A Bad Summer?

Snapshot  I got an email from a viewer in the last few days, mentioning that his wife complained about the "crappy" summer weather we had this year.  So I figured it was time to take a look.  We started cool…of course.  That was the end of our very chilly spring.  Then the numbers say we were near normal July-August.  I did notice that most other parts of the region ended up slightly cool for August though.  So far September is looking pretty mild too (the first half only!).  We didn't have a wet summer either…except for the last 10 days of August, which were a bit gray and cool.  There were a few strange things about the summer though:

1.  Lots of cool nights after mid-July.  We had night after night of chilly temps, which would account for my green tomatoes right now.

2.  Just a few brief heat waves.  Mid May (2 90 deg. days), End of June (2 hot days).  The first 15 days or so of July had steadily warm weather, but no extreme heat.  Then the next time it got really hot was briefly the first week of August for a day or so.  The mid-August heat wave was the hottest with very warm overnight temps as well.  For the high elevation spots, that heat wave was the warmest in years.  As of now, there's no sign of 90 degrees temps in the next 7 days or so.

3.  Better than last summer!  Let's be a bit more positive, last summer was very gray and drippy in the 2nd half.  This year was far more reasonable to me.

4.  For those of you that love hot/sunny summers west of the Cascades, you have been spoiled through the early 2000s by some extra hot temps, so this last summer may seem cool to you.

No changes to the forecast…mild, but not hot weather the next 7-10 days as an upper-level ridge lingers near the West Coast…Mark Nelsen

36 Responses to A Bad Summer?

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

    Brookings had downslope winds off the mountains which gave them compressional heating today.
    The good ol’ Brookings effect.
    Well that is it for me… Not well again.
    Take care all.

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

    Brookings had downslope winds off the mountains which gave them compressional heating today.
    The good ol’ Brookings effect.
    Well that is it for me… Not well again.
    Take care all.

  3. TriforceofInvisibility says:

    BROOKINGS 96F TODAY? Am I missing something here? I only made it to puny 80F.
    Brookings: 96 F
    Posted by: Atmospheric Wrath -Far S.E. Portland- | Friday, September 05, 2008 at 04:14 PM
    I sure will take our winters over Chico or Sacramento California.

  4. TriforceofInvisibility says:

    BROOKINGS 96F TODAY? Am I missing something here? I only made it to puny 80F.
    Brookings: 96 F
    Posted by: Atmospheric Wrath -Far S.E. Portland- | Friday, September 05, 2008 at 04:14 PM
    I sure will take our winters over Chico or Sacramento California.

  5. TriforceofInvisibility says:

    BROOKINGS 96F TODAY? Am I missing something here? I only made it to puny 80F.
    Brookings: 96 F
    Posted by: Atmospheric Wrath -Far S.E. Portland- | Friday, September 05, 2008 at 04:14 PM
    I sure will take our winters over Chico or Sacramento California.

  6. TriforceofInvisibility says:

    BROOKINGS 96F TODAY? Am I missing something here? I only made it to puny 80F.
    Brookings: 96 F
    Posted by: Atmospheric Wrath -Far S.E. Portland- | Friday, September 05, 2008 at 04:14 PM
    I sure will take our winters over Chico or Sacramento California.

  7. Tornado Aly (Vancouver) says:

    Thanks, Rob!

  8. Tornado Aly (Vancouver) says:

    Thanks, Rob!

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

    Alright in case anyone is interested I am rounding up the best cameras I can find along the South Carolina Coast.
    Due to the expected arrival of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Hanna, you may experience service difficulties with these webcams. Also, your viewing experience may seem slow, as thousands of people watch the storm arrival.
    Surfside beach, South Carolina
    http://www.pancakecam.com/pancakecam.html
    Hilton Head, South Carolina
    http://saltydog.com/webcam/sbmc2.html
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
    http://mail.seasideproperties.com/gsnetcam2.shtml
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
    http://mail.seasideproperties.com/avwebcam2.shtml
    I can’t guarantee that you will be able to gain access of the cams as sooo many people are watching them now.

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

    Hurricane update time (For those that are interested)
    [Hurricane Ike]
    Winds: 115mph
    Gusts: 140mph
    Movement: WNW at 14mph
    Pressure: 958mb (28.28 in)
    [Computer Model Forecasts]

    I notice a few of the computer models that were previously suggesting Ike may re-curve to the N the NE back out into the Atlantic are no longer doing so. IMO Ike is going to either hit southern Florida, or cruise right in between Cuba and Florida through the Florida straits remaining a CAT 3-4 and someone is going to get whacked hardcore.
    You don’t want to see anyone get hit, but I guess you’d prefer it be Florida and that Ike doesn’t get out into the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately models are showing this possibility.
    [5 Day Forecasts]

    This would NOT be a good scenario showing Ike remaining largely over open waters with no real significant land interaction to disrupt and weaken him.
    [IR Imagery]

    Ike appears to be re-strengthening after undergoing upper level wind shear and some weakening. The CDO is now symmetrical again. Cloud tops cooling. Regaining outflow to the north and west sides of circulation. Eye has reformed.

