Brrr! Coolest Day So Far This Fall

Today’s low temp of 44 at PDX was the coolest so far this fall, and the high temp of 54 is also the coolest we’ve seen since spring.  In fact the average temp for the day is like the first week of November!

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Showers/rain moved in right on schedule at midday, and now we have some very heavy downpours moving through during the evening commute.  Two other items…some nice video of scary looking sea foam at Rockaway Beach from Don Best.  Looks like some blob aliens moving onshore!

 

And…did you see the Northern Lights last night?  Some of you did.  Take a look at this great pic taken by Blaine Franger at http://www.beautifulhoodriver.com.  The iconic view up the Columbia River at Vista House/Crown Point.  But this time it’s at night with a rare view of the lights.  Around 10:20pm last night.  By the time I passed that spot on my way home (12:15am), it was just a dull brightness low in the northern sky.

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Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

41 Responses to Brrr! Coolest Day So Far This Fall

  1. Jeff Raetz says:

    http://classic.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=KORMILWA11

    ———————————————————————————————
    Averages\Extremes for the month of September 2013

    ———————————————————————————————
    Average temperature = 62.6°F (Coldest average September temp on record)
    Average humidity = 82%
    Average dewpoint = 56.1°F
    Average barometer = 29.897 in.
    Average windspeed = 0.7 mph
    Average gustspeed = 1.9 mph
    Average direction = 151° (SSE)
    Rainfall for month = 7.661 in. (Average is 2.46”) (Wettest September on record)
    Rainfall for year = 24.028 in. (Average is 26.31”)
    Maximum rain per minute = 0.570 in on day 29 at time 12:12
    Maximum temperature = 98.3°F on day 11 at time 16:24 (Warmest September temp on record)
    Minimum temperature = 46.8°F on day 27 at time 03:41
    Maximum humidity = 100% on day 30 at time 13:02
    Minimum humidity = 30% on day 30 at time 16:04
    Maximum dewpoint = 68.1°F on day 10 at time 16:30
    Minimum dewpoint = 45.4°F on day 27 at time 3:35
    Maximum pressure = 30.19 in. on day 27 at time 00:15
    Minimum pressure = 29.37 in. on day 29 at time 20:23
    Maximum windspeed = 9.2 mph from 203°(SSW) on day 28 at time 13:48
    Maximum gust speed = 25.3 mph from 203°(SSW) on day 22 at time 12:10 (Strongest September max wind gust on record)
    Maximum heat index = 102.5°F on day 11 at time 17:42 (Warmest September heat index on record)

    Avg daily max temp :72.5°F
    Avg daily min temp :55.3°F
    Total windrun = 504.9miles

    Record low wind chill temperature = 46.6 on day 27 at time 04:59
    Record daily rain = 1.72” on day 29
    Record rain in 1 hour = 0.39” on day 22 at time 20:02

    ———————————–
    Daily rain totals
    ———————————–
    00.13 in. on day 3
    00.54 in. on day 5
    01.04 in. on day 6
    00.01 in. on day 15
    00.04 in. on day 16
    00.01 in. on day 21
    01.09 in. on day 22
    00.05 in. on day 23
    00.64 in. on day 24
    00.26 in. on day 25
    00.28 in. on day 27
    01.22 in. on day 28
    01.72 in. on day 29
    00.63 in. on day 30

    *Records since October 2008*

  2. W7ENK says:

    Huge flock of pelicans flying in circles over Downtown Portland right now, drifting to the South, drifting back to the North, but just circling, aimlessly… And they’re not making any noise.

    Seems odd to see them here, and especially to see a flock that large. o_O

    • W7ENK says:

      And these were definitely white pelicans.
      They looked exactly like this: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/PHOTO/LARGE/pelican_davidstephens.jpg

      Video uploading to the YouTubes right now, going incredibly slow for some reason.

    • Lurkyloo says:

      That does seem odd, Erik. Very strange, actually. I’d refer to my Foxfire book to see what omen that suggests, but I don’t recall any pelican stories … Thanks for the picture — that’s a trip.

