Weather Eye: Too early to say if we’ve already seen the worst of winter

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I was just thinking the other day that January is almost gone and February will be upon us. Could the worst of winter weather be about over? Well, February can be most brutal but no early signs of that occurring at this point.

It does look like we are going to get saturated again the next couple of days with more rain and possible flooding issues. Areas to our north still have snow on the ground and the east slopes of the Cascades in Washington have a good snow depth, so possible flooding over there if things get too warm and wet.

By the weekend things should calm down and we rest under higher pressure and drier conditions and maybe lots of fog and cooler temperatures as we encounter another inversion situation.

Some longer range computer forecast models indicate by this time next week we could possibly get a short-lived period of cold weather and very low snow levels, maybe all the way down to sea level, so we will have to watch that possibility. The first couple days of February could have some very cold nights.

Beyond that we may go back to a high pressure syndrome keeping us in a relatively mild and dry weather pattern. Think same old, same old like before all the weather action the past couple of weeks.

Just a reminder that the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorology Society is hosting its monthly meeting Wednesday evening at the Airport Shilo Inn with a panel discussion on global climate change with former Oregon State Climatologist George Taylor, Meteorologist Chuck Wiese and Physicist Gordon Fulks, Ph.D.

It begins at 7 p.m. in the Convention Center Ballroom, 11707 N.E. Airport Way, and the public is invited. For details see their website at: http://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon/index.html.

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.