Weather Eye: Annual winter weather conference Saturday at OMSI



How does 10 degrees for a morning low sound? Chilly yes and the folks in Redmond, Ore. saw their Wednesday low temperature set a record for Oct. 26. The previous was 13 degrees in 2002. They also set a record low of 13 degrees on Tuesday. Sign of early winter? Who knows?

But there will be several individuals presenting their winter forecast at OMSI Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. The Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, along with OMSI, will host the annual Winter Weather Forecast Conference.

The morning session from 10 a.m. to noon will have the following presenters:

Mark Nelsen, KPTV meteorologist recapping last winter’s weather. Pete Parsons, meteorologist with the Oregon Department of Forestry; Dave Elson, meteorologist, National Weather Service; Kyle Dittmer, meteorologist/hydrologist, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission; Jim Little, meteorologist, Oregon Department of Forestry; and George Taylor, meteorologist/former Oregon state climatologist). A lunch break will be from noon to 1 p.m. The afternoon session will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and will feature:

Jeremiah Pyle and Shawn Weagle, meteorologists, NOAA/National Weather Service, with a presentation on the new dual-polarization technology upgrade to our local radars in Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon.

Wolf Read, Ph.D. candidate, forest science, University of British Columbia, presenting diminished windstorm frequency and possible association with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation regime shift of 1976-77.

Thyra Bishop, meteorologist and lieutenant colonel in the Oregon National Guard, presenting combat meteorology, an overview of the Air Force weather career field and how combat meteorologists impact the military decision-making process.

The last speaker will be Chuck Wiese, meteorologist, with human-caused climate change, a real look at the physics and evidence. Also, a demonstration of the lack of evidence, both empirically and physically, of human-caused climate change.

This promises to be a very informative and fun-packed event so arrive early. OMSI is at 1945 S.E. Water Ave. in Portland. There will also be a raffle for a Davis home weather station and local weather observer/photographer Tyler Mode of Battle Ground will be there with his 2012 weather photography calendars.

Hope to see you there!

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at