Yuck…Cold & Wet!

I just spent 3 days of the coldest camping I’ve ever done.  Luckily it was in a rented RV so we stayed nice and toasty.  Two days in cold and windy (but dry) southern Wasco county, then a drippy/flurry/cold night at Timothy Lake.  That was interesting there at Timothy Lake (Hoodview campground) because site after site was reserved for Saturday night, but only 4 sites (out of maybe 40?) actually were occupied.  Clearly a LOT of people cancelled camping plans for the weekend before Memorial Day.  Good move…we stayed inside most of the time.  I also ran into snow flurries on my bike ride up around Barlow Crossing on the White River Saturday too.  Don’t want to repeat that, as I’ve never cycled with snow falling either.  By the way the picture above is from Timberline Lodge area on Mt. Hood this morning.

So I’m afraid to go out and check the veggies I planted a week or so ago.  Are they alive?  We’ll see.  It has only been above 50 degrees for a few hours one day in the past 5 at my home.

A brand new trough comes down the West Coast this week, not really attempting to “kick out” of here until the weekend.  I see the 00z ECMWF had another weaker trough sliding overhead this coming Sunday/Monday…if so that would finish off any possibility of decent weather for the big holiday weekend.  Looks like we’re getting payback for the dry and warm late Springs we’ve had the past few years.  More of the same…hail, rain, sunbreaks, etc…

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

89 Responses to Yuck…Cold & Wet!

  1. Rendy says:

    What a beautiful picture(the one of the trees covered with snow).It would make a pretty Christmas card.
    It has felt colder the normal does.We planted some veggies(starter in a planter)but the cold weather killed most of them,but at least the peas are growing a little bit.It`s the pits.

  2. W7ENK says:

    Thunder reported in Clackamas/Oregon City about 2 minutes ago.

    Picture from Clackamas Town Center looking SSE toward Oregon City about 10 minutes ago…

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

    Just heard thunder to my south.

  4. Steven(Salemskylineankubluer) says:

    At 206 PM PDT National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a thunderstorm over Estacada…or about 11 miles southwest of Sandy… moving northwest at 20 mph. Locations impacted by this thunderstorm through 300 PM PDT include Mulino…Eagle Creek…Sandy…Bull Run… Canby…Boring…Canby…Barlow…Damascus…Oregon City…Corbett… Clackamas…Johnson City…Gladstone…West Linn…Sunnyside… Johnson City…Happy Valley…Gresham and Milwaukie. Small hail…brief heavy rain…gusty winds up to 35 mph…and occasional lightning can be expected in these areas.

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

    Okay trying to get back into the weather frame of mind…

    T-storms appear to be developing. A nice area of heavy showers and t-storms have developed. I am hearing quite a bit of lightning on AM radio from this storm.

    Zoomed Radar

    Strongest activity is just west of Estacada or ESE of Oregon City moving northwest. Also another cell east of Molalla.

    As of 2:00 PM

    Thermodynamic Fields
    SBCAPE: 250J/kg
    SBCAP: -25 to -50 CINH
    MLCAPE: 250J/kg
    MUCAPE: 500J/kg
    LIFTED INDEX: 0 to -1
    SHEAR: 30-40kts
    PWAT: .75″

    It looks like some ingredients are in place for elevated t-storms this afternoon. That sure felt good to do my first real weather post in roughly 1 week.

  6. Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

    Funny but right on!

  7. Steven(Salemskylineankubluer) says:

    It seems like high pressure is never going to build over us again

  8. Kyle says:

    How come Mark you haven’t responded to my emails?

    How come you aren’t responding to me responding about my emails?

    Looks like I’ll have to resort to plan B for my life then. *sighs*

  9. Sandi (Wilsonville) says:

    We returned from a long camping weekend yesterday afternoon at Stub Stewart. Plenty of heavy rain showers including some hail broken up with a sunbreak or maybe two (OK, it was more than two). We managed a nice dry campfire Sunday night, but too cold to stay out for a late night. Mostly hard-sided RVs, but a few hardy folks in tents. Nice to get out of town for some much needed fresh air and quiet. Glad to be back home for warmth. 🙂

  10. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    LOL, I guess I’ll just talk to myself:

    The Euro shows some major heat building in the SW


  11. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    Found this poem regarding our cool/wet weather:

    May Not
    Written by: Carol Smith

    Hey May what gives, are you not well
    Or did you oversleep, pray tell
    For when I step outside my door
    It feels like wintertime once more

    Did March agree to take your place
    For I see what looks like her face
    In all the grey and cloudy skies
    Reflected in your stormy eyes

    My lilacs lack their usual bloom
    Which I assume will not resume
    Until next year when maybe then
    You’ll seem to be yourself again

    These peonies that once did please
    With ease rain has brought to their knees
    And now they hang each noble head
    Amongst the lowly weeds instead

    So May if you are sick, take care
    But if contagious be aware
    Although concerned, we’d just as soon
    You stayed the Hell away from June!

  12. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    Wildfires already underway in Alaska.


