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Warm weather not boding well for snowpack

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The mid-valley basked in nearly 60-degree weather for most of last week with only a touch of precipitation. Baby lambs are getting fat and the grass seed fields are bright green, but the leisurely weather may bear an unpleasant aftereffect come summer in the form of low river water levels and drought.

It’s Snow Big Deal Or Is It?

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If you read my previous two articles A Look Back At Eugene’s Weather For 2014 and No We Didn’t Have To Use The “D” Word In 2014 it becomes obvious that this Winter has produced way below average snowfall. The only significant snowfall in the Cascades in Lane County produced just enough snow for our two local ski areas Hoodoo and Willamette Pass to open for limited use during the Christmas holiday season. Willamette Pass even has snow guns to make snow, but there has to be a base of snow on the ground for the guns to add more surface on which to ski. Both ski areas have been closed since after the holidays and they say they won’t be able to reopen until we receive significant snow from at least two storm systems. So far what I have said paints a gloomy picture, at best, of the chance for skiers to get back on the slopes this season. That is not my intent. The lack of mountain snow pack also seriously effects the Spring run-off and thus the amount of water the reservoirs have for the dry summer months.

I have lived in the Eugene-Springfield area for 23 years now and this same scenario has played itself out before in just that short period of time. There have been quite a few Winter seasons that had a short-term burst of snowfall and then temperatures warmed up, melted away the snow and even produced rainfall into the higher mountain elevations. In many cases the break lasted up to a month or so and then cold air would sweep down from the north with a wet frontal system and “voila!” the snow started piling up in the mountains and the ski areas reopened to the delight of area skiers. The “perfect” ski season starts on the Thanksgiving weekend to attract the college students who came home for the holiday and runs through the second week of April.

Nordic Trail At Hoodoo 1.15.15 | Photo by Hoodoo
Nordic Trail At Hoodoo 1.11.15 | Photo by Hoodoo

I spoke with Leif Williams, the marketing director for Hoodoo, and we discussed the late ski season this year. He reminded me that the serious ski season didn’t begin until their opening on February 7, 2014 so this is not such an unusual season now. All it will take is a couple of back-to-back snowstorms and it’s off to the slopes. Remember our best chances for getting serious mountain snow is from the middle of January well into the month of March. Hoodoo is located in the Central Cascade Range of Oregon near the summit of Santiam Pass on US Route 20. Two factors help keep Hoodoo afloat when the snow doesn’t appear and that is they have other financial interests to act as a backstop when the money isn’t coming in from the ski season and they have spread out into the summer recreation season with managing multiple campgrounds which have become quite popular.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake Recreation Area Boat Launch | Photo by Hoodoo

Hoodoo Recreation has more than 75 campgrounds across central Oregon in the Deschutes National Forest, 15 campgrounds in the Wenatchee National Forest to the East of Mt. Rainier in Washington, 36 campgrounds in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Northern Washington, and more than 20 campgrounds in the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest between the Washington-Oregon border and Mt. Rainier.They also have RV parks at Dexter Shores, Crescent Lake Resort, Patio RV Park, and the Camp Sherman RV Park along the Metolius River.

Willamette Pass Resort
Willamette Pass Resort Lodge | Photo by Willamette Pass Resort

Willamette Pass Resort, located at milepost 62 which is 70 miles east of Eugene on Highway 58, has the same issues to deal with in this practically snow-less Winter so far. Willamette Pass provides areas for Nordic skiing, ski racing and snowboardingsnowshoeing, tubing, a  kids zone, and Summer activities.

Summertime Gondola Ride | Photo by Willamette Pass Resort
Summertime Gondola Ride | Photo by Willamette Pass Resort

Quoting directly from their website: “Willamette Pass Resort offers summer sightseeing and outdoor activities via the Oregon Skyway Gondola from June through early September. In the summer, we also host several events that range from disc golf tournaments to ultramarathon races, which are very enjoyable to participate in and watch.The resort can also host meetings, banquets, weddings, and family get-togethers. I’m sorry that I didn’t get an interview for you from a representative of Willamette Pass Resort. I made numerous attempts leaving voice-mail messages, but did not receive a response before this article was published.

So, remember that there is plenty of Winter left to get the snow needed for Hoodoo and Willamette Pass to reopen. Get out and do your best snow dance for mountain snow.

