Vacation Time

No new posts until July 29th (unless a hurricane or tornado hits) since I’ll be on vacation.  Enjoy summer…

87 Responses to Vacation Time

  1. pappoose in scappoose says:

    844 PM PDT SUN JUL 21 2013


    • Punxsutawney aka HIOPHIL in Hillsboro says:

      In other words,


      For the foreseeable future as well.

  2. BoringOregon says:

    Wahhh does any body see that radar lighting over around Denver right now !!

  3. Sifton says:

    Lovin the ‘afternoons’ lately, but these cloudy mornings for half the day is starting to be BS!!

  4. schmit44 says:

    7/19/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:106 at ALKALI FLAT(2495 ft) & Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)
    Low: 77 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)

    High:55 at NERRS MET SITE A(10 ft) & Newport(30 ft) & MEARES Cape Mear(1421 ft)
    Low: 36 at DIMLKE (4726 ft ) & KIRK (4519 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 59 degrees
    FOSTER FLAT (101/42 ) (5000 ft )

  5. runrain says:

    Some amazing lightning in Las Vegas tonight.

  6. archangelmichael2 says:

    Is it possible to ever have record night time temps in the summertime here again?

    What kind of airmass would it take to have low temps in the 30s widespread as many valley locations can make it into the upper/mid 30s under the right conditions.

    I am not sure if the UHI would screw up Portland in that kind of scenario in today’s world.

  7. ocpaul says:

    A poem for the doldrums of this summer.
    Is it Keats, or a pub sidewalk sign?

    Roses are red.
    Bacon is red.
    Poems are hard,

  8. cgavic says:

    Marine layer was just 1/8 of a mile to the west of us in sandy.

    Cold o/night
    Plenty of sun hi of 79

  9. cgavic says:

    67 degs and sunny right now
    At our house.

  10. schmit44 says:

    7/18/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:102 at DW9659 Richland(2379 ft) & Weatherby Rest A(2390 ft) & JOHN DAY RIVER A(400 ft) & ALKALI FLAT(2495 ft)
    Low: 75 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)

    High:54 at Newport(30 ft)
    Low: 34 at DIMLKE (4726 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 57 degrees
    FOSTER FLAT (97/40 ) (5000 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.01″ at YACHTS Yachats(82ft)

  11. runrain says:

    100 consecutive days without rain in Phoenix now. They hit 100 deg for 42 straight days before that streak ended a couple days ago.

  12. schmit44 says:

    7/17/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:101 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft) & EW1140 Umatilla(364 ft)
    Low: 76 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft) & LAKE OWHEE AND O(2400 ft)

    High:55 at Newport(30 ft)
    Low: 34 at DIMLKE (4726 ft ) & KIRK (4519 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 53 degrees
    PROVOLT SEED ORC (95/42 ) (1180 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.23″ at IMBLER(2749ft)
    0.21″ at CW2049 Imnaha(1978ft)

  13. AdamInAumsville says:

    Well, ended up having some lightning and thunder around 3 AM last night. Nothing to write home about, but some excitement nonetheless.

  14. I had no idea Mark’s “vacation” was family cancer-related. My wishes/prayers/meditations are with you in these tough times.

    And on a lighter note, here’s hoping you get a couple days in Kentucky with DPs below 65 degrees 😛

  15. Garron near Washington Square says:


    I am so happy that she is going to get to do this! Very touching story. Thanks for sharing this with your extended weather and viewing family. It’s times like this when all I can think about is being buried by my work load, or taking life for granted in general something comes along that reminds me of just how awesome every day life can be. Her upbeat spirit is inspirational to us all. And you can just tell that that Mark Nelsen smile and charm she inherited is going to land her a TV show on Discovery channel someday! You guys are just some of the most wonderful people I have ever had the luxury of meeting, and I really look forward to hearing all about your adventures down there.

  16. Dave in SW PDX (235') says:

    A nice story about Ariel Nelsen & the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Oregon Live this afternoon:

    I hope the Nelsen family has a great time in Kentucky!

  17. umpire says:

    Totally bizarre last night – playing softball, and about 8:00 p.m., near Franklin High school, we got a 30 second “downpour” of big globby raindrops. However, all of the clouds were around us – nothing but blue sky above, and not much wind. At least it settled the dust down a bit!

  18. BoringOregon says:

    Wow, omg it rained last night! well now we have some clouds clearing of nice and fast out here let’s get some sun in. !!!

  19. Hugh Midweather says:

    I am glad I found this site. My thoughts and and best wishes go out to Mark and his family.

