Yuck…Gray and Wet This Morning

What a gloomy start…I HATE waking up to fog/low clouds and drizzle on a June day.  These are the types of days that make me want to retire to a sunnier spot (east of the Cascades).  The marine layer really thickened up more than expected overnight.  The 5am weather balloon sounding shows it’s up around 4,000′ thick.  That thick generally means a very late day breakup (if at all) in the Portland Metro Area.  Clearly our 70 degree forecast high is too warm; 65 is much safer.  If you want to get out of the muck, you can go up to Timberline, east to Hood River, or over the Cascade Passes and find plenty of sunshine.  Here’s the latest picture up at Timberline Lodge:


Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

44 Responses to Yuck…Gray and Wet This Morning

  1. bgmike says:

    snow flurries! oh wait its just tree pollen.

    • O.C.Paul says:

      What a night! My wife and I sipped wine and ate cheese and crackers as we sat around the fire pit. The dogs lounged nearby in the comfortable, cloudy, 60 degree weather. I love these October nights.

    • Karl Bonner says:

      OC I’ll be keeping your post in mind nearly four months from now when we’re having a brutal Octogust heat wave and places within reach of the downsloping east wind are still 76 degrees at 11pm.

  2. Runrain says:

    Gottta say, though, if you’re a runner or a biker, today was primo PERFECT! 60 deg, dry, no sun, no wind. Spectacular.

  3. Runrain says:

    The sun will never shine again in Portland… Unless they build a 5,000 foot skyscraper!

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

    I knew I’d miss out on the action today, convection is well off to the east. Most of it in fact is in Idaho.

  5. Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

    There is consequences to a cold and wet spring….Most cherry, apple, and grape crops anywhere in the NW are suffering. I just talked to my former boss from Prosser, WA and he said that his grape vineyard has yet to bloom 😯 Usually his grape vineyard should’ve started blooming in May. Blooms can’t be pollinated by honey bees when it’s too cold as well. So don’t be surprised if certain fruits grown locally in the NW like cherries, Apples, and grapes are more expensive this summer and fall because of poor crops this growing season :sad:.

    • Pete says:

      V. vinifera (grapes) are self-pollinating. They don’t need bees. All they need is sunshine and a little wind and they’re good to go. This is why, unlike many orchards that require bees for pollination, you don’t see hives brought into vineyards.

  6. EA_TTD says:

    12z Euro continues a remarkably consistent Euro trend over the last week or so…cool NW flow, morning clouds/afternoon sun and cooler than average temps…no big warmup over the next 10 days but not ridiculously wet either. Heard someone mention that we may need to wait until the end of July for significant warmth this year.

    • WeatherLurker says:

      What reasoning is there to predict it wont get warm till late July? Because we’re getting fairly average weather in early June?

    • EA_TTD says:

      Global weather patterns…PDO, NAO etc. Haven’t spent a lot of time looking into it so Mark, Jesse, Phil correct me if I’m wrong but basically there’s a omega block over Greenland that has everything stopped up behind it. Until it breaks down, we’re stuck in this pattern. One theory is that it could be mid-July before that happens.

  7. WEATHERDAN says:

    Oregon weather in a word-BLEEEEEEEEP!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Then why do you live here?

    • Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

      I bet the majority of residents west of the cascades feel the same way WeatherDan does. One reason why people love living here is because how beautiful the Oregon landscape can be when it is sunny out. People also love it around here because of how close the Columbia River Gorge, the ocean beaches, and Mt. Hood are to most of us. So to ask a person why they live here is thoughtless in my mind.

    • Runrain says:

      I bought a lot just east of Madras for a future escape. Excellent prices in that development. Its called Yarrow, after the central Oregon flower. Much drier there and only 2 hours from Portland.

    • Karl Bonner says:

      Madras is actually a pretty warm climate region…given its 2000-foot elevation I’m impressed by its winter and summer temps!

  8. Brian says:

    YUCK…was not my first thought upon seeing the sky (or lack thereof) this morning.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Having trouble holding my tongue here. SERIOUSLY people, they’re just clouds. Anyone who’s lived here for more than two months should know that’s just part of living West of the Cascades.

      Yuck? What are we five? Why not just say icky-poo?

      Some condensed moisture in our atmosphere is blocking out the sun today, life goes on….

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      This is very intertaining! 🙂

    • W7ENK says:

      Just keep holding that tongue, Jesse. The moment the sun finally breaks out and shines on your pasty gamer skin and the temperature SOARS above 82, you’ll be the first to complain about how unseasonably hot and uncomfortable it is… 🙄

      As for the rest of us, the lack of prolonged sunshine has been drawn out for so long, we’re getting impatient. Especially knowing that there’s not a cloud in the sky above about 4,000 feet. Personally, I’m more than ready for several weeks of back-to-back sunny days… not JUST two days.

    • Austin (Cornelius) says:

      Looks to be an autumn day…..but the leaves are green.
      Yup, an icky poo yuck day.: /

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      “gamer skin” 😆

      Things can’t get any better

    • Austin (Cornelius) says:

      Is that the sun I see?

    • Beaverton Chris says:

      Jesse, some people are affected by this ugly weather. I am one of them. After the “Spring” we have had, saying yuck is a pretty good reaction to another cloudy cool day.

    • Austin (Cornelius) says:

      Nevermind. Just a brighter cloud.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      W7, I’m actually a fairly avid outdoors person. Hardly a gamer. But nice try buddy! 😉

      Anyway, I wouldn’t be calling anyone pasty. I’ve seen your fb profile pic! 😆

    • W7ENK says:

      You mean this one?

      Hardly pasty, but you’re welcome to take another shot at my complexion if you’d like… 😉

    • Ken says:

      Yuck is a lot better than another four letter word that I have been using lately in relation to the weather and Portland traffic on fridays.

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

    Anyways, here is a picture I just took about 20 minutes ago… Some nice cumulus development, I’m actually surprised to see these this early in the morning. On June 5th, these didn’t start until 1 pm or so.


  10. Jesse-Orchards says:

    12Z GFS shows more cool, or “yucky” as some of you would put it, weather until further notice.

    It does briefly pop us up to 89 in about 13 days though. Get the sunscreen ready!

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      And yes, I hate to break it, but the 80 degree day the 06Z had in ten days is no longer with us.

  11. bgb41 says:

    Lots of people talk about how difficult it is to predict snow in Portland in the winter, but I have always felt that the marine layer depth/coverage and duration in the dry season is the most difficult forecast to get right in the Portland area.

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

    Well I’m not going to be having thunderstorms, watch them all develop where the radars can’t even see. 😯

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      I see cumulus to my east, but then again, thats to my east and going even further east away from me. Today I just have to be negative!

  13. seanfosdick says:

    Rose Parade curse strikes again…

  14. Gregg-formerly Troutdale now in Bend says:

    It was sunny and clear earlier this morning here Mark, but clouds are working there way in now.

  15. W7ENK says:

    Yes, yuck indeed!

  16. Rookie says:

    Good morning all,

    Here is something to look at to take your mind off the local gloom and yuck. Check out these photos if you have not already seen them. Sorry if someone has already posted on these recently.

    From the eruption of the Puyehue volcano in the Andes mountains of southern Chile last weekend.

    I really like number 15. Hope it posts ok.


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