Capacity crowd of 350 attend the 18th Annual “What Will the Winter Be Like” weather forecast meeting in Portland!
Portland, Oregon (October 16th 2010) – A standing room only / capacity crowd of 350 people descended on the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Saturday morning in Portland. Attendees traveled from distances in excess of 100 miles in order to hear detailed forecasts for the upcoming winter from local and regional experts. Mark Nelsen, KPTV Fox-12 Chief Meteorologist gave a recap of last winter’s weather, followed by forecasts from Tyree Wilde, NOAA-National Weather Service WC Meteorologist, Portland, George Taylor, Applied Climate Services, Corvallis, Oregon, Pete Parsons, Oregon Department of Forestry Meteorologist, Salem, Oregon and Kyle Dittmer, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Hydrologist-Meteorologist who presented his forecasts via telephone from Germany.
“With a moderate to strong La Nina well underway, the majority of experts at today’s annual forecast meeting predict a wetter and cooler than normal winter overall for Oregon. Snow pack in the Cascades is likely to be at or above normal this winter. In some analog (similar) years in the past, the Cascades have experienced near record snow amounts. George Taylor, Applied Climate Services Climatologist, LLC, Corvallis, Oregon, says, “wet, wild and windy weather is in store for the coming winter.” Pete Parsons, Oregon Department of Forestry Meteorologist, Salem, Oregon says, “this winter is likely to be markedly different from last year. Parsons went on to say, “I would be surprised if we made it through this winter without seeing at least one arctic air mass and low elevation snow event.” Tyree Wilde, NOAA-National Weather Service WC Meteorologist, Portland says, “wet, wet, wet this winter.” Forecasters also noted that it has been 15 years since the last major windstorm to strike Oregon on December 12th 1995, which was also a La Nina winter that featured a record setting flood, arctic air and snow.
Detailed Presentations & Video Footage
* If you would like to download / view all of the forecasts in detail (.pdf format), please go to our chapter’s website at: http://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon/Minutes/2010_10_16_Minutes.html
* If you have any issues with the above link, please use this alternate link to download the full length presentations (.pdf format). Please only use this alternate link if you have troubles with the chapter link above: http://piercevideo.com/omsi.shtml
* Please feel free to use any of these short HD video clips if so desired. Please courtesy the Oregon AMS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJVDHrMCv2g
Please direct all post meeting inquiries to:
Bobby Corser, President, Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)
Phone: 971-563-9458 E-mail: email@example.com
Steve Pierce, Vice President, Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)
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Oregon AMS chapter web site: http://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon/
OMSI web site: http://www.omsi.edu/