New Podcast Episode

We have a brand new Northwest Weather Podcast episode posted for your listening pleasure!  Click here to check it out!

This week, Brian and Mark explain the heat wave scorching most of the U.S. and why we’re staying so cool in the Pacific Northwest.

They also talk about the anniversary of the coldest temperature ever recorded on earth and other extreme weather across the world.

Plus, the guys welcome their boss to the show, Executive News Director Corey Hanson.  Corey gives us insight on how things work behind the scenes, and they play a game of “It’s Okay, It’s Not Okay, or You’re Fired.”

281 Responses to New Podcast Episode

  1. Chilly way to start August. 45.9 this morning.

  2. bgmike says:

    Summary for July 2011

    Temperature (°F):
    Mean (1 minute) 63.9
    Mean (min+max) 64.3
    Mean Minimum 52.0
    Mean Maximum 76.7
    Minimum 44.1 day 09
    Maximum 88.0 day 05
    Highest Minimum 58.5 day 16
    Lowest Maximum 66.0 day 17

    Rainfall (in):
    Total for month .95
    Wettest day 0.56 day 17
    Rain days 6

    Wind (mph):
    Highest Gust 20.6 day 07
    Average Speed 2.1
    Wind Run 1276.5 miles
    Gale days 0

    Pressure (mb):
    Maximum 1018.1 day 01
    Minimum 1002.1 day 15

  3. bgb41 says:

    July 2011 extremes for the whole state of Oregon
    High: 102 @ Imnaha on July 24th
    Low: 24 @ Deschutes Portable on July 1st

  4. bgb41 says:

    7/31/2011 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:100 at ALKALI FLAT(2495 ft)
    Low: 71 at Union Jct(2700 ft)

    High:57 at YACHTS Yachats(74 ft) & NERRS MET SITE A(10 ft)
    Low: 32 at DESCHUTES PORTAB (5100 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 53 degrees
    CABIN LAKE (91/38 ) (4560 ft )
    DESCHUTES PORTAB (85/32) (5100 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.77″ at MCDERMITT 26N(4464ft)
    0.31″ at PARKER MOUNTAIN(5280ft)
    0.30″ at SEINE CREEK(2000ft)
    0.28″ at BALTZOR RANCH NE(4620ft)
    0.28″ at OWYHEE RIDGE(4400ft)
    0.23″ at LAKE OWHEE AND O(2400ft)

  5. bgb41 says:

    ‎00Z GFS – From the looks of this run, August is going to be warmer than July. This run is bone dry with a 98 deg day at the end of it.. Nice!! Maybe summer is finally here.

  6. bgb41 says:

    July 2011 climate statistics for Portland. This was the coolest July in 10 years. We had just 10 days in the 80s and none in the 90s. 10 days were above normal temps and 21 days were below.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      Well i know one for sure. Statistics for Klamath Falls were electrifying by the end of July!!!

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

    Okay, here are some still shots that I took of the rainbow. Soon I will have today’s album uploaded as well.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Great pics Timmy, but…WHAT DOES THIS MEAN!!!!

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      Dude that guy is high on drugs! I mean i know this is an amazing thing, but he needs to calm down like seriously!

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

    Double rainbow:

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

    Here is the new lightning video, and remember this one is actually really worth watching compared to my last ones:

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

    Okay, nevermind about the power, the storms have moved on and I’m uploading the videos right now. The last ones i have may be a little elongated and slow but trust me, this next one will catch you all by surprise. its going to be a 12 minute video, and the first 5 minutes are well worth it.

    And another video will be coming too; there was a double rainbow during the sunset.

  11. Rather impressive system on Water Vapor Imagery for the end of July currently churning out near 142.5 W, 48.7 N.​ite/4km/NW/WV4NW.GIF
    Certainly more impressive while viewing the Loop​ite/loopsat.php?wfo=pqr&area=n​w&type=wv&size=4
    Nice circulation rather tight and darn near looks like a baroclinic leaf with the precip shield.