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The Anatomy Of A Snowstorm

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It started very early in the morning Thursday February 6, 2014. The nearly perfect setup for a Winter storm in the Pacific Northwest. By 9:00 AM there was a snow cover on my driveway that measured one half inch. In order to understand how it happened we first need to look  at the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center surface weather map from 11:27 AM Thursday.

Surface Analysis Map From Thursday AM 2/6/14 | Image from The National Weather Service
Surface Analysis Map From Thursday AM 2/6/14 | Image from The National Weather Service

You can see a warm front drawn in red moving to the northeast through the Pacific Northwest, the center of low pressure offshore, and the cold front drawn in blue trailing behind. A I have explained in previous columns, the Jet Stream is a current of air (much like a river) that flows West to East at high altitudes and it steers the surface storms across the country.

Jet Stream 4 AM 02/06/14 | Image by SFSU Meteorology From NOAA
Jet Stream 4 AM 02/06/14 | Image by SFSU Meteorology From NOAA

Notice the shaded “U” shape which is a trough of low pressure. That low helps generate the lift necessary to propel the complex frontal system into the Pacific Northwest. By the end of day 1 I had 2.25 inches of snow on my driveway. That is total of 0.27 inches of melted precipitation while the airport reported 0.37 inches melted.

Snow Falling 1 PM 2/6/14 Elevation 600 ft. | Photo by Tim Chuey
Snow Falling 1 PM 2/6/14 Elevation 600 ft. | Photo by Tim Chuey

The snow continued to fall overnight and by Noon Friday (day 2) I measured 2.75 inches of snow. My next measurement was at 11 PM with a total of 7 inches of new snow on the area of my driveway that I shoveled clean. That gave me a grand total of 11.50 inches of snow for the two days. The moisture content of all that snow added up to 0.84 inches melted from the snow in my yard while the airport reported a total of 1.36 inches melted for the two days together. The average ratio of rain to snow is 0.01 inches of rain equals roughly 1 inch of snow. In this case I’d say the first snowfall on Thursday was a drier snow than what fell on Friday. The Thursday snow was powdery while the Friday snow was good for packing into a snowball or snowman.The National Weather Service synoptic weather map shows the second system coming through.

National Weather Service Synoptic Weather Map 11:30 AM Positions | Image National Weather Service
Surface Analysis Weather Map From Friday 2/7/14 11:30 AM Positions | Image from National Weather Service

The surface low pressure center was in southern Oregon spinning moisture up at us. As the moisture hit the cold air over us the heavy snow continued. As the ice and snow melted branches started to fall. EWEB had a lot of work to do including repairing or replacing transformers. This EWEB video shows a transformer exploding not once but three times. Scary stuff.

Ice Covered Japanese Ornamental Cherry Tree Bowed Down | Photo by Tim Chuey
Ice Covered Japanese Ornamental Cherry Tree Bowed Down | Photo by Tim Chuey

Saturday, Day 3 of this storm, saw rain and freezing rain which turned most everything into a slippery mess. The City of Eugene declared an Ice Emergency. My measurements showed a quarter of an inch of ice on top of the snow Friday evening and it was a half inch thick by Saturday afternoon. There was some melting by late in the day Saturday, but it got cold enough over night for most of of it to refreeze. I measured 0.90 inches of rain for the 24 hours of Saturday while the airport measured 0.66 inches.

By Sunday the warm air had penetrated the Willamette Valley and the ice and snow were melting at a pretty rapid rate.

Surface Map 8:35 PM Sunday 2/9/14
Surface Map From Sunday 2/9/14  8:35 PM Positions | Image from National Weather Service

Another wave was yet to come, this one on Sunday, but this it was going to bring in warmer air from Hawaii, called the “Pineapple Express” because it brings in copious amounts of moisture and much warmer air all the way from the Hawaiian Islands area. The warmer air was the important factor as it really encouraged the melting process. My total rainfall for Sunday was 1.36 inches while the airport registered a meager 0.02 inches for the same time period (could their automated rain gauge have been frozen part of the time?).

Storm Drain With Snow Melting | Photo by Tim Chuey
Storm Drain With Snow Melting | Photo by Tim Chuey

As of Monday morning there was still quite a bit of snow on the streets, but with the warmer temperatures there was a river of snowmelt flowing into the storm drain in front of my house.  Snowmelt River To Storm Drain.  Debris was stacked up along the curbs over the area made up of broken branches and tree limbs. The clean-up process continues.

All in all this was quite a weather event for the whole state of Oregon. There were multiple vehicle accidents on I-5 and on HWY-126. There were over 300 reports of downed trees and fallen branches that damaged property in the Eugene-Springfield area and power outages. This storm is over, but it would be a good idea if you made plans now for what you need to be better prepared for the next one.

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Snow Have You Stranded? Make Cookies

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I was excited for the weekend and all the fun things that go with it!  A chance of snow they said… I woke up on Friday morning, barely awake as I stumbled to my kitchen, one eye opened and headed for the coffee pot when the one eye that was awake noticed something out of the ordinary.  Everything was white!

First Snow of The Season
First Snow of The Season

Much to my amazement, my other eye shot open and now there was excitement in the air.  I was wide awake all of a sudden!  No coffee required at this point.  I ran to the window like a little kid on Christmas morning and looked in wonder at the trees and road and driveway that were covered in a white fluffy substance called snow.

The beauty that comes with snow is astounding.  The once drab gray colors of winter become cheerful, people become happier, especially the children, hoping for a “snow day”.  The white fluffy stuff has the ability to cushion things, to soften things up and to quiet them.

I made my coffee and sat on my couch as I waited in silence as it perked, the ticking of the clock the only other sound on this beautiful Friday morning.  Once my coffee was done, I filled my cup and grabbed my cat Saphira.  Her and I watched in wonder as the snowflakes carpeted our front yard.

I thought I would see what everyone was doing so I jumped on Facebook and it was lit up like a christmas tree!  People were posting photographs of their neighborhoods.  You could hear joy in their typed words.  The flakes started to get bigger and fluffier as time went by. I could hear the children playing in the streets, excitement in their youthful voices because yes; the school districts had canceled school for the first time this year and they were free for the day!  Oh, to be a child again with no worries at all.

First Snow of The Season
First Snow of The Season

The snow kept accumulating and before long people were slowly coming down from their happiness.  They began to wonder if it was going to stop, this white fluffy stuff falling from the sky that was blanketing all that it landed upon.

The beauty of the fluffy white stuff lasts for a very limited time until the people decide they want it to stop.  They can’t help themselves because their lives are changing with each snowflake that hits the ground.  People forget the roads are slippery or are in too big of a hurry to slow down, put chains on or simply stay home.

I chose the latter.  I am not going to try to kid anyone.  I do not drive in the snow.  I am from Alaska (I know, right.  I should know how to do this).  But I don’t.  I think it is in everyones best interest if I stay off the roads when they are white.  I really have no problem with it to be honest.  My cupboards are full (kind of) my freezer is stocked (if I could only remember to take something out) and my heat bill is paid for the month so it’s okay if I am home for a few days.  No problem.

I had to make a trip to the post office (thank goodness it is only a mile away) so I bundled up, packages and camera in tow and headed out my front door on foot.  The sun was out, the sky was blue and life was good.  I didn’t check the outside temp prior to heading out but how much damage could be done in a mile?  I had a lovely walk until I had to come back.  I had to walk into the wind and by the time I got home I couldn’t feel my face or legs!  Turns out it was only 25 degrees out (without factoring in the wind chill).

I do wish I had a fireplace, my world would be nearly perfect but the forced air will suffice until this winter wonderland  goes away.  I snuggled down into my bed Friday evening, happy as a clam and in the morning was even more surprised at how much snow had fallen during the night.

Weather Map Photo Courtesy of The Weather Channel
Weather Map Photo Courtesy of The Weather Channel

I checked the temperature and had to rub my eyes and look again, surely I was mistaken…  -6 degrees it read~!  Holy cow… My first instinct was to hop online and see for sure.  As it turns out, my phone was right! (My phone!  Ha!  Who would have ever thought my phone would be able to tell me the temperature?  Now if it could just get it to make my coffee).

I make gloves and sell them around the world and the orders have been coming in like crazy from the East coast!  Black and purple are the most popular color this year and I am out!  I’m stranded and can’t make it to the store right now.  So what’s a girl to do?

