Monthly Archives: September 2010

Southern Cal heat wave!

I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, and remember lots of hot September days. And fires. And good waves at the beach. But the heat wave this week was legendary. Monday afternoon (9/27/10) the National Weather Service (NWS) issued … Continue reading

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Mary’s Peak Snow — a local fable

A local fable, and a story from 2008: One of the interesting “weather fables” for the Willamette Valley involves snow atop Mary’s Peak, west of Corvallis (the highest point in the Coast Range). I first heard about this from Weldon … Continue reading

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Cloud Seeding

Q. Why can’t we start a cloud seeding program in dry years to make sure we get enough rain? A. This question pops up whenever we have a dry year here. The answers: We can. But it doesn’t work well … Continue reading

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Record Rainfall at PDX

by Steve Pierce, Oregon AMS Wednesday, September 8th 2010 “Record setting rain fell on the Portland International Airport yesterday evening (Tuesday, September 7th) breaking an all-time record that stood since records began in 1940. Total rainfall measured at PDX yesterday … Continue reading

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The Big Thompson Flood — an Eyewitness Account

As the rainy season approaches, we can look forward to typical Oregon rain storms. Sometimes we get a series of moderate storms back-to-back (as happened last winter). In other cases, a single large event can affect us. In both cases, … Continue reading

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Fog Facts

Fog is relatively common in the Pacific Northwest compared with much of the rest of the country. And we are entering the “fog season” now, so it’s pertinent to address a few questions about fog. Q. How common is fog … Continue reading

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Rainfall record 9/7/2010

RECORD EVENT REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OREGON 451 AM PDT WED SEP 08 2010 …ADDED RECORD RAINFALL FOR VANCOUVER AND HILLSBORO AIRPORTS… …NEW MOST RAIN IN ONE HOUR RECORD… …WETTEST DAY SINCE START OF 2009… PERSISTENT HEAVY SHOWERS OVER … Continue reading

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