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

    Hurricane update time (For those that are interested)
    [Hurricane Ike]
    Winds: 115mph
    Gusts: 140mph
    Movement: WNW at 14mph
    Pressure: 958mb (28.28 in)
    [Computer Model Forecasts]

    I notice a few of the computer models that were previously suggesting Ike may re-curve to the N the NE back out into the Atlantic are no longer doing so. IMO Ike is going to either hit southern Florida, or cruise right in between Cuba and Florida through the Florida straits remaining a CAT 3-4 and someone is going to get whacked hardcore.
    You don’t want to see anyone get hit, but I guess you’d prefer it be Florida and that Ike doesn’t get out into the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately models are showing this possibility.
    [5 Day Forecasts]

    This would NOT be a good scenario showing Ike remaining largely over open waters with no real significant land interaction to disrupt and weaken him.
    [IR Imagery]

    Ike appears to be re-strengthening after undergoing upper level wind shear and some weakening. The CDO is now symmetrical again. Cloud tops cooling. Regaining outflow to the north and west sides of circulation. Eye has reformed.

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

    Niceee siteeee, Luvry. Thanks man.

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

    Niceee siteeee, Luvry. Thanks man.

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

    Niceee siteeee, Luvry. Thanks man.

  15. Luvry (Tanasbourne) says:

    anyone ever looked at this site, pretty sweet for tracking these hurricanes!
    http://www.stormpulse.com/

  16. Luvry (Tanasbourne) says:

    anyone ever looked at this site, pretty sweet for tracking these hurricanes!
    http://www.stormpulse.com/

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

    <—- Cares, perhaps to levels breaching of my own sanity.
    πŸ™‚
    Hot day on the southern Oregon Coast.
    Brookings: 94
    The Brookings effect in full effect thanks to the thermal trough building northward along the Coast.

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

    <—- Cares, perhaps to levels breaching of my own sanity.
    πŸ™‚
    Hot day on the southern Oregon Coast.
    Brookings: 94
    The Brookings effect in full effect thanks to the thermal trough building northward along the Coast.

  19. Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

    The most maddening thing about our winters though has to do with how hit and miss weather is!
    I remember many instances last year were the snow level came as low as 400′ to 500′ but even that wasn’t low enough for snow. When the snow level finally hit the valley floor we barely got flurries here but Salem got hammered.
    Or my favorite (which I think was 2 years ago) when Cannon Beach/Seaside got 5″+ of snow but because of the Coast Range/West Hills PDX got less than an inch!

  20. Jesse-Orchards says:

    Ryan, I think you’re underselling our winters a bit to Bill.
    I wouldn’t exactly call them dull. We are capable of lots of things in this climate, during the winter. Windstorms, blizzards, sub-zero temps, heavy rainstorms, flooding, ice storms, etc.
    Now granted some of these things may be few and far between, but the very chance of these events every year makes things exciting for me, and puts our climate head and shoulders above ones further south. Try a winter in Pasadena if you want to define “dull”.
    Historically, snow is basically a given most years. We have been in a bit of a snow drought lately, but I’m sure we will more than make up for it at some point in the near future. Anyway, welcome to the Pacific Northwest!

  21. Jesse-Orchards says:

    Ryan, I think you’re underselling our winters a bit to Bill.
    I wouldn’t exactly call them dull. We are capable of lots of things in this climate, during the winter. Windstorms, blizzards, sub-zero temps, heavy rainstorms, flooding, ice storms, etc.
    Now granted some of these things may be few and far between, but the very chance of these events every year makes things exciting for me, and puts our climate head and shoulders above ones further south. Try a winter in Pasadena if you want to define “dull”.
    Historically, snow is basically a given most years. We have been in a bit of a snow drought lately, but I’m sure we will more than make up for it at some point in the near future. Anyway, welcome to the Pacific Northwest!

  22. Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

    More often than not the east winds stay east of 205 though. We have to have something big somewhere pushing them beyond the that point.
    I know last year we had a lot of east wind events that stayed isolated to the east side of town. It was howling in Gresham, Troutdale, Camas, etc… but nothing in central Vancouver.

