Shivering Through a Late July BBQ; A Cool Sunday

Today was the coldest day in almost 3 weeks in Portland; a thick marine layer kept all areas west of the Cascades cool and cloudy with drizzle at times…yuck.

The day was sunny and decent for me to start.  It was sunny at Clear Lake (camping) this morning, sunny through Government Camp at noon.  Then a plunge down into the marine layer with drizzle showing up around Brightwood.  Then I shivered through a BBQ at 58 degrees this evening…there’s nothing like a warm late July evening in Western Oregon!  Actually it was at the 1800′ elevation, but still, hard to believe the time of year as everyone was complaining about the cold.

There seemed to be some complaining about a “bad forecast” too.  I last worked Thursday evening, but the models have been clearly showing a very deep marine layer today for at least the past 2 days.  The 00z (Saturday evening) WRF-GFS showed a high only in the mid 60s in Portland today, and the 12z (this morning) showed about 71.   Both implied areas of drizzle too, so models did a good job showing today’s gloom.  In fact all the way back to Saturday morning’s run cross-section,

 you see a very thick marine layer for both Sunday and Monday, then much thinner Tuesday.  We’ll see how that pans out.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

47 Responses to Shivering Through a Late July BBQ; A Cool Sunday

  1. bgb41 says:

    7/24/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:96 at ALKALI FLAT(2495 ft)
    Low: 64 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft) & ALKALI FLAT(2495 ft) & Chinook(399 ft)

    High:56 at NERRS MET SITE A(10 ft) & YACHTS Yachats(82 ft)
    Low: 32 at MOSS SPRINGS (5850 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 56 degrees
    COLGATE (89/33 ) (3231 ft )

  2. The Dalles: Morning low 53, late afternoon high 92. Felt like a warm late August, or hot September, day.

  3. weathercrazy82 says:

    Pics from hiking Silver Star today.

  4. weathercrazy82 says:

    79 today after a morning low of just 47. one of the larger temp spreads of the month.

  5. brandy says:

    how come the leafs are falling off the tree’s?

    • W7ENK says:

      Because they’re as sick and tired of these cold summers as we are, and they’ve simply given up all hope for hot weather. Apparently, they catch on more quickly than the rest of us.

      That, or the tree you’re observing is diseased and dying. I haven’t noticed any trees shedding their leaves yet, all the trees in my neighborhood are full of thick, dark green – right where they should be in late July.

  6. runrain says:

    Great oxymoron in the weather discussion this afternoon, where they state conditions will largely change little!

  7. W7ENK says:

    Sunny, but breezy and mid-60s in downtown… feels more like a nice day in Seaside/Cannon Beach in July. Oh wait, it IS July… but I don’t hear the ocean.

    Aren’t we supposed to be pushing 90?

  8. cgavic says:

    Partly sunny in sandy

    • Mr Data says:

      Which part? (Bad joke) Mostly cloudy here.

      Yesterday was suppose to be the *cloudy* day not today.

      Whatever the weathermen says it’s the opposite. LOL

    • W7ENK says:

      I’m going to guess the part NOT under the mostly clouds? 😆

      YAY for opposite weather day!! Which seems to be most every day in the PNW… :mrgreen:

    • Mr Data says:

      It turned out to be clear today but the air is hazy looking towards sunset. 😦 Bad for my eyes but I guess you can’t have everything.

  9. bgb41 says:

    7/23/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:91 at ALKALI FLAT(2495 ft) & LAKE OWHEE AND O(2400 ft) & NORTH FORK MALHE(3270 ft)
    Low: 67 at BULLY CREEK RESE(2500 ft)

    High:52 at HEBOWX Mt. Hebo(3160 ft)
    Low: 28 at Sand Creek (US 9 (4525 ft ) & CABIN LAKE (4560 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 57 degrees
    Sand Creek (US 9 (85/28 ) (4525 ft )

  10. paulbeugene says:

    Was rather breezy here in Eugene today…in mid afternoon it was N 25 G 36 at airport….but the sky was as clear as can be.

    I did a quick weather history surf session…noted how outlying Willamette Valley stations have record lows in in the upper 30s to low 40s at this time of the year…Hillsboro got down to 43 but they have gotten as cold as 39…that was in July 1930…when the historic heat wave baked the midAtlantic states, wash dc, etc.

    Dust Bowl Part Deux

    • paulbeugene says:

      I will be taking a road trip from Charleston SC to Miami FL in first two weeks of August. If there is any tropical action I will serve as the voluntary KPTV “Dan Rather” reporting….want to get some live-fire training so that I am at the ready if and when Columbus Day II happens…

    • runrain says:

      Will look forward to your reports!

  11. Death ridge is on hold. 😦
    No killer heat until maybe……………

    • Mr Data says:

      You mean 🙂 I don’t want our climate to be like Sacramento in the summer. Thanks but I’ll pass.

  12. runrain says:

    OK. One more…

    Sung to the Phil Collins tune In The Air Tonight

    I can see it rolling up the river tonight, roll-on,
    Here it comes a-creepin’ o’er the Coast Range, hold on,
    Chokin’ out the sunlight with its chillin’ breezes, roll-on, roll in.

    (insert classic Collins drum break. Air drumming IS allowed).

  13. Mark Nelsen says:

    And isn’t it really 4 of the past 5 summers have been cooler than normal, at least in July?

