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3 minutes ago, iFred said:

Just catching up to everything this morning. I think given that the user base of the forum has been somewhat of a close knit community for 15+ years, there is a bit of leeway given when it comes to behavior that otherwise would result in a ban elsewhere. I'm guilty of this. As much as that level of comradery and dickishness is tolerated here, it is also probably one of the largest limiting factors in our communities growth and activity.

Every season now for six years, I get a couple dozen DMs from people on Twitter or here about how they like the forum, but they never post because they don't want to get attacked or talked down to by the same two people because they like sun or they think the webcam shows snow on I-5. It's 2020, and maybe it is time for a change. I'd like to have mets, local weather personalities, photographers, and armchair enthusiasts sharing their insights, stories, and observations, all without having to worry about getting harassed over their politics or personal preferences in the weather.

For the record, there currently IS snow on the webcam on Highway 97 in Omak.🥰🥰🥰

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Here's the snow thus far

By far the most impressive October storm I've witnessed here since 2012 when I bought property. Ended up with 9 inches of powder and is currently 22 degrees down from 24 at 9am. 

Just catching up to everything this morning. I think given that the user base of the forum has been somewhat of a close knit community for 15+ years, there is a bit of leeway given when it comes to be

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4 minutes ago, iFred said:

Just catching up to everything this morning. I think given that the user base of the forum has been somewhat of a close knit community for 15+ years, there is a bit of leeway given when it comes to behavior that otherwise would result in a ban elsewhere. I'm guilty of this. As much as that level of comradery and dickishness is tolerated here, it is also probably one of the largest limiting factors in our communities growth and activity.

Every season now for six years, I get a couple dozen DMs from people on Twitter or here about how they like the forum, but they never post because they don't want to get attacked or talked down to by the same two people because they like sun or they think the webcam shows snow on I-5. It's 2020, and maybe it is time for a change. I'd like to have mets, local weather personalities, photographers, and armchair enthusiasts sharing their insights, stories, and observations, all without having to worry about getting harassed over their politics or personal preferences in the weather.

I know nothing and now I’m an advanced member...lol!  Proof you can survive in this forum :)

i also hesitated in posting here a few years ago for those reason but the excitement of sharing what’s happening out the window surpassed!  Glad I made that choice and hope other do the same. 
 

Jim ( not to be confused with the other Jim)  🎃

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12Z ECMWF showing that low cutting off way out in the Pacific by the middle of next week... this is what opens the door to the NW flow pattern again.

 

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25 minutes ago, iFred said:

Just catching up to everything this morning. I think given that the user base of the forum has been somewhat of a close knit community for 15+ years, there is a bit of leeway given when it comes to behavior that otherwise would result in a ban elsewhere. I'm guilty of this. As much as that level of comradery and dickishness is tolerated here, it is also probably one of the largest limiting factors in our communities growth and activity.

Every season now for six years, I get a couple dozen DMs from people on Twitter or here about how they like the forum, but they never post because they don't want to get attacked or talked down to by the same two people because they like sun or they think the webcam shows snow on I-5. It's 2020, and maybe it is time for a change. I'd like to have mets, local weather personalities, photographers, and armchair enthusiasts sharing their insights, stories, and observations, all without having to worry about getting harassed over their politics or personal preferences in the weather.

I get the sentiment, and have done what I can to make (admittedly incremental) improvements to my demeanor, even though I realize I am far from perfect. But honestly in the end I don't think I will ever be, and even though I can be very opinionated and snarky, verging on abrasive at times, when it comes down to it I really do like about 99.9% of the folks on here. I often hope that comes through in my posts, although I can also understand why it might not always seem that way.

I am all for making this place more inclusive but at the same time I guess the balancing act is always how much do you want to sacrifice years of this forum's rather unique culture in favor of a total reinvention? (a dragon that it seems we have been chasing for at least as long as I've been here). Honestly there is already a crap ton of weather knowledge here, and even the baddies you are singling out know and love aspects of our climate like the back of their hands. Even if not all of this knowledge it is accredited with a met tag there are an impressive amount of posters here who have become very wise in the ways of PNW climate simply through years of observation and a large degree of self teaching, fueled by a legitimate passion for weather.

