A Good Start To The Week

Check out the sunset…Tyler Mode sent me this picture of the sky this evening.  Nice colors as the setting sun shone on the high clouds from earlier thunderstorms in Central Oregon.    I’m so glad I was able to show this picture on the 10pm weathercast tonight, although I know most of you REALLY wanted to see the man with the world’s longest ear hair…that was disgusting, but you watched didn’t you?

I’m back at work for a few days after a week of vacation.  So what did I miss?  Apparently nothing weatherwise.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, that’s why I take just about all my vacation time in July and August. 

It’s interesting that after all the fuss about a big cold trough for last week, we only had a thicker marine layer and then instead saw ridging and very warm temperatutres by the end of the week.  Hmmm…sounds like a familiar story that continues.  Current forecast models show a trough lingering near the West Coast through the next 7-10 days.  Earlier runs showed it deepening a bit and then swinging right over us during the upcoming weekend.  00z GFS isn’t cool at all, with 850mb temps bottoming out around +12 or so.  That’s the average 850mb temp. for any afternoon in July.  Not exactly a cold mid-summer pattern, but it will increase the onshore flow for sure.  So say goodbye to the near 90 degree temperatures.  We’ll be somewhere between 75 and 85 degrees over the next week; that’s very comfortable.  Remember last year at this time???  We were in day #2 of our 10 days 90+ degree temps in Portland!

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

16 Responses to A Good Start To The Week

  1. Derek Hodges says:

    Models do seem to be in agreement at this point that sometime on Friday-Saturday we get a good shortwave that will slide in to our south. I guess thats our next chance in the valley to get something.

  2. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Boomers in central Oregon are pretty wild this AM.

  3. Tyler in Hazel Dell says:

    Socked in up here in Vancouver.

    Also, today marks my highest average high temperature for any day of the year. Over the last 15 years, my average high for the date is 87.9. In the last 15 years, 6 years have featured a high over 90, and of those 2 were above 100 degrees.

    I think that is enough numbers for this early in the morning.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Kind of unusual how the low clouds stayed north and east of me today. Looks like most of Portland was also cloud free.

  4. Battle Ground Brian says:

    06Z GFS — Much warmer again than past 2 runs and temperature reaches 99 way out at the end of the run.

  5. W7ENK says:

    Well, I made it to 92 and a half degrees today. That’s 3 days in a row over 90 degrees for me, so I guess that makes this my second official heat wave of 2010? Or so the theory goes…

    • W7ENK says:

      Oh, and it’s still 71 right now, 68% humidity. Whoever it was that said it was going to be a warm and muggy night, I think you were right!

    • Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

      Yeap, a warm atmosphere with debris clouds streaming in followed by the marine layer was bound to keep us toasty and a little muggy. Granted it is nothing like the midwest or east coast but for us it was a little warm and sticky.

      Clouds = No radiational cooling.

  6. geo says:

    IF YOU WANT To TALK ABOUT HOT AND MUGGY, MY WIFE IS GOING BACK TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE COUNTRY THIS WEEKEND TO MACON GEORGIA TO VISIT MY DAUGHTER BEFORE THE START OF COLLEGE, THE TEMPERATURE IS FORECAST TO BE NEAR 100 WITH HEAT INDICEAS BETWEEN 110-115!

    • Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

      I stayed with a friend for a week just NE of Atlanta in August. That was absolutely brutal. We lived in water parks.

  7. Yevpolo1990 says:

    Mark
    I call us having 5 days above 90 degrees by the end of this summer.
    Meanwhile serious heat is hitting Eastern Europe! Moscow broke an all time 137 year old record today with a temperature of 38C (100 degrees)
    THEY HAVE JUST BEEN BAKING!

  8. Sifton says:

    + oh how I miss last summer, that was something!! Even a ‘lil’ to hot for even me.

  9. W7ENK says:

    Glad to have you back, Mark! Hope you enjoyed your vacation. 🙂

    75 to 85 is PERFECT!

  10. Sifton says:

    second; damn….

  11. Gregg-Formerly Troutdale, now in Springfield says:

    Thanks for the update and welcome back Mark. Great pic Tyler.

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