Happy 4th of July!


Independence Day looks very nice across the Pacific Northwest, just some morning clouds along the Columbia River and the coastline.  All areas will be cooler too.

Here in Portland we should top out right around average for this time of year…78 degrees.


By the way, we haven’t seen measurable rainfall here in Portland on the 4th since 2000!  That makes 13 consecutive dry holidays.


Curiously, the chance for measurable rainfall is highest on July 4th when compared to all other July days.  Strange eh?  It’s not strange that the average drops off dramatically later in the month of course…the last week of July and early August are our driest time of the year…on average.

I’ll be off on Thursday but back here on Friday.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

43 Responses to Happy 4th of July!

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  3. BoringOregon says:

    Maybe a start to a heat wave again by the end of the weekend ??

  4. bgb41 says:

    7/7/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:101 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)
    Low: 71 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)

    High:58 at NERRS MET SITE A(10 ft) & Newport(30 ft) & TIDEWATER(2035 ft)
    Low: 34 at DIMLKE (4726 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 50 degrees
    LaPine (US 97 MP (89/39 ) (4600 ft )
    DW9636 La Pine (85/35) (4236 ft)

  5. BoringOregon says:

    Well, it is getting to be hurricane season again. There is a named Tropical Storm in the Atlantic. Is there any way a Tropical storm could hit us in the summer months if it got warm enough for a long period of time or even maybe a cat 1 hurricane from the southern pacific?!?!

    • paulbeugene says:

      Probably have not had a tropical storm or hurricane here since the Silurian or Devonian period…at least 350 million years ago, or about 349.00005 million years prior to the start of this blog. no sense in waiting around for one here…

    • BoringOregon says:

      yea, lol that’s what I thought. But it would be amazing if we did get one.

  6. paulbeugene says:

    Speaking of which….we definitely need a little convection at some point. Still waiting for chance to intercept severe storms in central Oregon…only takes 90 minutes to get there from where I am..maybe down to 80 minutes if there is baseball size hail and some rotation.

  7. Jeff Raetz says:


    Averages\Extremes for the month of June 2013

    Average temperature = 64.0°F
    Average humidity = 69%
    Average dewpoint = 52.6°F (Warmest average dewpoint for June)
    Average barometer = 29.998 in.
    Average windspeed = 1.4 mph
    Average gustspeed = 2.8 mph
    Average direction = 291° (WNW)
    Rainfall for month = 1.55 in. (Average for June is 2.83”)
    Rainfall for year = 15.810 in. (Driest first 6 months on record)
    Maximum rain per minute = 0.050 in on day 23 at time 19:54
    Maximum temperature = 98.3°F on day 30 at time 17:49 (Hottest June temp on record)
    Minimum temperature = 45.0°F on day 10 at time 05:48
    Maximum humidity = 97% on day 26 at time 07:58
    Minimum humidity = 25% on day 22 at time 18:04
    Maximum dewpoint = 68.7°F on day 30 at time 18:53
    Minimum dewpoint = 37.2°F on day 08 at time 12:34
    Maximum pressure = 30.27 in. on day 14 at time 01:11
    Minimum pressure = 29.61 in. on day 24 at time 00:27
    Maximum windspeed = 9.2 mph from 315°( NW) on day 09 at time 20:45
    Maximum gust speed = 16.1 mph from 315°( NW) on day 07 at time 19:23 (Lowest wind gust in June)
    Maximum heat index = 102.9°F on day 30 at time 17:48 (Hottest June heat index on record)

    Avg daily max temp :75.6°F
    Avg daily min temp :54.4°F
    Total windrun = 987.2miles

    Record low wind chill temperature = 45.0 on day 10 at time 05:43
    Record daily rain = .58” on day 23
    Record rain in 1 hour = 0.46” on day 23 at time 20:32
    Warmest day (6am to 6pm) = 83.7 on day 30
    Coldest night (6pm to 6am) = 53.2 on day 13
    Coldest day (6am to 6pm) = 55.5 on day 13
    Warmest night (6pm to 6am) = 74.1 on day 30

    Daily rain totals
    00.01 in. on day 1
    00.02 in. on day 11
    00.01 in. on day 12
    00.46 in. on day 13
    00.02 in. on day 19
    00.02 in. on day 20
    00.58 in. on day 23
    00.08 in. on day 24
    00.17 in. on day 25
    00.18 in. on day 26

    *Records since October 2008*

  8. WEATHERDAN says:

    Say Jessie/ Stevenson, just a quick question. Did you ever meet a sarcastic remark you didn’t like? Why don’t you get a life and grow up. I don’t claim to be infallable on my forecasts. In fact I quite often miss the mark. But tell me what you do besides snipe at others. I pity people like you that have to tear down others to make themselves appear bigger and thus more important. When I see your blogs I am reminded of an old saying. A wise man speaks because he has something to say-a fool speaks because he has to say something. Oh by the way at 4:00 PM Salem is sunny and 82 degrees. Yesterday it was 80 degrees. What a nice weekend it turned out to be. Only brief morning clouds gone by 10 AM both mornings then wall to wall sunshine. This week looks real nice too.

    • Josh "The Snowman" From Everett, WA says:

      Dan, I agree you are embellishing. Perhaps you need a new sensor?

