Thunder Approaching Metro Area

A nice line of heavy downpours with some lightning embedded is moving into the south and east parts of the metro area at 2:30pm.  Expect these to move right across town so we are all going to get soaked (or at least most of us).  Our 4km RPM showed a few pop-up heavy showers this afternoon (at 00z last night), so apparently it did pretty well.  I had added the wording of “possible heavy showers P.M.” for the late shows last night based on that.  But this image looks real juicy doesn’t it?

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

93 Responses to Thunder Approaching Metro Area

  1. Battle Ground Brian says:

    Roseburg got .62″ rain in last 40 minutes with thunderstorms.

  2. A nice sunny evening in Nome, Alaska

  3. Battle Ground Brian says:

    Even though it has not been a spring of record proportions, it should be noted that since March 24th to date PDX has received measurable rain 48 out of 63 days. This is certainly well above the norm. Light and frequent showers.

  4. Justin (Brush Prairie) says:

    This May’s not exactly a record breaker, although it’s been very cool and wet. However, the thing that stands out so far is the absolute lack of clear and warm weather, the sky conditions have been persistently overcast for a month now.

    Furthermore, PDX will go on to set a record for 2010, as the maximum temperature through the end of May will be 76. The previous record low max through the end of May was 77 in 1955. That year wenton to have major heat in early June… lets hope this year follows suit!

    • pgiorgio says:

      I’ve seen years in Portland where the weather is overcast almost every day through June. The month of July always broke out of this but I dont think its an uncommon thing. Usually June doesnt see much rain even when its overcast, however there is a persistent cloud layer that can last well into the afternoon many days.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      If we can see the rest of the year play out like 1955, I’m good.

      I think the June heatwave was one of the only big ones they had that summer.

    • Justin (Brush Prairie) says:

      It got to 98 in September. You’d have been begging for mercy.

      Ironically that was the coldest summer on record, but it was the only time in the 20th century that downtown Seattle officially recorded triple digits.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      And mercy I would have received, in the form of a monster early-season arctic blast just two months later.

      Anyway, after a cool summer like 1955, a September heatwave would’ve been no biggie. September heatwaves are pleasant, the nights cool off. I get pissed when we get September heat following a summer full of it (last year).

  5. pbo9 says:

    Its not a record breaker but it sure seems gloomy.

  6. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    Definition of Spring: The season of the year following winter and characterized by the budding of trees, growth of plants, the onset of warmer weather, etc

    This definition should read: A continuation of winter, rain every day, temperatures well below normal, endless clouds, gloomy and gray, ie May 2010.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Didn’t Portland have like four or five consecutive days in the 70s just a week ago?

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      I (for once!) have to agree with Jesse. We are not in one the top 5 wettest or coldest Mays, we’ve seen far worse in Spring. It’s just makeup time for last May’s two weeks of 70-90 degree temps.

    • Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

      I haven’t received so many e-mails/text regarding crappy weather in a long time…this May stands out…plus the media is sure hyping it up 😉

  7. Kyle says:

    No thunder nor any lightning but a heavy downburst for 5 mintutes which happened 10 minutes ago:

    56 with a high of just 62F outside and overcast.

    Much cooler then my brief 69F yesterday.

  8. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Another batch coming up the valley, going to fizzle?

  9. Snow-Zone/Monmouth-Elv200' says:

    Its raining hard here.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      If only we were 10F warmer today we probably would have seen 2-3 waves of showers/t-storms and maybe a few warnings too.

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

    As of 4:22 PM

    Thermodynamic Fields
    SBCAP: -75 to -100 CINH
    MLCAPE: 100-250J/kg
    MUCAPE: 500J/kg
    SHEAR: 30-35kts
    PWAT: .82″

    Surface CAP continues to build. Temps north of Salem throughout the PDX/VUO metro areas as in the low to mid 50’s especially east of I-5. I just don’t believe we will be able to see the atmosphere recover enough to destabilize things once again.

  11. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    So, did anyone hear thunder here in the Tanasbourne/Evergreen area?

    I was inside the last 45 minutes and just wondering. Mark’s lightning map shows two strikes close to where I am.

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