When all else fails, make cookies!  I searched the web for my favorite cookie recipe.  Shortbread! I found a few recipes but when one sticks out, you just gotta do it, right?   So I pulled out two sticks of butter and kept an eye on them while they came to room temperature, testing them every once in a while to see if they had softened up.  I can tell you its like a watch pot never boils kind of a thing so you are better off to go make a snowman and just let it be for a bit.

I was making cookies at 9 p.m. Saturday night.  Yeah, I know… cookies, late night… total carb city but you know what?  It’s in our nature to put weight on during the winter months (it really is a fact) so I threw caution to the wind and made them.  I wanted to share the recipe with you because it’s only three ingredients and they rock!

2 Sticks of butter

1/2 C. sugar

2.5 C. flour

Mix butter and sugar together (I swore after this batch I am investing in a hand mixer!)  Once the two are incorporated well, add 1/2 cup of flour at a time (especially if you are doing this by hand.  I will warn you now, you will get tired and wonder if it is worth it and it is) until well blended and all flour has been used.

*Dough may get a little stiff during mixing.  It may be easier to mix by rolling up your sleeves and digging in!  You will be tempted to bite the ingredients off your fingers and that’s okay because you can and it’s yummy.

Make 1 inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and indent with (shhhh…) your finger.  Place into the refrigerator for 10 – 15 minutes to chill (I read somewhere that this is the secret to flakey layers).  Just before placing in oven, put a little bit of your favorite jam (I used my homemade blackberry jam) into the divot you created with your finger.

** No need to stick your finger in the cookie if you don’t want to fill it.  (I really didn’t care for it to be honest so I only made one batch with jam).

Bake at 300 for about 25 minutes.  You can adjust cooking time according to your oven.  Yields about 4 dozen cookies.

Note:  Cool cookies completely before eating if you decide to fill the cookie as the jam will be extremely hot!

Shortbread Cookies
When all Else Fails Make Shortbread Cookies

Cookies may be frozen up to a week.  I ended up tossing them in the freezer to get them away from me.  I lose all self control when it comes to shortbread.  These cookies are simple and delicious! Enjoy.

Needless to say, I didn’t make it to town for some fun things to do in Eugene this week due to the snow, but that’s okay.  I found an awesome recipe to share and had some bonding time with my cat.

While at the post office today (I checked the temperature (25 again) bundled up and wore not only my gloves that I make but my neck warmer too and I was as snug as a bug) I heard someone say it may snow tonight or we may have freezing rain.  I spoke with a woman who was visiting from Ohio.  She said she was excited to come to Oregon to get away from this kind of weather!  I assured her this was not typical, poor thing.  I don’t know, but I am ready for this craziness to be over.  How about you?

Hope to see you out there once the roads clear.  Be safe and take extra care when driving.

 

 

 

January 10 – Morning Headlines

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  • Changes planned at Kelly Middle School trouble parents, teachers
    Kelly Middle School teachers and parents warned Eugene School Board members on Wednesday that the district’s plans to change the class schedule there could upset a balanced system where kids feel safe and respected and can focus on learning. Even
  • Flu signs send 19 to hospital
    Fifty-five people at a Springfield assisted living facility have reported flu-like symptoms and six flu cases have been confirmed there, according to Lane County Public Health and the facility’s executive director. “Six 
  • Man arrested for disorderly conduct in downtown Eugene.
    Some employees in downtown Eugene had a much calmer day at the office today, but they say a man put on quite a show yesterday and they caught it all… 
  • ‘Poop’ stop sign: Clever prank or vandalism?
    At first glance, it looks like a normal stop sign. But take a second look at a few stop signs around town and you’ll see some prankster made a few alterations. Several signs that previously read “stop” now say “poop.”
  • Brands shoots down Millers
    Willamette’s Jake Brands hit a three-pointer near the end of regulation to send the game into overtime and the visiting Wolverines went on to beat the Millers 51-45 on Wednesday in a Midwestern League boys basketball game at S

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Tim Chuey Weather:

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Temperatures are falling and so are the snow levels. We’ll see some snow, but I don’t think it will be much of a problem.