Anyway I am probably rambling but I don't think it has to be one or the other. We don't have to throw the baby out with the bathwater so to speak. It would be nice to strike some sort of middle ground where we could attract more "professionals", but also not lose sight of all the good we have going for us right now, even though we are a pretty dysfunctional family. 

 

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21 minutes ago, iFred said:

Just catching up to everything this morning. I think given that the user base of the forum has been somewhat of a close knit community for 15+ years, there is a bit of leeway given when it comes to behavior that otherwise would result in a ban elsewhere. I'm guilty of this. As much as that level of comradery and dickishness is tolerated here, it is also probably one of the largest limiting factors in our communities growth and activity.

Every season now for six years, I get a couple dozen DMs from people on Twitter or here about how they like the forum, but they never post because they don't want to get attacked or talked down to by the same two people because they like sun or they think the webcam shows snow on I-5. It's 2020, and maybe it is time for a change. I'd like to have mets, local weather personalities, photographers, and armchair enthusiasts sharing their insights, stories, and observations, all without having to worry about getting harassed over their politics or personal preferences in the weather.

I agree with pretty much all points here. I have only been here 2 years I understand some but not all of the complicated personal dynamics of the forum. I really only say what I said just because I really want this place to be a place where people are comfortable and can get ask their questions about climate and weather info talk about current weather ect. without meaningless name calling and never ending old debates of preferences. I just legitimately want this place to take all the great things it has going for it and be able to take it to the next level with new voices and opinions...for professional and armchair Mets too! 

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Cold season stats  

Coldest low-30

Coldest high-42

Freezes-1

Monthly rainfall-0.00”

Cold season rainfall-10.14”

Snowfall-0.0”

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3 minutes ago, El_Nina said:

You can see on the 12 ECMWF how this system coming in is following the same script as the past year or so.

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It correlates with the current drought map pretty closely. 

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Columbia Basin middle finger.

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Just had first noticeable wind gusts out of the north.  It's been 39 most of the morning, but has popped up to 41 in the last hour or so.  0.24" in the rain bucket so far.  I had originally planned on venturing up towards Baker to find the snow today, but my son has turned up with Covid and its hitting him pretty hard.....feeling like I should stick close to home (and in cell phone range) today.

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Also...Jesse and I are good. Despite my comments this morning jesse is a very important and valuable person on this forum with tons of knowledge. Would hate to not have him around. Everyone except for domebuster and his 73 alternate accounts are all meaningful members on this forum. Hope that we can get more opinions and voices on this forum. 

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Coldest low-30

Coldest high-42

Freezes-1

Monthly rainfall-0.00”

Cold season rainfall-10.14”

Snowfall-0.0”

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1 minute ago, Chewbacca Defense said:

Just had first noticeable wind gusts out of the north.  It's been 39 most of the morning, but has popped up to 41 in the last hour or so.  0.24" in the rain bucket so far.  I had originally planned on venturing up towards Baker to find the snow today, but my son has turned up with Covid and its hitting him pretty hard.....feeling like I should stick close to home (and in cell phone range) today.

Oh wow... that sucks.   

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45 minutes ago, TacomaWaWx said:

Also...Jesse and I are good. Despite my comments this morning jesse is a very important and valuable person on this forum with tons of knowledge. Would hate to not have him around. Everyone except for domebuster and his 73 alternate accounts are all meaningful members on this forum. Hope that we can get more opinions and voices on this forum. 

Thank you. I appreciate this.

I value your input quite a bit too, maybe more than I have let on. It seems like we both share a love of outdoors and nature in conjunction with the weather which I always really appreciate. You post some great pics.

You are also very balanced in your preferences, and seem capable of enjoying both rain and sun. You don't really complain about either too much no matter how much we have seen one more than the other in the short term, which is something that is so nice to see for a change. That kind of sentiment is very welcome here, a breath of fresh air so to speak.

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6 minutes ago, El_Nina said:

You can see on the 12 ECMWF how this system coming in is following the same script as the past year or so.

20201023_113151.jpg.be486a66bc07154515eb930d4d1e77ef.jpg

It correlates with the current drought map pretty closely. 

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NW flow... same wet and dry anomalies just keep getting reinforced.  

