Warmest So Far…

Snapshot_30Even you winter-loving geeksters have to admit the sun and warm temps were nice today.  And models have been slowing down the movement of the approaching cold front, which leaves us tomorrow with:
1.  Mostly sunny skies
2.  Warm atmosphere overhead
3.  Light southerly flow ahead of the front.
That should push our temps up a few degrees with better mixing of the warm air above down here into the valleys.  So I’ve boosted the high for PDX up to 66 degrees.  The east wind through the Gorge should finally die down too.  That’s been a thorn in the PDX forecaster’s side the last few days.  Once the cold front moves through tomorrow night, we slip into a rainy and breezy-at-times pattern.  In fact no good chance for significant dry weather in the next 7+ days.
The latest measurable snow that’s been recorded at PDX is March 9th, so even if we get a chilly spell now we wouldn’t get snow in the city.  Of course, as many of you have pointed out before…it’s still very possible to get a brief morning snowfall down to 500′ or so.  On March 16th about 8 years ago I had a 4" snowfall overnight at the 800′ elevation at the west end of the Gorge.  On April 4th I even had 1/2" and there were 3" at 1,500′ or so.  But forget about cold spells, we’ve never had a high temperature lower than 37 degrees at PDX after this date…Mark

16 Responses to Warmest So Far…

  1. Camas Mom says:

    Sorry Lowlanders, but we Highlanders had snow last March (as I recall) and FOR SURE we had a dudting/.5 inch or so on April 15th. That said, bring on Spring! The last two days have been awesome!

  2. offroadjosh-aloha says:

    chat. i need someone to talk to.

  3. Jesse says:

    67.9 was the high out here in Orchards today, highest temp at my station here since October 22nd, about 4 1/2 months! Looks like we’ll have to get used to low 50s and rain again for awhile though, clouds are already increasing ahead of the cold front to the west and my temp is down to 62. Should be no better than 52 or 53 tomorrow, maybe only in the 40s by Thursday. The roller coaster of Spring weather has begun!

  4. SnowFlake says:

    53 degrees at Gov’t Camp… While PacNW weather can change mighty fast, snow chances for valley floor are exceedingly remote.
    Oh well….on to the electrical/thunder storms!!

  5. Derek-West Gresham says:

    Magnificent weather, waiting for a southerly flow to kick in for t-storms.

  6. alex says:

    wow today is really warm 67 degrees here! and about 2 months ago we were in the mid to upper 30s and 40s lol is this a record? 67

  7. winterhawk says:

    The chances for snow tonight look minimal. System is taking on a negative tilt and has been sheared apart. Little if any moderate/heavy precip to create wet bulb cooling. Oh… and the fact that it’s 70 degrees outside. 🙂

  8. sam says:

    i wish this sun would just stick around it is sooooo nice

  9. Andrew---Ellensburg, Wa and Portrland, Or says:

    *LONG*
    THE strongest March snowstorm to hit northeast China’s Liaoning Province in 56 years has left at least one person dead and seven injured after the roof of an agricultural trade building collapsed under the weight of the snow, local sources said.
    Three arched ceilings of the Minglian Agricultural Trade Building in Huanggu District, in the provincial capital of Shenyang, collapsed at noon yesterday, burying about 20 stall owners and customers, said a witness.
    Beginning Saturday night, rain and snow has fallen continually in most parts of Liaoning, with reported precipitations of 36 millimeters in Shenyang, 56mm in Dalian and 68mm in Dandong, the Shenyang Meteorological Observatory reported.
    Snow piled up two meters high in some areas, it said.
    The snowstorm forced Taoxian International Airport in Shenyang to close at 8am yesterday.
    By 4pm, more than 100 flights had been canceled and over 1,000 passengers were stranded at the airport, which was hoping to reopen today.
    Eleven expressways in Liaoning were closed.
    Classes were suspended for today for 900,000 primary and middle school students in Shenyang.
    More moderate rain and snow hit most parts of north China on Saturday and yesterday, disrupting air and highway travel in these areas.
    At Beijing Capital International Airport, more than 200 flights were delayed by 1pm yesterday due to snowfall, airport sources said.
    That followed heavy rain on Saturday, which surpassed the total rainfall in the capital in the past three months, said Guo Hu, director of the Beijing Meteorological Observatory.
    In Tianjin, Binhai International Airport was closed at 7am yesterday and more than 20 flights have been delayed, airport sources said.
    Expressways through the city were also shut down. The city reported 25 to 32 millimeters of rain and snow by yesterday morning.
    In Erdos city in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, which saw a blizzard on Saturday with a maximum snowfall of up to 20 centimeters, about 40,000 passengers and 10,000 drivers were stranded.
    The Baita Airport in Hohhot, capital of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, had to be closed between 6pm on Saturday and 6am yesterday.

