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Where'd all this snow come from?

In a feat of perfect timing, it started snowing today after roseambr and I had enjoyed a vacation-day lunch and she got back home to the wilds of rural southwest Washington. Also after I made a grocery foray on Clyde.

So, since I have supplies, and I have nowhere to be, and since it's supposed to be back to good old reliable rain tomorrow, I guess I'm not going to test riding Clyde in snow. Yet. My sis, however, might be stranded at her workplace overnight.

But why did we not know it was going to snow? Why do we never know when it's going to snow here? Apparently, Mayor Sam had the same question, so it was posed on Oregon Media Central today, and one of our local meteorologists replied as follows:

Early this morning I kept seeing signs of snow, and I'm really glad that I went with it. There are a million reasons why it's difficult to forecast snow around here...different topography, gorge outflow, nearby ocean etc. As I write this, I'm thinking back to yesterday, and it seemed to me that most areas would be too warm for snow in the Valleys. However this morning I remember thinking all signs were pointing to snow, and I'm super glad I went with it in my forecast.

And I'm super-glad I didn't bother watching your TV station, dude, because yay, you were right, and if I'd known, I'd have been worried. Now, are you right about it going back to the low 40s and rain tomorrow?


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Dec. 30th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
OMG INORITE? I actually started a fuller reply, but it turned into a longish rant so I've moved it to my own LJ rather than commandeer your comments. :)

Anyway. Believe it or not, I was actually thinking about you on the way home, wondering if you were attempting the snow on your bike today. I have every confidence you could do it, and that Clyde would navigate it like a champ, but the roads are a complete clusterfuck out there so I'm glad you're not out in it. AND that the timing actually worked out so perfectly, and that you're now safely ensconced at home where you can just enjoy the fun of a rare snowstorm in Portland.
Dec. 30th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
Snow seems a good excuse for a good rant. I will check.

Yep, I'm comfy at home--well, as comfy as wool baselayers can make a gal in a non-centrally-heated house with single-glazed windows and less than stellar insulation.

That's what the BTOR is for on these special days.
Dec. 30th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
BTW, the bicycle bloggers I follow are reporting that the ride itself isn't bad, but that car traffic is far more dangerous to cyclists than it usually is.

National Weather Service is still saying 37 for the overnight, so I'm hopeful.
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