Another upper level trough of low pressure (shaded “U” shape) has moved in along the coast as cold high pressure (shaded “Arch shape”) moves away from the Pacific Northwest. The next frontal system can be seen as it moved through on Wednesday. Snow levels will fall to about 1,000 ft. tonight, but I don’t expect the snow to stick enough to pile up any significant accumulation on the valley floor. We’ll have to keep an eye on that situation. A frontal system will approach Oregon over the weekend returning the threat of falling snow levels.

[gn_spoiler title=”ADVISORIES” open=”0″ style=”2″]A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM TODAY FOR THE COAST RANGE OF NORTHWEST OREGON. A FREEZE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM UNTIL 8 AM TODAY FOR SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTH OREGON COAST. A FROST ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM UNTIL 8 AM TODAY FOR SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTH OREGON COAST. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM TODAY ABOVE 1,000 FT. FOR THE SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTH OREGON COAST. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM TODAY ABOVE 1,000 FT. FOR CENTRAL DOUGLAS COUNTY, EASTERN CURRY COUNTY,  AND JOSEPHINE COUNTY. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM TODAY FOR JACKSON COUNTY, THE EASTERN DOUGLAS COUNTY FOOTHILLS, THE SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON CASCADES, THE SOUTH OREGON CASCADES, AND THE SISKIYOU MOUNTAINS.[/gn_spoiler]

High: 42
Low: 25
Forecast: Mostly cloudy with rain and snow showers likely (60%) this AM, a good (50%) chance of rain and snow showers this afternoon (under 0.01 in. of rain possible, under 1 in. of snow possible (dusting)), a (40%) chance of rain and snow showers tonight (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain and snow showers Friday AM, a slight (20%) chance of rain and snow showers in the afternoon, partly cloudy in the evening, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain and snow late Friday night (snow level 1,000 ft.), mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain and snow Saturday AM, a good (50%) chance of rain and snow in the afternoon, cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain and snow showers Saturday night highs 42-39 lows 30-25. A mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of rain and snow showers Sunday, a slight (20%) chance of showers Sunday night, patchy AM fog and freezing fog Monday, mostly cloudy in the afternoon, partly cloudy Monday night, AM fog,  a mix of clouds and sun Tuesday, partly cloudy at night, then AM fog and a mix of clouds and sun Wednesday highs 44-46 lows 30-35. (seasonal averages high 46 low 34)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

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December 18 – Morning Headlines

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This is the Seventh Day before Christmas.  Did you find snow on the ground this morning?
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  • Charter school agrees  to close
    HomeSource Family Charter School has agreed to shut down at the end of the school year in a deal reached last week with the Bethel School District. HomeSource, which has operated since 2010 under a charter agreement with Bethel, ran into trouble both f
  • School threat not found credible

    Eugene police on Monday acted swiftly to track down two teenagers who were rumored to have been plotting to bring guns to Churchill High School later this week. After learning that the boys had not attended school on Monday morning, officers went to th


  • No one hurt in Cottage Grove house fire
    Firefighters kept the flames from spreading to any other homes after arriving at the scene of home fully involved in fire early Monday morning.
  • Woman jailed after SUV crash downtown
    A driver’s SUV hit a tree and came to rest on its side downtown early Monday morning, the Eugene Police department said
  • Suspect in carjacking back in state for trial
    A man who allegedly carjacked another driver in Cheshire and later escaped from police during a chase has been returned to Lane County from California to stand trial. Nicholas James Corleto, 26, formerly of Springfield, is charged with two counts each
  • Brown’s 45 points lead another Laker league rout
    Kiana Brown poured in 45 points to go with 14 rebounds and seven steals for Triangle Lake in its road rout of Crow, 80-37, in Mountain West girls basketball on Monday evening. Brown led the Lakers (7-1, 3-0 Mountain West) by shooting 18-of…

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Tim Chuey Weather:

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Today we will see more rain with snow levels dropping down to the valley floor. With the cold temperatures the biggest problem is icy roads.

An upper level trough of low pressure is moving down from the Gulf of Alaska bringing cold air with it.  A frontal system will approach the Pacific Coast Thursday (position shown is Friday) increasing rain and snow chances again. For skiers Mt. Ashland and Hoodoo are open and Willamette Pass plans to open their season Wednesday.

