Mar 212012
 

As I was driving home from work today it was raining in Wood Village/Gresham. I made it to Boring and Sandy and it was snowing. Orion’s school was cancelled today because of hazardous driving conditions and that it was snowing heavily. I love the snow and there was 4 inches or more on the ground. Made a bad day at work good. Stella is planning Spring Break for us next week and my vacation the week after. I gave the boys a snow day treat of a Tom and Jerry cartoon. They seem to really like it.
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Here is an update to the storm totals that hit the state.

KATU.com – Portland, Oregon

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Historic March snowstorm, by the numbers

Originally printed at http://www.katu.com/blogs/weather/Historic-March-snowstorm-by-the-numbers-143854506.html
By Scott Sistek March 22, 2012

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OREGON
840 AM PDT THU MAR 22 2012

…RECORD SETTING LATE SNOW EVENT FOR MUCH OF WILLAMETTE AND LOWER
COLUMBIA RIVER VALLEY AREA OVER THE LAST 36 HOURS…

A FRONT STALLED OVER SOUTH LANE AND NORTH DOUGLAS COUNTY TUESDAY
NIGHT…THEN LIFTED NORTH A BIT BEFORE HEADING EAST OF THE
CASCADES. HEAVY PRECIPITATION FELL ACROSS THE REGION…BUT NORTH OF
THE FRONT SNOW LEVELS WERE VERY LOW…WITH HEAVY SNOW THE RESULT IN
THE SOUTH AND CENTRAL VALLEY YESTERDAY…AND THE CENTRAL AND NORTH
WILLAMETTE VALLEY INTO CLARK COUNTY OVERNIGHT. HEAVY SNOW ALSO FELL
IN THE CASCADES DURING THIS TIME PERIOD…WITH 1 TO 3 FEET OF SNOW
OVER THE HIGHER CASCADES.

WITH THE HEAVY WET SNOW…MANY AREAS HAVE EXPERIENCED DOWNED POWER
LINES RESULTING IN SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES. IN ADDITION…MANY TREE
BRANCHES HAVE BEEN BROKEN BY THE WEIGHT OF THE WET SNOW. THIS EVENT
WILL BE ONE THAT LOCAL RESIDENTS WILL NOT SOON FORGET.

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ACROSS CITY OF PORTLAND… 0.5 TO 3 INCHES…BUT 3 TO 7 INCHES
OVER THE HIGHER HILLS OF THE METRO AREA.

AT PORTLAND NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE (NEAR THE AIRPORT)…
*** STORM TOTAL…. 0.5 INCH OF SNOW

THIS IS A RECORD LATEST MEASURED SNOWFALL AT THE AIRPORT.
** 2012 MARCH 22 0.5 INCH *** NEW RECORD ***
1946 MARCH 15 0.5 INCH PREVIOUS RECORD

RECORDS SHOW 0.4 INCH IN 1995 AND 0.3 INCH IN 1965…BUT BOTH OF
THESE EVENTS WERE SMALL HAIL ACCUMULATIONS.

HERE IS HOW IT COMPARES TO OTHER LATE SEASON SNOW EVENTS
(WITH STORM TOTALS).

** 2012 MARCH 21-22 0.5 INCHES
1950 MARCH 10 0.8 INCH
1951 MARCH 3-10 12.9 INCHES
1956 MARCH 5 1.8 INCHES
1960 MARCH 2-3 2.6 INCHES
1989 MARCH 1-2 2.0 INCHES

OF NOTE… DOWNTOWN PORTLAND HAS RECEIVED MEASURABLE SNOW IN
APRIL…WITH THE LARGEST EVENT OCCURRING IN 1936 WHEN 5.2 INCHES
FELL ON APRIL 1…WITH THAT STORM TOTAL OF 6.8 INCHES (MARCH 28
THROUGH APRIL 1). THE LATEST THAT DOWNTOWN HAS RECEIVED MEASURABLE
SNOW WAS APRIL 14 1924…WHEN 0.1 INCH OF SNOW FELL IN DOWNTOWN
PORTLAND.

ON AVERAGE…PORTLAND AIRPORT RECEIVES 0.2 INCH OF SNOW IN MARCH.
SNOWFALL RECORDS AT THE AIRPORT DATE BACK TO 1940. DOWNTOWN RECORDS
DATE BACK TO 1872.

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CITY OF EUGENE… 6 TO 10 INCHES…HEAVIEST IN SOUTH HILLS.

