December Is Here! Dry & Brisk Until Further Notice

December Is Here! Dry & Brisk Until Further Notice

It’s been quite a while since I posted last, but not too much of interest has happened since then. The biggest “story” was our record warm Thanksgiving in The Dalles, at 67 degrees F. We’ve actually had 3 of the last 4 Thanksgivings, turn out extremely balmy in the eastern Gorge. Don’t worry, I’m sure the more typical 40s will be back within a year…or two at most. It’s been well-advertised on weather models for over a week now, but…

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“Thermal Winter” Begins With Exceptionally Warm Pattern

“Thermal Winter” Begins With Exceptionally Warm Pattern

It begins on December 20/21 and ends March 19/20, if you follow the conventional calendar. It begins on November 6/7 and ends February 3/4, if you go strictly by sun angle. It begins on December 1 and ends February 28/29, if you’re into weather and climate data. …But if you REALLY ask an expert on seasonal weather in the Pacific Northwest…..they will tell you that when it comes to normal temperatures in the lowlands, winter begins around the 20th of…

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Early November: Winter’s First Little Tease?

Early November: Winter’s First Little Tease?

I hope you all had a happy Halloween these past few days. I enjoyed a weekend stay in Portland, where I attended my first-ever OMSI Winter Weather Conference and got to meet several of my online weather buddies in person! Then by evening of the next day I was back in White Salmon, to celebrate the pagan festival of Samhain, which is a rough ‘ancestor’ of the modern Halloween. It was a very warm end to October, at least for…

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Seasonal Heteroscedasticity: Why 10 Degrees Above Normal Is A Bigger Deal Now Than Ever

Seasonal Heteroscedasticity: Why 10 Degrees Above Normal Is A Bigger Deal Now Than Ever

Some weather geeks were paying close attention to southern California early last week. An unusually hot Santa Ana wind event was underway from late Sunday the 23rd, through Tuesday the 25th. Long Beach hit 105 degrees both Monday and Tuesday, and much of the LA Basin was between 100 and 105! That’s simply unheard of this late in the season, even in SoCal. Normal late October high temps are in the 70s along the immediate coast, and about 80 if…

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End of October: Nice, But Not “Toasty”

End of October: Nice, But Not “Toasty”

That was an exciting weekend! A very long atmospheric river originating in Japan, set itself up over the Pacific Northwest from the middle of last week through Sunday, with the heaviest action on Saturday. The Dalles got 0.90″ of rain in one day while Bonneville Dam got over 5″ during the weekend! That led to landslides near Washougal, flash flooding in the Eagle Creek burn zone, and one traffic fatality on I-84 near Hood River. As of Monday, however, that…

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Beautiful Start To October, But Intrigue Lies Ahead…

Beautiful Start To October, But Intrigue Lies Ahead…

What a lovely start to October! Honestly, you couldn’t ask for much more perfect weather than this. Cold nights with patchy frost in some areas, and mild sunny days in the low/mid 70s in the lowlands. The airport in Dallesport dipped as low as 34 the night/morning before last. I noticed a slight patchy frost on some car tops and maybe a hint on rooftops, this morning around 7:30am. But it was very subtle and there was no sign of…

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Early Fall Update

Early Fall Update

A lot has happened in the weather world since I blogged last, both locally and nationally. Normally I like to relax in September because the weather is too “beautifully boring” to write about at length. But with multiple Category 5 hurricanes on the Gulf Coast and horrendous wildfires across the west? This has been the worst possible time for the WeatherTogether site to have accessibility problems (editor’s note: Karl and others have had problems accessing the site because our host…

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Big Late Season Heatwave Begins Now!

Big Late Season Heatwave Begins Now!

Well the eclipse is over and it was definitely a wondrous experience. I got to experience less than a minute of totality from the hills south of Maupin. The temperature drop, the twilight look…and finally the sudden darkening of the sky. Anyway. We have a big hot ridgy pattern developing right now, and is expected to stick around for the majority of the next 14 days. Today’s high was 95 after a morning low of 55, and as of 10pm…

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Near Total Eclipse Blog: Details And Weather

Near Total Eclipse Blog: Details And Weather

It’s time for the big ECLIPSE BLOG. A few days ago I thought I had a ride up to a camping site near John Day, for the total eclipse. But those plans fell through. As of right now, my plan is to just enjoy the 99% eclipse from here in town. But what will a 99% eclipse be like? Obviously you can’t see the corona, and also can’t safely look directly at the sun without your protective ISO glasses. The…

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Heatmageddon 2017: Concentrated In Willamette Valley

Heatmageddon 2017: Concentrated In Willamette Valley

I REALLY was hoping I wouldn’t have to write this blog, and I’m not going to put a lot of time/effort into this one. Let’s just keep it short: the heatwave for early August has gone from merely “mentionable” to downright historic, in just about 72 hours. Also remarkable for the middle of summer? It could actually get hotter in Portland and Salem, than it does in The Dalles! That sometimes happens in Fall (September and October) as well as…

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