If you were looking for a warm day today, you had to be in the right spots. Specifically, we had lots of very warm air overhead, but it only "mixed down" in a few areas. At 1,800′ on top of our transmission tower in the West Hills, the temperature sat at 62 degrees this afternoon. That usually would equate to 68-70 down in the city. East winds out of the Gorge brought those windy spots up into the 60-62 degree range. But the real warm areas were the towns where a light easterly wind off the Cascades prevailed. Battleground, Hockinson, Sandy, Estacada, Brightwood. As you can see in the map below, 65-68 was common in those areas. IF a southerly wind had developed on schedule (see yesterday’s blog), and we had just 2 hours of hazy sunshine instead of solid cloud cover, I think most of us would have seen 70 degrees today around the metro area. Notice the calm wind spots (Hillsboro, McMinnville, Aurora) stayed below 60.
Tonight’s cold front is VERY slowly moving inland, evidenced by the cooler Coastal temps, but there’s another wave moving north along it which will prolong/renew the rainband later tonight and into the morning hours. One more wave comes through Friday night.
A cool & showery weekend then in store since we will be in the chilly post-frontal airmass. A brief break Monday, then back to more wet stuff next week. GFS keeps trying for a drier-warmer pattern, but notice it keeps getting put off a day? Kind of like arctic air in wintertime eh?
By the way, folks from McMinnville can relax. For a couple years we’ve been getting nasty emails from some of you since our radar maps have displayed it as Mcminnville. Apparently capitalizing the 2nd "M" is a civic pride issue. On the map to the right we minimize the "C" to keep everyone happy as well. Either way it’s fixed now with a software upgrade…so now there’s no need to throw objects at your TV in anger (some said they actually did that!).