  13. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    I just love how you can see the wake in the clouds caused by the islands off the coast of Baja…


  14. muxpux says:

    i must have missed the post where rob explained what was going on, cause i didnt know anything was wrong. without knowing details, ill say i hope things get better Rob.

    as for the weather, its been depressing. not necessarily for me, but a lot of people i know have been complaining. not that everyone i know wants 100 degree heat or anything, but some sunshine, and 80+ would sure do the soul good right about now, here its almost june, and its so dang cold and wet.

    as if our winters dont sepress people enough around here..

    oh, and memorial day weekend…. planning a camping trip to Browns Camp near Timber. not too worried about the rain, well have about 6 quads, and 5 dirt bikes and a large group of friends. combine that with some good campfire weather, it should be just fine.

  15. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    I’ve been out of the house lately, and the weather has been boring as ever. Not much to talk about, just some mostly cloudy/light rain throughout the week.

    And best of luck to you Rob! Hope you and your family is doing well

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      WRF-GFS displays no instability for thunderstorms tomorrow. However, surface LI’s/lapse rates mixing with afternoon sunbreaks could lead to a few brief “pop-up” rumblers. I will be watching this, especially if Rob isn’t here for that. And you cannot rule this out in this type of set up. There is always that chance.

  16. Well, I have many friends who are contemplating pulling out of the annual camping trip at a certain state park in the Portland area if it’s gonna rain too much.

    So far the forecast looks “typical on/off showers, clouds, with a few sunbreaks”, not “constant rain”, so it COULD be worse!

  17. W7ENK says:

    63.1°F High
    41.5°F Low
    SSE 9.6 mph at 4:55p

  18. Kyle says:

    Mark why haven’t you responded to my emails either for that matter?

  19. Kyle says:

    What kind of Wiccan spells do you use Rob to gain so much respect around here?

    Just curious: 😕

    You seem to just reel in respect like reeling in that stubborn fish that just dosen’t want to come and it tugs and tugs on the line.

    • MamaReen says:

      You need to be nicer and more humble. Never assume that you know what anyone else other than yourself is going through.

  20. Runrain says:

    Gotta tell ya, (and am sure I have too many times), this is the ULTIMATE weather for running. Ran along the Columbia after work and it could not have been more perfect with light winds, cloudy skies, dry pavement, and 60ish for temps. Couldn’t figure out why PDX shifted all incoming flights to 28R (nearest the river). That runway was supposed to shut down effective last week for the next phase of construction (lengthening).

  21. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    Check out the sea ice, below the historically low 2007 year.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Probably means about as much as the record high numbers we had earlier this year.

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      Yep, mother ships hovering just behind the moon for sure…

    • Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

      Polar bears are migrating south to Oregon to stay in a arctic cold climate. Probably need to scrape my windshield again tomorrow! If it gets much colder here the slugs will surely die from hypothermia.

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

    Just checking in….. Looking over posts from the past few days and I can’t begin to say how much I appreciate your support and taking the time to do so. This is an extremely difficult time for myself and Family. I simply can’t deal with things right now to have the frame of mind to discuss weather or focus on anything other than my Family. I will say you guys on this blog and Mark are in a way an extended Family and it is nice to have this blog. Okay well I will be back when my mind is in a better place. Take care all. Appreciate those you have while they are here. Be good to each other.

    Life is short. Make a difference.

    • Andrew Johnson says:

      You and your family are in my thoughts Rob.

    • Farmer Steve says:

      Bless you Rob

    • Runrain says:

      And YOU are an integral part of this extended family, Rob. You take care and know that brighter days will return, no matter how hard that is to believe.

    • Snow-Zone/Monmouth-Elv200' says:

      You will be in my prayers Rob. 🙂

    • Benjamin in West Salem says:

      Rob I also will be praying for you, I am a “lurker” and have never posted before, but I must say that the input that you give to this blog is really good. I greatly enjoy reading your posts and I hope your situation gets better.

    • PaulO says:

      Prayers and best wishes for you and your family Rob.

    • MamaReen says:

      “God doesn’t give you any more than you can handle”, just keeping repeating that. Best of luck and you and your family are in my prayers.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Thanks for the kind words everyone. Well I need to try to remain positive doing the things I love and enjoy. One of which is discussing weather. I’ll try to get back into the swing of things.

  23. Battle Ground Brian says:

    59.8 for my high today, the warmest in 5 days.

    No precip yet , but its not midnight yet either.

  24. Kyle says:

    69F high today and overcast.

    Current conditions: overcast and 62F

    The only arrow on my keyboard is ^

    • Battle Ground Brian says:

      59-62 was the range today everywhere in the valley.

      Your thermometer must have bad sun exposure cuz that reading of 69 is way off.

