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    NWS AFD Massive Archive!

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    By Link,

    Supposedly it goes back to Jan 1983 but I'm mostly interested in the late 90s and it confirms what I remember how cloudy and 'awful' it was back then but now I miss it!

    IEM :: AFD from NWS PQR (iastate.edu) Here is for July 9th 1999 2:30am as an example to see how long it took to actually reach 'summer' back in the mid to late 90s! Even then it was fleeting and this was down here in Oregon the 'good' part of things.  From what the text sounds like that spring/summer it seems WA really had it bad? 

    327 
    FXUS66 KPQR 090933
    AFDPQR
    
    NORTHWEST OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON FORECAST DISCUSSION
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
    230 AM PDT FRI JUL 9 1999
    
    THERMALLY INDUCED TROUGH JUST OFFSHORE OF FORECAST AREA COAST THIS
    MORNING.  AS UPPER RIDGE SHIFTS E TODAY IN ADVANCE OF APPROACHING
    OFFSHORE TROUGH MODELS BEGIN TO SHIFT SURFACE TROUGH INLAND TODAY. 
    AS THE MARINE PUSH APPEARS INITIALLY WEAK TODAY...EXPECT INLAND TEMPS
    TO STILL BE QUITE WARM.  MARINE PUSH A LITTLE STRONGER OVERNIGHT INTO
    SAT MORNING...BUT ALREADY MODELS AGREE IN BEGINNING TO TURN FLOW
    OFFSHORE OVER SOUTHERN PARTS OF FORECAST AREA SAT AFTERNOON.  OVERALL
    EXPECT MAINLY MINOR CHANGES TO PREVIOUS FORECAST.  IN EXTENDED
    PERIOD...MODELS APPEAR TO BE POINTING TOWARDS A RELATIVELY FLAT FLOW
    WITH HIGH HEIGHTS AND MINOR WAVES...MEANING TEMPS IN THE N WILL
    PROBABLY STAY ON THE WARM SIDE...WITH HIGHER HEAT SUPPRESSED TO THE
    FAR S PART OF STATE.  ELSON
    
    AST --- PDX 000 SLE 000 EUG 000
    
    .PDX...NONE.
    
    

     what you want is the AFDPQR files for the actual discussions. Sometimes if a significant event happens you will see a NOWPDX file something along the lines like this:IEM :: NOW from NWS PDX (iastate.edu) June 24th 1999:

    00 
    TTAA00 KPDX 250059
    
    SHORT TERM FORECAST
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
    558 PM PDT THU JUN 24 1999
    
    ORZ004-005-009-011-WAZ019-023-039-040-250325-
    VANCOUVER AREA-NORTHERN WILLAMETTE VALLEY-CENTRAL WILLAMETTE VALLEY-
    WESTERN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE WA-WESTERN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE OR-
    WASHINGTON CASCADE FOOTHILLS-
    WEST SLOPES SOUTHERN WASHINGTON CASCADES AND PASSES-
    NORTHERN OREGON CASCADES-
    INCLUDING RIDGEFIELD...BATTLE GROUND...VANCOUVER...CAMAS...
    HILLSBORO...BEAVERTON...TUALATIN...PORTLAND...OREGON CITY...GRESHAM
    ...MCMINNVILLE...DALLAS...SALEM...WOODBURN...STEVENSON...CARSON...
    CORBETT...BONNEVILLE...HOOD RIVER...COUGAR...MT ST HELENS...
    GOVERNMENT CAMP...SANTIAM PASS...WILLAMETTE PASS
    558 PM PDT THU JUN 24 1999
    
    .NOW...
    SHOWERS WILL GRADUALLY DECREASE THROUGH 8 PM...WITH A CONTINUING
    CHANCE OF AN EVENING THUNDERSTORM AND SMALL HAIL. THE HEAVIEST
    SHOWERS ARE ON THE EAST HALF OF THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY AND THE WEST
    SLOPES OF THE CASCADES. A PARTICULARLY HEAVY SHOWER WILL MOVE
    SLOWLY EAST ACROSS SOUTHERN MULTNOMAH AND NORTHERN CLACKAMAS
    COUNTIES THROUGH THE MILWAUKIE...SUNNYSIDE...HAPPY VALLEY...AND
    POWELLHURST AREAS TOWARD BORING AND GRESHAM THROUGH 7 PM. SOME OF THE
    SHOWERS MAY CAUSE LOCAL HEAVY RUNOFF OF STORM DRAINS.
    $$
    
    TOLLESON
     
    

    Here's earlier in da month!IEM :: AFD from NWS PQR (iastate.edu) July 3rd 1999:

    000 
    TTAA00 KPDX 030945
    
    NORTHWEST OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON FORECAST DISCUSSION
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
    300 AM PDT SAT JUL 3 1999
    
    UPPER LOW NEAR THE NORTHERN WASHINGTON BORDER WITH ONE VORTICITY MAX
    TO THE EAST AND A SECOND APPROACHING 130 W. VORTICITY MAX HEADED FOR
    THE SOUTH OREGON COAST AND THIS NOW NOT EXPECTED TO FORM NEW UPPER
    LOW AS PREVIOUS MODEL RUNS. STILL COOLER AIR ALOFT FOR SMALL THREAT
    OF THUNDERSTORMS. EXPECT WRAP AROUND MOISTURE THROUGH BRITISH
    COLUMBIA TO STAY NORTH OF FORECAST AREA. VORTICITY MAX SHOWN MOVING
    THROUGH AREA FASTER BY MODELS AS THE EVENT APPROACHES AND HAVE
    LOWERED SUNDAY POPS SOME THROUGH WEAK TO NO RIDGING FOLLOWING
    PASSAGE. MRF BRINGS A SHORTWAVE INTO WESTERN OREGON ON WEDNESDAY AND
    THIS CONSISTENT WITH CURRENT EXTENDED FORECASTS AND WILL MAKE LITTLE
    CHANGES. STARMER. AST 774 PDX 663 SLE 653 EUG 642
    
    .PDX...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR ROUGH COLUMBIA RIVER BAR.
    

    Anyone remember when sunshine in spring used to be premium?

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    By Link,

    The May Gray/June Gloom we no longer get. This time of year unless a huge death ridge we would all guess when the sun would come out each day. Some days 11am other days not till 3pm then the clouds roll back in around 11pm or sometimes a bit later after midnight.  (No song pun intended).  Now it's just sun sun sun and bright bright bright. :( 

    I miss it when springs smelled fresh and vibrant. I honestly can't remember the last time it was that way.


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