A Little Weather Action

Snapshot  Today is the anniversary of the big Alaskan earthquake back in 1964.  It's been 45 years since a 9.2 quake hit just offshore the southern Alaska coastline.  That sent a tsunami across the Pacific.  I remember my parents saying the lights were swinging in their church in Hillsboro that night, so apparently it was felt even here.  Then 4 hours later the tsunami arrived along the Oregon Coast, killing 5 on our beaches and in coastal towns.

I've been a bit negligent posting this week, but the weather has been really slow.  Of course I could Twitter the weather instead…haha!  Actually if I hear that name again I'm going to vomit.  I can't stand fads and I don't really care what others are doing in their private lives.  Although maybe you are interested in mine?  Maybe I should do that instead of blog.  It's quite possible I'm just getting old and cranky…but remember Atkins diet???  Everyone seemed to be doing that and then it suddenly disappeared.  

On to the weather…a nice deepening low pressure moves through Washington tomorrow.  It's nice to see a deepening low move right past us; that hasn't happened much this winter.  So we get a warm front in the morning, then a sharp cold front closer to sunset.  The cold front should be a good rainmaker…it's definitely going to be an indoor day with the rain and wind combined.  Actually a bit stormy by late March standards.  Much calmer Sunday and then one dry day Monday.  The cool and wet pattern will continue into the first week of April though…Mark Nelsen

109 Responses to A Little Weather Action

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

    Edit: Heavy drizzle that is. Any “showers” we had didn’t last long at all.

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

    Most of the month except that one day I hit 60F was below normal.
    KSLE my night time is -0 of normal (due to almost constant cloud cover) and -4 from the average high.
    I am running more then an inch below the norm for rain-fall despite the constant drizzle we had.

  3. Jesse-Orchards says:

    Admittedly last April will be hard to beat in the cold department.
    It was the second coldest April in Washington State history, and the 5th coldest in Oregon history.

  4. HIO Phil (Punxsutawney) says:

    To add to what Jesse said about March, so far my station is 3.6 degrees below average this year vs. 3.7 below in 2008. Essentially the same.

  5. HIO Phil (Punxsutawney) says:

    Actually this year is running colder so far based on mean temps. That is mainly because this February was colder than in 2008 when it was just a bit below average. The big question is how this April will compare to ’08 which was really cold with sticking snow briefly here in Hillsboro on the 19th. Hard to believe this year could be colder or even as cold.
    Definitely more low elevation snow around last year at this time. Still I noticed the coast range is white while coming home today.

  6. Jesse-Orchards says:

    Also, this Spring has been snowier for the mountains by far compared to last Spring.
    This was the snowiest March at Government camp in over 30 years.

  7. Jesse-Orchards says:

    Boyd03, it was actually around the 20th.
    This March has run about the same as last March relative to average at PDX, perhaps a bit colder. April is yet to be seen.

  8. Jesse-Orchards says:

    Nice boring larry! I love cold weather but a green tomato fall sounds scary even to me.
    Hit 31 this morning, my 83rd low below freezing of the season.
    Lows below freezing are divided between the months this season as such:
    March-12
    February-23
    January-24
    December-18
    November-4
    October-2
    I generally record sub-freezing lows throughout April and sometimes well into May here, so the count certainly hasn’t stopped yet, especially with what looks to be more cold weather on the way for the first week of the new month.

  9. boydo3, N. Albany 500' says:

    I think last spring was colder. We had snow on the ground several times in the mid valley in March, including the latest snow fall on record in April (can’t remember the actual date, around the eighth I think). Lots more snow in the mountains too. But it sure would be nice to have a streak of warm sunny weather right about now.

  10. …hit the darn button too soon…
    spotless sol canvass
    redoubt kodachrome looms large
    green tomato fall

  11. spotless sol canvass
    redoubt kodachrome looming large
    green tomato fall

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

    Funny you said that Petety cause I had a high of 60F which is SLIGHTY above average but stil above it nontheless.

  13. HIO Phil (Punxsutawney) elevation 189' says:

    Nice attitude Petey!
    Well….if the high of 49 holds for Hillsboro, that would have been a new record Low-High temp beating the old record of 50 in 1999 except for the fact that last year we only made it to 45 on March 30, 2008. PDX was 46 in 2008.
    Still, as a bonus we get one more day this cold season with a low at or below freezing today. That’s 86 in Hillsboro since the beginning of October 2008.
    The good news is that at the rate at which we are warming up so far this year is that we should have mean temps in the low to mid 50’s by July, only about 10-15 degrees below average.
    Oh the Joy! 🙂

  14. PeteyJ says:

    I love how we haven’t had barely a single above average temperature day all month, and see none on the immediate horizon either! YEA….

  15. Mike from Orchards says:

    Cool, overcast day….at least there is no rain yet, but its not that far away…
    48.7F

  16. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    Ya Tetra…this is the sort of weather most people across the country know us for…a lot of days with rain, but really not a lot falls.
    I much prefer heavier rains for shorter durations!

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

    The reason you are below average Tyler is our rain was drizzle or brief but heavy showers.

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

    You sure know when the weather is boring if the blog has very few post and if Western Weather is arguing about Tim instead of discussing weather. http://westernusawx.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=25136&st=1120
    Wonder what things will be like in the summer when we have marine layer vs sunshine.

  19. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    Wow if today didn’t say spring I don’t know what does!
    At least it was dry…almost forgot what a dry day was.
    For how many days with precip falling (22) so far, this month is still running below average on precip totals. I am up to 2.70″, which is still over an inch below the average for the month.

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