Gloomy 4th of July?

July 3, 2009
7 Years of Independence Day Weather
7 Years of Independence Day Weather

These numbers and weather surprised even me!  We haven’t seen any sort of significant rain (more than .01″) in Portland since 2000.  In fact this will be the 7th consecutive year with a warm start to July which includes the 4th.  Now last year you probably remember the thunderstorms the first few days of the month, culminating in a marine push which gave us a lot of cloud cover on the holiday itself.

Right now I don’t see any dramatic changes before Sunday evening.  At that time we get a major marine push as a shortwave trough swings by heading off to the northeast.  00z models are not very impressive with respect to thunderstorm chances west of the Cascades, so I should probably take it out of the 7 day forecast (Sunday night).  Quite a cold trough next week too.  Definitely a step back towards May.
Hope you all enjoy the4th of July.  I’ll be driving the Cub Scout Pack 272 “tow vehicle” for their float in the Corbett 4th Parade.   Then between 5-7pm I’m supposed to be serving burgers and other yummy unhealthy foods in the Youth Sports booth up there.  Come up and buy an elephant ear!
Mark Nelsen