[gn_spoiler title=”ADVISORIES” open=”0″ style=”1″]A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM TODAY FOR THE COAST RANGE OF NORTHWEST OREGON AND THE CENTRAL COAST RANGE OF NORTHWEST OREGON, THE NORTH CASCADE FOOTHILLS, AND THE CASCADE FOOTHILLS OF LANE COUNTY, AND THE NORTH OREGON CASCADES AND THE CASCADES OF LANE COUNTY. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM TODAY FOR THE NORTH WILLAMETTE VALLEY, THE CENTRAL WILLAMETTE VALLEY, THE SOUTH WILLAMETTE VALLEY, THE WESTERN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE.  A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM TODAY ABOVE 1,000 FT. FOR THE SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTH OREGON COAST, CENTRAL DOUGLAS COUNTY, EASTERN CURRY COUNTY, JOSEPHINE COUNTY, THE DOUGLAS COUNTY FOOTHILLS, AND JACKSON COUNTY. A HIGH WIND WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR THE SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTH OREGON COAST.[/gn_spoiler]

High: 46
Low: 32
Forecast: Mostly cloudy with rain and snow showers today (0.10 in. of rain possible, 2 in. of snow possible mainly in the hills), cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain and snow showers this evening, rain and snow likely (60%) late tonight (0.10 in. of rain possible), AM rain and snow, rain (AM snow level 1,000 ft.) Wednesday afternoon (0.50 in. of rain possible) and windy (wind: S 15-20 mph increasing to S 20-30 mph in the afternoon, mostly cloudy with rain Wednesday night (1.30 in. of rain possible) and windy (wind: S 15-20 mph increasing to S 20-30 mph in the afternoon), rain, heavy at times at night, and windy (wind: S 20-30 mph), then mostly cloudy with rain Thursday and Thursday night highs 38-46 cooling to near 40 Thursday lows 32-37. Mostly cloudy with rain likely (60%) Friday, showers Friday night, rain Saturday, then mostly cloudy with showers likely (60%) Saturday night through Monday highs near 45 lows near 39. (seasonal averages high 45 low 33)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

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Where Did The Week Go…

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— Ryan Beltram, EDN

Well Wednesday was a day to remember. Like most mornings I woke up like a zombie auditioning to be on next season’s The Walking Dead. I walked down the hallway and was about to turn into the bathroom when I noticed more light coming from the kitchen than usual.

As I walked into the kitchen my mood changed from walking zombie to a wonderment child seeing santa claus. There was so much snow that it weighed down the tree that covers our deck. Suddenly I could see inside the upstairs apartments from across the way.

It never rains in Autzen, but what about snow?

Our privacy was temporarily gone but I didn’t care. It was the most snow I’d seen in Eugene in the six years I’ve lived here. Having grown up in Bend where the snow tends to stay beyond one afternoon, I felt like a child again. When you’re a kid, one of the great feelings is realizing it’s going to be a snow day. No assigned homework or boring lectures or mediocre lunches just a day of freedom! Oh how I miss that feeling.

But that moment of snow joy quickly deflated as I realized I’m older now; masquerading as an adult. After walking down the slippery steps of my apartment and stepping onto the unshoveled walkway (Thanks maintenance!) and finally digging my car out from under the winter wonderland that was occupying it, I was off to work.

The snow days are long gone, never to return. But seeing and hearing kids enjoying every minute of it, I was able to live vicariously through them. Enjoy it while it lasts kids.

Hunger Games Makes Some Money

I knew The Hunger Games was going to be a hit but holy cow! The movie, based on book one of a series of popular young adult novels, grossed $152.5 million opening weekend. It’s the third biggest opening ever and the best opening for a non sequel.

When I first learned that another movie franchise based on young adult books was being developed I cringed. Now I will admit I’ve never seen any of the Twilight movies, but I’ve seen clips and wow are they awful. The stale acting, poor writing, melodrama and gratuitous no-shirt shots of Taylor Lautner just doesn’t do it for me. Despite the terrible reviews, the movies made a ton of money so it was only a matter of time until we got another franchise.

With The Hunger Games I was thinking it was going to be more of the same. But it received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and movie bloggers I respect. Movies that are successful both financially and critically don’t happen very often so I’m intrigued by this.

But whether I like the movie or not, one thing’s for sure, the success of this series will eventually lead to another and then another. Let’s hope we get more of them like The Hunger Games and less like Twilight.

Netflix Instant Pick: Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Don’t be turned off by the Hollywood title. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within is an epic crime saga that has to be seen.

