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First snow of the year! Melting quick but at least a little left. Was down south picking up a new family member. 

Beautiful morning in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon. It was 12F when I took these pics around 8:30am. Gotta get our winter fix somehow.

Major shift on the 12z EPS to lower heights over the West with rising heights in the SE compared to the 00z last night. Looking like a really fun mid month on through the Holidays. Perfect timing IMO!

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In unrelated news, the GFS continues to show a sizeable SSW to occur. Given that the onset of the SSW is within a week, and that there is major ensemble support from the GEFS, CMCE, and EPS, I think it is safe to say that we will be getting one. Good news for snow fans around here starting mid January.

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Managed to drop to freezing before midnight last night, so up to 8 this month including today.  We had a couple of hail showers yesterday and the roads got a nice soaking right before sunset, things are a little icy this morning. 29 degrees currently.

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2 hours ago, Meatyorologist said:

In unrelated news, the GFS continues to show a sizeable SSW to occur. Given that the onset of the SSW is within a week, and that there is major ensemble support from the GEFS, CMCE, and EPS, I think it is safe to say that we will be getting one. Good news for snow fans around here starting mid January.

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I hope you are right and this evolves in mid January and not mid March.

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Surprisingly warm(ish) and windy out there right now. 30F last night by 6 p.m., but jumped up to 36F before midnight. Currently 34F and haven't managed to freeze this morning yet.

Home Wx Station Stats (Since January 2008):

Max Temp: 96.3F (2009)   Min Temp: 2.0F (2008)   Max Wind Gust: 45 mph (2018)   Wettest Day: 2.43 (2012)   Avg Yearly Precip: 37"   10yr Avg Snow: 6.9"

Snowfall Totals

'08-09: 30" | '09-10: 0.5" | '10-11: 21" | '11-12: 9.5" | '12-13: 0.2" | '13-14: 6.2" | '14-15: 0.0" | '15-16: 0.25"| '16-17: 8.0" | '17-18: 0.9"| '18-19: 11.5" | '19-20: 11" 

2020-21: 0"

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29 here... everything is frozen hard.   The snow on the ground here should easily make it to Christmas morning now.

My extended family is all taking about the blizzard moving into MN right now in our group chat.   Its almost 50 degrees in the Twin Cities right now and they will have 8 inches of snow by this evening with 50mph winds and it will be below zero tomorrow morning.   I told them that is the same storm that came through here on Monday and it went from low 60s to snow in a couple hours.

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Looks like we got down to 34F. Currently 35F with some fog.

Springfield, Oregon cold season 20-21 Stats:

  • Coldest high: 38F (Nov 21)
  • Coldest low: 23F (Oct 26)
  • Days with below freezing temps: 30 (Most recent: Jan 24, 2021)
  • Days with sub-40F highs: 3 (Most recent: Dec 24)
  • 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

Personal Stats:

  • Last accumulating snowfall: February 27, 2019
  • Last sub-freezing high: Jan 14, 2017 (31)
  • Last White Christmas: 2008
  • Total snowfall since joining TheWeatherForums: 20.7"

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9 hours ago, Chewbacca Defense said:

I think we missed the boat this spring when we first thought about selling/moving out into the county.  Anything that would suite our needs is now going for $500k+ when the same would have been $380-400k back in March.  I'm sure our home value has gone up, but not on par with what's happening in the county.  I was really hoping to get our mortgage payment down so I can catch up on my retirement savings....

Well, hopefully you refinanced?

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Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 0.5"                        2020-21: 27.38"

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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5 minutes ago, Front Ranger said:

Well, hopefully you refinanced?

I wish...Been furloughed most of the year, and my wife's income alone is not enough for the banks to be happy.  She's made the observation that if we were to ever get divorced, she would not be able continue living here in Bellingham....she technically could, it would just be in a very sketchy part of town.

 

We already have a good rate on our mortgage (about 3.7% or so).  I know its down around 2.7-3% now, but its not like we are 4.5-5%+

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11 hours ago, Jginmartini said:

Had that issue all the time with my data logger.  Trying to get it back online sucked.  It finally stopped after one outage so I got the weatherlink live.  
https://www.davisinstruments.com/weatherlinklive/

Thanks for the info.  Unfortunately our internet coverage is terrible here.  I do have the WeatherLink software which does a good job of displaying current data but not good for history stats.  I’ll keep trying to get Wunderground back onboard but now I will have a big gap in my data. 

