The Slug Fest Continues

After checking the maps, satellite, radar etc… this morning I decided this was an appropriate image for the day…I’ll be headed outside to load up the garden again on slug bait soon!  A brief break from the showers this morning after another very wet day yesterday.  I had yesterday and today off since I’m working the weekend coming up, but what a waste of a late May day!  Twice I tried to get outside and do something useful and twice I was chased back in by downpours.  Here’s where we are in PDX-town with our cool and wet May:

1. Temps: Average so far is 54.7 degrees, the coldest May since 1991 (twenty years!).  Still not in the top five, but getting close to the 1977 & 1978 Mays which were back to back chilly (around 54.0 deg).

2. Rainfall: 4.05″, Still just the wettest since 2005…just another 1/2″ would put us in the top 3.  We’ve had rain 10 out of the last 11 days here in Portland.  Parts of town had measurable rain on that one day when only a trace fell at PDX. 

I’ll be stopping by the store to pick up new corn and sunflower seeds…I think the ones I planted 10 days ago rotted…we’ll find out when the temperature finally breaks 65 degrees here at home and things start growing again.   As for this weekend, I have doubts about Saturday…it could end up being a wet day.  I’ll be back at work tomorrow afternoon.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

131 Responses to The Slug Fest Continues

  1. Kyle Silverton Oregon 360ft says:

    63.9F and cloudy skies. 😦 Wow 2 inches that’s insane!

  2. pappoose in scappoose says:

    I only had a sprinkle yesterday, rain hasn’t started yet.

  3. Battle Ground Brian says:

    Flood advisory North cascades area of Washington.

    Nearly 2 inches of rain overnight near Mt. Vernon, Wa

  4. Kyle Silverton Oregon 360ft says:


  5. Kyle says:

    Not a clap of thunder to be heard and it’s just high clouds overcast with filtred moonshine trying to poke thru. 😦

    55F outside here in Silverton Oregon 360 feet:

  6. Looks like the easternmost two lanes of Cedar Hills Boulevard are under quite a bit of standing water (even at this hour) for about a block or two near Hall. Traffic was being detoured with “high water” signs up.

  7. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    I got some nice pictures of that sunset we all saw earlier.

    Here is one of them…

  8. flurball says:

    As of now it looks like we are heading for a La Nina this fall if not before. I looked at this graph a few weeks back and it wasn’t nearly as indicative. Appears to be happening fairly quickly…………….for now?

    Click to access enso_evolution-status-fcsts-web.pdf

    • flurball says:

      Sorry. Thought I had the page marked. The graph I speak of is page 27 of the presentation….on my computer. Anyone have analogs of past April/May’s of this type and what they meant in winter? From Mark’s comments earlier it seemed it resulted in a hot later summer for some?

    • Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

      92? I know spring and summer of 93 we were on the opposite end of things, coming out of La Nina and going into El Nino. It was a wet cold spring and a cool summer.
      I need to look at the spring/summer of 92.

    • Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

      Looking back at the records, we were in a pretty neutral ENSO for the whole winter of 92-93 and spring and summer of 93. So go figure….

    • flurball says:

      Thanks Boyo but you describe the ENSO that winter but what were the temps that winter and the precip or did I misunderstand your post?

    • Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

      Winter of 92-93 was a big snow year for much of Oregon. But like 2008 the snow level was around 500′. Bend got hammered. Ski areas were deluxe. Not a lot of precip (in fact I think it was below average) but what fell as snow stuck around. Bend had big snow berms along the streets. We had a big snowstorm in Feb that year on the valley floor (at least down here anyway). I’d have to take a look at the records, but the temps that winter and spring were very cool and summer was cool as well. Fall of 93 really warmed up as I recall.

    • flurball says:

      Thanks Boydo!

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Oh … need to add another person great with info and research. Boydo. Actually there are quite a few I can’t name them all. Thank Mark for that.

    • WEATHERDAN says:

      1992 was a very hot and dry summer. Fall came early that year and it was cool and wet. The winter of 92-93 was long and cold in Salem. We had 35 inches of snow in Salem that winter. We had 11 snow events on the valley floor here of more than one inch each. Except for one very mild stretch that lasted from January 20 – February 10 we had snow and cold weather almost continuously from Thanksgiving to March 1. Then after a normal spring it turned very cool and wet from late May to Late July. Late July to Labor Day was dry and seasonally warm. September and October were dry and very warm. For what it’s worth.

    • Andrew Johnson says:

      Yes, I had over 35 inches in Silverton during the winter of 92-93….Significant snow fell in Dec, Jan., and Feb.

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