Quite a chill in the air this morning, lots of 40s around the metro area. For some of us it was the coldest in about 2 months. At PDX the low of 54 was the coolest since July 25th when we also hit 54 degrees. That broke the long string of mainly 60+ nights we’ve been seeing since late July too. Between that and what I see on the maps ahead, it’s pretty obvious we’ve passed the “peak of summer”. Sure, there will be plenty of warm days (80-90 degrees) in the next month, but the long strings of hot weather are history for this year. It probably doesn’t help that some kids go back to school in just 4 days, the rest in less than 2 weeks.
I didn’t post over the past week because the weather was slow the end of last week and over the weekend, plus my family and I did our last camping of summer at Diamond Lake (near Crater Lake). No more vacation time in the next month, in fact I’m probably going to earn a bunch of days since Brian is about to go on paternity leave and we’re short a weather person. But that’s how the business goes, you work long hours and many consecutive days at times.
Here are a couple of pics from the area. I’m no photographer, and it was real hazy. My son and I hiked up Mt. Bailey above the lake…a tough climb but not technical by any means. The last picture was a little “window” through the ridge of rock at the top of the mountain. That was real interesting; hate to fall out that one!
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen