Saturday, December 07, 2013

Weather Forecasts

Tonight is supposed to be a record cold for Eugene, at least for as long as my family has lived here.  One degree Fahrenheit!

Back in March I had saved a screen shot of other dreadful weather: a week of freezing fog.

In August we had a week that seemed to be apocalypse weather.

That reminded me of the humorous Alderaan weather forecast.

Tonight could be worse...

UPDATE: From this morning's local newspaper articles:
Saturday brought the relative quiet after the storm as Eugene-Springfield residents began digging out from the heaviest snowfall in almost two years and also began preparing for the first subzero temperatures expected to hit the area in four decades...

What does it take to set an all-time record for low temperatures around here, anyway?The official low recorded at the Eugene Airport, at around 7 a.m. today, was 10 degrees below zero.

But, as it turns out, that’s not even a record for the day. That’s because the area’s alltime record low, 12 degrees below zero, occurred on this very date — Dec. 8 — back in 1972.

And today was our probable last chance to set an all-time record low. The forecasted low for tonight is a relatively balmy 7 degrees above zero, said Matthew Cullen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland.

If it’s any consolation, we did set a record low for Saturday, when the temperature dipped to 7 degrees below zero at 11:07 p.m. The previous record low for Dec. 7 was 6 degrees below zero — set during that cold snap in 1972.

Also, today’s temperature was the second coldest ever recorded, at least since the weather service started keeping track way back in 1890.

Saturday’s low of 7 degrees below zero tied for the third lowest temperature, with Dec. 10, 1972.

After tonight, the overnight low temperatures are expected to reach into the 20s on Monday and Tuesday, and into the 30s by Wednesday night, according to the weather service.

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