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10-23-2017 12:36:50

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My apologies for the empty messages sent from the PNW Nursery IPM alerts of recent. A hacker has messed up my automated listserv code and now with attempts to delete him, a message is sent out. I appreciate your patience while I work to resolve this issue. 

The good news is that PNW Nursery IPM alerts have now expanded to Russia. 



10-23-2017 12:16:55

Weather update

Rufus at The Weather Café ® mixes a dry reprieve with hints of foggy bottoms.  Robin 

Monday October 23


Back in the home office again.  Minnesota was awesome this past week - lots of sun & warmth (locals were taking it all in, as cold wx will soon dominate their realm). Let’s go through the latest update for the PNW.


A rather simple forecast for the next 2 weeks. DRY.  Maybe clouds and slight chance for a shower north of Portland late Tue evening into Wed morning (weak trough tracking across southern BC), other than that, dry & seasonally mild conditions should hold on through to the first weekend of November.  The position of High pressure over the PNW will bring on foggy bottoms in the usual low areas, which for the early part of the forecast period, could be DENSE, given the amount of moisture on the ground.  Afternoon clearing possible, although some locations will have the infamous INVERSION issue.  You know the drill: warm air aloft trapping relatively cooler air at the surface.  No wind, so temps in the foothills, mountains could end up warmer than valley areas.  “Still Waters”.


We will keep a close eye on the next weather phase for the fall of 2017.  As noted, early November should see a return to rain and seasonal precip.  Indications are that colder, continental air will drop into the Nation east of the Rockies at times.  This will kick-off powerful squall lines and potential tornado action over the next couple of weeks.  By as early as Thu Nov 2 or that weekend, the PNW may get in on some of this action, with colder air moving into the PNW.  Not super cold, just a turn for chilly rain at the surface and LOWER freezing levels.  In the Nov 2-5 period, the snow level could drop well below the passes.  Frost after the front passes, if the sky clears over your location.  Right now, there isn’t another ‘river’ of rainfall forecast for the PNW through at least Nov 6.  


A repeat: “If you can sweep out of the way the notion of who gets the credit, there’s no end to what you can accomplish.”  -Pres. Ronald Reagan





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10-10-2017 16:00:03

Weather update

Sent yesterday by Rufus at The Weather Café ®. Robin

Monday October 9


A few adjustments in the outlook for the next couple of weeks.  That’s why you are here.  Well, you also have that morn’n beverage in hand which goes well with The WxCafe (TM), so let’s go.


Chilly air mass arrives Tue, filling into the PNW for the rest of the week.  This is not an Arctic shot by any means, although the ‘structure’ has similarities.  Key point for today is that if the night sky clears in your area between Tue & Saturday, FROST is probable.  The second, colder air mass we discussed last Fri will NOT develop over the weekend.  Instead, wx this coming weekend will be generally dry & somewhat warmer.  Showers will pop up - mostly during the afternoons - as the cold air moves overhead this week, and continue to do so on through early Saturday.  You know the drill.  Later on Sunday, a surface disturbance is likely to drift down along the BC coast into the PNW, ushering in additional precip, mainly over western WA & Vancouver Island.  


As the week of Oct 16 begins, there may be a very short break in the rain/showers over WA; OR should remain dry until mid-week.  The beginnings of the “Fall Classic” (in this case, not a basketball tournament) will arrive.  Models differ as to timing, but the trend will be for increasing clouds, chance of steady rain & WIND as the week progresses.  All indications are for moderate-to-heavy RAIN and notable wind will arrive sometime Wed night or Thu - this storm will have all the makings of a PNW get-a-good-book Storm.  Blustery, invert-the-umbrella type of rain storm.  On/Off rain will be in play through the weekend of Oct 21,22.  Some model runs keep Sunday dry as an in-between day, but that will not last long, as the next blustery system will power right on into our lives in a few more hours.  


Tuesday, Oct 24 and/or Wed Oct 25 may be the dry day.  Rain likely on either side.  


Bottom line:  turning chilly, with risk for FROST multiple mornings this week (FOG possible in the usual foggy bottoms) and then outdoor work stopping rains moving in for 4 or 5 days.  Specifics may shift; the trend should hold.


We are watching the potential for another Tropical System to stir up anxiety in the area southeast of Cuba.  The storm may drift to west Mexico, or turn north early to impact Dominican Republic, Haiti, or even curl back to tap the shoulder of west Puerto Rico.  Or, nothing at all will develop. 


“It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.” -Winston Churchill


(Oops, that was a give. Now you know why your host has so many quotation books!)





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Weather update

10-06-2017 08:16:19

OktoberPest - The Boring Workshop

Don't fret if you missed our first OktoberPest workshop. We're excited about The Boring Workshop next Thursday, Oct 12 from 9 - noon at NWREC.

Participants will learn basic biology, identification, damage, and management of the most common boring insect species in nurseries. We have our fruit and nut tree specialist, Nik Wiman, talking about what they have learned about flatheaded borers in hazelnut production. Presentations will include hands-on demonstrations.

This workshop is eligible for three credit hours: one Core, two other. For more information, check the link. Robin


OktoberPest - The Boring Workshop

10-02-2017 08:32:27

Weather update

The forecast from Rufus at The Weather Café ®. Robin 

Monday Oct 2


Not the day for long-winded wx blah blah.  Just reporting that models continue to trend VERY DRY for the next 10 to 12 days.  A few showers may dot areas north of Olympia early next weekend, as a weak trough slides over southern BC.  Northeast WIND will pick-up early in the week of Oct 9-13, esp Columbia River Gorge.  Warmer temps also arrive during that week.  


RAIN on the charts to return in the Oct 12-14 period.  Once it arrives, models do indicate repeated frontal passages about 36 hrs apart for Oct 12/13 through Oct 20.  


We feel for all the families impacted by the event in Las Vegas.  It hurts.





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