    • W7ENK says:

      There were easily 200-250 of them, possibly more. Just circling, drifting slowly South, then back North, but not really going anywhere. They circled there for a good 20-30 minutes. I find it odd, as I’ve never before seen pelicans in or around Portland or the Willamette Valley. I know we have large numbers of them in the Klamath Basin, but that’s 300+ miles to the South and on the other side of the Cascade/Siskyou Mountains. We also have grey and/or brown pelicans along the Oregon Coast, but again, I’ve never seen them inland.

      Perhaps they’re lost? Yesterday’s geomagnetic storm could have thrown off their internal compass? I have no idea… As for a sign of something, I’m hoping it’s a sign of a really crazy/snowy winter ahead!

    • gidrons says:

      What does it mean ?!?

    • Jesse-Stevenson says:

      Weird Erik, I just saw a huge flock of blackbirds almost darken the sky on the way home from work today. And over on the Western weather forum someone just made a comment about seeing a huge group of turkey vultures up in Olympia. :/

    • W7ENK says:

      That *IS* weird, Uncle Jessie! Except for the fact that blackbirds and turkey vultures are native to this area, and the American White Pelican is not. As I stated before, the closest they come to Portland is the Klamath Basin. They have absolutely no reason whatsoever to be this far North.

      I should also mention that one of our engineers witnessed several “small birds” (as he put it) fly into the glass along his side of the building this afternoon.

      So many weird things happeing today!!

    • Uncle Jessy is going to get is wish (along with 99% of the blog members) of a really cold and snowy winter!

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

    • Prairie Dog says:

      Turkey Vultures are native but migratory. They tend to “flock” as they head south to Baja and parts beyond. I’ve seen 20-30 this time of year pinwheeling south. Most are already gone but there are still stragglers. Those were absolutely NOT TV’s. Not even close.
      http://www.dfw.state.or.us/species/birds/pelicans_cormorants.asp
      Color seemed off to be white pelicans but the profile and the way they were flying was right. Just pretty unusual, that’s all. That’s why birding is so much fun. I say they were white’s.
      Also this time of year small migratory birds take a huge beating hitting high rise buildings. http://www.terrain.org/articles/15/kousky.htm

  3. pappoose in scappoose says:

    This time of year again.

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
    911 AM PDT THU OCT 3 2013

    OTHERWISE…THE MAIN FORECAST ISSUE IS SOME VALLEY FOG AND LOW CLOUDS. AIRPORT REPORTS ARE SHOWING THIS FOG LOCALLY DENSE WITH VSBYS LESS THAN 1/4 MILE IN SPOTS…BUT WEBCAMS SEEM TO INDICATE THAT KIND OF DENSE FOG IS RATHER LIMITED ACROSS THE AREA. WE HAVE ISSUED A COUPLE NOWCASTS THIS MORNING TO ADDRESS THE FOG…IT DOES NOT APPEAR TO WARRANT A DENSE FOG ADVISORY. FOG SHOULD LIFT AND SCATTER OUT WITH MOST AREAS SUNNY BY 2 PM.

    http://sat.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/alternative.php?wfo=pqr&area=west&type=vis&size=1

    • Prairie Dog says:

      I do a lot of birding, never seen white pelicans locally. That is really something. Certainly seen many in and around Malheur Lake, Klamath Lake, never seen them in the valley. That’s pretty amazing. Lots of brown’s at the coast obviously. I’ve seen a couple of large flocks of sandhill cranes fly over the area, never white pelicans. Great sighting.

  4. MasterNate says:

    Special Weather Statement

    “…CHILLY NIGHTS IN THE OUTLYING VALLEYS TONIGHT AND FRIDAY NIGHT…

    THE NEXT COUPLE OF NIGHTS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE THE COLDEST SO FAR THIS SEASON. TEMPERATURES FOR OUR COLDEST OUTLYING VALLEYS WILL LIKELY DIP INTO THE 30S BY FRIDAY MORNING AND AGAIN SATURDAY MORNING. TEMPERATURES MAY BRIEFLY DIP BELOW FREEZING EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. PEOPLE IN THESE AREAS MAY WANT TO TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT TENDER VEGETATION.

