Labor Day Weekend Is Here

You can’t ask for a better holiday weekend than this…sunny or mostly sunny skies.  High temperatures in the comfortable 75-80 degree range too.

No matter where you are headed in the Pacific Northwest you’ll find nice weather.  Even the ocean beaches will only see spots of morning clouds.

The weather pattern remains very stable over the upcoming week with upper-level ridging building a bit over the West Coast.  It won’t be a big hot ridge for at least the next week, but enough to keep us mainly cloudless through the first week of September.  Of course it is way too early to know if we have a very warm September on the way.  Remember that last September was the 2nd warmest on record here in Portland.

Of course we are also wrapping up a rainless August in most of the Willamette Valley…quite unusual.  We’ve only seen 4 completely dry Augusts (only a trace of rain), the last one in 1998.  Today is our 41st day without measurable rainfall, but Salem can beat that.  The last day it rained in Salem was July 3rd!  Saturday will be day 60 without rain.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

39 Responses to Labor Day Weekend Is Here

  1. Mr Data says:

    Fog type clouds are coming from the north and spreading westward which is an odd direction here in Silverton.

  2. cgavic says:

    Sunshine and 45 degs in sandy (1,100 ft)

  3. pappoose in scappoose says:

    The change…is it on the horizon?

    National Weather Service Portland or
    516 am PDT Monday Sep 3 2012

    Some more impressive energy than we have seen in quite some time is looking more likely to drop into the Pacific northwest from the Gulf of Alaska late next weekend and early next week for more clouds…cooler temperatures and possibly some wet weather.

  4. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    46 this morning and rather foggy. However, it’s shallow I can see the blue above.

  5. bgb41 says:


    Entries will close tomorrow morning labor day. Submit your guesses now.

  6. bgb41 says:

    9/2/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:90 at ILLINOIS VALLEY(1389 ft) & NORTH FORK MALHE(3270 ft)
    Low: 61 at Rufus(185 ft)

    High:57 at MT. HOWARD(7910 ft) & CW7477 Lostine(7002 ft) & NERRS MET SITE A(10 ft)
    Low: 22 at CRANE PRAIRIE (5500 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 58 degrees
    FOSTER FLAT (84/26 ) (5000 ft )

  7. josh says:

    temp seems to be dropping pretty quick dew point 44 so i expect another chilly early September night

  8. W7ENK says:

    [Milwaukie, OR] August 2012

    * Two “official” heat waves highlighted.

    • W7ENK says:

      August 2011
      Avg High 81.4F
      Avg Low 56.0F
      Avg Temp 68.7F
      MAX 96.8F on 08/20/2011
      MIN 49.3F on 08/17/2011
      Rainfall: 0.06″

      August 2012
      Avg High 84.9F
      Avg Low 56.7F
      Avg Temp 70.8F
      Rainfall: 0.00″
      MAX 103.1F on 08/16/2012
      MIN 44.1F on 08/24/2012

      The Average High temperature was 3.5F warmer than last year.
      The Average Low temperature was 0.7F warmer than last year.
      The overall Average temperature was 2.1F warmer than last year.
      The MAX High was 6.3F warmer than last year.
      The MIN Low was 5.2F cooler than last year.

      There was no measurable precipitation in August 2012.

  9. alohabb says:

    Another dandy day in the 503.sampling some of the PNW’s finest microbrews…just reading through the old posts and wonder..where’s Rob?

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      My guess is he’s with the Gorton’s Fisherman. I’m sure we’ll get the latest info on when the Fall storms will hit, when they return!

  10. Mr Data says:

    Low of 41F during a beautiful sunrise with Venus to the east.

    I love this Polar Continental air mass. (assuming this is one due to the cooler temps and dry weather)

  11. Mr Data says:

    High of 78F and a tad bit on the humid side later in the evening but not too bad.

    At least the skies are not crappy looking.

  12. bgb41 says:

    9/1/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:90 at BULLY CREEK RESE(2500 ft)
    Low: 61 at BULLY CREEK RESE(2500 ft) & ALKALI FLAT(2495 ft) & ONTARIO(2260 ft) & Rufus(185 ft) & CW2444 Echo(722 ft)

    High:55 at HOWARD Mt Howard(8150 ft) & HEBOWX Mt. Hebo(3160 ft) & MT. HOWARD(7910 ft)
    Low: 27 at CABIN LAKE (4560 ft ) & BEND WATERSHED (5330 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 53 degrees
    CABIN LAKE (80/27 ) (4560 ft )

  13. Mr Data says:

    I wonder i[f we are in for the same drought the Central Plains had (or are they still having the same high pressure?).

    I was right that we were due for a long stretch of dry weather due to our cold and wet spring so this is the opposite end of it.

    Warm and Dry.

  14. Mr Data says:

    I logged 43F with the airport was 45F. Not bad for the first start of September. It actually felt good putting me in the *frost* mode.