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11 minutes ago, Chewbacca Defense said:

I wish...Been furloughed most of the year, and my wife's income alone is not enough for the banks to be happy.  She's made the observation that if we were to ever get divorced, she would not be able continue living here in Bellingham....she technically could, it would just be in a very sketchy part of town.

 

We already have a good rate on our mortgage (about 3.7% or so).  I know its down around 2.7-3% now, but its not like we are 4.5-5%+

Rates up here are under 2%. I have seen 0.99% advertised. Pretty crazy. 

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28 minutes ago, Chewbacca Defense said:

I wish...Been furloughed most of the year, and my wife's income alone is not enough for the banks to be happy.  She's made the observation that if we were to ever get divorced, she would not be able continue living here in Bellingham....she technically could, it would just be in a very sketchy part of town.

 

We already have a good rate on our mortgage (about 3.7% or so).  I know its down around 2.7-3% now, but its not like we are 4.5-5%+

We just refinanced... got a VA loan with a COVID relief deal at 2.25%.

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2 minutes ago, MossMan said:

Here is my shot! Not much snow left, will be interesting to see if any of it makes it until Christmas. Currently 29 degrees. 

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I bet your shaded areas make it to Christmas now that you have had a solid freeze!

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Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 0.5"                        2020-21: 27.38"

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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12 minutes ago, Acer said:

I guess I’ll add my sunrise shot as well.  27 here and very crunchy.

 

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Your snow did a little better than mine. I had turned back to a very light rain/drizzle around 9pm Monday evening even thought the temp stayed at 32.5... it sounded like you stayed all snow during the night. I must have gotten warm fingered or nosed or whatever it’s called. 

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19 minutes ago, FroYoBro said:

34 here. Haven’t hit freezing in quite a while. 

Here’s hoping the most recent event was just a warning shot for something more region-wide. It could easily pop up in the models without a whole lot of advance notice much like the most recent event did.

It's called clown range for a reason.

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Just now, TT-SEA said:

We just refinanced... got a VA loan with a COVID relief deal at 2.25%.

D**n that is a great rate. I refinanced 3.5% few years back and thought it was a great rate. I didn't know you served (Or your wife?), guessing that's how you guys ended up in San Diego? 

Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 0.5"                        2020-21: 27.38"

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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Overall the 06z seemed a lot more active than previous GFS runs. 

Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 0.5"                        2020-21: 27.38"

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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3 minutes ago, SilverFallsAndrew said:

D**n that is a great rate. I refinanced 3.5% few years back and thought it was a great rate. I didn't know you served (Or your wife?), guessing that's how you guys ended up in San Diego? 

My wife served as a nurse in the Navy... and yes we ended up in SD because she was stationed at Balboa.    Of all the far flung places in the world that she could have been sent and we ended up in beautiful San Diego!  

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2 minutes ago, TT-SEA said:

My wife served as a nurse in the Navy... and yes we ended up in SD because she was stationed at Balboa.    Of all the far flung places in the world that she could have been sent and we ended up in beautiful San Diego!  

Very cool. San Diego is a very beautiful city my 97 year old grandmother still lives there, as does my sister. 

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Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 0.5"                        2020-21: 27.38"

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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13 minutes ago, TT-SEA said:

My wife served as a nurse in the Navy... and yes we ended up in SD because she was stationed at Balboa.    Of all the far flung places in the world that she could have been sent and we ended up in beautiful San Diego!  

My wife had an rotc army scholarship and was set to accept it at UP, but I talked her out of it.  We almost went that route and things would have been a lot different if we had. We would have traveled a lot and had some unique experiences I’m sure.

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This weekend/early next week looks seasonably cool. 

Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 0.5"                        2020-21: 27.38"

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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2 minutes ago, Jginmartini said:

Photographer playground out there this morning! You guys got some good shots as well!

28* and still patchy snow on the ground.  Feels and looks like winter 

 

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Wow, some needs to come flip you over!

Edit: Dang you fixed it so fast!

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34 minutes ago, MossMan said:

Your snow did a little better than mine. I had turned back to a very light rain/drizzle around 9pm Monday evening even thought the temp stayed at 32.5... it sounded like you stayed all snow during the night. I must have gotten warm fingered or nosed or whatever it’s called. 

Yeah, it snowed constantly from around 5pm till early in the morning with no temp increase.  I'm sure we will have some left in the shaded areas on Christmas morning.

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