  20. P.s.c.z says:

    We had one Thunderstorm move in around 11 pm Brief heavy rain with a few lighting strikes with thunder. Checking radar a another round of Thunderstorms should me moving in the next couple of hours nothing too exciting with the first rd maybe the 2nd round will be a ;ittle more impressive. Either case better then nothing and a nice way to end a lovely summer day.

  21. schmit44 says:

    7/16/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:102 at Weatherby Rest A(2390 ft) & LAKE OWHEE AND O(2400 ft) & DW9659 Richland(2379 ft) & ALKALI FLAT(2495 ft)
    Low: 76 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)

    High:53 at Port Orford(0 ft) & Newport(30 ft)
    Low: 42 at EW3064 Vernonia (640 ft ) & CRAZYMAN FLAT (6100 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 49 degrees
    MINAM LODGE-PORT (95/46 ) (3575 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.17″ at ANTELOPE(6460ft)
    0.16″ at Meacham(3724ft)

  22. Hal in Aims says:


  23. P.s.c.z says:

    Just checked radar looks like we ma get a thunderstorm overnight up here north of seattle. Fingers crossed

  24. JJ78259 says:

    Drove thru a great thunderstorm just outside Houston today. Coming up to Houston the thunderheads were huge against the city skyline made the large buildings look rather small. When I went thru the storm the temp was 84 in the middle the storm the temp dropped to 69 with rain so hard 15mph was the going speed on I-10 ithunder and lightning going crazy great storm! Then dry as a bone all the way home. Very cool!

    • Heatblizzard says:

      Texas is awesome for their wet/dry lines where the humidity can be as much as 70 percent with rain pouring down like………..well some swear words that are in direct violation of blog rule 3.

      Then the humidity beyond the *dry line* dropped below 30% real fast.

      Here is Wiki’s explanation with a chart and several references in case anybody is interested or not.

      I would LOVE it if we had dry lines roar up thru the Willamette valley and the humidity is extremely low in Portland and extremely high in Eugene with STW’s popping up all over the place.

    • archangelmichael2 says:

      Texas is awesome for their wet/dry lines where the humidity can be as much as 70 percent with rain pouring down like………..well some swear words that are in direct violation of blog rule 3.

      Then the humidity beyond the *dry line* dropped below 30% real fast.

      Here is Wiki’s explanation with a chart and several references in case anybody is interested or not.

      I would LOVE it if we had dry lines roar up thru the Willamette valley and the humidity is extremely low in Portland and extremely high in Eugene with STW’s popping up all over the place.

    • Lurkyloo says:

      JJ, please buy a camera! I wanna see!

    • JJ78259 says:

      I know I wish I would have snapped a shot I will next time

  25. Hal in Aims says:

    not a professional..but…just looking at the sky…it does not look all that unstable….nothing on radar… even though it’s 80 degrees it doesn’t seem to have that “feel”…guess i’ll wait for the surprise at 2:30 am…..

  26. runrain says:

    A cell over by West Linn?

  27. WEATHERDAN says:

    The high in Salem today has been 85 degrees. Despite the fact that is has mostly cloudy all day. Lots of alto cumulus in the sky and kind of muggy. But no rain.

  28. pappoose in scappoose says:

    I really like it when there is “great potential for elevated convection”

    National Weather Service Portland or
    201 PM PDT Tuesday Jul 16 2013

    Short term…another challenging yet interesting forecast for the
    Portland warning area tonight as there is great potential for
    elevated convection. A lighting strike was just detected near the
    crest of the Washington Cascades early this afternoon feeding greater confidence in the current forecast.

    Middle-level moisture is evident with the clouds streaming overhead today. An upper level low currently just offshore the
    Oregon/California border will move across the region SW to NE as a shortwave trough and enhance middle-level instability.The timing between the moisture and the instability are a little off and is why the probability for thunderstorms is not higher than 15 to 20% currently forecasted. GFS modeled equivalent potential temperature between 700 and 500 mb aligned well with the areal extent of clouds in visible imagery this afternoon. This modeled variable forecasts the moisture to be concentrated across the Cascades and the northern portion of the forecast area by 00z and just over the Washington Cascades by 06z.This is slightly ahead of the timing of greatest instability…but not enough to discount the possibility of elevated thunderstorms.

    The elevated nature of the convection makes it really difficult to forecast where the lightning will occur since terrain is not an influence…but think the threat will shift from south to the
    north throughout the evening and linger into Wednesday morning for the Washington Cascades. Modeled soundings aligned well with the 12z ksle sounding this morning and forecast an inverted v profile for this evening with dry lower levels. This suggests that any lightning late this afternoon and early evening will be dry and possibly accompanied with gusty winds. The storms may be more wet later this evening.

    • BoringOregon says:

      What’s the chance we might see a good night show only 20% chance tonight ?!?

