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!


Recent Headlines

5 hours ago in Local

A rental scam to watch out for in Whatcom County

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The scammer was obviously hoping to get money before the renters learned it was a scam.

6 hours ago in Local

Tests show 6 more Tacoma schools with lead in water

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Findings come from tests conducted months or years ago.

6 hours ago in Local

A new Ferndale Street will be named after two World War 2 veterans

Photo Courtesy of City of Ferndale, WA

The full council will officially approve the street name at its Monday meeting.

6 hours ago in Local

UPDATE: William Klein trial

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The defense moved to dismiss the case, but the judge denied the motion and the defense called its first witness.

13 hours ago in Local

American Airlines flight forced to turn around in Seattle after striking bird

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The flight with 150 passengers landed safely yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, but it did have a big dent on its nose.