Summer Arrives…In Alaska

A beautiful live view from Fairbanks, Alaska…current temp is 76 degrees.

For perspective, here is the forecast for Friday for several cities:




Moscow (Russia)-75

Portland, OR-58

Curling up into the fetal position and rocking right here in the weather center now…Mark

169 Responses to Summer Arrives…In Alaska

  1. ThunderCloud - North Plains says:

    Looks like a fairly good cell west of Forest Grove, southeast of Idiotville. 49dBz so far…..

  2. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    I call BUST. Anyone agree with me?

    But theres still tomorrow, no doubt about that.

  3. Kyle From Silverton says:

    Edit: Without esculating into violence and name calling?

  4. Kyle From Silverton says:

    I want to know something asit’s a bit related to weather.

    Whenever I try to explain anything politics even if it’s weather politics when I hit a nerve in people they will try to derail the topic by accusing me of moods and then when they accuse me I become the moods they accuse.

    How do I defeat this enemy?

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Ignore it and it will go away, unless you can battle the enemy without becoming emotionally involved. I enjoy doing battle with the enemy as long as the emotional connection doesn’t pull me in, if it does I just go on ignore.

  5. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    Rain cooled air has allowed the CAP to develop. It may be hard to overcome this today to rebuild instability and make conditions favorable for convection again. Still a chance until 7 PM. Better luck tomorrow.

    • ThunderCloud - North Plains says:

      But if we get some good sun we could rebuild instability again, right?

    • Wendy-Silverlake, Wa says:

      I have noticed that the rain is breaking apart up this direction and less sun breaks, more clouds. If this the reason why?

    • Josh (Gresham) says:

      Really sunny here, is that gonna help?

  6. Last heavy shower dropped the temp down from 57 to 51…..

  7. W7ENK says:

    Wow, that was one helluva squall line that went through downtown about a half hour ago or so! Lots of rain and wind, couldn’t tell if there was any hail in it, but the trees outside the office were sure whipping around pretty good. I was hoping for a clap of thunder, but no such luck… not yet, anyway.

    Enjoy the long weekend folks, and hope for some exciting weather!

  8. Brenda E Vancouver says:

    My day is now complete. Beautiful lightening strike and instant thunder!!

  9. Andrew Johnson says:

    Just had a very heavy shower go through. Dropped 0.17″ of rain in about 10-15 minutes. Some small hail too.

  10. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    A line of moderate to heavy showers from Portland down to Tualatin may produce a few lightning strikes if any of the individual cells pulse upwards any.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      It is now moving into Vancouver metro.

    • Lightning detector went off but I didn’t hear any thunder here.

    • Debbie - East Vancouver says:

      We had a massive downpour, now it’s stopped and I just heard a crack of thunder.

    • ThunderCloud - North Plains says:

      Rob, with that line of moisture that has now hit the Cascades, is that the main chunk of moisture? Like is the moisture now just going to be lighter more consolidated stuff? That’s how it appears on the radar…

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Yeah I think what we saw was a small vort rotate inland that I had mentioned earlier with my 7 AM analysis, so we saw that enhanced area push through.

  11. cherie in Vernonia says:

    Seems it is all going either north or south….nothing here at all

  12. N3EG says:

    These cells are really growing when they move over Longview…

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Do you have better clearing up there? Radar seems to suggest it.

    • Wendy-Silverlake, Wa says:

      We’ve had bright blue skies in between each one all day. I assume Longview is the same way. Another one is just getting ready to hit again. Wonder if this one will have boomers as well.:)

  13. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    As of 2 PM

    *Upper Air Analysis
    850Mb: -0c
    500Mb: -28c to -29c

    SBCAPE: 250-500J/kg
    MLCAPE: 250J/kg
    MUCAPE: 100J/kg
    0-6KM BULK SHEAR: 20kts
    0-8KM BULK SHEAR: 20-30kts

  14. ThunderCloud - North Plains says:

    Very heavy rain here with hail falling currently, very gusty too! Aaaaaand as I type it instantly stops.

  15. ThunderCloud - North Plains says:

    Becoming quite gusty here, house is beginning to pop and crack 🙂

  16. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    Impressive returns on GRLevel 2:

    And here’s the storm west of Gervals.

  17. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    T-storm west of Gervais, southwest of Aurora is trying to organize a bit with a hail core trying to develop.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      AM radio is now on. Let’s see if there is any lightning activity now.

    • Josh (Gresham) says:

      What do you meen by AM radio now on?

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      I assume he meant to say he is now hearing lightning on AM radio.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Tune AM radio to 530-540 or 1700AM to detect lightning strikes. It will be a sharp cutting sound through the static.

      Fox12 Live Radar

    • Josh (Gresham) says:

      How do you hear lightnining on AM radio? (sorry if i sound stupid here)

    • ThunderCloud - North Plains says:

      You hear a “crashing” type sound when listening to FM radio because of the electromagnetic waves of energy being released when the lighning strikes.

    • ThunderCloud - North Plains says:

      *AM not FM

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      It’s actually a science called “Sferics”
      You have to be a super geek to know this stuff. 😀

    • ThunderCloud - North Plains says:

      Haha 😀 What freq. are you tuned to? I’m tuned to 530-540.

    • Josh (Gresham) says:

      So would I be able to hear it on 1700 AM where the’re announcing weather observations even though its not a clear signal

    • ThunderCloud - North Plains says:

      You generally want to tune to lower frequencies I believe, like 540 AM. I tune to an open freq., one with no channel playing, you should just here static. But when you hear a crack or snap or crash type sound, that’s a lighning strike. It’s in real time too, because light waves travel at the same speed as radio waves.

  18. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    First t-storm of the day in the Willamette Valley appears to be underway just west of Keizer. 62.0dbz core and the cell characteristic is really pretty good. It is even trying to indicate weak rotation.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Another possible t-storm just southwest of Aurora.

    • ThunderCloud - North Plains says:

      These conditions that are decent for thunderstorms are supposed to last through tomorrow, right?

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Yep Saturday afternoon looks good.

    • ThunderCloud - North Plains says:

      Looks like lightning from that storm near Keizer, according to KPTV’s live radar.

    • Josh (Gresham) says:

      According to this the strom west of Keizer is rotating

    • Josh (Gresham) says:

      @Thundercloud, was just gonna say that haha

    • ThunderCloud - North Plains says:

      Haha 🙂

      Hey Rob, where do you get the core and cell characteristics data? Do you use Wundermap?

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      Level III data always shows meso sigs. Especially Wunder radar, that site shows a meso signature every 3 cells. 😀

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      I use GR2/GR2AE
      Download the Free Trial

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      My GR2 Analyst that you gave me doesnt show any signatures. Do I have to configure some sort of file first?

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