First 70 and Fruit Trees

Looks like PDX hit 70 at 6pm today, the first 70 degree temperature this season.  Spring so far (March & April) has been pretty average, but we’ve had a real lack of ridging or offshore flow for very warm temps.  If you think about it, the average high of 62 for today is really a compilation of lots of 55-60 degree days plus a few 70-80 degree days in the past thrown in.

Still warm tomorrow since the wavy front offshore is still there.  A final wave should push it onshore late Thursday.  But as I mentioned last night it will be a fast mover and we won’t see much rain. 

Warm weekend still on track too with our first very warm east wind event of the spring.  850 mb. temps on the 12z/18z GFS and ECMWF rise up to around +8 C by Sunday afternoon.  Mark’s Magic Chart we look at here in the newsroom gives us mid 70’s when that is accompanied by easterly flow at the surface.  That’s where I get the 75 degree forecast high.  NWS is going 65 and partly-mostly cloudy…hmm.  They’ll come around right?   I still remember the 90 degree high on April 30th back in 1998.  That was an easterly wind event with a +18 C temperature.   Am I getting old when I can remember 8 years ago as "just yesterday"?

During my morning wanderings through the yard/garden I noticed my peach and nectarine trees are blooming, the 30 at my home yesterday morning apparently didn’t affect them.  I’m always amazed at microclimates here in the metro area.  I saw peach trees blooming 3 weeks ago in Canby, amazing how just 1000′ elevation can slow things down.  Everything runs behind at home.  If you want early tomatoes, live right in the middle of the city.  If you don’t want to mow until April each year, live at 1000′ or above.  Choose your own climate.

By the way…someone in the last post mentioned a forecast for Bend.  We have a sister station there and here’s the link to the 7 Day Forecast for Bend:  http://www.foxcentraloregon.com/home/1624692.html

14 Responses to First 70 and Fruit Trees

  1. Derek Hodges says:

    Hey, a few storms developing, but missing us to the east.

  2. Justin says:

    My plants are growing, have been for two months even through the snow. I’d think its safe to say that you can plant them, if anything I’d be worried about waiting too far into the season.

  3. Ian says:

    ive seen more than a few forecasts calling for low 30’s overnight friday. most likely not a hard freeze, and most likely harmless. i wouldnt be afraid to plant right now.

  4. Derek Hodges says:

    I’m no gardener but it would appear unless something drastic happens our frosts and freezes are most likely over for the year so its probably safe to plant once you want to,

  5. Camas Mom says:

    Mark – any advice for a vegetable garden? I also live at about 1000′ and am going to plant one very soon (as soon as I get the deer and rabbit fence up). What can I expect? Thanks!

  6. alex says:

    yeah so am i because on sunday im going to aqatic park so i want it to stay warm looks like it will high 70s!!

  7. Camas Mom says:

    Loving the weather and want the rain to go away if it shows up tomorrow! Looking forward to an awesome weekend! 🙂

  8. jeff says:

    I said no rain for thursday.. yesterday.. and every single weather station said rain for thursday… So far I am right

  9. Ian says:

    yeah. but whats up with monday? you say still in the low-mid 70’s, others are saying back into the mid 60’s already… monday is looking to be the day well be taking out the boat, since my buddy is heading to lincoln city this weekend. im hoping it stays warm enough.

  10. Ian says:

    yeah. but whats up with monday? you say still in the low-mid 70’s, others are saying back into the mid 60’s already… monday is looking to be the day well be taking out the boat, since my buddy is heading to lincoln city this weekend. im hoping it stays warm enough.

  11. Timmy says:

    well Mark, the NWS has uped thier highs for sunday to the low to mid 70’s for sunday! good call!

  12. I think we are going to see some surprise Tstorms with this system just because of the trajectory and heat in place. Probably tomorrow afternoon I’m thinking. Anyone else agree?

  13. Derek Hodges says:

    Thanks for the link Mark. Looks ok I guess, a lot like here for those two days. Also even I remember that 90. It was a brutal day to be at a track meet sitting in the sun for over two hours!!! AAHHH!!!! LOL Yeah it was painful.

  14. Justin says:

    I;m probably about 12 years younger than you Mark and I remember hitting 91 on the last day of April 1998 as well. Maybe not ‘just yesterday’, but seeing that I’d just moved in it was the warmest high I’d seen at my place {Camas} to that date.

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