  25. mary says:

    i have to admit this is the worst spring around u really wish it would warm up, i broke my knee before easter so ive been bed confined, it would have been nice if i had warmed up so i could have gotten out of bed and sat out side, right now i dont feel so bad since i doubt most have been able to get their yards in order, mine needs help. so if they are lates and im laid up it will not make me feel so bad

  26. Battle Ground Brian says:

    Excessive Heat Warning today for: Minneapolis, Minnesota

    94 degrees right now there with 67 dp.

    http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=mpx&wwa=excessive heat warning

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Ugh, I would much rather have the weather we are seeing right now than that crap.

    • Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

      No thanks! I’ll take drippy and cool over brutally hot any day of the week!

    • Eternal Yamcha (SE Milwaukie) says:

      I’m actually not really hoping for a hot summer. A couple 90s and MAYBE a 100 just to keep things exciting. Otherwise, keep it between 75 and 85 and I’ll be happy. Last year was TOO crazy-go-nuts for my tastes.

      Compared to Minneapolis, I’d rather our forecasted low-to-mid 60s and mostly cloudy. Also happy with our surplus of rain we’ve gotten the last two months. Secretly I’m hoping we get close to 4″ of rain this month.

  27. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    For nice weather, head to Fairbanks: Highs near 80 through the weekend…

  28. Kyle says:

    How the heck did you do that arrow?

    • w7enk says:

      What, this one? ▼

    • Kyle says:

      Yeah tat one. 😕

    • W7ENK says:

      *whispers* It’s a secret! 🙂

      On Windows, go to:
      [Start] ► Programs ► Accessories ► System Tools ► Character Map

      Make sire the font is set to Arial

      Look down about 2/3 of the way to the bottom of the character set. Select, Copy and Paste. ☺

  29. W7ENK says:

    I’m sorry if I’m complaining again, but honestly, this breaks my heart. I survive winters here in NW for our perfect summers. Nice long stretches of warm, beautiful and sunny days, not to often hot, rarely cold. This year, I can count on one hand the number of truly spectacular days we’ve had since the start Spring. I need a good run of warm sun to break this SAD slump left over from last winter, but this continued and prolonged crappy-crap is just dragging me deeper into a bout of depression I haven’t experienced the likes of in over a decade! Unfortunately, I’m not the only one either. I had to work really hard yesterday at cheering up my already emotionally fragile little buddy. He’s not been in a good place lately, and I blame this weather…

    Lack of Sun = lack of Serotonin = lack of happy. 😦

    How much more of this do we have to endure?

    • Jesse-Orchards says:


      It’s just weather.

      Maybe this is payback for the insane stretch of heat we had last July-Agust. What goes around….

    • pgiorgio says:

      Insensitive comment..

      You’ll get warm and sunny soon no matter what May has been like there. July is a little over a month away and I guarantee your stretch of warm sunny weather will come by then.

    • w7enk says:

      @Jesse: You’re not helping. Thanks.


      @pgiorgio: I really hope so. Things are getting bad, and I have it mild compared to some people.

      I thought I’d be going to Minnesota, but I guess instead I’m going to Ohio for a week in July. Maybe I’ll get a short reprieve back there? Never been to Ohio…

    • Eternal Yamcha (SE Milwaukie) says:

      “Boo Hoo” says the guy who whines whenever we get within 3 degrees of normal temperatures. So much easier to roll your eyes when it’s your way you’re getting, ne?

      I’ve noticed people have been really moody this spring and many have been rather depressed. It’s not so much the temperatures as it is the lack of consistent sunshine. At this point, I don’t mind if we’re cold as long as we get some more sunshine because I know that my mood’s being affected a bit by the constant cloudy and lack of even marginally normal temps here.

  30. pappoose in scappoose says:

    I hope the rain holds off today. I don’t want to cut some grass, I have to cut some grass. About a 3 hour process on a riding mower.

    • umpire says:

      uggh – I’m with you – have to get out tonight before the final episode of 24 – otherwise, I’ll have to rent a herd of sheep if it gets any longer.

  31. Pete says:

    Question: NWS has 0.84 inches of rain for PDX for Monday, May 17. I live three miles from the airport and recorded 0.04 for the date. Is their figure correct? It’s boosting the monthly total by quite a bit but I’m skeptical of it. None of the other stations in this part of the world have anything approaching 0.84 for the date.


    • W7ENK says:

      It’s accurate. That was the day we had numerous heavy thundershowers moving through the area, but a lot of places got little to almost no rain. The line of storms stalled and exploded over Vancouver and PDX late in the afternoon.


    • Battle Ground Brian says:

      Pete, take a look at this map I posted on here May 17th.. You will see the area that got hit with that downpour.

    • Pete says:

      Fascinating. I’m three miles directly south of PDX, out of the line of fire on those storms. Thanks for info and the cool map!

  32. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    I haven’t really followed SST much, but I wonder if the weather is being affected by how fast the SST has tanked over the last few months. I don’t remember ever seeing the temp change (either rise or fall) so quickly before.


  33. Battle Ground Brian says:

    2010: “Year of the Green Tomato” ??

    I have a bad feeling here

  34. k5mitch says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun Mark. I would rather camp during the off season while things are nice and quite myself.

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


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