The Brazilian film is actually a sequel but you don’t have to have seen the original to get totally immersed in this complicated action movie. The film follows Lieutenant-Colonel Roberto Nascimento, a bad-ass cop who believes violence is a necessary and effective tool to combating crime.

One of the best action movies in years.

But when Nascimento botches a hostage situation at a prison, the media and popular Human Rights Aid member Diogo Fraga call for an end to all the violence and killing. Nascimento thinks that all this bad press means a demotion, but instead he is promoted to the intelligence area of the Secretary of Security. He believes he can make real change with this promotion.

Eventually his team expels the drug dealers from several slums of Rio, but instead of creating peace, Nascimento’s work only swaps the drug dealers for militia, dirty cops and corrupt politicians. Not knowing who to trust, Nascimento must eventually team up with the one person he knows is incorruptible; Diogo Fraga.

Elite Squad is like The Dark Knight meets City of God. Nacimento is the hero trying to weed out the corrupt criminals and fix the system. But unlike Batman, he has no mask to hide behind. His good intentions may put his family in danger, but he has to do something or the city will be lost.

Unlike a Hollywood blockbuster, the film is extremely violent and borderline gratuitous. But the movie has memorable action sequences and Wagner Moura as Nascimento has a movie star presence on-screen. No doubt he’ll play the villain in a Bond movie some day.

The story has several twists and turns and not knowing who to trust keeps the film interesting throughout. The only negative is that character development takes a back seat to the grand narrative. But this is a complex and exciting action film worth seeing. The ending hints at a third film coming. But until then, check this out. It’s better than most American action movies these days.

Jack White Coming to the Hult Center

Jack White will be jamming in Eugene

On March 23, tickets went on sale for Jack White who will be coming to Eugene on May 28. His first solo album, Blunderbuss will be released on April 24.

White is one of the most talented musicians to come along in years so to find out that he was coming to Eugene is exciting. I was disappointed when The White Stripes broke up, but White is one of those guys who likes to jam with everybody.

He formed The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather previously but it will be interesting to see what he does as a solo artist. His performance on Saturday Night Live a couple of weeks ago was fantastic so I can’t wait for the album.

No doubt tickets are already sold out, but if you can, find a way to check out White perform. He has all the great qualities of a rock star: charismatic, a little strange and phenomenally talented.

 

March 19 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

Good Morning, welcome to another crazy weather day.
  • Family escapes injury in I-5 rollover crash
    Troopers say a family managed to escape uninjured, after their car rolled on Interstate 5 Sunday afternoon. One southbound lane was closed while crews investigated the crash.
  • Legislation would end tug monopolies on coast
    Legislators say a change in law that would prohibit bar pilots from owning a tug boat that helps the ship they’re piloting puts the brakes on potential river monopolies. But representatives of pilots in Coos Bay and Yaquina Bay say the l…
  • Ducks impress at Oregon Preview meet at Hayward Field
    The Oregon men’s and women’s track teams made their Hayward Field debuts Sunday in a snowy Oregon Preview meet. Freshman Johnathan Cabral won his first race as a Duck, the 110-meter hurdles, in 13.93, the ninth-fastest time in school histo…
  • Oregon drops two of three to Washington in Pac-12 series opener
    Oregon dropped its first series of the year over the weekend, losing two of three to Washington in the teams’ Pac-12 conference opener. The Huskies (12-7, 2-1 Pac-12) topped the Ducks on Friday and Saturday afternoon before Oregon (13-5, 1-2) won the…
  • Men’s golf takes third in Bandon Dunes Championship
    The No. 9 Oregon men’s golf team shot a final round 287 (three-over par) on Sunday to finish in third place overall at the Bandon Dunes Championship. The Ducks’ total score of 871 (19-over par) was nine strokes better than the two teams th…
  • Oregon outruns Iowa 108-97 in NIT
    E.J. Singler scored 25 points, Olu Ashaolu had 22 points and Oregon defeated Iowa 108-97 in the second round of the NIT on Sunday.

Keep Current: – EDN Headline News, Sports and Weather is updated as it happens.

Tim Chuey Weather:

Your Monday will be wet as we look forward to another wet week.

