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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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Chilly morning. Clear skies and 28.

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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Yesterday morning it was almost 50 degrees in the Twin Cities... this morning its -5 with a NW wind gusting to 30 mph and a windchill of -30 and 8 inches of new snow.    That storm is crossing the entire northern part of the country transforming it to winter.

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4 minutes ago, TT-SEA said:

Yesterday morning it was almost 50 degrees in the Twin Cities... this morning its -5 with a NW wind gusting to 30 mph and a windchill of -30 and 8 inches of new snow.    That storm is crossing the entire northern part of the country transforming it to winter.

Wasn’t quite as extreme here in central texas but it impacted the weather down here. Was about 75 mid day and by sunset we had north winds 40-45mph at times and down to about 40 degrees. Wind died down and it hit 30 this morning here. Quite the change as yesterday morning it was in the low 60s. 

Cold season stats  

Coldest low-28

Coldest high-38

Freezes-7

Monthly rainfall-8.77”

Cold season rainfall-25.80”

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Currently 17 degrees warmer at the fire station 1 mile away. 

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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No frost on the trees this morning with the wind and dry air... and the snow has been blown off the trees on the ridge.   But the snow in the yard is hard and crunchy and not melting despite a temp of 40.  

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8 minutes ago, TheNewCulverJosh said:

Speaking of the Pacific not shutting down.  Does anyone have a SST map?  How is our friend, the Blob, doing?

 

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Down to 23 at HIO. 

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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7 hours ago, iFred said:

Well it seems I've pissed the lot of you off with doubting this, but we've or at least I've heard the same song and dance over and over. Unless there is obvious bits that support cold making it and sticking around to this side of the coast then I just don't see a reason to get excited over what will be great pictures from Andrew and Tim. Anyway, its probably time to hand the forum over to someone else.

Phil, check your DMs for the admin password and the ssh keys needed. The forum is on top of a compute instance with performant blockstorage attached and will cost anywhere from 20 to 40 a month depending on bandwidth. Given the direction of our winters, you probably could host the site on a tamagotchi in a couple years.

Hey!! What about my pics!! Like my profile pic from January 2020! Or a pic from February 2019! Or a pic from February 2018! C’MON...Everyone has to be sick of my pics by now!! 

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20 hours ago, SilverFallsAndrew said:

Steens Mountain is such a magical place. Burns does have some nice neighborhoods. I really appreciate some of those desolate Eastern Oregon towns. Lakeview, Dayville, John Day, Prairie City. We can see the milky way out here.

I used to take 20-30 of my students each summer to Malheur to do some birding and then hike up in the Steens.  Amazing country.  The drive through the high desert through Brothers, Hampton, Millican, and Riley was special.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder in that stark environment.  We'd find an old dirt road, pull over after a long day fossil hunting at the Painted Hills or the town of Fossil.  we'd just throw out our sleeping bags in the sage brush and listen to the coyotes all night long.  For the city kids it was a rich experience.  No rattlers but lots of black widows!   We'd always flush a few burrowing owls there which was a highlight.  One year on August 12th we got caught in a great snowstorm at Lily Lake at 7k on the Steens.  Never a bad time to sing Christmas carols as that's what we did.  I think we pegged 124 species of birds on that trip. 

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44 minutes ago, TT-SEA said:

No frost on the trees this morning with the wind and dry air... and the snow has been blown off the trees on the ridge.   But the snow in the yard is hard and crunchy and not melting despite a temp of 40.  

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Still holding onto mine in areas.....I might carry some over into Christmas :)

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44 minutes ago, TheNewCulverJosh said:

Speaking of the Pacific not shutting down.  Does anyone have a SST map?  How is our friend, the Blob, doing?

Pretty apparent that the "blob"  which is much weaker than the blob of a few years ago, did not hurt Puget Sound's snow the other day.  A pretty amazing drop of temperature in a short time.  So I think this year's blob is much ado about nothing.

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6 minutes ago, Brian_in_Leavenworth said:

Pretty apparent that the "blob"  which is much weaker than the blob of a few years ago, did not hurt Puget Sound's snow the other day.  A pretty amazing drop of temperature in a short time.  So I think this year's blob is much ado about nothing.

It always is.

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7 minutes ago, MR.SNOWMIZER said:

February 19. Take that MossMan. 

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This was on the night on 2/11/19... and there was another 18 inches that fell after I took this pic.   The snow went through about noon the next day.

 

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Just now, TT-SEA said:

This was on the night on 2/11... and there was another 18 inches that fell after I took this pic.   The snow went through about noon the next day.

 

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It was incredible.  I think my peak depth was 38 inch. 

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We come from the land of the ice and snow.

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24 minutes ago, TT-SEA said:

This was on the night on 2/11/19... and there was another 18 inches that fell after I took this pic.   The snow went through about noon the next day.

 

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I obviously remember all that happened in my neck of the woods in 2019, but I forgot how buried you were up there. 

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22 minutes ago, MR.SNOWMIZER said:

The 12z looks active and I'm happy to see that! Going to be at cabin from 26th to 3rd. Should be snowing a bit.

We are staying a few nights in a cabin in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon (outside of Baker City) next week, then will be spending New Years in Dufur. Should be snowy and wintry for all locations.

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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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