  10. Andrew---Ellensburg, Wa and Portrland, Or says:

    Does not look like i will get the warming that i expected here today. Was forcasted to get into the mid 50’s here, but the fog has rolled in and it is currently 42.

  11. Derek-West Gresham says:

    Jacob – Is your job offer still good for this summer? I know I messed up my last forecast but so did everybody. It would really be helpful to my career, thanks.

  12. IceKeeg - Close-in SE PDX says:

    Hi Donna – I assume that was directed toward me. I do very much understand that I was making generalizations and in fact the suburbs have prices that would be more familiar to us out here, only slightly lower due to an overall lower cost of living. Plus I’m sure there are some nice city units in the neighborhoods that are thriving and from what I hear, there is even loft construction in downtown areas so it’s not all bad news.
    But many houses that are not shacks DO go for 20,000 to 50,000 in both Buffalo and Rochester. Beautiful houses in historic neighborhoods. It’s right there on the MLS. If it were just one or two I would say they had some underlying problems that we couldn’t see. But we’re talking whole neighborhoods here.
    Beyond that, it is a perfectly nice part of the country, especially in the fall. Historically speaking, we on the west coast can’t hold a candle to walking around some of the older areas and seeing homes and businesses built in the 1700s and early 1800s. But many of the major cities have seen a population decline that is hard to comprehend, leaving huge stocks of housing while the suburbs continue to expand into the countryside and many older neighborhoods decay (examples: pittsburgh/detroit). I hope these historically important cities are able to rebound.
    Thanks for writing! And sorry again folks for starting this off-topic tangent on one of the previous posts…

  13. jacob BPA says:

    UM March 17th 2002 St vincent Hospital 5am
    Light dusting of snow in the parking lot Ill never forget that Because that was the day my boys were born

  14. Mat's mom in New York says:

    I hear what you are saying about some of this area being depressed. However Jamestown has some of the most historic homes that are remodeled and beautiful that few could afford even out in Oregon. Homes do not go for 20,000. It must be a shack. Some are run down and cheap and are run by slumlords. Other areas are absolutely wonderful. That is true in every city in the country. I however live on 85 arces in Bemus Point, NY. I never have to close my curtains, I wake up to a spectacular view everyday of my life. I had 20 wild turkeys in my backyard yesturday, how many people can say that? The wild life is amazing. Even in Jamestown I have seen deer having a leisurely walk town a city street. Trust me I am not crazy about Jamestown, but the trade off in Bemus Point is worth shopping in Jamestown. The air is great, the people are nice, and I can go home and enjoy the beautiful land I live on. The home I live in is paid for, the taxes could be better, but overall the trade off is worth it. I have lived in Mountain Park, which is Lake Oswego in Oregon, but the life I lead here, is so much nicer. To each his or her own I guess. Take care, Donna in NY

  15. Gregg-Troutdale says:

    Thanks Mark.

  16. Andrew---Ellensburg, Wa and Portrland, Or says:

    Thanks for the update Mark!

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