    URBAN AND COASTAL AREAS SHOULD REMAIN WARMER…WITH OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURES REMAINING CLOSER TO 40 DEGREES.”

  5. W7ENK says:

    Chilly and foggy this morning. Autumn is in full swing! The leaves are changing now, some are already quite brilliant. I think it’s going to be a good year for leaf color. Hopefully we get some nice, sunny afternoons in a couple of weeks and I can go out and get some photos. Hoping to do a wine tasting tour either this or next Sunday. October is the best time to go, IMHO. The blazing yellows and reds in the vinyards really help to enhance the experience! 🙂

  6. Margaret says:

    44 isn’t cold! 20s and 30s is cold. Still no jacket, no furnace. Love it!

  7. schmit44 says:

    10/2/2013 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:64 at JUNIPR( 359 ft)
    Low: 51 at W7KKE-3 Road’s E(89 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:31 at Mount Hood Meado(6601 ft)
    Low: 12 at DIMLKE (4726 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 35 degrees
    FOSTER FLAT (55/20 ) (5000 ft )
    CABIN LAKE (50/15) (4560 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.89″ at HEBOWX Mt. Hebo(3160ft)
    0.85″ at AA7OA Astoria(240ft)
    0.84″ at PACCTY Pacific C(253ft)
    0.84″ at CEDAR(2220ft)
    0.83″ at NERRS MET SITE A(10ft)

  8. snowgrover says:

    Heard a report of a possible tornado over a friend’s house east of Dilley. ( Northeast of Gaston about 2 miles. They said nothing damaged, but lots of debris. This possible tornado hit about 7pm tonight. Anyone else see or hear about it?

    • Punxsutawney aka HIOPHIL in Hillsboro says:

      There was a report of a funnel cloud out around Forest Grove.

      Didn’t see the photo, but another news outlet (who will remain unnamed here) supposedly had a pic. Don’t know if it touched down, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see something on the east side of the Coast Range from McMinneville to Banks.

      It was a fairly impressive squall line. Was looking for funnels as I drove home at 6pm but didn’t see anything other than some nice looking mammatus preceding the line.

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      KGW had it, it’s still on Matt’s Twitter feed or FB or something like that. I saw no report of it touching down, or at least there is no pic/video of it doing that.

  9. This is what we miss living on the wet side of the Cascades……….
    http://spaceweather.com/gallery/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=87275

  10. BoringOregon says:

    Wow, bet the radar is lighting up with birds tonight. Just saw like at least a couple of 1,000+ geese flying over are house!?!?

    • BoringOregon says:

      And they closed down the, noaa.qov Web site. For the government shut down?!?!? maybe the world is going to end lol jk this is funny to.—A COLD FRONT MOVING ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON AND OREGON WILL USHER IN ANOTHER SHOT OF COOL GULF OF ALASKA AIR… KEEPING A DISTINCT AUTUMN CHILL AROUND THE REGION FOR THE NEXT FEW NIGHTS.

    • MasterNate says:

      I saw a bunch of geese flying very fast, going in all directions with no formation what so ever. I thought maybe zombie geese apocalypse until I saw the Bald Eagle flying behind where they took off from. Very cool to see.

  11. Lurkyloo says:

    Dumping here … again. Feels like the temp dropped quickly as well. “Brrr” is right!

  12. MasterNate says:

    I want an full order of the 18z and a 2nd order to go please. I really hope this sticks.

    http://wxweb.meteostar.com/sample/sample.shtml?text=KPDX

  13. Wastingyou'rehardearnedtaxdollars says:

    No wonder the weather is acting weird. The geomagnetic field is all screwed up now.

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

    Blob aliens and the aurora borealis in the same post… love it!

    Chilly day today, only made it up to 53.1° here at home after an overnight low of 42.1°.

    As far as my rain totals are concerned, I tallied 6.13″ in September, and 39.94″ for the water year.

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