Warm Spring Evening

Snapshot I'm getting old because I can still clearly remember the day we hit 90 degrees here in Portland 11 years ago.  A gusty east wind was blowing in the Gorge and it had been a bit hazy as well.  I could have the date wrong, but I also think this was the warm spell where we had a ton of Chinese dust in the air…the stuff that crosses the Pacific occasionally in the spring time and ends up here.  We had several days of extremely hazy conditions with no apparent source and a dry east wind blowing.

We sure didn't get much (hardly any) easterly flow during the daytime today, but still made it to 68 degrees.  But I see offshore gradients are picking up now and several spots have light east wind blowing, including here at the station in NW Beaverton.  We often get some easterly wind down off the West Hills in patterns like this.  The dewpoint is down around freezing as well.

IF we were to have solid sunshine tomorrow, the big chart we use shows a high temp in the mid 70s.  Instead, all models insist thick high cloud cover moves in soon after sunrise and lingers most of the day.  The first wave of an approaching upper-level trough just brings a few sprinkles to southern Oregon, but then the 2nd wave should give us some very light showers by daybreak Saturday.  The main surge of moisture this weekend looks like late Saturday and very early Sunday.  There may even be a break during the day on Sunday and possibly for the first part of Monday.  But then a wet westerly flow is still on for early next week…Mark Nelsen

203 Responses to Warm Spring Evening

  1. Punxsutawney (aka HIO Phil at work by Sunset High ~280' elevation) says:

    I agree Rob, nice dark slot.
    http://sat.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/loopsat.php?wfo=pqr&area=nw&type=wv&size=4
    It looks to me like it will swing inside 130w at this point. So the betting needs to stay with the red or blue lines.

  2. N3EG says:

    And dropped the temp a whopping 2 degrees, with 15mph wind gusts.

  3. N3EG says:

    What a complete fizzle in Longview.. Didn’t even register in the rain gauge, and heard thunder less than ten times.

  4. IceKeeg - Beaverton says:

    took the dog for a walk and there are multiple locations in central beav with yellow tape blocking access due to fallen trees. I feel fortunate – we have some giant trees right above us that just knocked off a few branches, and that was it.

  5. Sarah (SE Gresham) says:

    KATU is reporting that a tree fell on a car at Beaverton/Hillsdale Hwy and Barbur Blvd and killed one person.

  6. Sarah (SE Gresham) says:

    Getting some pretty strong wind gusts here too with a nice sunbreak. Still disappointed that we didn’t see any action out here.

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

    Very strong winds behind the squall/frontal line. And sustained winds, as I’m still getting gusts in the mid 20’s, like during a minor wind storm. My gust of 34 was only 2mph below the peak gust of this last winter and I’m sure the winds were stronger a little higher off the ground than my roof. Given that a lot of trees have leaves on them now, I’m not surprised they’re blowing over.
    No complaints about the weather otherwise, I have received more rain today than any day since Jan 1, and more than half as much rain as I got the whole month of April.

  8. Wow 47mph gust here in the Grove with a tree into a house at Vista and Gales Creek with substantial damage

  9. IceKeeg - Beaverton says:

    Tom – that’s just blocks from where I live. I had a sizable branch down in front of my car, but wow…

  10. Tom - NE Portland says:

    Pic of a downed tree in Beaverton (9th and Hall Blvd.) someone posted on KGW:
    http://tiny.cc/JtxfA

  11. N3EG says:

    First thunder in Longview. It’s probably going to fizzle though like the last two ones today.

  12. andy - 200ft - Aloha says:

    very windy here in aloha

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

    Solid sunshine now… Only 4:39 PM… but I think the instability and lift is much less than earlier..
    Who knows 🙂

  14. Tom - NE Portland says:

    That was indeed a nice and feisty t-storm. Can’t wait til we get more chances this summer! Gonna be sweet 🙂

  15. Cherie_in_Vernonia says:

    Wow…missed me altogether :0(

  16. Heisson Rob (750') says:

    Man, it looks like the good stuff missed me. Wind is still blowing about 15, but never made it over 20 here. Only the one peal of thunder, and no visible lightning. Still raining, but nowhere near as hard as it was a few minutes ago, but I’ve seen harder than that as well. Sky is starting to clear up. I may even get to plant some lilacs here in a few minutes – the ground will certainly be digging-ready.

  17. The temp has recovered over 6 degrees here in 21 minutes… Temp is 56.1°F with a very solid sunbreak….

  18. eflow says:

    (near mall 205) mostly 1/4″ hail here, neighbor said he had a 1/2″-dime size chunk…heavy rain…40-50 mph gusts. minor street flooding. happened around 4:10-4:15

  19. Annie in Vancouver says:

    Wow wow wow! That was FUN! temp was 72 here earlier, now 52. Just had one crrrrazy rain/hail/thunder/lightning/wind storm here! Was pretty short lived, but awesome to watch! Got almost .4 in of rain in less than 10 minutes!! Oh, just saw more lightning! My sat tv is out, power flickered. Not sure how fast the wind was, probably around 50mph.
    Are we gonna get to see more of this tonight?? Sure hope so!

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

    Just had a 34mph gust out of the SW here, more gusts above 20mph.

  21. Debbie - East Vancouver says:

    Oh my! What just happened?? Sitting at my desk heard some thunder. Then all of a sudden, the wind started roaring loudly. I knew my one dog would be scared so got up to find her. She was already on her way to me. The wind got even louder and faster and hail was pounding down on my roof fast and hard. I went to get my other dog thinking we might need to hunker down in the closet, and when I looked out the front window, it looked like a white out. I am pretty sure that was hail flying horizontally. I grabbed the dogs to get into the closet but they were frozen so we hunkered in the hallway me hugging them and then it was over. My hands are shaking and my one dog is now hiding under the desk. Was there a tornado?

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

    …A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 430 PM PDT
    FOR CLARK…WESTERN MULTNOMAH AND NORTHWESTERN CLACKAMAS COUNTIES…
    AT 411 PM PDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO
    INDICATE A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING
    WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
    EXTENDING FROM CLARK COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS TO EVERGREEN TO OREGON
    CITY…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.
    THIS LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS HAS A HISTORY OF CAUSING POWER OUTAGES…
    AND ESTIMATED WIND GUSTS APPROACHED 50 MPH AS THE LINE OF STORMS
    MOVED THROUGH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN NORTHEAST
    PORTLAND. OCCASIONAL LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITHIN THIS STORM.
    OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
    POWELLHURST…SIFTON…ROCKWOOD…BRUSH PRAIRIE…PROEBSTEL…LACAMAS
    LAKE…CAMAS…FAIRVIEW…HOCKINSON…DAMASCUS…WOOD VILLAGE…CAMP
    BONNEVILLE…GRESHAM…SALMON FALLS…HEISSON…TROUTDALE…BORING…
    MOULTON…AMBOY…ALPINE AND ELKHORN MOUNTAIN.

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