    • AdamInAumsville says:

      I say zero chance. Marine push already underway in Eugene and Salem. Portland is next. It’s over (not that it really began).

  29. EA_TTD says:


    What a wonderful story. You and your wife should be so proud of the daughter you are raising. I hope you all have a wonderful trip and here’s hoping no more hospital visits either!

  30. BoringOregon says:

    yup the clouds just got real dark out here looks freaky !!

  31. PaulO says:

    Mark, prayers and best wishes for your daughter and a safe and joyous trip for the whole family!

  32. Alohabb says:

    Gonna hit 92with this thick cloud cover that just moved in?

    • Phil in Beaverton says:

      I was just wondering the same. Clouds arrived early? Seems like it’ll be tough to get to 90 with this cloud cover.

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      I suppose it could still get in the range of 82-86 – which is still good for a storm.. Just, not AS good..

    • pbo9 says:

      Seems like this sort of regime favors just clouds and balmy temps. Hoping for a thunderstorm.

    • Hal in Aims says:

      82 and feeling very muggy….large sun break..

    • Ted Berry says:

      Already 90 here in the Barton Area, we wil probably end up closer to 100 than 90 today!

    • Ted Berry says:

      95 degrees for a high today at Barton, sure hope we seem some weather action this evening!

  33. schmit44 says:

    7/15/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:103 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)
    Low: 73 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)

    High:54 at NERRS MET SITE A(10 ft) & Newport(30 ft)
    Low: 34 at DIMLKE (4726 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 54 degrees
    FOSTER FLAT (96/42 ) (5000 ft )
    DW9636 La Pine (90/36) (4236 ft)

  34. Great story Mark on your Daughter and the “Make-a-Wish” foundation. We wish you all the best of luck and you’ll be in our prayers. Enjoy your vacation!

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      Thanks for both. She’s doing real well nowadays. Praying the tumor doesn’t show up again. Looks hot and sweaty in Kentucky though.

    • Mark, my prayers go out to you, I just lost my mom to cancer 3 weeks ago and although it’s not my child, I have a very fresh idea of what cancer does to a family. I’m glad to hear the good news and will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

    • pbo9 says:

      Mark- Just lost my dad to cancer. Thinking good thoughts for your family. Have fun!

  35. Lurkyloo says:

    Well, now I feel kinda like a buttbag for sarcastically talking about Mark’s vacation. Didn’t know his daughter got a “Make A Wish” trip.


  36. BoringOregon says:

    Koin news, is saying we are going to get a good chance of thunder storm’s tomorrow night !!

  37. JJ78259 says:

    Another round of brilliant lightning and awesome thunder my kids are in awe as they have never seen this kind of nature’s power in Portland before.

    • runrain says:

      Just don’t stand under any trees. Oh wait that’s right. No trees… Probably some good storms up in the mountains. Oh wait. No mountains… Oh well. If it gets too hot you can always run down to the beach. Oh wait. No beach…

    • Sifton says:

      Oh, no you didn’t………

    • JJ78259 says:

      I have 7 live oaks 2 maples and a really nice barkless tree that flowers all the time and several palms around the pool and lots very of nice hills near me and Padre island beaches not sure what your talking about or if you ever have left Oregon or not check out MTV next spring break.

    • JJ78259 says:

      I almost forgot the lemon lime and orange trees, gin and tonic anyone, so yes I have no Douglas Firs, that’s ok

    • runrain says:

      Great time at the Alamo Bowl in December. The San Antonio folks were very nice.

      I have 3 states in the lower 48 yet to visit. Otherwise seen ’em all. Give me the clouds, chill and rains of Jan. A sun break fir a week is all I need then!

  38. JJ78259 says:

    After 4 beautiful 100 degree days 72 degrees and lightning thunder on top of us the angels are dancing with light sabers very awesome !! Weather at its best.

  39. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    Thunderstorm outbreak soon? Have fun Mark!! and thanks!

  40. schmit44 says:

    7/14/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:100 at CW3932 Central P(1290 ft) & DW5789 Eagle Poi(1463 ft) & Medford Viaduct(1360 ft) & JUNIPR(359 ft)
    Low: 68 at BULLY CREEK RESE(2500 ft)

    High:52 at Newport(30 ft)
    Low: 32 at CW5507 Camp Sher (3020 ft ) & KIRK (4519 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 60 degrees
    CW5507 Camp Sher (92/32 ) (3020 ft )

  41. BoringOregon says:

    Again must be nice !!

  42. Josh "The Snowman" From Everett, WA says:

    He works 26 weeks, vacations 26 weeks. What a joke.

    Good thing I’m trusting Rod Hill these days.

  43. W7ENK says:

    Thunderstorms Tuesday night, for sure!

    Enjoy your vacation, Mark. 🙂

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