Stormy Night For Some of Us

Lightning1 As always you can click on the image for a closer view, but my main reason for posting on a day off is to save the lightning image from last nights storm for posterity…or at least for the blog.  It's quite possible that you slept through the action (as I did) if you live in the middle of the city or eastside of town.  Lots of strikes from I-5 westward and down into Marion County east of I-5 too.  A heck of a warm night.  IF we don't get a massive marine push before midnight tonight, we'll probably break our all-time August low temperature record (the warm one) of 68 degrees.  We tied it yesterday.

I'm up so early because I was woken up by a strong northwest wind around 6:10am.  That early of a wake up call makes me tired, but I can catch up when it's clouds, cool, and drizzly sometime in the next 3 days.  There must have been some leftover outflow from a thunderstorm, but 22 mph seemed REAL windy with every single house/door on my house open.  I slept through the action overnight, except that first cell that formed around midnight in Clackamas county.  I saw plenty of lightning from that, but then fell asleep. 

Not wanting to get anyone too excited, but I see SPC has us (or at least the Cascades) in the SLIGHT chance for severe weather this afternoon/evening.  Here is their morning discussion:

…THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS LATER THIS AFTERNOON INTO
   TONIGHT FOR THE ORE CASCADES AREA…
  
   …WA/ORE CASCADES AREA THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT…
   A PLUME OF LOW-MID LEVEL MOISTURE HAS SPREAD NWD OVER ORE/WA…NEAR
   AND IMMEDIATELY W OF THE CASCADES…AND THIS MOISTURE HAS SUPPORTED
   A FEW THUNDERSTORMS OVERNIGHT FROM NW ORE INTO WRN WA.  THIS INITIAL
   CONVECTION WILL LIKELY WEAKEN LATER THIS MORNING…WITH ADDITIONAL
   THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT EXPECTED OVER THE ORE CASCADES LATER THIS
   AFTERNOON/EVENING IN CONJUNCTION WITH DAYTIME HEATING AND THE
   APPROACH OF EMBEDDED WEAK SPEED MAXIMA IN ADVANCE OF AN ERN PAC MID
   LEVEL TROUGH.  OBSERVATIONS OF STEEP MID LEVEL LAPSE RATES ATOP
   BOUNDARY LAYER DEWPOINTS RANGING FROM THE MID 50S TO LOCALLY LOWER
   60S WILL CONTRIBUTE TO MLCAPE VALUES OF 1000-1500 J/KG BY LATER THIS
   AFTERNOON/EVENING.  THE COMBINATION OF MODERATE INSTABILITY AND
   GRADUALLY INCREASING VERTICAL SHEAR THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT
   APPEARS SUFFICIENT FOR SUPERCELLS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING LARGE HAIL
   AND DAMAGING WINDS. 


Okay, let's hope for some more this afternoon or evening!  Mark Nelsen

578 Responses to Stormy Night For Some of Us

  1. Jesse-Orchards says:

    On South Carolina Coast? Yes indeed.

  2. Jesse-Orchards says:

    On South Carolina Coast? Yes indeed.

  3. wendy-silverlake,wa says:

    Not weather related, but maybe somebody knows something. We have been getting buzzed by helicopters and old war planes for about 2 hours now. Any body have an idea. Wondering if it was an airshow or if they were calling them in from the north to fight fires. We are talking dozens of planes and several large helicopters that are circling above us. I have a house full of six year old girls that are freaking out thinking there is a war going on, so anything I could tell them would be great.

  4. Ben Randall says:

    is it still possible for 100 + temps on the coast

  5. Jesse-Orchards says:

    Mark has it at 90 on Saturday?? lol
    I’m honestly not seeing it.

  6. Jesse-Orchards says:

    Mark has it at 90 on Saturday?? lol
    I’m honestly not seeing it.

  7. TheTriforceofInvisibilty says:

    It’s 72F here and I have a GRAND TOTAL of .59 rain in the ol bucket. 🙂 Good for August hope we get more. I hate clouds that don’t do anything even the slightest if its more then a couple of days.

  8. TheTriforceofInvisibilty says:

    It’s 72F here and I have a GRAND TOTAL of .59 rain in the ol bucket. 🙂 Good for August hope we get more. I hate clouds that don’t do anything even the slightest if its more then a couple of days.

