A June Soaker!

snapshotWhew!  Quite a bit more rain this afternoon/evening than I expected.  Well, at least for the middle and northern part of the Portland Metro Area.  I have had 1.38″ at home…saving me a week or so worth of watering.   Heavy showers developed after about 1pm along and behind the cold front.  According to this evening’s job shadow, Scott Pillette, this is the wettest June day since at least 1999.  He did a fine first job at perusing through years of weather data.  We broke the record for daily rainfall of course too.  I doubt we’ll have the big downpours again either tomorrow or Sunday.  But temps sure cool down.  I see Timberline is down to 39 degrees, heading for a low temp around freezing or a bit below.  Just in case you didn’t see enough snow last winter up in the mountains, you could find a fresh dusting for the first day of Summer tomorrow up at 6,000′.

By the way, I notice my calendar at home says that summer arrives on Sunday.  That’s because on the East Coast it does arrive at 1:45am Sunday.  For those of us out West, the solstice is at 9:45pm Saturday; thus the confusion.

Enjoy the cool weather this weekend!

Mark Nelsen

63 Responses to A June Soaker!

  1. Unfortunately, I can’t make tonight’s meeting…

    Cool, overcast, 59.3F currently……Nothing like the sweltering heat, humidity in the mid-section of the country..

    Looks “typical” June this week…maybe a stray shower Thursday…

    • Jesse-Camas says:

      Looks a little cooler than your typical last week of June, if anything.

    • Mike in Orchards says:

      Still looks like near normal temps this week with the exception of maybe Saturday…Normal temps are in the low to mid 70’s this time of year……………

  2. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    They are doing so because Wunderground is da best!

    I also noticed that their radar image hasn’t been updating as frequently. I was tracking some storms last week, and I noticed the radar was about 28 minutes behind. Like it froze or something. Wunder radar updated every 4 minutes.

  3. muxpux says:

    i see the NWS is taking apage out of Wundergrounds book…their new “hourly weather roundup” page.


    good idea, be fun in winter and during storms and whatnot, but it isnt nearly as comprehensive as Wunderground (no personal stations) and for some reason, kelso/longviews obs are missing.

    it IS “experimental” and comments/suggestions are being taken…i think with a bit of tweaking it could be a nice tool.

    • Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

      Kelso/Longview don’t have precip obs…meaning, the worst the weather could get their is “cloudy.” They key to finding out if it is raining/snowing is humidity, visibility and temperature.

  4. Sometimes you just gotta love the NWS around here… the same ones that have botched almost all the forecasts this month:


    Remember…looking out the window can be an amazing tool for weather forecasting! 🙂

  5. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Or shall I say “more” crazy thunderstorms?

  6. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Perhaps it is warning us that crazy thunderstorms are on their way?

  7. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Did anyone happen to see an evil face on the visible satellite loop?

  8. Tetra says:

    *borrows the KPTV van to find Rod Hill using the Weather Met People Finder Navigation System*

  9. Tetra says:

    *tries not to distrub the peace and quiet*

    Shhhhhhhhhhh it’s 52.7F and mostly clear with a few clouds.

    *sneaks out the back kitchen door*

  10. TVWeatherProducer says:

    Just a reminder about Tuesday Night…

    The Oregon AMS June meeting will take place June 23rd at The Double Tree Lloyd Center hotel. This meeting will take part in conjunction with the AMS Broadcasters Conference taking place that week. We’ll feature Jan Curtis (NRCS) and Jack Williams, the author of The New AMS Weather Book. The meeting will run from 7 to 9pm. I hope everyone can make it.

  11. SalemPhil says:

    I just got an email from Rod Hill who used to be on Ch. 2. He is starting his own forcasting website. I don’t know if it is appropriate for me to post the link here on Marks blog though. Any thoughts from you Mark?

  12. …been mighty windy here for hours…..

  13. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    There is almost not a single cloud in the sky, still pretty windy. Now this is something no one predicted today! I know there were showers but I didn’t get any…

  14. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Anyone seen Rob lately?

  15. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    It looks like a pulse thunderstorm popped up just south of Vancouver at 58 dBZ, wondering if anyone can confirm that it was a thunderstorm?

  16. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    Same here…just got windy. I see some lightning over the Kitsap Peninsula up north.

  17. Wow….sure got windy all of a sudden!

  18. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    31 at Timberline right now. I don’t see any new snow…but interesting. A rain shower is moving through here currently.

    GFS now shows a trough/showers for the end of the week instead of a thermal though…hmmm.

  19. Tetra says:

    Tried to go to Staples yesterday but they were closed much to our surprised but at least I got some driving in last evening.

    66F and cloudy.

  20. Down to a chilly 49.4° this am….

    Happy Father’s day to all the dads out there.

    Currently 54.3F…light NW wind

  21. K5mitch says:

    Happy Fathers Day…

  22. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    Indeed a very slow day, but a few things of interest took place earlier. About 7:00 PM the sky became very dark in fact as dark as it did during the severe storms on June 4th. There were some light/moderate bursts of rain that accompanied this.