AT THE EUGENE AIRPORT…
*** STORM TOTAL…. 7.5 INCHES OF SNOW

THIS IS THE BIGGEST SNOWSTORM TO STRIKE THE EUGENE AREA THIS LATE
IN THE WINTER SEASON. HERE IS HOW IT COMPARES TO OTHER RECORD LATE
SNOWFALLS OF THE WINTER SEASON (WITH STORM TOTALS).
** 2012 MARCH 20-21 7.5 INCHES
1951 MARCH 5-7 7.6 INCHES
1916 MARCH 3-4 13.7 INCHES

HOWEVER…IT IS NOT THE LATEST MEASURED SNOWFALL. THE LATEST
MEASURABLE SNOWFALL OF THE WINTER SEASON AT THE EUGENE AIRPORT…
1911 APRIL 13 0.3 INCH

ON AVERAGE…EUGENE RECEIVES 0.5 INCH OF SNOW IN MARCH.
RECORDS FOR EUGENE DATE BACK TO 1892.

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AROUND THE CITY OF SALEM… 2 TO 7 INCHES OF SNOW FELL…
WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS ON THE HILLS IN SOUTH SALEM.

AT THE SALEM AIRPORT…
**** STORM TOTAL…. 2.5 INCHES OF SNOW

THIS IS THE BIGGEST SNOWSTORM TO STRIKE SALEM THIS LATE IN
THE WINTER SEASON. HERE IS HOW IT COMPARES TO OTHER RECORD
LATE SNOWFALLS OF THE WINTER SEASON (WITH STORM TOTALS).
** 2012 MARCH 21-22 2.5 INCHES
1951 MARCH 5-9 9.6 INCHES
1960 MARCH 3-4 8.5 INCHES

BUT THIS IS NOT THE LATEST MEASURED SNOWFALL. THE LATEST
MEASURABLE SNOW EVENTS OF THE WINTER SEASON AT SALEM AIRPORT…
1920 MARCH 31 1.5 INCHES

ON AVERAGE…SALEM RECEIVES 0.3 INCH OF SNOW IN MARCH.
RECORDS FOR SALEM DATE BACK TO 1892.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
855 AM PDT THU MAR 22 2012

LISTED BELOW ARE THE STORM TOTAL SNOW REPORTS FOR THE MARCH 21-22
SNOW EVENT. THIS WILL BE THE FINAL REPORT FOR THIS EVENT.

REPORTS COLLECTED BETWEEN:
0817 AM PDT 03/21/2012 AND 0817 AM PDT 03/22/2012

LOCATION SNOW (IN) DURATION REPORT TIME
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…COAST RANGE…
SADDLE MT,OR……………8.0 48 HR 0807 AM PDT 03/22
SIENE CREEK,OR………….3.0 48 HR 0808 AM PDT 03/22
SWISS HOME,OR…………..2.0 24 HR 1041 PM PDT 03/21

…INLAND VALLEYS…
EUGENE,OR (EL. 500 FT)…..7.5 8 HR 0901 AM PDT 03/21
SWEET HOME,OR…………..6.0-7.0 24 HR 0758 AM PDT 03/22
EUGENE,OR………………5.0-7.0 12 HR 0844 AM PDT 03/21
CORVALLIS,OR (900 FT)……7.0 24 HR 1146 AM PDT 03/21
SALEM,OR……………….2.0-6.0 24 HR 0312 AM PDT 03/22
SPRINGFIELD,OR………….3.0-5.5 20 HR 1052 AM PDT 03/21
LEBANON,OR……………..5.0 12 HR 0841 AM PDT 03/21
BROWNSVILLE,OR………….5.0 12 HR 0941 AM PDT 03/21
PHILOMATH,OR……………2.5-4.25 14 HR 0125 PM PDT 03/21
PORTLAND (1000 FT),OR……4.0 8 HR 0726 AM PDT 03/22
ALBANY,OR………………3.0-4.0 12 HR 1235 PM PDT 03/21
OREGON CITY,OR………….4.0 12 HR 0717 AM PDT 03/22
BATTLE GROUND,WA………..3.0-4.0 12 HR 0623 AM PDT 03/22
HAPPY VALLEY,OR…………1.0-3.5 24 HR 0618 AM PDT 03/22
BRUSH PRAIRIE,WA (500 FT)..3.5 24 HR 0623 AM PDT 03/22
CANBY,OR……………….3.25 8 HR 0144 AM PDT 03/21
WEST LINN,OR……………3.25 6 HR 0104 AM PDT 03/22
MOLALLA,OR……………..3.0 12 HR 0725 AM PDT 03/22
BORING,OR………………3.0 8 HR 0300 AM PDT 03/22
DAMASCUS,OR (EL. 809 FT)…3.0 6 HR 0809 AM PDT 03/21
CORVALLIS,OR……………1.5-3.0 24 HR 0659 AM PDT 03/22
VANCOUVER,WA……………2.0 12 HR 0440 AM PDT 03/22
HILLSBORO,OR……………2.0 6 HR 0244 AM PDT 03/22
CASTLE ROCK,WA………….2.0 12 HR 0728 AM PDT 03/22
CAMAS,WA……………….2.0 8 HR 0709 AM PDT 03/22
BEAVERTON,OR……………1.8 12 HR 0816 AM PDT 03/22
PORTLAND,OR…………….0.5-1.5 12 HR 0522 AM PDT 03/22
BEAVERTON,OR……………1.5 12 HR 0727 AM PDT 03/22
STAYTON,O9R…………….1.0 12 HR 0858 AM PDT 03/21
LEBANON,OR……………..1.0 24 HR 0857 AM PDT 03/21
LONGVIEW,WA…………….0.5 3 HR 0244 AM PDT 03/22