    • Mr Data says:

      Not so much at night. This summer is more notable for the clearings at night keeping temps at or below 50F in outlying areas.

    • Mr Data says:

      Wasn’t it 3 or 4 summers ago people on here were joking about joining the *60s club* because of how many nights it was above 60F at Portland and counting?

  14. David B. says:

    Had dinner with a friend last night here in Seattle, in a restaurant with a garage door on the wall facing the street, which was open as usual for the summer when I got there. I was happy when one of the staff closed it shortly after we sat down, or it would have been an uncomfortably chilly dinner. High yesterday was in the mid-60s, about 10 degrees below normal.

  15. n3eg says:

    I’ve noticed some summers in Longview recently have had different prevailing winds. 2009, it was a south wind (with near record temps) – 2010 and 2011 it was a north wind, and 2012 so far it’s been the west wind.

    • Mr Data says:

      I’ve always been fascinated by prevailing winds and wish to learn more about them on the west coast.

  16. Garron near Washington Square says:

    The typical format for a summer bummer (for me) was yesterday. As I drove home on Sunset HWY around 8PM, the sun was blinding me, teasing me if you will just before it goes down. Can we please squeeze just a few more weeks of summer in before it’s over?

  17. Sifton says:

    LMAO, now remember, this is from a local “professional”,

    “I was so happy with the weekend forecast, the sun Saturday, the clouds Sunday, all happened according to play! I thought we would have clouds this morning, but we have sunshine. Looks like a beautiful day all day – enjoy!” (7:00 AM today)

    (Now, BARELY 2 hours later with all the technology & schooling & expertise etc etc etc)

    “Okay, the clouds to our north are drifting south overhead. A delayed forecast response – ha ha. Still expecting afternoon sunshine.”

    I’m losing my faith for in pros rapidly in the last dozen or so months, have even been contemplating on reverting back to the old ‘lick my index finger & stick it in the air’ kinda forecasting!!

    • weathercrazy82 says:

      Don’t watch or listen to any forecasts, just make your own!!! That way it’ll be write 100% of the time:)

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      That wasn’t the same person (actually 2) forecasting possible golf ball size hail and/or severe weather last week was it? I heard one on the radio say that and then another one of you mentioned on Facebook.

    • Sifton says:

      I don’t believe so, but a certain R.H. (& the always accurate M.N.) are normally the only kats forecast I pay ANY attention to. Main gripe is that the 7 days keep changing every 3rd-4th day since 2010 it seems,(but never for the good), & I’m about to pull out my hair with these lousy summers!!! I LOVE THE N.W.!!*

      *he says with his bravest face

  18. W7ENK says:

    Yesterday was disgustingly cold for July! I had a high of only 66 degrees, and not once did the sun break through. 16 degrees below normal for a high, that’s the equivalent of a daytime high of 28 in the dead of winter… where was this BS back in December/January?!? Absolutely ridiculous. >_<

    At least today is shaping up to be a much nicer day… so far.

    • Mr Data says:

      Don’t worry. It will be 70F in November the week before Thanksgiving then it will be 55F and light drizzle with a snow level about 5,500 on Turkey Day.

    • W7ENK says:

      That’s exactly what I’m afraid of, Kyle.

      Cool summer, warm winter… AGAIN!

      And from the sounds of it, the mountains won’t be seeing much snow this time, either. Ski resorts beware. 😦

  19. Fred482 says:

    45 in Scotts Mills at 06:00. Love it!!! Open the windows, cool it off before the sun hits hard, usually a late fall pattern, but I’ll take it any time, is beats waking up to 80 & smoke/haze….

    It already up to 58, the cool mornings don’t last long, this is still the best place to live…;-)

  20. weathercrazy82 says:

    Low of 47 here. Feels like early September.

    Sunny for now but there are low clouds nearby.

  21. Mr Data says:

    A totally clear sunrise where and temps in the mid 40s believe it or not.

    Hillsboro the coldest spot is 44F right now.

    Looks like that *Marine layer* is going to make it sunny today. LOL

    I can’t wait to read other people’s cold readings.

    • Pippin says:

      The Marine layer is on its way in, already over Hillsboro now.

    • Mr Data says:

      Clouds never made it past the Eola hills in Salem before breaking up over the mini high pressure.

      Those politicians must be really heating things up in the capital to create that HP zone.

  22. bgb41 says:

    7/22/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:106 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)
    Low: 72 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)

    High:52 at NORTH FORK(3120 ft) & Mount Hebo(3170 ft)
    Low: 35 at Sand Creek (US 9 (4525 ft ) & Timberline Lodge (7001 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 50 degrees
    HEREFORD (96/46 ) (3599 ft )
    FOSTER FLAT (91/41) (5000 ft)
    CABIN LAKE (88/38) (4560 ft)

  23. First?

    Of course that deep marine layer meant a BIG wind event for the East Gorge. I was at Crates Point just west of The Dalles around 3pm, and some of the gusts must have been in the 45-50mph range. Probably about on par with July 7 last year…

  24. bgb41 says:

    Looking forward to a brief warm-up this week. This cool weather two years in a row in late July bums me out 😦

    • W7ENK says:

      Wouldn’t this make three now? The last truly decent HOT spell we’ve had here was in 2009…

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