Lt. Gordon McCraw’s update: Cooler temps, Green Friday, early Christmas gift for weather geeks

Weather: Cooler, unstable air remains over the area again today so look for more showers and possible thunderstorms moving in from the west.

Lt. Gordon McCraw
Lt. Gordon McCraw

By Lt. Gordon McCraw
Emergency Management Director, Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office

This is associated with a cold upper level low pressure trough that will finally slide east of the area later this evening or tonight. After this happens, the shower activity will begin to ease tonight into tomorrow morning.

The high temperatures today and tomorrow are only going to reach to around 51; lows tonight and tomorrow will fall to the mid to upper 30s. So, only a slight chance of showers expected later Thursday and Friday morning with an east wind persisting.

Friday evening another front pushes in more clouds and more rain that persists into Saturday, then, more disturbances means more rain, off and on, each day Sunday on through the middle of next week.  High gradually warm back to around 55 by the start of next week, lows climb back into the upper 40s.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites the public to visit state parks for free on Nov. 25. For the second successive year, the department will wave day-use parking fees at the 26 state parks the charge them.

“We invite you to join a new tradition: Green Friday,” said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption. “Why not skip the mall, and instead come out to play with your family and friends at your favorite state park?”

To help celebrate, the nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation is hosting special events at L.L Stub Stewart State Park, Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Champoeg State Heritage Area and Silver Falls State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hot drinks and snacks will be available, and visitors will be able to deposit entry forms for drawings to win prizes from Columbia Sportswear, Keen Footwear, REI and Leatherman Tools.

oregon-state-parks2Entry forms are obtained by registering at Completed forms must be brought to one of the four participating parks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day. KINK-FM radio will host a special promotional appearance by Music Director Jared from noon to 2 p.m. at Champoeg.

Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks; the waiver applies to the 26 parks that charge $5 daily for parking. The waiver applies from open to close on Nov. 25, except at Shore Acres State Park, where it expires at 3 p.m. for the Holiday Lights event that runs Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. A list of parks that require day-use parking permits is at

Visit the Oregon State Parks website for directions to each park:

For My Fellow Weather Geeks
The Portland Weather Radar (KRTX) is back in operation as of 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov 15. The technicians will be conducting a series of tests and final calibration over the next 24 hours to ensure optimum performance of the radar.

Two large gears that control the azimuth component of the antenna had to be replaced. A team of specialized technicians from the NWS Radar Operations Center in Norman, OK completed in the job yesterday afternoon (Nov 15).

The National Weather Service Portland wishes to thanks everyone for their patience and understanding during this extended radar outage.

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