Mild Weather Continues

SnapshotWell, I figure it’s probably time to call it a winter for PDX snowfall.  Since 1971, we’ve only had recorded snow at PDX once this late in the season.  That was March 1989 in the first few days of the month.  Considering there is no cold air in the 7-10 day maps…we’re done.

For those of you living above the city, there’s no reason you couldn’t still get an inch or two (or more).  That could happen into late March with a cold northwesterly flow…showers behind a cold front.  Remember March 2005?

Nice and mild again today, high of 55 at PDX was above average.  Tomorrow looks real nice with light easterly flow, a frontal system well offshore, and warming atmosphere overhead.  Should be another 60 degree (or at least near 60 degree) day.

Mark Nelsen

15 Responses to Mild Weather Continues

  1. Sandman, Aloha says:

    My honey bees sure have enjoyed the nice weather. They are flying and bringing in lots of pollen.

  2. Surface gradients as of 7:00 PM
    PDX-DLS -2.5
    TTD-DLS -3.0
    East wind has definitely increased out this way. With lower pressure approaching offshore and higher pressure over the Columbia Basin/Idaho the east wind may increase in response to this.
    Temp: 53.4
    Dewpoint: 37
    Wind: ENE @ 15.8

  3. Chucky,
    Last I knew he is still actively posting over on Western Weather forum.
    http://westernusawx.com/forums/index.php?showforum=33
    Surface gradients as of 5:00 PM
    PDX-DLS -2.2
    TTD-DLS -2.7
    Temp: 56.1
    Dewpoint: 37
    Wind: NE @ 9.7

  4. ChuckyD81 says:

    err….rather “heard”

  5. ChuckyD81 says:

    Wonder what happened to good ole Derek?
    Haven’t hear from him in quite some time. Guess he left the blog after all eh?

  6. gloriousnumber1 says:

    I agree with Mark, our chances of low elevation snow are pretty much gone. I do remember some snow in early march when I was a kid. It may have been 1989, but I’m not certain of it, but that year I believe was when we got a good arctic blast with about 5″ or more of snow around christmas.
    I remember single digits at night and teens during the day (frozen pipes, most ponds and streams frozen about 4 inches thick, etc)
    Someone correct me if I’m wrong. Anyway, I don’t think we have ever seen snow in march in the portland area unless it was in a VERY SNOWY winter, and this one (unless you live at or above 1000′), was just not one of them.
    I took my snow tires off Sunday, keeping the chains in the trunk for another month. Thanks to all for keeping this blog interesting.

  7. katrina says:


    Here’s my photo taken March 9, 2006. By the time I took it, the snow was melting quickly, but my comments for this photo say we had almost 3″ at 375′, cedar mill area.

  8. Jesse-Orchards says:

    I believe it was actually March of 2006 that had a lot of low elevation snow. I picked up an inch or two at my house at 200′.
    The first couple weeks of March 2005 were actually sprinkled with record highs in the low-mid 70s.

  9. Camas~Mom says:

    I’m totally stoked for another pretty day! I had jury duty yesterday in downtown Vancouver and it was dry. When I was released just after noon it had clearly been raining up here during the morning, and then we had thunder showers the rest of the afternoon. I want to see more sun!
    As for snow in March, I’m sure we’ll get at least another dusting – we have every year we’ve lived up here. This morning it was 30.7 when I woke up! Very chilly!

  10. Surface gradients as of 8:00 AM
    PDX-DLS -2.5
    TTD-DLS -2.8
    Temp: 39.9
    Dewpoint: 37
    Wind: E @ 7.5

  11. Tyler Mode in NW Vancouver (Hazel Dell) says:

    Pretty darn foggy here in Hazel Dell, but it looks shallow because the sky above is tinted blue.

  12. Surface gradients as of 7:00 AM
    PDX-DLS -2.2
    TTD-DLS -3.0
    Temp: 35.2
    Dewpoint: 34
    Wind: NE @ 8.4

  13. Surface gradients as of 6:00 AM
    PDX-DLS -2.0
    TTD-DLS -2.9
    Temp: 33.3
    Dewpoint: 33
    Wind: NE @ 1.7

  14. Thanks for the update Mark.
    Good morning everyone.
    Justin,
    I agree we are done with snow. Now it’s hopefully onto an active cold air convection season.
    Surface gradients as of 4:00 AM
    PDX-DLS -2.0
    TTD-DLS -2.5
    Temp: 35.1
    Dewpoint: 34
    Wind: NE @ 2.7

  15. Justin (Brush Prairie) says:

    Actually, PDX recorded almost an inch in March 2006 on the 9th and 10th.
    But I agree, we’re probably about done for snowfall from the looks of things.

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