Exciting Evening in Weather Center

 That was a fun 2 hours!  Two clusters of thunderstorms did indeed form as our RPM showed (see previous post from midday).  One passed from Beaverton down into Clackamas County, and another from the Coast Range out past McMinnville and Dundee.  Appears to be about 110 cloud to ground (or ground to cloud) lightning strikes within the range of this map.  It was a good weekend to work!  My co-workers are still finishing up their honeymoons.

At 11pm the showers are almost all east of I-205 and 99E, mainly in the Cascade foothills.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

96 Responses to Exciting Evening in Weather Center

  1. Jesse-Orchards says:

    Well well well, looks like Mark cooled off the 7-day. 🙂

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      I promise it was not due to you Jesse. I had already seen the lower heights over the weekend and was concerned our numbers were too high.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Suuuuure… 😉

    • bgb41 says:

      Many people I know from the “Western Wx Blog” say Jesse knows nothing about weather. They say he just complains all the time. He’s about the same as this blog.

    • bgb41 says:

      *is about the same on this blog

    • W7ENK says:

      Wow, you got some ballz there, amateur boy. Mighty douchey of you to challenge a Weather Professional like that, son!

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      The W7-bgb team is back!

      You guys just can’t resist on commenting on nearly everthing I post, can you? 😆

    • W7ENK says:

      Don’t feel all special, Jess. You may be that arrogant, but you’re certainly not that important.

    • bgb41 says:

      Only when you senseless attack someone will this team appear Jesse. This is the new anti-troll policy.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      W7 – If I’m not that important then prove it by not adding your two cents to every interaction I have with someone on here. 😉

      And Brian – Mark and I were just giving each other a hard time, no harm done. It’s not your place to jump in and decide to be the blog “police” every time. No one else found our exchange offensive.

      Thanks guys! 🙂

    • W7ENK says:

      Don’t flatter yourself Jess, and stop being a hypocrite… they’re not very becoming personality traits.

    • Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

      I have a better idea….Lets put Jesse in the fox 12 weather center and see how well he can predict the weather then we can bag on his forecast like he does Mark’s 😆

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Sounds good!

  2. Austin (Cornelius) says:

    Mark is my favorite meteorologist because to me he seems more accurate and explains mot
    re so I can understand….and most of the time sais things I want to hear.
    Thanks for bieng a cool one mark! 😀

    • Austin (Cornelius) says:


    • Karl Bonner says:

      That’s what I like most about Mark. He discusses the more subtle elements of our weather patterns and explains them in a simple, straightforward format. He treats the audience like intelligent and curious people.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Agreed Karl!

  3. B1900 Pilot says:

    Beautiful marine push coming over the Coast Range right now. Truly a sign that Summer is right around the corner.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Truly a sign the webs between our toes will not ever dry out/crack.

  4. Jesse-Orchards says:

    Judging by recent models, I’m hoping the latest 7-day doesn’t get people’s hopes up too much. They are trending much cooler than the 7-day forecast would indicate.

    • Well, I guess “seasonal” would be a bit to ask this “spring”.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Actually it’s “Summer” now.

    • Boydo3 N. Albany 500' says:

      Summer doesn’t start until the 5th of July.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Cliche anecdotes aside, meteorological Summer is technically from June 1 – August 31.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Oh Mark, you’re just mad because I’m calling out your 7-day! :p

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      Yeah, no one bags on my 7 Day and survives without some kind of obnoxious comment by me…at least on this blog. I would hope you would expect nothing less.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Of course! 😀

    • Boydo3 N. Albany 500' says:

      All cliches’ aside. Summer, with consistently warm (80ish)days and nites in the 50s doesn’t typically start until July. But often stretches into mid Sept. But I’m further south. I lived in Olympia for several years and I don’t remember ever seeing summer while I was there. 😉

    • Emily Waldman says:

      Go Mark Go!

      For you crabs: I recommend some St. John’s Wort for your sour attitude! I take it all year long no crabbiness! The 7 day is great! Sorry spring got skipped summer now!
      My garden has gone nutty! I have some serious cilantro growing,apparentally it likes much rain & some sun! Garden should be interesting this summer!

