christmas. From the Coast Range to the Gorge, to the Cascades and points east - snow was in the air. Check out some of these snow totals. Back in Portland Christmas was a wet day with cool … Continue reading Most Of Oregon Had A White Christmas and A Dry 2013?

Weekends Rule in August

Have you noticed a peculiar weekend weather trend this August? I have, and decided to crunch some numbers. We are nearing the halfway point of August and the weekends have been unusually hot. Lets look at the supporting evidence. Below are the high temperatures for the first two weekends in August at PDX:  August 4th: … Continue reading Weekends Rule in August

A Groundhog Preview

Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow tomorrow? Shadow or no shadow we are looking at a very springlike forecast as we begin the month of February. A very weak disturbance moved through the district overnight and brought a little rain and mountain snow to the region. Skies have cleared out mostly and all I expect … Continue reading A Groundhog Preview

A Little Rain Followed by Spring?

If you liked the weather on Monday, today should be nearly a carbon copy. Mostly cloudy skies today with some occasional sun-breaks. Overall temperatures should remain in the upper 40s, and I think we see less widespread 50s. Clouds lower and thicken overnight as a pretty weak rain maker approaches the area. Rain should begin … Continue reading A Little Rain Followed by Spring?

First Snow, Now Floods

After a snowy, cold start to our work-week mother nature has delivered a fire hose of moisture. Heavy rains and massive snow melt due to warmer temperatures have rivers and streams on the rise. Here are some areas flooding right now: South Yamhill River at McMinnville Pudding River at Aurora Clackamas River at Estacada Clackamas … Continue reading First Snow, Now Floods