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

    Wow! Nice storms blew through my area. I have a 4 part video of it (didn’t want to deal with the editing, so try to deal with the length of the videos for me).

    Here’s my channel on YouTube:

  13. bgb41 says:

    Stiff breeze late this afternoon held pdx below 80

  14. Jbpdx says:

    July, Hillsboro
    Variance from average daily temps 


    -3 *

    26 Days below average
    2 Days average
    3 Days above average

    6th month in a row below average temperatures

  15. bgb41 says:

    Here is a picture I just took at 10:30am. I had to walk up to the top of my property at 570ft elevation so I could see the edge of the marine layer. Its only about 10-15 miles NW of BG Lake right now. This shot it looking NW towards Longview.

  16. bgb41 says:

    I can see one small stratus cloud north of Yacolt Mtn right now. This is the first cloud I have seen today and its quite small.

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

    The sky on the Pacific City cam looks horrible

    I’m glad I don’t have marine influence here O_O

  18. bgb41 says:

    Crystal clear skies this morning at BG Lake. Low temp was 50 degrees. Already up to 60 now at 8:40. Looks like a 4th day in a row in the 80’s is on tap. What a great finish to the this cool July. I cant even see low clouds on the horizon to my north. I at least expected some low clouds.

    • Runrain says:

      Yes, what happened to the NWS clearing-late-in-the-day forecast? Not that I’m complaining but they were way off. Warmer temps too maybe?

    • Muxpux says:

      Well, it’s cloudy here in Longview, and I can’t see any blu sky to my south…

    • Ryan (Walnut Grove) says:

      The NWS got it backwards… It looks like clear in the AM with marine layer rolling in as the afternoon progresses.

    • Runrain says:

      Its rolling in but the warm July (almost August) sun is not letting it do much!

    • SilentReader says:

      they nailed it here in Scappoose. Cloudy this morning and clearing through out the afternoon. As of 5pm it is fairly clear and warm.

  19. 56f in the clouds with drizzle up here, see webcam, enjoy summer down south

  20. pappoose in scappoose says:

    “SAGGY BAGGY upper troughs”…story of the summer.

  21. Sunny skies here with a low of 51.2 this morning. We’ll see if the sunshine lasts…

  22. Boydo3 N. Albany 500' says:

    Going to Newport on Sunday. Wondering what the weather is like there…….it is summer after all.

  23. bgb41 says:

    7/30/2011 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:100 at MALHEUR RVR BLO(3305 ft) & NORTH FORK MALHE(3270 ft)
    Low: 69 at GRASSY MOUNTAIN(4560 ft)

    High:56 at NERRS MET SITE A(10 ft)
    Low: 38 at DESCHUTES PORTAB (5100 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 52 degrees
    CABIN LAKE (94/42 ) (4560 ft )

  24. Prior to this very valuable and insightful post of mine there had only been ONE post in the past 4 hours 22 minutes! Must be Summer!

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

    Another small thunder cell with a large anvil:

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

    Big Anvil Cloud:

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

    A thunder cell just sprouted a gigantic anvil that I’m currently under at the moment. Hearing some small rumbles of thunder as the storm approaches. Ill upload stuff later

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      Its in a wierd place though, moving NE it will miss my area and the sun is making it kinda hard to focus on it from where I am.

  28. bgmike says:

    Temp is 74.5 and dew point is at 59 pretty humid out there.

  29. Rapidly clearing now and 66 degrees.

  30. bgb41 says:

    Socked in with low stratus again this morning here.

  31. Cliff Gavic, 1,100 ft says:

    So far sunshine each day, no solid marine layer. As soon as it hit sandy it dissipates.

  32. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Clear skies in the land of gravelly plains.

  33. Was sunny when I woke up at 7, then cloudy by about 7:20.

    I noticed the 6z GFS keeps whatever tropical system develops out in the Atlantic off the coast with the closest approach next Sunday.

