Feeling Like Spring!

Maps tonight are looking a bit drier.  Not totally dry, but it’s going to be tough to get anything other than "a shower" until late Friday.  As I mentioned in the evening broadcasts, most energy is headed into California the next few days.  Showers pop up over and east of the Cascades, but with southerly flow it’ll be tough to get them west of the Cascades.

The lack of moisture and strong April sun should warm us above normal through Friday.  IF the Friday system holds off and we have offshore flow then (as progged), we could see our first 70 degree day at PDX.

This doesn’t appear to be a big break from our "troughy" pattern the last few weeks.  We’re just getting lucky in that the trough the next 3 days sits just offshore instead of moving in over us.   And there is no sign of any significant ridging over the Northwest.  This time of year a ridge would easily push us well into the 70’s.

Enjoy the well-deserved "dry spell" the next few days, you can finally get out and work outside and not get stuck in the muck!

21 Responses to Feeling Like Spring!

  1. Michael says:

    Hey Derek- I haven’t been here for awhile because of tennis, but I think that Friday will be interesting. My friend and I are building a mud building at his house in the country and we might work on it on Friday before the t’storms because it will be warm enough for the mud to dry. Anyway I am writing another boring paper tonight.

  2. Derek Hodges says:

    Everybody is gone again!! Still holding out for the same on Friday, but nobody here to discuss with.

  3. Derek Hodges says:

    Yeah everything is dying down now, maybe a sprinkle if were lucky but thats it. Can’t wait for Friday, anybody else have a different opinion. Hey droppin if you have time can you go into a little more detail about how that summer of 1990 or 1991 or whenever it was storm occured(pattern).

  4. Derek Hodges says:

    Yeah everything is dying down now, maybe a sprinkle if were lucky but thats it. Can’t wait for Friday, anybody else have a different opinion. Hey droppin if you have time can you go into a little more detail about how that summer of 1990 or 1991 or whenever it was storm occured(pattern).

  5. alex says:

    this is in california

  6. alex says:

    on wunderground search 93301 for zip then click radar then animate and also storm track some of the storms are going up north to us but it wont hold and die down so nothing tonight

  7. alex says:

    im still here that 70 is still not changed good we could acually have a 70 degree day!! and probly some t-storms πŸ™‚

  8. Derek Hodges says:

    http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=RTX&product=NCR&overlay=11111111&loop=yes
    We could get a shower in here in a couple hours if it holds. So where is everybody now?

  9. Derek Hodges says:

    One cell is to move a bit north of salem, I can see it from my house I think.

  10. Derek Hodges says:

    Well a couple showers are slipping over the cascades, basically what I expected. One should hit Longview soon. A couple more hours of heating but its unlikely that anything more than a couple small showers form. If the forecast does not change I expect some very vigorous storms to blossom Friday. With it being potentially in the low seventies and a cold unstable airmass colliding at the right time of day, could a severe storm or two get kicked off?? I don’t know, but I wouldn’t put it past us. I’m not saying it will happen yet but its something to note.

  11. alex says:

    i dont see a chance the storm will swing to oregon its going down to near los angles

  12. Sean says:

    Good afternoon everyone..
    Thought I would report on what the NWS assesment teams have determined what caused the damage from Sunday night storms..
    After two days of ground and aerial damage surveys, the National Weather Service has concluded much of the state was impacted by 60 to 70 mph straight line winds with three imbedded tornadoes. The tornadoes were all rated F1 on the Fujta scale. The delay in finalizing the storm assessment is due to the size of the area impacted. The confirmed tornadoes were in the town of Mitchell in Lawrence County, Seymour in Jackson County, and southeast of Romney in Tippecanoe County. Winds of 100 mph or more also caused significant damage in Indianapolis and Washington in Daviess County.
    β€œThe storm that impacted central Indiana Sunday night was a derecho.” said John Ogren, Meteorologist in Charge of the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. A derecho is a widespread and unusually fast-moving thunderstorm complex producing damaging straight-line winds over hundreds of miles. They can also produce small tornadoes within the high wind areas. β€œThe difficulty in surveying damage after a derecho is that often times the tornado damage is masked by the larger area of high wind damage.”
    Looking towards Thursday and Friday that things will become active once again, possibly could get two lines of storms.. One with the warm front and then a second time with cold front, but it’s still a few days out yet.
    If that system in California had instead swung up into Oregon, you would be having some good storms.. It’s still early spring, have plenty of time for thunderstorms..
    Have a good day everyone..

  13. alex says:

    weather bug tonight:parlty cloudy.showers or a thunder storm near the foot hill lows 40-45 northwest wind 5-10 mph im near the foothills like i dont estimation 150ft away

  14. alex says:

    62.6 here warmed up more than 30.0 degrees from 7 to right now it was 33.8 at 7 in the morning here

  15. alex says:

    hey guys the storm that mark talked about thats going to california is a severe thunder storm lucky californian people

  16. Ian says:

    ok, ill join the wishful thinking. its about 65 up here in longview, well, 65.5 and climbing steadily. and i just took a look at the NWS satellite loop and there appears to be some clouds building over the cascades near the gorge drifting to the NNW. the clouds over the cascades in oregon appear to be heading almost due north. i could be wrong. maybe something will happen. all i care to get out of this is some thunder and lightning. i could do without the downpour.

  17. Ian says:

    ok, ill join the wishful thinking. its about 65 up here in longview, well, 65.5 and climbing steadily. and i just took a look at the NWS satellite loop and there appears to be some clouds building over the cascades near the gorge drifting to the NNW. the clouds over the cascades in oregon appear to be heading almost due north. i could be wrong. maybe something will happen. all i care to get out of this is some thunder and lightning. i could do without the downpour.

  18. Droppin says:

    Morning guys. Well we certainly will have the sunshine for low level heating. Question is do we have enough cold air aloft? Is the southerly flow strong enough? Are the upper level steering currents conducive for convection to drift off the cascades? I hope so Lol πŸ™‚ We could get into the mid 60’s. Let’s hope for something. Looks like Friday-Friday night could be more significant T-storms if temps warm to low 70’s πŸ™‚
    -Rob

  19. salemphil says:

    Good Morning everyone, got chilly here in salem last night, lots of frost on the cars and roof. 8:00am here and still 34 out there.

  20. Derek Hodges says:

    Yeah I am not saying lots of rain today but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a cell or two pop up or maybe drift over from easern oregon. To make me feel better there was a shower that wetter everything at 12:04, which was today lol. 70 would be nice, it certainly has the potential to fire up a lot of convection and cause some stronger storms.

  21. alex says:

    theirs a 70 added in the forcast πŸ™‚

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