Portland’s Biggest February Snow In Almost Two Decades

After doing about 8 hours of extended snow cover on KOIN 6 News…I was left wondering “How rare is this kind of February snow?”

My research helped me build the main graphic here. 3.5″ was the official snow total in Portland. Officially then, it was the city’s snowiest February day in 19 years!

No wonder the Thursday evening commute was such a mess. With crashes, spinouts, gridlock and commutes that should take minutes suddenly takingRead more


Thursday Snow Breakdown:Portland, Willamette Valley, Coast & Gorge

Notice the time on this graphic?

It’s 5pm on Thursday February 6, 2014. And if the snow is really going like this…you know the evening commute is going to be a mess!

Here’s the note I sent out to our KOIN News staff last night:

**Flurries possible anytime today.

**Steadier, accumulating snow becomes increasingly likely as Thursday goes on. It could show up late morning, but early afternoon seems more likely in the PDX metro

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Portland Weekend Snow, Or NO?

It seems like the Portland and Vancouver area is headed for the ‘weather tri-fecta’ this week:

Cold. Wind. Snow.

And as usual, the last part of the ‘tri-fecta’ is already playing hard to get. Story of my life, I tell you. Story of my forecasting life!

I mean, the cold is good to go. I think we’ll break many of the records you see here.

These are the numbers to beat on February 5, 6 and 7.… Read more


February Arctic Blast For Portland, Northwest

Do you like wind?

Wait, let me qualify that: do you like gusty wind that takes your breath away because it’s so cold?

If you answered NO, then plan on staying indoors for part of the first week in February 2014.

I made this main image for our 11pm newscast in KOIN6 News – and it shows what I’m expecting by Wednesday February 5, 2014. Deep cold air sliding down into eastern Washington & Oregon, then spilling… Read more


Oregon & Washington Drought: It’s For Real This Winter

It’s been an incredible four months around the northwest.

During that time, Portland has missed out on about 10″ of rain it should have gotten to make it an average year. The city has had 7.82″ of rain since October 1st when on average it would have seen 17.41″.

I’ve honestly lost count of the number of days that I’ve needed sunglasses instead rain gear–that’s the kind of fall and winter it has been.Read more


Seattle Seahawk Fans, 12th Man, Create Earthquake During Game

According to seismologists from the University of Washington, Seattle Seahawks fans created their second documented earthquake in just a few years. It happened during their playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints on January 11, 2014.

I had written about this possibility before the game on the koin.com weather blog. Read that post here, plus follow the links to see the actual quake on the electronic seismograph!

I also wrote about how… Read more

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