…FOOTHILLS…
SILVERTON,OR (1600 FT)…..19.7 30 HR 0645 AM PDT 03/22
DETROIT,OR……………..15.0 24 HR 0105 PM PDT 03/21
CASCADIA,OR (900 FT)…….10.0 24 HR 0852 AM PDT 03/21
SANDY,OR (1700 FT)………10.0 24 HR 0111 PM PDT 03/21
MARION FORKS,OR…………10.0 48 HR 0806 AM PDT 03/22
RIPPLEBROOK,OR (1509 FT)…6.0 8 HR 0813 AM PDT 03/21

…CASCADES…
TIMBERLINE,OR…………..38.0 32 HR 0352 AM PDT 03/22
MT HOOD MEADOWS,OR………33.0 48 HR 0810 AM PDT 03/22
BLUE BOX PASS,OR………..31.0 32 HR 0324 AM PDT 03/22
RED HILL SNOTEL,OR………31.0 48 HR 0803 AM PDT 03/22
LITTLE MEADOWS SNOTEL,OR…30.0 48 HR 0805 AM PDT 03/22
MUDRIDGE SNOTEL,OR………27.0 48 HR 0806 AM PDT 03/22
TOMBSTONE SUMMIT,OR……..27.0 32 HR 0414 AM PDT 03/22
BLAZED ALDER SNOTEL,OR…..27.0 48 HR 0801 AM PDT 03/22
DALY LAKE SNOTEL,OR……..26.0 48 HR 0805 AM PDT 03/22
NORTH FORK SNOTEL,OR…….26.0 42 HR 0800 AM PDT 03/22
BENNETT PASS,OR…………26.0 32 HR 0356 AM PDT 03/22
WHITE RIVER,OR………….24.0 32 HR 0353 AM PDT 03/22
SOUTH FORK BULL RUN,OR…..23.0 48 HR 0804 AM PDT 03/22
SPENCER MEADOWS,WA………22.0 24 HR 0746 AM PDT 03/22
SURPRISE LAKE,WA………..20.0 42 HR 0756 AM PDT 03/22
GOVERNMENT CAMP,OR………20.0 24 HR 0818 AM PDT 03/21
MCKENZIE SNOTEL,OR………19.0 48 HR 0807 AM PDT 03/22
SANTIAM PASS,OR…………19.0 18 HR 0430 PM PDT 03/21
LONE PINE,WA……………13.0 42 HR 0758 AM PDT 03/22
SPENCER MEADOWS,WA………12.0 42 HR 0757 AM PDT 03/22
SANTIAM JUNCTION,OR……..12.0 18 HR 0427 PM PDT 03/21
HOODOO,OR………………11.0 24 HR 0814 AM PDT 03/22
JUNE LAKE,WA……………11.0 24 HR 0830 AM PDT 03/21
SPIRIT LAKE,WA………….10.0 18 HR 0830 AM PDT 03/21

…UPPER HOOD RIVER VALLEY…
PARKDALE,OR…………….10.0 24 HR 0845 PM PDT 03/21

 Posted by at 12:04 pm
Mar 192012
 

It started off snowing so much that the ground was covered in twenty minutes. It then slowed down and eventually melted. We went to our appointment in Clackamas and went to furniture stores. We found the boys the bunkbeds we think they need and got prices. Orion had problems when we went into GoodWill today. He had a huge meltdown! We left the store with him screaming wanting to go to the toy section. We told him no and he screamed and screamed. We took the boys out of the shopping cart and went to the car. Orion was still screaming and making a scene. People were staring and some were kinda chuckling. One person came behind our car and wrote down our license plate number. People just don’t understand Autism and what it looks like sometimes. Anyway, we are expecting a knock on the door from someone for us only to explain his condition and have them call our social worker. Sometimes he can be a handful. 🙁

 Posted by at 7:41 pm
Mar 192012
 

Orion has to go to school today. We have an appointment for Raven at ESD in Clackamas @9am. When Orion gets off the bus, we are going to head to Apple Crate Furniture in Portland to look at some bunkbeds for the boys.

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Then later , we are going to celebrate Ostara early and have our dinner. Lots of fun stuff that we crammed into today.

 Posted by at 7:05 am
Mar 192012
 

Went outside to take the coffee grounds to the compost and slipped on ice on the stairs.  Ouch Just scratched up my arm and hit my back…Nothing major just didn’t realize it was that cold outside I guess.

 Posted by at 6:09 am