  23. janet says:

    Try this for earlier tomatoes: Plant a tomato start in a large (at least 3 to 5 gallon), black nursery pot. Leave pot on top of soil in garden until the ground really warms up and then “plant” the pot about halfway in the ground. Because of the black pot, the roots are nice and warm earlier than if planted in the ground, the rim of the pot lets you deep water and seems to keep the slugs off. Worked for me this year (especially with that hot spell in May)–I’ve got more beautiful, red tomatoes than ever before.
    Hoping for lots of snow this year–
    Janet 300′ in north Vancouver

  24. janet says:

    Try this for earlier tomatoes: Plant a tomato start in a large (at least 3 to 5 gallon), black nursery pot. Leave pot on top of soil in garden until the ground really warms up and then “plant” the pot about halfway in the ground. Because of the black pot, the roots are nice and warm earlier than if planted in the ground, the rim of the pot lets you deep water and seems to keep the slugs off. Worked for me this year (especially with that hot spell in May)–I’ve got more beautiful, red tomatoes than ever before.
    Hoping for lots of snow this year–
    Janet 300′ in north Vancouver

  25. janet says:

    Try this for earlier tomatoes: Plant a tomato start in a large (at least 3 to 5 gallon), black nursery pot. Leave pot on top of soil in garden until the ground really warms up and then “plant” the pot about halfway in the ground. Because of the black pot, the roots are nice and warm earlier than if planted in the ground, the rim of the pot lets you deep water and seems to keep the slugs off. Worked for me this year (especially with that hot spell in May)–I’ve got more beautiful, red tomatoes than ever before.
    Hoping for lots of snow this year–
    Janet 300′ in north Vancouver

  26. Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

    Yeap, unfortunately on the average winters in the PDX metro area can be rather dull. We always get excited for potential storms but more often than not they do not pan out.
    The link below is a fantastic weather almanac page from Weather Underground that goes back a ways:
    http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/KVUO/2008/9/5/MonthlyHistory.html
    Using that link you can see that averages for the end of October get into the upper 50’s for highs and upper 30’s for lows. Once we get into winter (December/January) we average mid 40’s for highs and mid to low 30’s for lows.
    Ice & Frost are a regular visitor by the end of November but snow is generally scarce in recent years. We seem to get at least 1 freezing rain and wind event each year. Oh, lots of fog late October through November (can’t remember if it really sticks around December on?).

  27. Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

    Yeap, unfortunately on the average winters in the PDX metro area can be rather dull. We always get excited for potential storms but more often than not they do not pan out.
    The link below is a fantastic weather almanac page from Weather Underground that goes back a ways:
    http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/KVUO/2008/9/5/MonthlyHistory.html
    Using that link you can see that averages for the end of October get into the upper 50’s for highs and upper 30’s for lows. Once we get into winter (December/January) we average mid 40’s for highs and mid to low 30’s for lows.
    Ice & Frost are a regular visitor by the end of November but snow is generally scarce in recent years. We seem to get at least 1 freezing rain and wind event each year. Oh, lots of fog late October through November (can’t remember if it really sticks around December on?).

  28. Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

    Yeap, unfortunately on the average winters in the PDX metro area can be rather dull. We always get excited for potential storms but more often than not they do not pan out.
    The link below is a fantastic weather almanac page from Weather Underground that goes back a ways:
    http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/KVUO/2008/9/5/MonthlyHistory.html
    Using that link you can see that averages for the end of October get into the upper 50’s for highs and upper 30’s for lows. Once we get into winter (December/January) we average mid 40’s for highs and mid to low 30’s for lows.
    Ice & Frost are a regular visitor by the end of November but snow is generally scarce in recent years. We seem to get at least 1 freezing rain and wind event each year. Oh, lots of fog late October through November (can’t remember if it really sticks around December on?).

  29. Rob says:

    Bill – you can expect mild temperatures for the most part during the winter. We do have snow fall here usually at least once a year(not always), not much more then that though, last year we had more then normal I think with around 26 days with a trace or more. It will be wet, windy at times, maybe an ice storm or two with freezing rain. Frost or freezing fog can occur. It’s nothing like you see in the far east part of the state or like Utah where you can have days on end of freezing temps.

  30. Bill Webb says:

    Hi all, I’m new to this Portland weather thing. What can I expect here? Snow??? East winds via the Gorge? I’m in Fairview… And have heard some things from neighbors… Thanks, Bill

  31. Bill Webb says:

    Hi all, I’m new to this Portland weather thing. What can I expect here? Snow??? East winds via the Gorge? I’m in Fairview… And have heard some things from neighbors… Thanks, Bill

  32. Mark Nelsen says:

    BUT, you can’t be first until I actually complete the posting! I did a quick save halfway through in case the high quality Typepad application crashed.

  33. kirk says:

    first . . . sorry I could not resist

  34. kirk says:

    first . . . sorry I could not resist

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