Jeff Johnson

My original fascination with the weather started at age 9, after my family moved from Yakima to Portland, Oregon. I started watching TV weather reports because I missed the snowstorms, which occurred much less frequently in Portland! I have been forecasting weather professionally since graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in Atmospheric Sciences (a fancy name for meteorology!) in 1987.

Although forecasting the weather will never be a perfect science, I enjoy it because it’s a different challenge every day! We never see the exact same weather pattern twice! And having a knowledge of the weather helps me plan my outdoor hobbies, which include golf, softball, hiking, and snowshoeing. I enjoy cooking and playing piano as well, but those are much less weather-dependant! My small family includes my “better half” Laurel, and our cat named Chloe. And my favorite weather? Either sunny and warm, or cold and snowy! Oddly enough, despite living west of the Cascades for 35 years, I’m still working on enjoying the rain!


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Man with handgun spotted on WWU campus

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He was in class with a friend who is a western student.

9 hours ago in Local

State attorney connected to prison error resigns

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Ronda Larson told corrections officials they didn't need to recalculate prisoners' sentences even though a software error was allowing convicts to be released too soon.

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A big settlement for two victims of sexual abuse in the foster care system

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A local jury ordered the State Department of Social and Health Services to pay the girls eight million dollars after they were sexually abused for years by two brothers in their foster home.

21 hours ago in Local

Whatcom County public defender says video conferencing in court is unfair

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Hall wrote about this for the Whatcom County bar association and hopes it can generate thoughtful discussion on the topic.

22 hours ago in Local

Operator of ‘sober’ housing arrested on gun, drug charges

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Investigators said they found about a pound of crystal methamphetamine.