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Rivrdog

...and of course, any time we get Canadian Polar air on the coastal zone, we have hell to pay when the airmass changes back to maritime:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
142 PM PST TUE NOV 28 2006

I'm ready for this one: I have a generator set and enough fuel to run it 120 hours, plus enough propane to cook on and heat two rooms for a fortnight...if you saw what happened to traffic in Seattle last night, where YOUR air froze them solid during a major civic event, you would want to be ready as I am.


ORZ005-006-WAZ022-039-291245-
/O.NEW.KPQR.WS.A.0009.061130T0600Z-061130T1800Z/
LOWER COLUMBIA-GREATER PORTLAND METRO AREA-I-
5 CORRIDOR IN COWLITZ COUNTY-GREATER VANCOUVER AREA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ST. HELENS...CLATSKANIE...HILLSBORO..
PORTLAND...OREGON CITY...GRESHAM...LONGVIEW...KELSO..
CASTLE ROCK...VANCOUVER...BATTLE GROUND...WASHOUGAL
142 PM PST TUE NOV 28 2006

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH
THURSDAY MORNING FOR THE NORTHERN WILLAMETTE VALLEY AND CLARK COUNTY
IN SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON AND THE I-5 CORRIDOR OF SOUTHWEST
WASHINGTON..

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH
THURSDAY MORNING.

ANOTHER PACIFIC SYSTEM WILL PUSH MOISTURE INTO THE NORTHERN
WILLAMETTE VALLEY...CLARK COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON AND THE
I-5 CORRIDOR STARTING LATER WEDNESDASY NIGHT AND CONTINUING INTO
THURSDAY MORNING. THIS PRECIPITATION WILL OVERRUN THE COLD AIR IN
PLACE AND PRODUCE AREAS OF FREEZING RAIN WITH THE HIGHEST THREAT
NEAR THE COLUMBIA RIVER AND IN THE PORTLAND VANCOUVER AREA.

THE PRECIPITATION WILL BE GREAT ENOUGH TO PRODUCE ICING OF ROADS
AND SURFACES THROUGHOUT THE FREEZING RAIN AREAS. SOME SMALLER
TRRES OR BRANCHES ALONG WITH POWER LINES MAY COME DOWN.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

$$

Light & Dark

Cap'n, is that considered severe relatively speaking? Because not even getting down to zero doesn't strike me as 'severe', although my perspective up here may be different. We just tagged -32C here (-26F), and with a clear sky, I expect the radiational cooling will take us down at least another 3 or 4 degrees tonight.

That said, 32 below is seriously anomalous for the end of November, even here.

Keep warm dude!

p.

Rivrdog

Our NOAA Chief Forecaster Willson has plenty of respect for your cold air, sir:

