A Gloomy Sunday & Last Night’s Lightning

For those of you that didn’t like the sunny and warm (okay, a couple of days of hot afternoons too), today is the payoff.   We should top out about 25 degrees cooler than Friday!

Cloud cover fills all areas west of the Cascade crest up to about 5,000′.  That’s because a thick layer of cool marine air has moved inland; it’ll be over us all day.  Most likely we’ll see patchy sunny spots break out here and there, but many of us will sit under the gloom all day.    We sure expected that change, but didn’t expect all the thunderstorm activity overnight.  That was caused by an upper-level disturbance moving north and inland through Washington.  Look at all the strikes! 

The blue is older than 12 hours, basically what we had yesterday afternoon with that line that raced through the metro area.  Then around 11pm-2am little pulse-type storms kept firing in far east Multnomah County and Skamania counties northeast of Crown Point.  I went to bed early, about 10:30pm, after a crazy FOX-12 party at the Boiler Room.  Actually it wasn’t that crazy, but I was tired and went to bed early.  Anyway, I thought I heard hail or EXTREMELY large raindrops at some point, but didn’t see any flashing and fell back to sleep right away.  My window faces south, so that didn’t help.  “Mountain Man” in the previous post comments that he had hail up near the Washougal River…interesting.  Here’s the closer lightning view:

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

21 Responses to A Gloomy Sunday & Last Night’s Lightning

  1. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    Blue skies and sunshine now 🙂

  2. Not enough rain at my house to get thru the spider webs in my rain gauge!

  3. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    I was surprised at how defined the cold front was this morning.

    My wind went from SSW @ 6 mph at 5 AM to WNW @ 15 mph at 5:15 AM and a rainfall rate of 0.59″/hour.

    0.08″ looks like the total I will stick with today.

  4. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    0.08″ so far here in BG.

  5. W7ENK says:

    Water just started falling from the sky, big fat drops. 😦

  6. bgb41 says:

    9/9/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:96 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)
    Low: 66 at MALHEUR RVR BLO(3305 ft) & GRASSY MOUNTAIN(4560 ft) & LITTLE MCCOY CRE(5080 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:50 at SADDLE MOUNTAIN(3250 ft)
    Low: 30 at Sand Creek (US 9 (4525 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 46 degrees
    ILLINOIS VALLEY (83/37 ) (1389 ft )
    PROVOLT SEED ORC (80/34) (1180 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.15″ at WEST FORK SATSOP(301ft)

  7. Indian summer coming up?

  8. *BoringOregon* says:

    I thank my body, is trying to go in to hibernation mode. Then it’s not going to know what happen when it’s almost 90 out the next day crazy !?!?!

  9. Returned from 3 days of fantastic music at the Sister’s Folk Festival. Must have been a strike or two toward the 3 Sisters as a plume of smoke was rising in that direction today.

  10. Mr Data says:

    We just lost our electricity for a minute even though it’s not storming outside! We finally had an exciting event!

    It’s very rare to lose our electricity here unless we have an ice or wind storm.

  11. Mr Data says:

    Anybody find it annoying that the weather maps do not show the jet stream?

    No matter how fancy or flashy a storm map is they are useless if you don’t know not only the position of the jet stream but what the likely track of it is which may tell an entirely different story.

    If the jet stream isn’t positioned over us I don’t see how we will get any measurable precipitation as the storm will follow to the north which is the normal track anyways.

  12. Mr Data says:

    Are we still aimed for breaking the longest dry stretch or will we finally get some rain to end my allergies?

  13. clifford watkins says:

    Lots of smoke from the fire on the South Sisters streaming eastward passed Redmond…..Campers being evacuated..

  14. Mountain Man says:

    Wow, good memory Mark especially as I haven’t posted much for several months. The biggest hail I have ever seen here and I have lived in the Pacific Northwest all my life. I live in Skamania County way up on the ridge between the Gorge and Washougal River valley (Archer Mountain area) at the edge of civilization.
    The hail broke the window out of the van, shredded my banana plants and many other plants in my garden are badly damaged. It’s amazing what 5 minutes of marble sized hail can do not to mention how noisy it is when you have a metal roof.

    • You’re growing hardy bananas in the Gorge? Nice to hear of more people trying pseudo-tropical plants here. In the past 3-4 years at least three places in The Dalles have planted windmill palms; hope we have a mild enough winter that they survive and get better hardiness established for future winters!

  15. bgb41 says:

    Portland’s longest dry spell of 71 days will remain safe this year. Here is a look back at the Summer of ’67. The dry spell ran from June 23 to Sept 1 that year. We enjoyed 55 out of 71 days @ 80 degrees or higher during that stretch and 16 days above 90 degrees.

  16. bgb41 says:

    Portland, Oregon 2012 annual summary so far.

  17. bgb41 says:

    Getting drizzle right now at BG Lake. The lightning ended around 2am out this way.

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