  34. bgb41 says:

    7/29/2011 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:99 at NORTH FORK MALHE(3270 ft)
    Low: 67 at Celilo, East of(225 ft) & LITTLE MCCOY CRE(5080 ft)

    High:54 at NERRS MET SITE A(10 ft)
    Low: 32 at DESCHUTES PORTAB (5100 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 57 degrees
    DESCHUTES PORTAB (89/32 ) (5100 ft )

  35. Boydo3 N. Albany 500' says:

    This is our future happening now in Ketchikan.
    Enjoy the summer while you can.

  36. Another rare July foggy day to start, then sunshine and a high of 79 this afternoon.

  37. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Don’s heading onshore but I don’t think the boats in Lake Houston are gonna be floating again. The Mets reporting on the beach will be wet soon. Hahaah!

  38. WEATHERDAN says:

    73 and sunny in Salem at 11:00 AM. No low clouds this morning and a low of 55. Should hit around 87 today. We are 5 degrees warmer than this time yesterday when we hit 86 degrees. Saturday looks to be up to about 87-90. If we do touch 90 degrees tomorrow it will be only the 3rd time all summer that we have done so. Normal is 6 for July. Last night Matt Zaffino said that the all time lowest number of days over 80 in a summer in Portland is 10 in 1954. 1954 is also the year when we had the lowest number of days in a summer in Salem. That year we only had 29 days above 80 degrees, and only 3 times over 90 degrees. I don’t think it will be quite that bad this year. I feel we will hit a maximum of 96 this year. With 9 days above 90 and 48 days days above 80. Still that’s way below normal. A normal summer for us is a maximum of 101. 15 days over 90, and 62 days over 80. As for this winter if you have a high pressure system move off the Pacific and park itself over Oregon then you can have a sunny day and temps of 55-60 during the day and 30-35 at night. In January of 1984 we had 5 days of 60-65 and sunny weather with a pattern like that. Enjoy our sunny weekend.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      Ooooooooooooh kay?

      That, ladies and gentlemen, was WEATHERDAN’s baseless, biased wishcast for what the rest of the Summer and part of the Winter will end up like.

      Stay tuned next time for his Fall wishcast!

    • jakeinthevalley says:

      Remind me the next time the qualifying words “feel” and “should” indicate anything more than an opinion that need not be mistaken for fact.

      Being quick and strangely motivated to respond will obviously lead to biased comprehension.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      I know what hes thinking, while we still have a below normal summer (except for Klamath ^_^ ) WEATHERDAN wants 90’s for all of October and then slowly cools back down to the low 80’s in November!! Here Jesse, i just posted it ahead of time ^_^

  39. bgb41 says:

    Fogged in this morning up here at BG Lake

  40. Kyle From Silverton says:

    HOLY *BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP* BEEEEEEEEEEEEEP *Other inappropiate language here*

    I just made a big long post about the article and how I realized exactly what the author said only to have them ask for a Google ID as there is no Guest option!

    I can’t believe I made my posts ALL FOR FRIGGIN NOTHING!

    Why didn’t God tell me ahead of time? What the *beep* is gonig on here.

    I am going to bed before I make any more mistakes due to life ganging up against me.

    Good night! :p

  41. Kyle From Silverton says:

    Seriously: Is there ANY air pattern we can get that will make temps above 50 in January with wall to wall sunshine?

  42. Ashley watson says:

    just to stir the pot a little bit i see that some folks on the western usa weather blog think that we might have a repeat of last winter this upcoming winter. It’s too early to tell but if we keep getting these cooler than normal temps and the east keep getting heat waves our pattern will probably shift sometime in september through january and they will be cold and we will be blowtorch. get your prozac ready just in case.

    • Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

      Whenever we expect a certain type of winter it seems like we get the opposite in return IMO

    • Kyle From Silverton says:

      I told you it will get hot in January! LOL.

      Let’s hope this time it’s not an inversion! but I am not sure what type of airmass we will need for actual low land warmth WITHOUT clouds as I know SW flow in January always without fail makes it cloudy.

    • James NE Portland says:

      Whatever airflow pattern we had January through March 2010 I think it was, gave us 3 months of sunny and warm weather. That was El Niño at it’s best.

