A “Normal” Warm Season; Measuring the 80s

October 9, 2012

No, I don’t mean that decade with big hair and bad music.  I mean 80 degree and higher temps.  This year we saw 56 days at/above 80 here in Portland.  That’s about normal (55-56 is normal) and significantly warmer than the last two summers.

By this measure, one could say we achieved a “normal” warm season.  As mentioned NUMEROUS times in previous posts, it was unusually cool and wet early in the season and then unusually warm and dry at the end in August and September.

90 degree days?  We were just slightly below average; 11 days vs. 13. 

70 degree days?  I don’t know, I didn’t feel like counting.

Now it’s time for rain.  That’s coming Friday.  No change in my thinking that we’ll see a weak system Friday to dampen things a bit, then more significant rain later Saturday and especially later Sunday and Monday.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen