Gloomiest Day in Months?

June 20, 2010

It could have been!   I just ran into this posting from my college professor Cliff Mass up at the UW.  He says here, that the solar radiation sensor at the UW recorded it’s lowest level since the end of February.  The point is that the gloom was constant up there the whole day, similar here in Portland too.  And the sun is the highest of the year!  I think what he was really trying to say is “it doesn’t get any worse than this”.  At my home where it tends to be wetter up around 1,000′ way out on the east side of the metro area, it drizzled or sprinkled every time I looked outside…constant wetness, like a rain forest.  Oh yeah, we are considered part of the world’s largest temperature rainforest in the foothills of the Cascades, but this is nuts.

Looking ahead, not much better except Tuesday and Wednesday should be very late-June-like with lots more sun.  Models sure want to push in another unseasonably cold trough and showers at some point between this Friday and the following Monday-Tuesday.  We could possibly have ANOTHER cool and cloudy weekend in the works.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen