A New Record! Wettest June

It’s done, the heavy rain that passed over PDX from 9-10:30pm has pusehd us past the June rainfall record.  You’ve now lived through the wettest June in history here in Portland.  At least back to the early 1940’s when records began at PDX.  The 4.21″ number includes the .08″ ending at around 10:20pm.

I’ve made a few modifications to the 7 Day forecast…I really like the “Optimicast” wording being used here on the blog.  That’s been a continuing issue lately in the 3-7 day forecasts.  Models can’t seem to handle the nearly continuous longwave trough we’ve had along the West Coast the last 4 weeks.  They have kept trying to fill it and bring upper-level heights to more normal levels for this time of year.  The trend is still there this evening with the 00z GFS slightly lower on heights again as we head into the weekend.  For this reason I’m extremely leary of showing sunshine and mid-70s over the weekend, so I dropped it quite a bit.  Same thing for Friday and next Tuesday.  The main message?  The cooler than average weather is going to continue with no sign of a big warm spell in sight.

Today’s “low” high temp record (it only made it to 57 @ PDX) was from 1954.  Anybody looked into that summer?  That would be anybody other than the “number master” Steve Pierce?  It only hit 86 that year in this city AND that was in mid-May!  In the months of June-September we only made it to 82!  July was full of 60s and 70s.  Shauna Parsons suggested that “75 would be really nice”, that was until I suggested it probably included abundant cloud cover, occasional drizzle or showers, and lots of gloom in general.  Then she agreed that 1954 doesn’t sound so great.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

43 Responses to A New Record! Wettest June

  1. Muxpux says:

    Pappoose, your absolutely right. Remember our record sno event of two years ago? That had even snow lovers tired of snow, everythings great… In moderation

  2. pappoose in scappoose says:

    I think too much of anything gets old, be it wet/dry/hot/cold. I love the cooler weather but am tired of the rain every day. Need a few more dry days mixed in between the boomers. Have some outdoor projects to do that require dry.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      Outdoor projects are never finished in the land of intense showers.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Hahaha! Very true Timmy.

    • umpire says:

      It’s a good thing work is hectic – if I don’t get to the house painting until mid-August, I probably won’t miss many good painting days!

  3. Dave in Buckman says:

    Does anyone have or can they create a list of all the records we’ve tied or broken this spring/summer?

    I myself love this weather and hope for more so bring it on Mark! 😀 I too have allergies and this last weekend in LaGrande was beautiful but miserable. I also think that if it does warm up in a hurry, we are going to have a major insect outbreak including mosquitos.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      Including stray albino mammoth wasps and spiders! 🙂

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Will be a dangerous fire season if we get very hot /dry after this wet spring. Interesting thought Dave, I wonder if this kind of weather has any effect on the bee population (where are you Karl)?

  4. Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

    Check out the fresh snow! Hoodoo at Santiam Pass.

  5. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    What a doozey, we are only half way done with the month… Whats happening next? Are we going to double or maybe triple this record that we already have by the end of the month?

    Nonetheless we shouldn’t worry, I seriously doubt this will continue into July, slowly but surely, summer will come back. Or am I wishcasting too much? Perhaps dracula will suck all of the crops dry? We will see. 😉

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      Either way you look at it, this is at least something different, to be blunt. We always see a typical summer every year, practically. So why not spice things up and put in a 50-100 year spoof.

      But this is what forecasting is all about, you just never know what we will end up with.

    • Eternal Yamcha (SE Milwaukie) says:

      If the overall pattern of the spring had been cool and wet, I’d have been fine with it. But it’s the fact that apparently this year, when the weather wants to do something it doesn’t just go 3/4 of the way, it goes above and beyond.

      I’ve noticed people get tired of the same pattern after 2 – 3 weeks… The nice weather patterns (mild and sunny) usually don’t get too many complaints, but about 3 weeks in people want to see something different. Bad weather patterns cause people to have shorter fuses and most people were sick of this pattern two weeks ago.

      Since April, for every day that was warmer than average, we’ve had TWO days colder average. Since May, for every day that was warmer than average, we’ve had THREE days colder than average.

      To a growing number of people, this record breaking spring is coming at a cost most don’t want to pay. I usually talk about how great the weather is in Oregon since it’s rarely too cold or too warm. This year I can honestly say I don’t like the weather here at all.

      Last thing is a while back Mark mentioned something about farmers not having the chance to plant yet and that it’s getting REALLY close to the cut off for them. I do hope that they’ve had a chance to plant what they need to. If not, then we’re gonna take an economic hit because of this god awful weather.

  6. Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

    I certainly won’t be complaining about the weather. I’d rather have cool and wet than oppressively hot weather. This weather also assures my allergies stay in check. The two warm data we had where miserable for me due to brutal allergies!

    I do have compassion for the sun & warm weather lovers. It’s a nice change for the allergy sufferers, however.

