A Historic Coastal Day

May 16, 2008

SnapshotQuite a day at the beaches…obviously the east wind had no problem making it to the beaches.  Looks like Astoria, Seaside, and Tillamook all hit all-time May highs.  Newport probably did too, the 95° here is from the Airport, which isn’t the same spot where records are kept.

Of course I was disappointed by the "cool" 92 at PDX, but the 96-97-98 at Vancouver, McMinnville, and Aurora make me feel a bit better.

Easterly flow ends soon after daybreak Saturday, replaced by a late afternoon southwesterly surge up the Valley.  I think it’ll be too late to keep PDX below 90, but it’ll be close.

No changes on the thinking Sunday…increasing marine air, but no strong trough in the upper atmosphere means a moderate amount of cooling.  This time of the year a combination of the two could drop us 25 degrees in a day!  That shouldn’t happen this time.

Have a nice weekend…looks like Summer!  Mark Nelsen