Coast Heat: All-Time April Highs at Newport & Astoria

April 30, 2014

11pm Wednesday…

Today was a scorcher…at least by April standards.  Here are the record high temps set today within our viewing area:


Notice Newport and Astoria Airport both recorded their all-time April high temps.  The Astoria airport records go back to the 1950s.  We didn’t hit a record in the metro area because most of us were around 90 on April 30th, 1998.  Check out the central coast temperatures:


North Bend hit 91, which I would assume is an April record too, in fact the old record for the day at North Bend is just 72!

Easterly wind was actually a little TOO strong from the middle of town out to the eastside, keeping temps a little lower than I expected.  But that east wind will suddenly drop off tomorrow morning, we’ll be left with a warm air mass.  That should allow temperatures to rise a bit more in the afternoon; thus our high temperature forecast in the upper 80s.  We’ll see how that works out.

A very obvious and dramatic change will occur Friday afternoon/evening as a strong marine push of cooler ocean air moves inland along with a cold front.  It appears we might get a few sprinkles out of that Friday evening.

After that it’s on to 3-4 days of clouds, showers, and cooler than average temperatures; and that includes the weekend.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

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April 30, 2014



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Warm Spell Continues…80s Today

April 30, 2014

Just a quick post with a few record temps.  Everything worked out according to plan today with high temps in the 80s in the western valleys and 80s at the coast too.

As of 5pm it appears that Salem hit a record high of 86 (for April 30th).  Eugene also had a record high of 82 degrees.  Vancouver, Hillsboro and Troutdale didn’t hit a record high.  Here in Portland we hit 83, quite a way from the 90 degree record set in 1998:


Astoria made it to 84 degrees, not just a record for the day but also the WARMEST APRIL DAY ever recorded.

East wind backs off tomorrow, and surprisingly that means a warmer day in the Portland area…more on that later.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen