SLOW Days on the Blog

Not Much Extreme Heat So Far This Year

Not Much Extreme Heat So Far This Year

It’s quite normal for this blog to get really slow in the summer months.  Let’s be honest…unless we get a rare thunderstorm outbreak west of the Cascades, we have no significant weather from May to early October.  But I think we’ve reached a new low the last few days.  It appears that there were 7 comments on the previous blog today;  4 of those were from one person! 

This boring weather is fine with me since I like to take most of my vacation time in the summer.

Not much to talk about the next 7 days either.  No extreme heat, but no long spell of warm & sunny weather either.  A bit of a mixed bag coming up.

Mark Nelsen

39 Responses to SLOW Days on the Blog

  1. Tetra says:

    *morse code*

    Good night.
    I’ll check back tomorrow for any more answers about Andrews as he is my only other buddy who understand my weather.

    Sixty one point 3 degrees outside and this is Tetra signing off.

    *turns off Telegraph and retires for the night*

  2. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Hmm, it all depends on the daytime heating and plenty moisture… I am sure the instability will stay around, but not so sure about the rest.

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

    00z WRF-GFS also suggests temps in the upper 80s to maybe 91F Saturday with S-SSE flow aloft.. Hmmmm….

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

    00z WRF-GFS mesoscale model looks real interesting for storms Tomorrow through at least Saturday night. Saturday evening especially.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Yes mainly over the Cascades, but I would not rule out the chance over the valley if things line up (Temperature, surface flow, flow aloft, moisture content in the mid-levels, instability present, lift.)

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

    Storms!

  6. Tetra says:

    Where and how long will you be in Oklahoma?

    It seems you don’t want to discuss much about it as your’e kinda evasive.

    I am sorry if I come off as annoying but being blunt is my nature.

    • Andrew Johnson (Silverton) says:

      Nah its cool tetra. I just don’t talk much about it because its my personal life and doesn’t have much to do with northwest weather. I’m going to be living in Bartlesville, Oklahoma which is in the NE corner of the state and I don’t know how long I’ll be there. I’m getting married to a girl from there, thats why I’m moving.

  7. Cherie says:

    Raining here now..guess i will not need to water??

  8. Justin (Brush Prairie) says:

    FWIW, these next few days appear to have some decent thunderstorm potential with an elongated trough swinging down off the coast and some warmer air moving in from the ESE. Last few runs of the GFS show the bulk of the precip occuring in the afternoon and evening over the Cascades, usually a good look for convection. As usual anything down here will be largely dependent on daytime heating and sunshine, but the upper air profile is certainly going to be favorable.

    Just surprised not to see the usual thunderstorm hounds discussing it…..

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Nice post, and I agree… 12z WRF-GFS shows day after day of convective potential.. Diurnal in nature and probably dying off around Sunset I’d imagine.

    • HIO Phil (Punxsutawney) says:

      I’m staying skeptical as I don’t want to jinx anything. I don’t count as a t-storm hound either.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      I may be a t-storm hound.. Not sure. I’m also just remaining optimistic, but by no means am I organizing a party or anything.

  9. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    I was going to head up to the Olympics this weekend. However, I think since the weather will be more cloudy up there, I will head to Central Oregon to hopefully get some thunderstorm pics/vid.

  10. Tetra says:

    Why aren’t you staying here in Oregon Andrew and were will you be?

    • Andrew Johnson (Silverton) says:

      I’m moving to Oklahoma in September. So I will being seeing lots of thunderstorms come spring time!

  11. Partly sunny and 72°. Never had any rain this morning, except for some very light mist but nothing got wet.

  12. Punxsutawney (aka HIO Phil at work by Sunset High) says:

    I was about to ask if the Radar Echoes south of us were real. Satellite didn’t indicate anything but some low clouds. The 2:30 AFD answered my question:

    “THE BIG SLUG OF ECHO GOING THROUGH THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY THIS AFTERNOON APPEARS TO BE CHAFF.”

    More Chaff Precip! Seems like we have seen a lot of it this spring and summer.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      Possibly a record breaking amount of chaff as well this year? 2009 is crazy for sure.

  13. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    What a boring day, especially noticable on this blog!

  14. Tetra says:

    I hope the topic didn’t shift to much for me to ask it. *darn late again*

  15. Tetra says:

    Andrew what do you mean you won’t live in Oregon anymore?

  16. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    It really is a mixed bag coming up, two 80’s on Friday and Saturday, and then it cools down with more marine flow, and possibly another shower.

    Now, I wouldn’t be ready for snow unless we see a few more severe thunderstorms.

    In recent years, August proved to be the most active for convection, especially east of the Cascades. So if we wait a little longer, perhaps we would be due for another outbreak in the Valley?

  17. Oldwxwatcher says:

    Hey, Mark, this quiet period might be an ideal time for you to do that “Moon” thing I suggested a few weeks ago.

  18. gidrons says:

    Since the weather is so slow, what’s the latest on the sunspots? Are they still AWOL?

  19. Punxsutawney (aka HIO Phil at work by Sunset High) says:

    Well regardless of whether it is cool or warm, the next month-month in a half is the warmest and driest time of the year here.

    81.7 is the average high in Hillsboro during that period and .016″ of rain on average.

    Cool and cloudy over here. No rain or wet pavement.

  20. K5mitch says:

    cloudy, wet pavement,57.9

  21. Cloudy, dry and 55.5° this morning.

  22. Karl Bonner says:

    Only 4 days above 90F so far, but we’re only a third of the way through heat wave season if that. And the long-term trend is toward warm conditions, which could mean hot weather lingering well into what is normally the beginning of our autumn. I was looking back at temperature records from early October 1988. That was the year that summer just refused to end. I think 1991 was kind of like that too, until a sudden turn just before Halloween.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Who says the long term trend is toward warm conditions?

      I like cool weather, so I’m gonna say the long term trend is toward cool conditions.

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

    15 minutes ago I was watching ESPN Sportcenter and I do believe I saw a flash of lightning(But not sure). I dismissed it thinking, “Nahhhh isn’t supposed to rain tonight.” Well it just rained very hard here and it was a warmer/muggy feeling rain at that.

    *2:23 AM*
    Radar does confirm a narrow band of showers has developed and extends from downtown to Gresham/Troutdale.

  24. This cooler weather is nice!…Hope it hangs on awhile but looking at the calendar, there looks to be lots of time for more heat waves…..and the potential for more t-storms as well.

    Lets see…90 days does puts us into October…and as Aloha alluded to, the beginning of windstorm season.(Which by the way we are “due” here in the valley)

    Currently 58.4F

    • Andrew Johnson (Silverton) says:

      90 days and I won’t even live in Oregon anymore. A nice evening out there, 56 degrees. I’ll take this kind of weather as long as we get the afternoon sunbreaks.

  25. Aloha Rainshadow says:

    Bobby, I know you wanna talk about snow and SO DO I!!! but dn’t forget, 90 days from now, starts prime model riding for windstorm time as well! Then we’ll see some blog blowup!!!!

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

    Mark, thanks for the very in-depth and descriptive update.
    (Sarcasm) Sure….

    Bobby, 90 days? Oh yeah…. Bring it on. WV zoomed maps galore! I am going to try 3-D ones also.

    Well it is warmer tonight I’m running 6F warmer. Don’t rule out some convection over the next few days…. Slim chance, but sometimes slim is our best friend.

  27. TVWeatherProducer says:

    I’m cool with the down weather for a while. We’ll get some storms soon enough and look at the calendar. We’re only 3 months away from talking about Snow…that’s 90 days folks….Everyone ready ?

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