    As far as any upcoming weather excitement…. Well according to tonight’s 00z WRF-GFS mesoscale models it’s going to be at least 7-8 days until we see any convection. The CAPE model was a dud absolutely nothing at all…… So let’s just enjoy tomorrow as best we can for our Dad’s. Next week looks like a bit of a warming trend and a real nice week overall.

    Happy Father’s Day out there to all the Dad’s. To those who unfortunately lost their Father over the past year my deepest condolences go out to you and your Family.

  23. Sophie says:

    I’m ready for summer weather Mark. Can’t wait for 80 and sunny on Tuesday!

  24. I only got 0.02″ of rain down here on Thursday and another 0.02″ Friday. Starting to get a very light shower this evening, otherwise it was a pleasant and cooler day with a high of 64.7°.

  25. Tetra says:

    57.9F and light rain.

    For the second time in my life I practiced my driving this evening and it rained on me. Dad also showed me how to use the windshield wipers and I can do the basics now without looking away from the road.

    I also used my headlights this evening too.

    Smells like it rained.

  26. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Had a few showers with some rainbows off and on earlier this afternoon. No thunderstorms = not much to talk about.

    the chances of thunderstorms tomorrow isn’t even worth debate. No instability is showing on the SREF scan. We are however still in a cool/moist and slightly unstable atmosphere, so maybe a few rumbles along the foothills and possibly off the coast, but I am not expecting much…

  27. Tetra Silverton (Near the Gardens) says:

    *quietly goes into the blog ‘room’ and posts the current conditions on the wall grabbing a spare tack*

    63.5F and overcast: Dewpoint has dropped to 45F this morning which hearlds drier air: Realitive Humidity: 51%: Wind none.


    • Mark Nelsen says:

      I’ve mentioned this before, but PLEASE keep one name. Every time your name changes the software assumes you are a different person and waits for one of us to approve the comment.

  28. TV Weather Producer says:

    I love the rain.

    • Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

      I concur! I’m already ready for October and the next round of fall and winter storms.

      I’d be happy to skip July-September.

  29. TVWeatherProducer says:

    Showers poppin in Tualatin.

  30. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Well, GRLevel 3 shows it, what radar program are you using snowjunkie?

  31. Cloudy, cool, gray day here so far..No measurable rain yet..Radar showing some showers around the area..

    PDX AFD not too exciting..Typical June weather with maybe a warming trend starting next weekend….


  32. Hmmm….showers just passed through here a few moments ago… lasted about 11 minutes…. but it didn’t show up on the radar… Only 58.3°F here right now….

  33. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    If GFS holds true…maybe some mid to upper 80s by the 1st of July???

  34. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    I only received 0.19″ of rain yesterday…suspicious since PDX was over 1/2″ as was KVUO…

    I looked yesterday and I did see a wasp flying into/towards by console…can’t wait to see what’s inside!

    • J in north Hazel Dell, WA says:

      We live in Hazel Dell just north of Gaiser Middle School. Our rain guages–both the wireless and the old-fashioned, hang-on-the-fence model– both had over 1.5 inches of rain yesterday. Almost .5 inch in the early morning hours of Friday, and then the rest during the afternoon storms. The gutters were overflowing and bark dust was floating down the streets. I’ve lived in Florida and yesterday afternoon reminded me of those tropical downpours–but minus the thunder and lightning.

  35. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    If it weren’t for the cold-cored convection yesterday, I would have called this month “Juneuary”.

  36. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    Mark, thanks for the update. It was definitely a soaker out here from 2:30 PM to about 8:30 PM.

    Mback, I’m not 100% sure, but I believe it was the orientation of the cold frontal boundary with the southern end of it laying right over PDX metro in a mainly SSW-NNE position and the moist, unstable westerly onshore flow moving over this creating some type of a focal point for convergence along a narrow corridor north of the I-205/I-5 interchange area and south of Kelso.

    • Mback says:

      Interesting. I’ll have to keep that in mind. I typically only pay attention to convergence zones in the winter time. Good thing is it was much needed rain and it looks as if we will turn nice once again starting Monday. Thanks for the help Rob!!!

  37. Mback says:

    Mark, or anyone who may know the answer to this, why such a localized area of heavy rain? I got drenched in TTD while places like McMinn only get .01. I would say orographic lift but even Hills. received .85, am I missing something here?

  38. Cool, damp, rather comfy 55.8F currently…0.72″ rain today here….0.25″ between 4:30 and 5:30pm this afternoon.

  39. Dan Zeit says:

    Sorry to see KATU let Rod Hill go. Hope he gets picked up by another station in town. Along with Mark Nelsen,and Matt Zafino I think Rod was one of the three best meteoroligists in Portland.

  40. …meanwhile, over here this afternoon i had a couple light showers, barely enough to make things wet…..

  41. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Wow 0.85″ in Hillsboro? that’s impressive. I knew the rain today would break records, since pretty much about everything else this year so far has been breaking records.

    My zip code shows 0.82″ (97124). The thunderstorms avoided me altogether and I still broke a record.

  42. Steve Pierce says:

    101 here in Vegas today! 🙂

  43. Aleta-West Gresham says:

    I had a feeling that about an inch had fallen out here. It really dumped several times over the afternoon/evening.

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