Record Lows & A Look Ahead

11pm Tuesday…

The chilly and very dry air mass gave tons of weather stations east of the Cascades record lows on Tuesday morning.  Here’s a list from the Pendleton NWS:

STATION                  PREVIOUS        NEW        RECORDS
                          RECORD/YEAR     RECORD     BEGAN

 *JOHN DAY(CITY), OR      20 / 1960       19         1891
 *LA GRANDE(CITY), OR     25 / 1992       25 (TIED)  1887
 *LONG CREEK, OR          18 / 2008       18 (TIED)  1908
 MEACHAM, OR              21 / 2011       20         1929
 *MONUMENT 2, OR          24 / 1992       19         1915
 *MORO, OR                26 / 2011       25         1897
 PENDLETON(AIRPORT), OR   30 / 2011       26         1934
 *PENDLETON(CITY), OR     29 / 2011       26         1889
 *SISTERS, OR             17 / 2002       17 (TIED)  1958
 REDMOND, OR              20 / 1961       18         1941
 THE DALLES, OR           30 / 1972       28         1929
 *GOLDENDALE, WA          24 / 1920       22         1905

Burns was 13 degrees and Baker City was 12, both records for the date.  As you see below, Baker City hasn't seen a 12 degree temp in the 2nd half of April since the airport records began in the early 1940s!


Coming up…for those of you who think the 7 Day forecast never actually improves with time but most likely goes downhill?  Not this time; it appears Thursday and Friday we’ll see temps stay in the mid 70s.  The 00z WRF-GFS even tries to get us close to 80 on Friday…we’ll see.

So we may end up with 5 days of straight sunshine for this workweek!

Here’s the new 00z GFS ensemble chart:


You can still see the chilly showers for the weekend, but HUGE variety of solutions by the time we get to Tuesday.  Anywhere from -4 to +17 at 850mb!  There seems to be a “cold cluster” like the chilly/showery ECMWF, and a cluster showing upper level heights rising dramatically…Roll the dice…

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

10 Responses to Record Lows & A Look Ahead

  1. JJ97222 says:

    Happy happy happy dry warm weather no rain, I had guys replacing my sewer line for the new owners it was great they did it today with no muddy mess. Perfect weather can’t wait for the 80s and 90s!

  2. W7ENK says:

    What an awesome day! 76 degrees, just beautiful! 🙂

  3. archangelmichael2 says:

    Low 70s here and wall-to-wall sunshine.

    While it’s been a VERY sunny spring so far here in Oregon *Sunshine hours anybody?* up in Washington has been a totally different story with many days of overcast and drizzle not going away until recently. A tale of two worlds.

    I have kept track and when it comes to troughing I place my bets on the Euro and Canadian after tracking weather models in read only mode at Western.

    They *The Euro and Canadian models* have been right especially for Washington where the GFS many times predicted widespread sunshine this spring with minimum clouds only to not be wrong but blasphemous when the *event* actually occurs while several times the Euro hinted at the GFS being wrong yet people turned a blind eye to it acting like it didn’t exist.

    Selective memory I guess?

    Only one poster regularly mentioned the Euro models but he got constantly teased for being *negative* but wounded up being right in the end many times.

  4. schmit44 says:

    4/23/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:82 at BROOKINGS( 79 ft)
    Low: 56 at Brookings (US 10(150 ft) & RED MOUND(1753 ft)

    High:29 at HOWARD Mt Howard(8150 ft)
    Low: 6 at ANEROID LAKE #2 (7300 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 54 degrees
    CHRISTMAS VALLEY (63/9 ) (4360 ft )

    • schmit44 says:

      There were three stations in the single digits this morning in Oregon:
      Here are the high/low temps with elevations:
      CHRISTMAS VALLEY (63/9 ) (4360 ft )
      FOSTER FLAT (61/8) (5000 ft)
      ANEROID LAKE #2 (36/6) (7300 ft)
      and also Yellowstone Lake , Wyoming was -11 this morning.

    • W7ENK says:

      Good Lord, that’s insane! I was camping at Glass Butte this time last year, I’m so glad it wasn’t in the single digits then, though it did freeze and we had a dusting of graupel overnight our first night out.

  5. karlbonner1982 says:

    I’ll take the “heights rising dramatically” ensemble members for a nice Maytide heatwave!

    Oh, and “first”?

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