 

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3 minutes ago, Chewbacca Defense said:

Just had first noticeable wind gusts out of the north.  It's been 39 most of the morning, but has popped up to 41 in the last hour or so.  0.24" in the rain bucket so far.  I had originally planned on venturing up towards Baker to find the snow today, but my son has turned up with Covid and its hitting him pretty hard.....feeling like I should stick close to home (and in cell phone range) today.

Yikes. Hope your son recovers nicely over the next few days!

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This forum is good fun— especially now that I’m a more levelheaded poster as a whole. Nice to see the camaraderie over a shared interest, even if it does come with the banter and occasional freak out.

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(1. January 10th, 2017: 18.5 in.

(2. February 6th, 2014: 7.5 inches

(3. February 20th, 2018: 5.0 inches

(4. February 21st, 2018: 4.0 inches

(5. December 14th, 2016: 3.5 inches

 

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PDX up to 47. Still just 45 here.

Will be interesting to see how cool things stay moving into this afternoon. A daytime high in the 40s would be fun, although I think we would need to see a little more in the way of precip to move in during peak "heating" for that to be doable.

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Made it down to 30F last night. 2nd freeze of the year.

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Springfield, Oregon cold season 20-21 Stats:

  • Coldest high: 38F (Nov 21)
  • Coldest low: 23F (Oct 26)
  • Days with below freezing temps: 20 (Most recent: Dec 2, 2020)
  • Days with sub-40F highs: 1 (Most recent: Nov 21)
  • Total snowfall: 0.0"
  • Last accumulating snowfall: February 27, 2019
  • Last sub-freezing high: Jan 14, 2017 (31F)
  • Last White Christmas: 1990
  • Significant wind events (gusts 45+): 0

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  • Last sub-freezing high: Jan 14, 2017 (31)
  • Last White Christmas: 2008
  • Total snowfall since joining TheWeatherForums: 20.7"

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1 hour ago, Jesse said:

I get the sentiment, and have done what I can to make (admittedly incremental) improvements to my demeanor, even though I realize I am far from perfect. But honestly in the end I don't think I will ever be, and even though I can be very opinionated and snarky, verging on abrasive at times, when it comes down to it I really do like about 99.9% of the folks on here. I often hope that comes through in my posts, although I can also understand why it might not always seem that way.

I am all for making this place more inclusive but at the same time I guess the balancing act is always how much do you want to sacrifice years of this forum's rather unique culture in favor of a total reinvention? (a dragon that it seems we have been chasing for at least as long as I've been here). Honestly there is already a crap ton of weather knowledge here, and even the baddies you are singling out know and love aspects of our climate like the back of their hands. Even if not all of this knowledge it is accredited with a met tag there are an impressive amount of posters here who have become very wise in the ways of PNW climate simply through years of observation and a large degree of self teaching, fueled by a legitimate passion for weather.

Anyway I am probably rambling but I don't think it has to be one or the other. We don't have to throw the baby out with the bathwater so to speak. It would be nice to strike some sort of middle ground where we could attract more "professionals", but also not lose sight of all the good we have going for us right now, even though we are a pretty dysfunctional family. 

 

It's not that difficult all he's saying is this is a weather forum and everyone likes different things, Some like sun, Some like snow, Some like rain and they shouldn't be singled out. Treat everyone the same simple as that lol. 

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24 minutes ago, Jesse said:

PDX up to 47. Still just 45 here.

Will be interesting to see how cool things stay moving into this afternoon. A daytime high in the 40s would be fun, although I think we would need to see a little more in the way of precip to move in during peak "heating" for that to be doable.

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Omegaraptor said:

PDX is ahead of HIO! 47 and 45 respectively.

Since you're only abnormally dry vs PDX being in moderate drought it must be helping keep the temperature down.

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1 minute ago, Brian_in_Leavenworth said:

Still snowing here.  Almost 2 inches.

Here is todays EPS.  Looks active in the long run, could even be a pineapple express setting up later in the period?  

 

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Thank you for this very informative look at the EPS. 

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Here is the 850mb temp map for the entire EPS run... obviously warm can also mean wet at this time of year.

 

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9 minutes ago, Acer said:

Still only 41 here after a low of 33.  .25" in the bucket, 6.30" for the month and 51.07" for the year. 

I need to take down my weather station and look it over. It no longer reads the light index and the temp stops reading from dusk to dawn. I think the battery might be done, it also has a solar cell on it so I think it’s only transmitting when light hits the cell.  I felt naked and afraid all evening and night without my station working! I put it up the night before the winter madness began in early February 2019 and has been trouble free until now so I’m hoping it’s just the battery. 