  43. bgb41 says:

    7/28/2011 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:95 at Brookings Airpor( 459 ft)
    Low: 68 at RED MOUND(1753 ft)

    High:54 at NERRS MET SITE A(10 ft)
    Low: 28 at DESCHUTES PORTAB (5100 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 59 degrees
    DESCHUTES PORTAB (87/28 ) (5100 ft )

  44. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Hahaah! Global Warming will increase the onshore flow in the Northwest.

    • I read it. My opinion is that this is nonsense. BUT I don’t believe in the alarmist Global Warming junk either, so……

    • Karl Bonner says:

      It’s not out of the question that more heat inland could mean more marine clouds. Whether that translates into cooler spring/early summer average temps is another question, one where we would also have to look at NE Pacific ocean temps in a warmer global climate regime.

      Here’s an interesting idea to float. Remember that global warming is supposed to occur because higher greenhouse gas levels slow the rate at which surface heat radiates into space. Think about what slower radiation would mean. It means that we have more trouble losing heat at night, and it would take longer nights in order to get generous radiational cooling. This could mean longer seasonal temperature lag in the summertime, with the hottest weather of the year increasingly more toward August-September than toward July. So even if spring and early summer are quite cloudy and a bit on the cool side, the payoff could come in the form of an increasingly San Diego-esque seasonal pattern, where the hottest and sunniest weather is usually near the beginning of meteorological fall (i.e. September).

      This, of course, is contingent upon early fall remaining mostly ridgy with very little North Pacific storm activity. But if my summer lag theory is correct, the polar regions should also experience delayed onset of cold weather in the fall, and that would mean less intense cold air from Alaska and Siberia to feed into the autumnal storm track. So the jet stream may experience seasonal lag too.

    • This June/July at my home this year:
      11 days high in 50’s
      22 days high in 60’s
      13 days high in 70’s
      1 day high in 80’s
      0 days high 9’s

      Warm? I think not

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Enjoy your theories Karl. Lots of theories out there, just no way to prove who has the right brainstorm. I’m certainly not on board with the Global Warming fanatics either Rob.

    • Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

      Cliff Mass is a respected professor of atmospheric sciences who isn’t afraid to speak his mind about global warming. Don’t be surprised if some guys wearing black suits pays him a visit very soon and gives him a blank check to keep quiet :lol:.

    • Kyle From Silverton says:

      KPTV weather frames suck so don’t clicky on the link unless you wish to be framed. 😦

    • gidrons says:

      Not sure I follow Cliff’s logic but he didn’t expound on it much. Karl’s theory makes some sense. The solar minimum theories also predict more cloud cover.

      The global warming theories have been all over the board with ice free summers and horrific hurricanes by now. From a scientific standpoint, their predicitions seem as accurate as the farmer’s almanac. The fact that they cherry pick data doesn’t help. If this were another field of science, say quantum physics, their poor track record would have discredited half of them by now.

    • Garron says:

      My theory: “IF” the global warming thing becomes a solid, I’d believe that we’d experience more rainfall locally, both west and east of the cascades. My thinking fringes on the increased evaporation of ever warming sea water. With that, we’d see more pineapple express type precip in the winter, as warmer tropical water will overtake the more traditional feeding of storms to try and mix out the heat from the tropics. Additionally, cooler water retreating to the poles, may change the current of the Pacific and increase convection from juicier monsoon type flow in the summer. More morning cloudiness may be a very distinct possibility due to drawing more moisture into the atmosphere from warming pacific waters off the coast. Warmer air carries more moisture, and maybe we’d get more thunder storms during the summer with a wetter monsoon season propagating from the SW. Also, we may, like Karl said see more of a San Diego like pattern if the flow from the Alaskan gulf current changes from a few more decades of warming and global sea ice melting, decreasing the salinity of the Pacific, and causing a melt down in the Pacific belt, ending up with more sunny days like San Diego, or Peru because the water is so much colder than the temperature on land that precipitation doesn’t want to form into clouds….Just my guess…

  45. PERFECT Summer weather. Nothing else need to be added.

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