Snowy Mountains

Snapshot  Another snowy day up on Mt. Hood today;  I was a bit surprised to find the monthly total already at 84" at Government Camp.  That's the highest since 1977 for March.  It's interesting that Portland rainfall is slightly below average at the same time.  This is quite similar to what happened last Spring…drier than average in the lowlands (and chilly), but wetter than average in the mountains.  This is due to strongly orographic weather patterns through the spring.  For example, did anyone notice the rainfall totals today?  .01" at Hillsboro, about .15" at PDX, .35" at Troutdale, and .90" or so at Sandy.  So much heavier rainfall (and eventually snow) was squeezed out as the northwest flow ran into the foothills and Cascades.

There's no indication of any significant change in the weather during the next 7 days.  Three more strong troughs drop through the Pacific Northwest after riding over the top of an east Pacific ridge.  They arrive on Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday (of next week).

We do get a nice break tomorrow and Friday as a warm front lingers nearby.  That gives us a lot of cloud cover, but I think we'll mostly avoid rainfall both days.  With such thick cloud cover temps likely stay below 60 degrees.

This blog has been REALLY quiet the last two days, which makes me wonder if most of us are just tired of the current cool and wet weather pattern.  I have a feeling most of us would prefer warmer and sunnier weather, or at least stormier conditions.  Or maybe Oregon's Spring Break has disrupted the usual web-surfing activities?  Mark Nelsen

55 Responses to Snowy Mountains

  1. cap - hood river says:
    A viewpoint that deserves to be heard.. and won’t be given a chance by our MSM.

  2. TetraforceofTime also The destroyer of bad-boys says:

    Is 70s too much to ask?

  3. TetraforceofTime also The destroyer of bad-boys says:

    Maybe at your place Tyler but it was overcast thru and thru BUT I had my first 60F high and I am still curious to the average date for KSLE.
    Portland is slightly cooler then KSLE cause of the Gorge so it’s different here.

  4. SnowFlake (Tigard/Bull Mtn) says:

    …….it just keeps going and going and going and going…………………

  5. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    I just love it when the sun waits until the very last moments of the day to make an appearance. Everything goes orange against the darker clouds as the sun drops to the horizon just a little further north than it did yesterday.

  6. TetraforceofTime also The destroyer of bad-boys says:

    Yakima LOL.
    60.3F here the first of the year. I wonder when the average date for 60F is for KSLE?

  7. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    Funny how Yakima made it on the list as the coldest and warmest place in the state today.

  8. Rob "Wrath" - Elevation 300' -Far S.E. Portland- says:


  9. Andrew Johnson (Silverton) says:

    That storm on the southern plains is quite interesting. Also noticed that it is 101 in Harlingen, TX and 19 with Heavy Snow in Amarillo. I know its a big state, but that is quite a spread!

  10. Rob "Wrath" - Elevation 300' -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Very calm and boring here, Mike.
    I’ve been over in the DFW Fox4 chat and Houston Fox26 chat providing analysis and storm tracking. It is kind of fun.

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