Another Busy Evening

Morning sunshine really helped to destabilize things this afternoon as the conveyor belt of moisture from the south continued.  So showers and thunderstorms popped up.  Most intense was a complex of showers that developed east of Silverton, move up through Estacada, Sandy, and NE towards Cascade Locks & Hood River.  A 2nd "blob" of showers consolidated nicely this evening and really soaked the Columbia River corridor from Portland to Longview.

We should avoid heavy downpours and thunder tomorrow since this most recent upper-level low will be moving off to the east.  But it’s Spring and another one is nipping at it’s heels.  Models say the cold front should actually hold together and arrive with solid rain Sunday morning.  Either way a wet weekend.  Not good for yard work or rain-free outdoor activities.

By the way, I showed a graphic of Hawaii rainfall this evening and perpetuated one Hawaiian Urban "Rainfall" Legend.  Mt. Waialeale is not actually the wettest place on earth.  It’s in India, but they are quite close…about 460" per year.  Go to this great article from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin for the details…interesting article. http://starbulletin.com/2002/05/27/news/story3.html

And if you’re interested in more about Hawaii’s incredible 6 weeks of rain, check this out: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/data/HFO/PNSHFO.0603302058

Stay dry this weekend!  Mark

70 Responses to Another Busy Evening

  1. Justin says:

    I’m execting tomorrow to be a little less active than today, but an isolated cell could still ick up. There’s little low level heating though, need some more. You’re right though, I think Friday is a better day.
    BTW, don’t look now but Thursday looks to be a massive severe weather outbreak/tornado event in the upper Plains and MS. Valley. Could be another May 4,2003 type outbreak.
    And they’re calling the Tennessee twister a ‘strong F3’for now, but I feel they’re waiting for an official survey on the potential F5 damage. We need an official weather forum for us, so we can talk about weather even when nothing particularly interesting is happening here.

  2. Derek Hodges says:

    Friday, if we get into the upper 60’s could kick of some “hard-core” storms if the situation works out right lol

  3. Derek Hodges says:

    Friday, if we get into the upper 60’s could kick of some “hard-core” storms if the situation works out right lol

  4. Derek Hodges says:

    I’m thinking tomorrow some late day storms may come up form the southeast, anybody else think otherwise

  5. Derek Hodges says:

    I will be fine with being proven wrong but I don’t see tomorrow as being dry. If that big low stays off shore that will help but there is also that low to our west or nw or something both pulling up a southerly flow. I’m looking forward to Friday storms as well, Mark has that on.

  6. Alex, with the sun down it is highly unlikely. What we need is for the sun to come out in full force tomorrow before the upper level low shifts to the east.

  7. alex says:

    it might hit tonight can it, because it says tomorrow is a dry 64 degree day

  8. Derek Hodges says:

    Today its to late is my guess unless something suddenly flares up, otherwise tomorrow is the day.

  9. alex says:

    i only see lightning south of pedleton on weather bug thunder tracker

  10. Justin says:

    Had a solid, yet narrow band of rain move through around 330 today, nothing else right now though some solid building going on to my NW. Haven’t seen the recent radar.
    I’m 25, been a weather nut since the 3rd grade and have lived up here for most of my life.

  11. alex says:

    i dont get it were are you seeing thunder storms people?????????????

  12. Derek Hodges says:

    I’m near 60 and will be on the edge of the t-storm or shower to my south.

  13. Just got home from workin. Been raining pretty steadily since around noon up here, nothin major. Looks like the main cloudband is getting ready to lift out of here within the next hour or two. Maybe some early to late evening Tstorms? Could happen, especially since it will be staying light until almost 8. 52 degrees here right now.

  14. Derek Hodges says:

    Where is everybody?? Anyway the general direction of the cell is going to miss us but a new more powerful one is forming so that could be interesting for my area. Also NWS agrees with me. I think tomorrow will be very active. I will check back later.

  15. Derek Hodges says:

    One more thing, I think I have asked before but how old are you Justin? I don’t remember much from the 95 storm other than that a STW was issued, I was only in kindergarten then afterall.

  16. Derek Hodges says:

    And FYI thats just where I go to school since most of you know I don’t live there so thought I would clear it up.

  17. Derek Hodges says:

    And FYI thats just where I go to school since most of you know I don’t live there so thought I would clear it up.

  18. Derek Hodges says:

    I had a very intense downpour in Troutdale about 30 minutes ago. Also looks like a storm could impact us later droppin, the cell arrow points it just to our east but I think it looks like its shifting a bit so maybe. Also I think tomorrow may be stormy. It looks like it will be sunny for a good portion of the day and the low should still be offshore. Maybe a couple really good ones, lets wait and see how it is in the morning though. Not much cloud to ground lightning yet.

  19. alex says:

    any one see lightning yet??

  20. Droppin says:

    Cell just west of Sheridan (foothills of the North-central coast range) is up to 50dbz (from 40dbz-50dbz in the last 20 minutes). I’ve got my AM radio on now as I expect activity to increase. With that extra hour of sunlight that could make a significant difference today.
    -Rob

  21. Droppin says:

    1:34PM and sunbreaks showing up now. Lots of sun in the central valley Salem south moving northward. Due to this I expect t-storms to pop by 3-4pm. I hope I’m right 🙂
    -Rob

  22. Sean says:

    Good afternoon everyone..
    Well, it looks like most of the damage around my area was due to straight line winds, according to preliminary reports from the NWS here in Indianapolis.. But the damage definitely seems to be widespread though, luckly I didn’t see any around my area.
    In downtown Indianapolis one of the buildings took a good hit, blew out windows on about 5-10 floors in one corner of the building. Luckly the storms hit when they did, if they had hit 1 hour earlier could of been alot of injuries in the downtown area. There was a major outdoor concert in downtown with about 50,000 people in attendance..
    Today through Wednesday we get a break from the severe weather.. About 45 today (w/rain and wind), but looking towards Thursday and Friday the SPC has noted that we could get some more severe weather then.
    So, how is the weather in Oregon.. I’ve seen that you’ve had one storm after another from the Gulf of Alaska coming through..
    Regarding Thunderstorms in Oregon, they may not be as violent as the ones in the plains.. But they still can put out a good light show .. From now until July are good opportunties for storms.

  23. Justin says:

    The cloudiness is killing the chances for today.
    I’d imagine that we had enough lift or helicity on that day, and a powerful enough storm moved through here and some severe t-storms popped up ahead of it. April usually is moist enough for some good thunderboomers here, but often times the heating isn’t right I don’t think. That’s why this area in particular has a lot of ‘dry lightning’ events.
    I remember the 1995 storm. I believe there was a lightning strike in my area, caused a few fires. The line moved through here and gave the area unheards of July rainfall amounts, PDX had almost 1.25 in a few hours from it. I also remember tracking that lone little supercell, one of the nicest signatures I’ve ever seen up here.
    The Tennessee tornado looks to have been an F-4 or F-5, sad to here that despite the warning lead time there were so many deaths. Video from Caruthersville,MO shows a giant mile wide tornado, pretty incredible.

  24. Droppin says:

    Good southerly flow developed. If we can just get some sunbreakssssssssssssss Lol then we WILL pop storms. Maybe later I HOPE 🙂
    -Rob

  25. Droppin says:

    Good southerly flow developed. If we can just get some sunbreakssssssssssssss Lol then we WILL pop storms. Maybe later I HOPE 🙂
    -Rob

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