  7. Kyle says:

    Other then calling you “incopemtend” or whatever that word was in your topic a week ago.

  8. Kyle says:

    Only 49.9F here and what the (beep) do you ignore my emails about your blog topics Mark?

    I stiil didn’t get my question about the letter that women sent you.

    I stil don’t see what was soo rude about that letter that women sent you.

    • SilentReader says:

      You need to relax – someone who has to *bleep* himself probably does not represent himself as a person Mark wants to answer. You get very demanding on this blog. If no one answers your question(s) move on. Everyone has lives and have other things that are a much higher priority than answering some question.

      All of us use this blog to learn something or to share our knowledge. Lets try to keep it that way.

      Sorry for my break from the weather but I just get annoyed by this over and over again and since i can’t block it I have to skim it and waste my time with it.

    • Dave in Buckman says:

      i agree. and also, i’m very sure that Mark gets inundated with emails and questions and simply can’t answer every one of them. I do know he tries from being an avid reader of this blog.

    • Dave in Buckman says:

      i agree. and also, i’m pretty sure that Mark gets inundated with emails and questions and simply can’t answer every one of them. I do know he tries from being an avid reader of this blog. 😛

  9. LongtimeLurker says:

    Okay, it has to be asked…
    If the summer of 1954 was that cool, how was the winter? 🙂

  10. I think many of us are ready to move to (insert name of warm/hot/dry/sunny location here) if we don’t have a good summer. I’m not worrying too much though, if this was early July already with no signs of letting up it would be different, let’s keep holding on! (even though we’ve been doing that for months!)

    • Runrain says:

      I’m already banking on some great football weather this fall. All the better to watch the Rodgers brothers tear up the PAC 10 (er, PAC 11, er PAC 12….?) Go BEAVS!

  11. BrandonInNWSuburbia says:

    Westside temps are edging down to the lower 40’s. Somebody might see a 39 this morning.

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  13. Eternal Yamcha (SE Milwaukie) says:

    With how much trouble the models have been… I’d say after 72 hours, just forecast the 1954 high/low temps for the rest of the week.

    How long have the models been like this? If I remember correctly, they seem to want to take us out of patterns at the end of every week… I remember the same thing happen in January/February.

  14. Battle Ground Brian says:

    Rainfall report as of 11:30pm

    Today: 0.30″

    June Total: 5.20″

    2010 Total: 34.27″

    *Footnote…Today was the 7th out of 15 possible days in June where my high temperature was only in the 50’s

    • sds says:

      I think from the way things are going so far this year, that I agree w/Mark that we may have very little summer weather this summer season–we certainally had very little winter weather during the winter months!

      It got to 56 at my place around 2:00 this afternoon–it seems the seasonal temps are reversed this year–where is Gore when we need him?

    • Eternal Yamcha (SE Milwaukie) says:

      At the rate things are going I wouldn’t be shocked if we had next to no summer. Then again, I wouldn’t be shocked if we suddenly got really hot. I’m just hoping whatever it is that’s been causing this extremely prolonged period of cold moves out.

      I miss normal seasons.

  15. Eternal Yamcha (SE Milwaukie) says:

    Now that we’ve broken the record, I can honestly say I’ve looked back and all things considered this spring…

    …SUCKS. I hate it. Anyone can try and defend this year because of all the records we’ve had but really? 2010 is absolutely one of the worst weather years I can remember. A warm January, a warm and INSANELY dry February and a horrible April – June? Yeah, I don’t like it when the defining month of the year was March because it was “marginally average.”

    No, don’t convince me that this is all awesome. This is terrible and I hate it. I want SPRING, I want sunshine and warmth!

    We’ve broke the only record I was looking forward to… Now I want AVERAGE weather.

  16. W7ENK says:


    59.7°F High
    43.2°F Low – Set at 1:28pm this afternoon??? Whoa!!! 😯
    WNW 21.9 mph at 1:06p
    0.68″ Today (most fell during the 1pm hour)
    4.23″ June total… Yikes!

    I just have to share this photo I got of the Mammatus clouds over Beaverton again… so cool! 🙂

  17. My June rainfall currently stands at 3.79″

  18. Steve Pierce (Vancouver, WA.) says:

    Additionally —

    The Portland International Airport has received more rainfall in the first 15 days of June than during the entire (normally wetter) months of February, March or April, when looked at individually. There is now a real possibility that June’s month-end precipitation total could exceed that of May’s, which was the 3rd wettest on record. Here are the re-updated totals now, through 10:45pm.”

    Month 2010
    Jan 4.94
    Feb 2.76
    Mar 3.58
    Apr 2.92
    May 4.68
    June 4.21


  19. Sifton says:


  20. Sifton says:

    2nd also………

  21. Steve Pierce says:

    First! As it should be!


  22. Sifton says:

    OK, I said I wasn’t gonna bi$ch anymore, but god dangit already!!! I want some sun!!

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