    • Jethro says:

      I’ve had my hopes dashed so many times this spring that it doesn’t really matter if it happens one more time. Mark, please continue to plaster the 7-day with partly sunny skies and seventy degree temps… even if you end up having to add more clouds at the last minute, at least we get to see glimmers of hope.

    • Karl Bonner says:

      I like to think in terms of “thermological summer,” meaning the three-month period with the warmest overall temperatures. On the I-5 corridor it lines up almost perfectly with the astronomical definition (roughly June 20 to Sept. 20), both in terms of all-day mean temps and average high temps. In The Dalles, thermological summer begins and ends about one week earlier by mean-temp reckoning, but only 2-3 days earlier by daily maximum reckoning and about 12 days earlier by daily minimum reckoning. (This, combined with the later sunrise times, helps explain why late summer and early fall in The Dalles feels so contrasty from morning to afternoon – the diurnal gap is wide and people are more likely to experience the entire diurnal range of temps if they normally first step outside around 7-8am.)

      And near the Oregon coast the summertime temperature lag is longer than even the Willamette Valley, with September being warmer than July in many, if not most, locations.

  5. W7ENK says:

    Quite breezy with the Westerlies this evening under a persistent marine layer, but it’s comfortable at 67 degrees. This is how I remember early June to be… perfect! 🙂

  6. Kyle From Silverton says:

    I guess I’ll just have to keep my scientific tricorder armed and ready. 🙂

  7. Kyle From Silverton says:

    Never mind stupid quesiton: We will have to have a real time Google Earth to see that which would require a massive super computer that can hold the data of the entire human race.

  8. Kyle From Silverton says:

    That’s pretty *beep* neat that we can triangulate lighting making a pinpoint. 🙂

    Is it detailed enough to show the lightning striking the Oregon Gardens?

    • W7ENK says:

      I believe it’s accurate down to a few hundred yards. Definitely to well within a mile.

  9. Christian Saint says:

    On YouTube

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      That looked close, did you catch any thunder?

    • Christian Saint says:

      I didn’t because there’s a busy street and cars kept coming by.

  10. Christian Saint says:

    Here’s one lightning Strike:


  11. bgb41 says:

    18Z GFS @ KTTD

    ‎18Z GFS – Back-to-Back 90 degree days on day 13 + 14 this run. Almost totally dry as well with 0.04″ the whole 16 day period. It appears we are seeing some redemption coming this month for our awful spring 2011 as well as the awful June weather we had last year. Thank goodness that wasn’t a repeat.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:


      LOL putting all jokes aside I do hope for that as well. And yeah I hated last year. June felt like March.

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

    Heh, my sarcasm may have actually been the truth today… No echoes to be seen on the KMAX radar. What do ya know?

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

    Wunder radar is showing a tornado watch in NW Montana that the SPC is not even showing… Is this red outline an error?

  14. Cherie in Vernonia says:

    Will there be more today?

  15. Mike (Orchards 255') says:

    Tornadic t-storm in SW Idaho….

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

    Okay I gotta go do a little shopping with dad, and I’ll definitely be back posting some comments when I start to see clouds that threaten to punch me like in that one photo below. 😆

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

    Chance of thunderstorms again down here today, but I call phony bolony 1-foot long sandwhiches

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      Sorry but I just love sarcasm. I gotta thank Jesse for this 😆

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

    Alright guys, I got my albums on Flickr, ready to share!

    First set, at 1:30 pm

    Second set, 7:45 pm

    And here is one picture that looks like a cloud flexing its arm at me! Someone up there was angry, for sure.


  19. phil in Beaverton says:

    How are lightning strikes counted? Is it by human observation and reporting or something more automatic?

    I see these maps showing lightning strikes and wonder how that data was collected.

  20. Ryan Nefcy says:

    I have some awesome footage of what happened in my area near Walker Rd in Beaverton!
    Sorry if this double posted my computer is being strange!

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

    OKAY FOLKS! I got the video uploaded.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      This was a stationary thunderstorm for sure, I had spent almost an hour recording this, and the cell remained in pretty much the same position.

    • Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

      Pretty intense footage Timmy 🙂 Back in the late 90’s when we had a T-storm drift off the cascades into Portland I experienced a rumble so loud it caused the house to vibrate enough to break a wine glass all to pieces. The power surge messed up one of the phones we had at the time as well. That particular stroke probably hit within an sixteenth of a mile from where I was located. I love watching lightning and thunder but when it’s straight overhead it can get pretty intense when it’s capable of breaking thin glass objects 🙂

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      Oh i believe that was August 1999. That’s one the only times I remember a storm drifting off the mountains and maintaining severity. If this is the one your talking about, Sandy had golfball sized hail. This was when I had just moved to Bethany in west Portland, I clearly remember the bright red/orange skies surrounding the area, still a creepy image to look back to.

    • Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

      It was the August of 1999 storm 🙂 That was probably the roughest storm I’ve ever seen up until now.

  22. Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

    Exciting evening indeed 🙂

  23. bgb41 says:

    6/5/2011 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:85 at LAKE OWHEE AND O(2400 ft) & Ontario Municipa(2188 ft)
    Low: 63 at Fremont Bridge W(270 ft) & DW4360 Portland(175 ft) & DW5318 SE Portla(253 ft)

    High:45 at CRATER LAKE BUOY(6184 ft)
    Low: 32 at CRANE PRAIRIE (5500 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 41 degrees
    Nelson (83/42 ) (2560 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    1.41″ at BOULDER CREEK(3570ft)
    1.08″ at DW3693 Hood Rive(699ft)
    1.01″ at CW5099 Hood Rive(430ft)

    • bgb41 says:

      CRANE PRAIRIE the only station in Oregon out of 640 of them that reached freezing last night. Certainly that is a sign of summer.

  24. Karl Bonner says:

    Around 7:30 I thought I saw a few flashes on the western horizon, which makes sense given the T-storms in the Hood River Valley. Maybe tomorrow it will hit The Dalles.

    On another note, today I drove up Skyline Road south/southwest of town to get a semi-bird’s eye view of the landscape. Near the top of the paved section, at an elevation of 1000-1500 feet, there were a few balsam roots that were still in full bloom, as well as plenty of lush green tall grass. All the oaks were completely in leaf, and the leaves looked fully mature and thick. But they didn’t quite look like early summer leaves yet.

    Also the cherry orchards up there (most are between 500 and 1000 feet elevation) showed nothing but tiny and completely green fruits, indicating that the beginning of harvest season is still quite far away. I remember a couple years when harvest started in the last week of May!

    I can’t wait to drive Sevenmile again tomorrow and see what it looks like up there.

  25. Sandi (Wilsonville) says:

    Well, it was fun to read about the excitement tonight and watch the storms go just N and S of us on radar. ;P Everything is bone dry outside.

  26. bgmike says:

    I saw quiet a few flashes but no thunder,they were way to far away to hear the thunder.

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

    What really sucked about today was after sunset (when a storm just east of me had developed), my double A batteries had died, missed some close BOOMS/flashes, and every time I tried recording there was nothing. I think the weather gods didn’t like me today! 🙂

  28. Camas mom says:

    Of course, not a thing here, darnit! 🙂 can live without the rain, but would liked to have seen the lightning!

  29. Josh (Gresham) says:

    Saw about 50 flashes total on my mini-chase (lost track after about 30 haha

  30. Austin (Cornelius) says:

    -_- saw two flashes, about six rolls of thunder throught the day.
    I’m sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    jelous. 😦

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

    At least I finally had some action earlier! Definitely is an exciting evening…

  32. W7ENK says:

    Awesome evening!!!

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

    Was a fun evening even though the storms got no closer than 6-7 miles from my location. Still I saw 60-70 flashes/bolts with my Dad which made it extra special. Let’s do this again sometime real soon!

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      Did you guys get video of the lightning?

    • Austin (Cornelius) says:

      Where’s yours Timmy? I wanna see!!!!!!!! @0@

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      I’m still cutting up the video. The lightning was not that frequent and with almost an hour of footage, I gotta write down when I see each strike. LOL

    • W7ENK says:

      Can’t wait to see your video, Timmy! 🙂

  34. Could see lots of flashes to the south/southeast of my location here.

  35. Ben Randall says:

    Flood Advisory Cancelled – http://inws.wrh.noaa.gov/weather/alertinfo/2803844

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