    • paulbeugene says:

      Avg high temps thus far this July:

      PDX: 81.8
      SLE: 85.2
      EUG: 87.0
      RBG: 90.0

      In “normal summer weather” regimes with a bit of onshore flow, particularly from the NW….it just is warmer as you head S. Only when thermal low builds into Washington do we get the strong SW marine push while folks up north are relatively warm/hot.

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      Just so there is no need for ridiculous arguing, anyone can look at Salem’s offiical observation here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/getobext.php?wfo=pqr&sid=SLE&num=60&raw=0&banner=off

      The highs for Friday-Sunday:

      Portland was:

      Here on the west slopes of the Cascades at 1000′ I had clouds each day until 1-2pm and:

  9. High Desert Mat says:

    Wow is it dead in here. Wake up people!!!!!.

  10. schmit44 says:

    7/7/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:96 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)
    Low: 64 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)

    High:58 at NERRS MET SITE A(10 ft) & Newport(30 ft) & HEBOWX Mt. Hebo(3160 ft)
    Low: 27 at Horse Ridge (US (4160 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 56 degrees
    CABIN LAKE (87/31 ) (4560 ft )

  11. AdamInAumsville says:

    Both the Euro and GFS have consistently shown hot weather returning in about 10 days for the past several runs.

  12. totally unweather …well it looks nice in austin texas…
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    i now return to normal summer blog silence… 🙂

  13. bgb41 says:

    7/4/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:97 at ALKALI FLAT(2495 ft) & Ontario Municipa(2188 ft)
    Low: 75 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft) & BULLY CREEK RESE(2500 ft)

    High:54 at HEBOWX Mt. Hebo(3160 ft)
    Low: 37 at DIMLKE (4726 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 43 degrees
    MAZAMA (86/43 ) (4596 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.44″ at MCDERMITT 26N(4464ft)
    0.40″ at SALT CREEK FALLS(4000ft)
    0.37″ at Rome(4049ft)

  14. Jesse-Stevenson says:

    Looks like the models are trending a little cooler for next week. Seasonable highs around 80 rather than close to 90. 7-Day may have to be trended down a bit. WeatherDan will be sad. 😦

    • WEATHERDAN says:

      Not really. though it’s true that I do enjoy hot weather. But if we have 80-85 and sunny for next week, that’s ok as well. However next week in Salem actually looks closer to 85-90. Salem is usually 3-5 degrees warmer than Portland in the Summertime. Quite often we don’t get the fog and low clouds you get up there. In 2010 Portland hit 80 or more 35 times. Salem did it 55 times. It’s only 47 miles difference, but our climates can be quite a bit different. For example at 2:00 PM Portland is mostly cloudy and 68 degrees. Salem is sunny and 74 degree. We may hit 80 today. Portland should top out somewhere between 72 and 75 degrees.

    • Jesse-Stevenson says:

      76 in Salem today.

      Pro-tip: Take whatever WeatherDan says the weather will be and subtract 5-10 degrees to get an accurate forecast.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      The cooler the better for Jesse 😉

      We keep inching closer and closer to that wet, cool, damp summer you’ve always wanted!

  15. High Desert Mat says:

    Another scorcher on the eastside here in Redmond. 102 yesterday on my home station and 96 today. Love it though, such a dry heat. Makes Cove Palisades really refreshing. Took the wave runners out there yesterday, and am brutally sore today. Rode the %@#$ out of them.

  16. Muxpux (Castle Rock 175') says:

    Thinking about a “booze cruise” on the willamette for the day then fireworks at Vancouver to end. But it sounds like crap weather. Got spoiled with 85+ degree days

    • Jesse-Stevenson says:

      How on earth could anyone consider today “crap” weather?

    • Sifton says:

      Ok, maybe not ‘crappy’, but I too have been spoiled so a lil warmer would have been nice!!

    • Jesse-Stevenson says:

      Diff’rent strokes. I bet real estate is pretty cheap in Yuma, Sifton. 🙂

    • Sifton says:

      I know snowbirds who’ve lived there, & it may be a nice place to visit Nov-Feb, but i sure as h e double L wouldn’t want to live there!! But thx though Jess……..

    • Muxpux (Castle Rock 175') says:

      Not exactly crap but partly cloudy and 75 at the peak isn’t exactly great boating weather.

  17. schmit44 says:

    7/3/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:103 at ALKALI FLAT(2495 ft) & BULLY CREEK RESE(2500 ft) & LAKE OWHEE AND O(2400 ft) & Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)
    Low: 83 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)

    High:58 at Newport(30 ft)
    Low: 46 at US26 at Sunset R (1365 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 40 degrees
    DIMLKE (88/48 ) (4726 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.43″ at ROCK CREEK(5650ft)
    0.35″ at Rome(4049ft)

  18. karlbonner1982 says:

    Two years ago summer didn’t really start until almost the END of July when Portland got several days in the mid and upper 80s. Last year, very poetically, it started on July 5. This year it started on June 28 (or maybe even June 1?). PROGRESS!

    • Jesse-Stevenson says:

      I won’t consider it progress until Fall and Winter start on time as well.

      I know you’ve probably loved them, but I’ve grown weary of the warm falls the past few years. We haven’t seen a truly cool one since 2007. I really like a hot Summer crashing into a cool, crisp fall (see 1985). My favorite seasonal transition. 🙂

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