  9. Luvry (Tanasbourne) says:

    haha, nope TV, ate at Yaki Day off 185th…I only get an hour, no time to make it downtown, eat and get back here.

  10. Luvry (Tanasbourne) says:

    haha, nope TV, ate at Yaki Day off 185th…I only get an hour, no time to make it downtown, eat and get back here.

  11. Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

    It has been a solid and from what I’ve seen so far average summer for the Pacific Northwest.
    It did get a late start and it appears to be getting an early end (maybe). So I just hope that the Sun God’s don’t decide to exert their will on us in September/October. 🙂
    Heck, this is the first summer for years that I can remember where I was generally allergy free. Save for the end of spring/beginning of summer it has been great!
    Any who, the point of my original post was simply that I’m ready for fall! I loathe spring and hate summer. Give cool/cold weather with the threat of snow any day of the week.

  12. Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

    It has been a solid and from what I’ve seen so far average summer for the Pacific Northwest.
    It did get a late start and it appears to be getting an early end (maybe). So I just hope that the Sun God’s don’t decide to exert their will on us in September/October. 🙂
    Heck, this is the first summer for years that I can remember where I was generally allergy free. Save for the end of spring/beginning of summer it has been great!
    Any who, the point of my original post was simply that I’m ready for fall! I loathe spring and hate summer. Give cool/cold weather with the threat of snow any day of the week.

  13. kirk ( N of Washougal ) says:

    Did someone say snow ??? . . . . oh my bad . . . talk to ya in 3 months

  14. kirk ( N of Washougal ) says:

    Did someone say snow ??? . . . . oh my bad . . . talk to ya in 3 months

  15. salemphil says:

    Wow, kinda chilly out there this morning….here it comes lol

  16. salemphil says:

    Wow, kinda chilly out there this morning….here it comes lol

  17. wendy-silverlake,wa says:

    Boy summer ended fast didn’t it? One day 90+ then boom, faucets opened and its over. Very sad indeed.

  18. Boring Larry in Cherryville el.918 says:

    faucet still running
    puddles turning into lakes
    please come back ol’ sol

  19. Boring Larry in Cherryville el.918 says:

    faucet still running
    puddles turning into lakes
    please come back ol’ sol

  20. TriforceofInvisiblity says:

    Half inch of rain! WOW! One thing I found out online is :O doesn’t mean surprise emoticon. I always thought it did. (axe smiley on self)

  21. TriforceofInvisiblity says:

    Half inch of rain! WOW! One thing I found out online is :O doesn’t mean surprise emoticon. I always thought it did. (axe smiley on self)

  22. Sandi (Wilsonville) says:

    Nice bright rainbow to our east.

  23. Atmospheric Wrath -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Okay I’ve been looking around various observations to find the highest wind speeds/gusts from the unusually strong system that just rolled through. This looks to be the most impressive location.
    THREE CORNER ROCK, WA (WRFW1)
    Elev: 3450 ft
    20 Aug 5:00 pm SW 37G52
    20 Aug 4:00 pm SW 29G49
    20 Aug 3:00 pm SW 32G42
    20 Aug 2:00 pm SW 24G41
    20 Aug 1:00 pm SW 25G37
    20 Aug 12:00 pm SW 23G43
    20 Aug 11:00 am SW 28G63 Highest Gust
    20 Aug 10:00 am SW 40G48
    20 Aug 9:00 am SW 34G40
    20 Aug 8:00 am SW 27G41
    20 Aug 7:00 am SW 29G50
    20 Aug 6:00 am SW 31G52
    20 Aug 5:00 am SW 33G50
    20 Aug 4:00 am SW 30G52
    20 Aug 3:00 am SW 36G52
    20 Aug 2:00 am SW 36G49
    20 Aug 1:00 am SW 35G51
    20 Aug 12:00 am SW 31G46
    19 Aug 11:00 pm SW 27G44

  24. Atmospheric Wrath -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Okay I’ve been looking around various observations to find the highest wind speeds/gusts from the unusually strong system that just rolled through. This looks to be the most impressive location.
    THREE CORNER ROCK, WA (WRFW1)
    Elev: 3450 ft
    20 Aug 5:00 pm SW 37G52
    20 Aug 4:00 pm SW 29G49
    20 Aug 3:00 pm SW 32G42
    20 Aug 2:00 pm SW 24G41
    20 Aug 1:00 pm SW 25G37
    20 Aug 12:00 pm SW 23G43
    20 Aug 11:00 am SW 28G63 Highest Gust
    20 Aug 10:00 am SW 40G48
    20 Aug 9:00 am SW 34G40
    20 Aug 8:00 am SW 27G41
    20 Aug 7:00 am SW 29G50
    20 Aug 6:00 am SW 31G52
    20 Aug 5:00 am SW 33G50
    20 Aug 4:00 am SW 30G52
    20 Aug 3:00 am SW 36G52
    20 Aug 2:00 am SW 36G49
    20 Aug 1:00 am SW 35G51
    20 Aug 12:00 am SW 31G46
    19 Aug 11:00 pm SW 27G44

  25. Atmospheric Wrath -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Several* not severe…. A bit dizzy today I apologize.

  26. Atmospheric Wrath -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Just had a moderate-heavy downpour.
    Looking at radar severe narrow yet moderate bands of moisture are present. Even some heavy/red areas up in Clark County.
    [Zoomed in radar]

    Perhaps a sporadic lightning strike east of Kelso?
    I checked SPC Parameters and instability is not very favorable.
    CAPE values look 250-350J/kg at best and LI +1.

  27. Mike (Sweet Home) says:

    Frequent showers today, so far 0.28″ of rain.
    Temp 65.7°
    DP 62.4°
    RH 89%
    Winds are light from the SW

  28. Boring Larry in Cherryville el.918 says:

    …Sandi, it’s waaaaayyyyyy past bonafide gloop stage….
    it’s authentic puddled mud now…

  29. Atmospheric Wrath -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Rather muggy out.
    Temp: 66
    Dewpoint: 64

  30. TheTriforceofInvisiblity says:

    .12 an hour. 0.39″ total so far.

  31. TheTriforceofInvisiblity says:

    63F and light rain. .04 an hour. OVER A QUARTER INCH! 🙂 I like it. 🙂

  32. Atmospheric Wrath -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Luvry, nope I never doubted you as I remember last year when you guys had some south wind events (30-45mph) and that nagging east wind out here kept the south winds away. Depending on the exact setup, position of the cold front/warm front, low pressure, strength of east wind, low level cold air, etc. the winds can vary.
    In fact the December 15th? wind storm the west side didn’t fare as well as areas east of I-5.
    I cannot tell you how shocked I was to hear that roaring sound. I looked up at the sky and the clouds were booking from the south-southwest. At first I was questioning as to what it was. I said, “Nah that isn’t the wind, is it?” at 3:35 AM. Then I heard it again and I could hear the wind increasing rapidly just to my south-southeast before they even arrived here. I heard that “roaring” sound 8 or 9 times.
    You all do know what I mean by that sound, right?
    For me it is rather exciting because as I mentioned early this morning I only hear that before or during a wind event/storm.

  33. Sandi (Wilsonville) says:

    Larry, is it past “bonafide gloop stage” yet there? ;o)

  34. Sandi (Wilsonville) says:

    I remember a few State Fairs we were dodging some rain. Looks like we may be doing that again this year.

  35. Tornado Aly (Vancouver) says:

    I remember quite a few Augusts that actually had weather that was not “August” like, only for it to rebound in September. The season really gets fun around Columbus Day. Before that it can be full of ups and downs.

  36. TheTriforceofInvisibility says:

    It would be intrestign if Rob’s lights fickered but I don’t know if it did or not. It’s summer time and the trees are full of leaves making them heavy.
    64F here and a dew of 63F coupled with a humidity of 92%

  37. TheTriforceofInvisibility says:

    It would be intrestign if Rob’s lights fickered but I don’t know if it did or not. It’s summer time and the trees are full of leaves making them heavy.
    64F here and a dew of 63F coupled with a humidity of 92%

  38. Luvry (Tanasbourne) says:

    Rob, very impressive gusts for you last night! Told you I was seein some good stuff 🙂 You probably doubted me for a bit there!

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