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4 minutes ago, TT-SEA said:

Here is the 850mb temp map for the entire EPS run... obviously warm can also mean wet at this time of year.

 

ecmwf-ensemble-avg-namer-t850_anom_stream-1603454400-1603454400-1604750400-20.gif

Yes, and the total precip anomalies go from below normal to above normal at least for Washington and BC by the end of the run.   Not so much for Oregon, but not totally dry either.  Of course the placement isn't that reliable in that range, but to go from below to above normal for week 2 must mean a lot of rain.  And at least normal temps toward the end of the run.

And here is the 300hpa wind map.

 

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1 hour ago, Jesse said:

Thank you. I appreciate this.

I value your input quite a bit too, maybe more than I have let on. It seems like we both share a love of outdoors and nature in conjunction with the weather which I always really appreciate. You post some great pics.

You are also very balanced in your preferences, and seem capable of enjoying both rain and sun. You don't really complain about either too much no matter how much we have seen one more than the other in the short term, which is something that is so nice to see for a change. That kind of sentiment is very welcome here, a breath of fresh air so to speak.

Thank you as well. I really do appreciate all your outdoor/weather info as well. I’ve really learned a lot...pretty much everything I know about PNW climate and weather info from you and everyone on here the last couple years. Really hope we can take the good parts of what this online community has and also add in new faces and input from others in the future. 

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Cold season stats  

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Coldest high-42

Freezes-1

Monthly rainfall-0.00”

Cold season rainfall-10.14”

Snowfall-0.0”

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2 hours ago, Chewbacca Defense said:

Just had first noticeable wind gusts out of the north.  It's been 39 most of the morning, but has popped up to 41 in the last hour or so.  0.24" in the rain bucket so far.  I had originally planned on venturing up towards Baker to find the snow today, but my son has turned up with Covid and its hitting him pretty hard.....feeling like I should stick close to home (and in cell phone range) today.

I'm sorry to hear he is not well. I hope he gets well soon! 

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Up to 47 now. Still only at 0.05” today doubt we get much more in NW flow today. Could get a sub 50 high temp though. 

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Monthly rainfall-0.00”

Cold season rainfall-10.14”

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44 minutes ago, Jesse said:

Well I’ll be an Andrew’s uncle.

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Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 0                         2020-21: 14.69"

2019-20: 23.5"                   2019-20: 58.54"

2018-19: 63.5"                   2018-19: 66.33"

2017-18: 30.3"                   2017-18: 59.83"

2016-17: 49.2"                   2016-17: 97.58"

2015-16: 11.75"                 2015-16: 68.67"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"                  2013-14: 62.30
2012-13: 16.75"                 2012-13: 78.45  

2011-12: 98.5"                   2011-12: 92.67"

 

It's always sunny at Winters Hill! 

 

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44 minutes ago, MossMan said:

I need to take down my weather station and look it over. It no longer reads the light index and the temp stops reading from dusk to dawn. I think the battery might be done, it also has a solar cell on it so I think it’s only transmitting when light hits the cell.  I felt naked and afraid all evening and night without my station working! I put it up the night before the winter madness began in early February 2019 and has been trouble free until now so I’m hoping it’s just the battery. 

You have an Ambient weather set up right?  If so, you should be able to get the battery health through your station webpage.  And yes, it has a solar panel to extend the life of the AA batteries.  I usually replace my batteries every summer as a "PM" item, but I guess it ultimately depends on how easy it is to access your station.  Also, I use Energizer ultimate lithium batteries, which are supposed to hold up better in the winter.

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1 minute ago, Chewbacca Defense said:

You have an Ambient weather set up right?  If so, you should be able to get the battery health through your station webpage.  And yes, it has a solar panel to extend the life of the AA batteries.  I usually replace my batteries every summer as a "PM" item, but I guess it ultimately depends on how easy it is to access your station.  Also, I use Energizer ultimate lithium batteries, which are supposed to hold up better in the winter.

Yes it is an Ambient! It’s a bit of a pain to get to where I have it mounted so I have stalled with taking it down to look it over. Thanks for the info! I will get up there this weekend and bring it down. 

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