Bright Sunshine

Nice day!  I went to two different schools today in Sherwood and Hillsboro.  Didn’t even need a jacket and it felt more like April.  Sure enough we finally hit 60 at PDX today.  I forecast 57, so at least it was within 3 degrees, but I would have preferred to see it cooler to verify the forecast.  Either way a perfect spring-like day.

By the way, the picture is taken by Chris Markes…it’s Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City.

The only change the next 3-4 days will be some cooling as that cooler air comes down from the northeast.  The east wind has been quite pathetic so far…we’ll see if it picks up.

The 00z GFS and ECMWF both agree some sort of rain arrives Tuesday or Wednesday.  They don’t agree if it’ll just be a system or two or if it’s a change towards wetter weather.  Still no sign of colder rainy systems through the end of the month.  The Canadian model is much ridgier and very mild through the 10 day period.

Enjoy the sun!

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

16 Responses to Bright Sunshine

  1. Jesse-Orchards says:

    Looks like I was wrong about no 60s in the Portland area this week. The shot of cooler air from the NE is not materializing as progged.

    Beautiful weather though! I hope it doesn’t snow in the mountains again until next December, including up where the winter olympics are being held. Here’s to a drought filled summer!

    • PDX Weather Nut says:

      The sunshine is beautiful but the mountains really need the snow due to the low snow pack. Hopefully not a “drought filled summer” ahead as it will almost certainly bring water restrictions.

  2. pappoose in scappoose says:

    29 ice scraping degrees this morn.

  3. Mr Data says:

    Edit: I meant active.

  4. Mr Data says:

    I don’t know how I survived the early 2000s without the weather blog and once in a while a good thread over on (Da Forums)

    I do admit once in a blue moon there is actually a decent thread especally when the weather is more activer but when the weather is boring…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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

    Very windy here it may have picked up just a tad over the past hour. I noticed a small drop off yesterday afternoon. I am seeing gusts 30-37mph from a mix of gap and downslope conditions.

  6. Reached 58° here today..East wind has diminished somewhat. Actually, not a whole lot of wind anywhere right now:

    http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/mwmap.php?map=colriver

    Currently, 49.6F….Not bad for a mid-February midnight temperature!

  7. Karl Bonner says:

    Well Eugene-Springfield made it out of the fog by about 11AM today, paving the way for a very balmy afternoon. At high noon it was actually still rather chilly, most places in the high 40s. But in early afternoon the powerful sun cut through the cool air like a hot knife through butter, and most local stations topped out right near 60, give or take a degree or two. This happened some time between 3 and 4:30.

    It’s tempting to think of where we might have ended up had the sun been out for most of the morning. I bet 63 or 64 at the airport wouldn’t have been a big surprise. Apparently much of the central Valley did get up to about these numbers, though.

    Most flowering peaches and plums are either in full bloom or have at least started to open their flowers. Last year it was right around March 15 that we reached the same level of blooms I saw today. Not only that, but a few lilac shrubs are starting to show some green in the buds, other deciduous shrubs are already leafing out; the weeping willows are turning green; and the cottonwood buds look like they’re only 3 or 4 days away from opening. Also saw one specimen of maple that was putting out those green-yellow flower clusters (not the native bigleaf kind, though). And a few magnolias are starting to open their flowers just a bit. That’s absolutely mind boggling for the 3rd week of February!

  8. K9Onyx - Debbie - East Vancouver says:

    Beautiful photo! Beautiful day!! Sat on the deck in the warm sun and took a walk.

    Attention arachnophobes: Since bathrooms seem to be a favorite place for spidey to hang out, years ago I inadvertently discovered hairspray (even the organic nontoxic kind!) to be a very effective killing assistant for me. Some spiders are just too quick for me (or on the ceiling and I can’t reach them) and end up where I can’t get them or find them, so I spray them with a little hairspray which slows them WAY down/freezes them and/or makes them fall off the ceiling. :::shudder:::: I just gave myself the willies. EW!

    Anyway, this works great if you don’t want to use bug spray or anything toxic and it slows ’em down to kill ’em without having to chase them down or worse, lose them.

    Am I the only one this phobic or do others do a “spider check” when they go into a room or are about to go to sleep?

  9. Mr Data says:

    Has anybody noticed the blog wasn’t working in the late afternoon sometime between 2:00pm and 2:30?

    I was going to check other people’s temps but I couldn’t.

  10. Ryann says:

    Where is that picture taken?

  11. W7ENK says:

    Indeed, another beautiful day!

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