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
657 PM PST TUE NOV 28 2006

ORZ001>013-WAZ019>023-039-040-300300-
NORTH OREGON COAST-CENTRAL OREGON COAST-
COAST RANGE OF NORTHWEST OREGON-
CENTRAL COAST RANGE OF WESTERN OREGON-LOWER COLUMBIA-
GREATER PORTLAND METRO AREA-CENTRAL WILLAMETTE VALLEY-
SOUTH WILLAMETTE VALLEY-WESTERN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE-
NORTHERN OREGON CASCADE FOOTHILLS-NORTHERN OREGON CASCADES-
CASCADE FOOTHILLS IN LANE COUNTY-CASCADES IN LANE COUNTY-
SOUTH WASHINGTON CASCADES-WILLAPA HILLS-SOUTH WASHINGTON COAST-I-
5 CORRIDOR IN COWLITZ COUNTY-GREATER VANCOUVER AREA-
SOUTH WASHINGTON CASCADE FOOTHILLS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ASTORIA...CANNON BEACH...TILLAMOOK..
LINCOLN CITY...NEWPORT...FLORENCE...VERNONIA...JEWELL...TRASK..
GRANDE RONDE...TIDEWATER...SWISSHOME...ST. HELENS...CLATSKANIE..
HILLSBORO...PORTLAND...OREGON CITY...GRESHAM...SALEM..
MCMINNVILLE...DALLAS...EUGENE...CORVALLIS...ALBANY...HOOD RIVER..
CASCADE LOCKS...MULTNOMAH FALLS...SANDY..
SILVER FALLS STATE PARK...SWEET HOME...GOVERNMENT CAMP..
DETROIT...SANTIAM PASS...VIDA...LOWELL...COTTAGE GROVE..
MCKENZIE BRIDGE...OAKRIDGE...WILLAMETTE PASS..
COLDWATER RIDGE VISITORS CENTER...MOUNT ST. HELENS...FRANCES..
RYDERWOOD...RAYMOND...LONG BEACH...CATHLAMET...LONGVIEW...KELSO..
CASTLE ROCK...STEVENSON...SKAMANIA...VANCOUVER...BATTLE GROUND..
WASHOUGAL...TOUTLE...ARIEL...COUGAR
657 PM PST TUE NOV 28 2006


...VERY COLD TONIGHT OVER NORTHWEST OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON WITH
SOME RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES WEDNESDAY MORNING..

A COLD ARCTIC AIR MASS HAS SPREAD INTO SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON AND
NORTHWEST OREGON AND CLOUD COVER WILL CLEAR AWAY OVER NEW SNOW
COVER AS THE NIGHT PROGRESSES. THIS WILL ALLOW STRONG RADIATIONAL
COOLING AND PRODUCE VERY COLD TEMPERATURES TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY
MORNING.

TEMPERATURES IN COLDER WIND-PROTECTED VALLEYS WILL LIKELY DROP
DOWN IN THE 20 TO 25 DEGREE RANGE WITH SOME AREAS OVER NEW SNOW
FIELDS IN THE TEENS AND SUBTEENS. SINGLE DIGIT LOWS ARE EXPECTED
IN THE CASCADES.


THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME NORMALS AND EXTREME LOWS FOR TOMORROW MORNING..
ASTORIA NORMAL 38 RECORD 26 IN 1985
VANCOUVER NORMAL 36 RECORD 7 IN 1896
PORTLAND CITY NORMAL 40 RECORD 27/1931
PORTLAND AIRPORT NORMAL 37 RECORD 21/1985
TROUTDALE NORMAL 37 RECORD 16/1985
HILLSBORO NORMAL 35 RECORD 16/1952
MCMINNVILLE NORMAL 35 RECORD 14/1896
SALEM NORMAL 36 RECORD 12/1896
EUGENE NORMAL 35 RECORD 16/1985
HOOD RIVER NORMAL 31 RECORD 10/1985

HERE ARE THE PREDICTED LOWS FOR WEDNESDAY MORNING
INCLUDING SOME FORECASTED NEW RECORDS..
ASTORIA 24 KELSO 17 PORTLAND AIRPORT 23 TROUTDALE 22
NEWPORT 29 SALEM 19 EUGENE 21 CASCADE LOCKS 20
HILLSBORO 16 MCMINNVILLE 16 HOOD RIVER 16
GOVERNMENT CAMP 11 AND WILLAMETTE PASS 8

PEOPLE ACROSS NORTHWEST OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON SHOULD MAKE SURE
THAT EXPOSED PIPES ARE INSULATED...KEEP PETS INDOORS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
...AND TAKE BLANKETS AND WINTER WEATHER SUPPLIES IN YOUR CARS IF YOU MUST
VENTURE OUT...AND DRESS WARMLY FOR THE WEATHER.


$$
WILLSON

Lisa W.

I have been watching, admittedly amused, the weather forecast for y'all out west. Usually we are getting hammered too but it's after supper time and still PLUS FIVE!!!
It's been a glorious late fall so far...knock wood!

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