High: 40
Low: 36
Rain: rain and snow showers

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of rain and snow showers this AM, a good (50%) chance of rain and snow in the afternoon (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), rain tonight (0.25 in. of rain possible), rain Tuesday AM, mostly cloudy with showers Tuesday afternoon, rain Tuesday night and Wednesday, then mostly cloudy with rain likely (60%) Wednesday night highs 35-40 lows 36-40 cooling to 35 Wednesday night. Mostly cloudy with rain likely (60%) Thursday, then mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers Thursday night through Sunday highs 53-48 lows 34-37. (seasonal averages high 57 low 37)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

March 13 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

Almost spring....
  • Charter school rejected
    The Springfield School Board — with an eye on steadily declining state funding — rejected a charter school proposal Monday night from a passionate group of parents who wanted to reopen Mohawk Elementary School. While praising the pa…
  • Oregon State to host WNIT game Thursday
    Since the Oregon State women’s basketball team last reached the WNIT, the Beavers endured a remarkable collapse, including a coaching change in 2010 and a nine-win campaign last season. Now the OSU women have come full circle, after accepting a WNIT …

Tim Chuey Weather:

Your Tuesday will be a very wet day, then more rain for the rest of the week.

High: 55
Low: 34
Rain: Showers

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with AM rain and snow showers, showers likely (60%) this afternoon (snow level 1,000 ft., 1 in. of snow possible above 1,000 ft., 0.25 in. of rain possible), cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers tonight (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), rain likely (60%) Wednesday (0.10 in. of rain possible), rain Wednesday night (0.15 in. of rain possible), rain Thursday, then rain likely (60%) Thursday night highs 45-55 lows 34-42. Mostly cloudy with showers likely (60%) Friday through Sunday night, then a good (50%) chance of showers (snow level 1,000 ft.) Monday highs near 49 lows 36-33. (seasonal averages high 56 low 37)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

February 28 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

City extends the exclusion zone till November. Is that long enough, or has it been too long already?
  • Driver arrested in fatal accident
    Police arrested a 53-year-old Springfield man Sunday in connection with an August traffic accident that killed a female bicyclist on River Road. James Robert Gleich was booked into the Lane County Jail on charges of first-degree manslaughter, criminall…
  • Fire Heavily Damages Eugene Duplex
    Fire investigators are still trying to figure out how a Eugene duplex went up into flames early Monday morning. It happened in an apartment complex on North Polk Street just after 6 a.m. Firefighters say the fire broke out on an upstairs floor. T…
  • AAA: OR gas price $3.89, up 23 cents in a week
    The AAA auto club reports the average price of gasoline in Oregon is $3.89 a gallon.
  • Council extends downtown exclusion zone — through November
    Eugene’s downtown exclusion zone will live awhile longer, but not nearly as long as supporters had hoped. The City Council late tonight voted to extend the controversial ordinance until Nov. 30. Supporters had wanted the ordinance to last for another…
  • Rideshare resources to save on gas
    As gas prices rise, Lane Transit District wants residents to log onto their new resource Drive Less Connect. It’s a rideshare database where users can find other commuters going their…

Tim Chuey Weather:

Your Tuesday will start off with possible fog and freezing fog, then increasing clouds with the chance of rain increasing, and maybe even some snow by nightfall.

High: 46
Low: 35
Rain: up to 1inch.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Partly cloudy with patchy fog and freezing fog this AM, increasing clouds to mostly cloudy with rain becoming likely (60%) this afternoon (0.25 in. of rain possible), rain in the evening, rain and snow showers (snow level 500 ft. to 1,000 ft. late at night, 1 in. of snow possible, 0.50 in. of rain possible) late tonight and windy (S 15-25 mph), mostly cloudy with rain and snow showers Wednesday (small hail possible), rain and snow showers Wednesday night, rain and snow showers likely (60%) Thursday, then a (40%) chance of showers Thursday night highs 43-46 lows near 35. Mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of rain Friday and Friday night, a  mix of clouds and sun with a good (50%) chance of rain Saturday, a (30%) chance of showers Saturday night, a slight (20%) chance of showers Sunday, cloudy with a (40%) chance of rain Sunday night, then a good (50%) chance of rain Monday highs 45-54 cooling to near 50 Monday lows 35-40 cooling to 36 Sunday night. (seasonal averages high 53 low 36)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com