  15. Jeff Raetz says:

    Averages\Extremes for the month of August 2012

    Average temperature = 69.0°F
    Average humidity = 64%
    Average dewpoint = 54.9°F
    Average barometer = 29.957 in.
    Average windspeed = 2.0 mph
    Average gustspeed = 3.5 mph
    Average direction = 327° (NNW)
    Rainfall for month = 0.000 in. (Lowest rainfall for August ever) (Average rain for August is 0.22”
    Rainfall for year = 34.181 in. (Most rainfall at this time in the year ever)
    Maximum rain per minute = 0.000 in on day 31 at time 23:59
    Maximum temperature = 100.5°F on day 04 at time 16:36 (Warmest temp ever in August)
    Minimum temperature = 43.2°F on day 24 at time 06:38 (Lowest temp ever in August)
    Maximum humidity = 96% on day 22 at time 07:15
    Minimum humidity = 15% on day 04 at time 16:42
    Maximum dewpoint = 66.5°F on day 06 at time 18:28
    Minimum dewpoint = 41.3°F on day 24 at time 6:26
    Maximum pressure = 30.20 in. on day 01 at time 10:31
    Minimum pressure = 29.69 in. on day 25 at time 19:13
    Maximum windspeed = 10.4 mph from 338°(NNW) on day 12 at time 18:18
    Maximum gust speed = 19.6 mph from 315°( NW) on day 03 at time 18:17
    Maximum heat index = 97.6°F on day 16 at time 15:39

    Avg daily max temp :82.6°F
    Avg daily min temp :56.6°F
    Total windrun = 1474.6miles

    Record low wind chill temperature = 43.2 on day 24 at time 06:24
    Record daily rain = 0.00”
    Record rain in 1 hour = 0.00”
    Warmest day (6am to 6pm) = 87.4 on day 04
    Coldest night (6pm to 6am) = 54.5 on day 24
    Coldest day (6am to 6pm) = 63.0 on day 24
    Warmest night (6pm to 6am) = 79.3 on day 05

    Daily rain totals

    *Records since October 2008*

  16. *BoringOregon* says:

    In are garden. I have only picked three tomatoes, and the corn is short and small still? But nice weather to move a lot of trash out of the 20 yr old shed!

  17. alohabb says:

    What a weird weather year! This summer started , well not till July 4th, and now that we are looking at 50+ days without measurable rain! Can’t really complain about that. It sure is ending on a fabulous note..but I want sun and temps like this year round!!!!!!!

    • Mr Data says:

      There is a wonderful place then called San Diego. Plus you’ll be near the famous theme parks and not have to spend an extra 1K on hotel rooms/food and fuel to get there if you already live there! 🙂

    • Mr Data says:

      Did I mention San Diego has the weather you want YEAR ROUND?

      In fact the weather is so nice that when they do get rain people panic and drive like idiots as if it was a major blizzard going on.

    • Mr Data says:

      People don’t realize they shouldn’t drive so fast nor slam on your brakes during the rain.

    • Muxpux (Castle Rock 175') says:

      I spent a year living there. Well, Oceanside to be exact. Hardly ever below 70, and ever above 85. Of course Oceanside is more coastal. Just a few miles inland gets much warmer and can get chillier nights, in fact one town when I lived there recieved a dusting of snow. Of course the town is a few thousand feet up. And yeah, the rain (which seems to fall mainly in summer) wreaks havoc. It isn’t so much the drivers are idiots ( worse than Cali drivers already are) but the oils and such that surface after such long dry periods, much like here after a spell like we’re seeing now, but the fact they don’t seem to account for the first rain slipperiness.

    • Muxpux (Castle Rock 175') says:

      Can’t say I have

    • ..little mexican take-out joint real near there… cardiff maybe, and real close to the beach…used to stop there to have mexican food after coming back from mexico….

  18. weathercrazy82 says:

    August 2012 in Battle Ground
    Highest High: 102.7, 4th
    Lowest Low: 43.4, 25th
    Highest Wind: W 21, 23rd+31st
    Most Precip: Trace, 7th, 8th, 18th

    Total Precip: Trace

    Avg High: 82.3
    Avg Low: 51.7
    Mean: 67

  19. bgb41 says:

    My tomatoes are still mostly green out here.

    • Garron near Washington Square says:

      Wow, sorry to hear that. I must’ve lucked out. I built a greenhouse that with the help of one other gardener, I can lift off and set to the side. I’ve had ripe ‘maters since July 4th this year. It really helped at the beginning of the season when I couldn’t resist the urge to plant stuff in late April through June. Next year, raised beds with heating elements. If I get all that done, I can almost guarantee ya, (GARRON-TEE-YA) that we’ll have the best summer ever. The more I invest in my garden against the spring weather it seems the better our summers’ are.

    • W7ENK says:

      I’ve finally begun harvesting mine in earnest. My corn however went insane – 9 feet tall, probably over a hundred ears. I’ve already picked 20 or so, and that barely made a dent!

      Harvesting tomorrow.

  20. bgb41 says:

    8/31/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:94 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft) & MALHEUR RVR BLO(3305 ft)
    Low: 63 at OWYHEE RIDGE(4400 ft)

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

    Largest Diurnal Change: 53 degrees
    HEREFORD (88/35 ) (3599 ft )
    Baker City Munic (91/38) (3373 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.01″ at HEREFORD(3599ft)
    0.01″ at LAKE OWHEE AND O(2400ft)

  21. bgb41 says:

    August averaged 83.26 degrees. The 3rd warmest since 1987.

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