Real busy today catching up on two weeks’ worth of emails and dealing with a weather center move/rebuild. Clearly I missed no weather in the past two weeks.
But maybe some weather action this week…maybe. An upper level low develops offshore and then heads right over us Thursday and Friday. Not a real cold low, but 850mb temps around +7 or +8 are well below average for the first couple of days in August. I think the best chance for any thunder west of the Cascades is probably late Wednesday through Thursday morning. MAYBE something pops up Thursday afternoon IF we don’t get a big marine push and IF the best lift has not headed north and east by that time. Still not the classic setup for summer thunderstorms west of the Cascades though. I’d prefer to see SE flow aloft and a marine push holding off.
July has been just about perfect if you ask me…not too hot here in far NW Oregon and SW Washington, but lots of sunshine. We’ve seen just enough marine air to keep most days at/below 90 degrees here in Portland. But look how much warmer it’s been just down the Valley! Eugene has seen more than double the 90 degree days that we have.
Here’s some real weather action…a great view of a tornado from inside an office building in Italy. Notice there are some other tornado videos from the same area on the site. Listen to that wind scream!
Next week looks like a return to summer with above average temps again. We’ll see if we get above 85 here in Portland, but more 90s seem likely from Salem south again.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen