Mt. Hood At Sunrise

This is what it looks like up on Mt. Hood when it’s shadow is 50 miles long at sunrise!  Click on the pic for a better view.  Photo by Scott Withers on Sunday, June 27th.

69 Responses to Mt. Hood At Sunrise

  1. 00z GFS — Oh yes.. we have summer coming!!

    Current scenario shows 90+ July 6-10 and 85-90 July 11 + 12. That is going to be a very enjoyable week 🙂

    • AdamInAumsville says:

      Will Mark be the first one to put a 90+ in his 7 day? You know you want to Mark!

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      To make it complete, put some thunderstorms in that week. I’m tired of these hit & miss events. East of the cascades, it has gotten quite active to be truthful, like last year.

    • AdamInAumsville says:

      He did it!

  2. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Intense looking severe thunderstorm that passed Seeley Lake, MT just a little bit ago.

  3. Kyle says:

    Good book?

  4. Kyle says:

    And WEATHERDAN wants to know what happend to Rob?

    I’ve noticed his absence too but it’s part of my flusteration curse to get me flustered. 😦

    • Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

      Kyle, I think Rob just taking a break. Hopefully his unwavering observations and forecasts will again grace this space.

    • Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

      OK, time to leave this screen and get into the last chapters of “The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”

  5. Kyle says:

    Mark. How come you deleted the post about the apology to Brian?

  6. Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

    Models are all leaning to some pretty hot days later next week. I for one am glad to see it and felt it would surely happen. Like I said a while back, summer will start on the 5th. I know it sounds cliche’ but it sure seems to happen that way. I just wish it would start sooner! This is coming from a 3rd generation Oregonian. Getting out there for a hike or bike ride is so much nicer when you’re not being pelted with rain or pulling your hood up to keep your ears warm. Don’t get me wrong, I love the winter months too. I’m just an outside person (work and play) and I love it all.
    If we don’t get some nice hot days during the summer, how are we going to appreciate the winter?
    I know my tomatoes, peppers, cukes, etc, all love the heat.
    I can wait for fall for the mushrooms………

    • AdamInAumsville says:

      Yeah, the 00Z GFS is really starting to show some consistent heat.

    • Eugene in Vancouver says:

      Go tomatoes! I didn’t get mine in until June 18th because of the weather, but noticed one pea-sized one starting to grow today. Maybe there’s still hope.

  7. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Look at the reports rack up! Things really did pan out.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      And here is the watch that was issued at 2:30 pm MDT and is still in effect until 11:00 pm MDT.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:


  8. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Someone over at the mountains please send us some billowing popcorn boomers…

  9. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Here is a satellite image from Missoula, MT.

    Impressive view, haven’t this here in a great while. Nice anvils along the border of Canada.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      Sorry I took a nap for over an hour today, so don’t mind the typos…

      Impressive view, *I haven’t seen* this here in a great while. Nice anvils along the border of Canada.

  10. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Alright it looks like the cap is gone for good, I see several cells that blew up from Eastern Oregon all the to Central Montana in the last hour. The storms in Malheur County appear to have rotation, I see a hook thingy on this one storm:

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      Typo… From Eastern Oregon all the way* to Central Montana.

  11. Paul D says:

    That fast cooling last night was a blast (pun intended)! I took the family to Toy Story 3 in Cornelius, and had the A/C on in the car on the way there at 6:15pm, and at 9pm we were going home with the heater on!

  12. WEATHERDAN says:

    Did I miss something? What happened to Rob(wrath)? I haven’t seen a post from him in several days.

  13. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    There is still a cap over major parts of Idaho/Montana, I was hoping that it would dissapear. Now it doesn’t look incredibly active overall. But it is forecast that these storms should continue into the night, so by late afternoon/evening perhaps there is a good chance for an outbreak?

  14. Cherie in Vernonia says:

    New Bern,NC getting lots of action as per phone chat w/ friend that ended abruptly 🙂

  15. Jesse-Orchards says:

    12Z Euro is on board with the heat. This sucks.

    • Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

      We knew it was going to happen eventually…

      Oh well, the heat folk can enjoy the blow torch. I’ll be pulling the A/C out and sticking it in the window on July 5th!

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      I’ll believe it when I see it!

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      So you’re skeptical I take it?

      GFS has had a tendency to overdo heat this spring, but the support of the EURO definitely lends the idea creedence.

      I know a lot of people disagree, but I just hate roasting at some point every summer. I really thought this one would be different…

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      18Z looks about the same. What happened to that nice trough for that period from earlier runs??

    • Justin (Brush Prairie) says:

      The GFS decided to get in touch with the seasons, and with the other models that have been advertising ridging for awhile. I don’t understand what you’re surprised about, we’ve been colder than average for weeks. You’ve had your crummy spring, not step aside and let other weather geeks revel in the coming heat.

    • pgiorgio says:

      Let all weather geeks have something to enjoy? lol

  16. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Current thermodynamics look impressive…

    Lifted index is already up to -6 and -7 in spots around Idaho/Montana.

    SB CAPE: 1500-2000 J/kg
    ML CAPE: 1000-2000 J/kg
    MU CAPE: 2000-3000 J/kg (yikes!)

    Parameters are looking great, but there is a weak cap that is preventing some development, which should burn off within the next hour or so.

  17. Muxpux says:

    I like both ends of the weather spectrum, in winter I like cold and snowy, and in summer I like hot days with maybe some t-storms.

    To be honest, In the summer, it’s nice to be able to wear shorts and fli flops. It’s summer. Time to give pants and my coat a break already

    • Runrain says:

      Yeah, don’t like the discomfort that comes from the heat, but as is the case with many weather junkie types, I like the extremes. The phenomenon alone is fun. Plus, I love those nights when you can sit outside at 10pm and its still 75 degrees out – ahhhhhh!

    • Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

      I enjoy extremes when dealing with cold temps. Of course I find it easier to warm up than cool down. That and I like many folks on here love snow and super cold usually means a good shot of snow!

      Hot weather just means its going to get hot.

    • Eternal Yamcha (SE Milwaukie) says:

      I like extremes as well, provided that they’re usually within their respective seasons. I absolute hate more than a week of “hot” winter weather and I hate more than a week of “cold” summer weather. The transition seasons can have both and I’m fine with that… But I NEED variety in those months. Spring should get us acclimated and ready for Summer and Autumn should do the same for Winter.

  18. I will take today’s weather on July 4th over a hot day anytime, let the fireworks be the only hot part of the weekend!

  19. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    This is a hail report from yesterday afternoon over at Union County, OR:



    • umpire says:

      When I drove back from Boise yesterday, it was in the 70s and clear all the way through. Of course, that was early in the day – I wanted to get out of Boise before the heating took hold – project high of 100 turned out to be 102 yesterday – but it is a dry heat 🙂

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      Yeah, any later andd your car would have been all banged up due to the hail! lol j/k

  20. Here is a piece of the graphical 12Z GFS.
    Notice the 100+ isotherm on the 9th and 10th of July at PDX.

  21. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    Another comfy morning with partly cloudy skies and temps in the low 60s. I’ll take this any day…definitely over the cool and wet, and probably over the heat too lol.

  22. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    SPC’s convective outlook discussion is actually suggesting the development of supercells and bowing segments along the front in Idaho/Montana, we are missing out on quite a bit:


  23. 12Z GFS — Calling for hottest weather of the year around July 9th. It is still 10 days out so no need to get excited yet. This year the GFS has not done well long term.

    HOUR 252 @ TTD = 100 degrees with 850mb temp of +27C

    Current trend producing a short 4-day heat wave
    July 6th — Near 90
    July 7th —-low 90’s
    July 8th —-upper 90’s
    July 9th —-Near 100

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      Looks nice, if GFS keeps showing 90’s in the next few runs, perhaps summer will be approaching on time.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:


      I pray the 12Z is an outlier. That kind of heat isn’t even fun.

      What do you guys have against comfortable weather like today?

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      I don’t have anything against this weather, I don’t understand why you don’t think this little 4 day spirt on GFS isn’t welcome. If we do end up with a below average summer, 4 days wouldn’t hurt at all.

    • Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

      Probably the same logic all the people that complain about stretches of very cold weather in the winter.

      Some people like cool weather (clearly Jesse & I) while some people like hot weather. Of course then you have the other group of folks that just like to see extremes hot or cold!

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      But this isn’t an extreme. This only like 4 days long. If the rest of the summer is unusually cool, thats nothing to complain about.

    • Justin (Brush Prairie) says:

      I hope we torch. A few short days of dry heat where we cool back off at night is nothing to complain about, especially after 9 months of gloom and no warm weather to speak of.

    • Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

      I will gladly complain about 90+ heat! I find it uncomfortable and unpleasant. Especially since my allergies really have a field day when we cross the 80 degree barrier. I was miserable much of last weekend thanks to my allergies. They seem like much less of an issue when it’s in the 70’s.

      But you two are missing my point. That is, some people think 90+ is oppressively hot and not fun at all (me) for any length of time. Other folks think 90+ for a couple days is fun and not a big deal (you two).

      So wondering why some people hate to see 90+ or why some people hate to see anything under 40 is really beating a dead horse. It’s simply a matter of preference.

  24. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    Good morning folks. Okay, this does not concern this general area, but its still in the Pacific Northwest region and I love storm tracking…

    Looks like parts of eastern Oregon, Idaho, and sections of Montana will see a very active day as far as convection goes… SPC has a ‘slight risk’ zone covering central Idaho and half of Montana.

    Here is an image of the convective outlook they issued:

    Tornado: 2% chance
    Hail: 15% chance
    Wind: 15% chance

    Its likely there would be a severe thunderstorm watch or two later in the day as these storms really get going. Instability parameters are about the same as what we saw on June 4th 2009 for the Willamette Valley, but this time there is more lift in the atmosphere, so watches are probably a bigger possibility.

    Here are the parameters for 0300 UTC:

    Lifted Index: -3 (-5 in central Montana)
    Surface CAPE: 1000-1500 j/kg
    Mixed Layer CAPE: 750-1250 j/kg
    Most Unstable CAPE: 1000-2000 j/kg
    Shear: 40-45 kts (rotating updrafts are likely)

    Conditions do look healthy for a widespread thunderstorm event.

  25. Garron near washington square says:

    I am in such awe of this shot, this is a really amazing shot with the cornice hanging and everything! Thanks again.

  26. RobWaltemate says:

    Very cool!

  27. Cherie in Vernonia says:

    Always wondered what the view was from the top! Thanks for sharing…as I know I will never be there in person 🙂

  28. Kyle says:

    What made you delete that apology post Mark?

  29. Boydo3 500' N Albany says:

    That’s a cool photo!
    I remember climbing Mt St Helens in the mid eighties in June when climbers and hikers were just beginning to be allowed back up there after the eruption. Started hiking at 4:00 AM and summited about 4 hours later before the snow got too soft.
    Slid all the way back down on a piece of plastic we brought up with us.
    That’s one reason we live here in the great PNW!
    It doesn’t get any better!

  30. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    The pacific northwest is best at sunrises/sunsets. You simply can’t get better than this. Beautiful site, thanks for the post Mark!

  31. Already down 19 degrees from the High today

    58 degrees at 920pm after a High of 77 here. Marine air is so refreshing this time of year.

    • Mike (Orchards 255') says:

      Agree. Nature’s AC works well when we get these strong marine air pushes at this time of year.

      Down to 59.3° from a high of 77.2…

    • RobWaltemate says:

      Unless you live at the beach. I think I am going to turn “clear” and not tan this summer! This month 56.5 F average, with mostly WSW winds and 80.5 humidity. Ug!

  32. chiefWright says:

    I just realized that shadow arrow is pointing right at me!! From our house South of Molalla the sun is rising right over the peak this time of year. And setting over Trask Mt. in the Coast Range.
    Brilliant Photo! Right back atcha, Scott!

  33. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    Awesome photo Scott…including the moon and everything!

    Probably perfect climbing conditions too!

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