3 Record Highs Today

May 14, 2014

10:30pm Wednesday…

Today was the warmest May day in 6 years here in Portland…the first time we’ve been to 90 in May during that time as well.


It was hot and 3 records (that I’m aware of) were set today.  But at least this time of year the heat doesn’t stick around as long as it does in July.  In just 3 days we’ll be back in the 60s.  You might even briefly turn on the heat either Sunday or Monday mornings too, depending on your tolerance of cooler weather.  Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but possible.

We get a marine push along the coastline tomorrow for much cooler temps, then that cooler air surges inland for 10 degrees or more cooling Friday.

A cool upper-level trough moves overhead Saturday through Monday giving us showers at times, the it appears we go back to more mild (not hot) weather next week.  Of course Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, but it’s still a bit too far away to know how the weather is looking.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


4pm…91 In Portland; A May Scorcher

May 14, 2014

Glad we didn’t weenie out and go with 88 or 89 today in Portland!  We have hit at least 91; that is the 3:53pm temp at PDX.  Most likely it’ll rise 1 or 2 more degrees so our forecast high of 91 will be slightly on the cool side.  These temps are the highs SO FAR as of 4pm…


How unusual is this?  We have hit a record for the day, the old record is 88 degrees set this day in 2012.  Also it’s the warmest May day in 6 years!  Sometimes we go through several Mays without hitting 90.

Even weirder is the forecast screwup at the coastline today.  The onshore wind didn’t arrive until early-mid afternoon at most locations, which means temps skyrocketed until that time.  That means we’ve had two episodes in early-mid May with temperatures in the 80s or even lower 90s at the beaches.

It appears Cannon Beach and Tillamook both hit or exceeded 90 degrees.

Final high temps will be out within the hour.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen