2014: 2nd Warmest Year Since 1941 at PDX

It sure didn’t feel like it for the last few days, but 2014 was a warm one!  It was the 2nd warmest in Portland since the Airport records were established back around 1940.  1992 was warmer.


The warmest-ever August, September, & October months were amazing.  Even December was tied for #5 warm.

It was a slightly wet year too, with just over 40″ of rain at PDX.  Like the DUCK COLORS ON THIS ONE???  Seems appropriate for today.


We saw a classic winter inversion today with warm air moving into the mountains and cold air stuck in the valleys.  One of the warmest spots in our area was up at the top of the Magic Mile chairlift.  That’s a midday temp of 44 up at 7,000′.  MarkInversion_MtHood Yet it was in the 20s most of the day at Government Camp.  From our Skibowl Weather Cam we could see something else.  The top of the cold air appeared to be around 5,000′ because the trees have shed their snow above that elevation.


You can also see the temperatures jumping up and down at the Mt. Hood SNOTEL site (5,400′) the past 24 hours; good evidence of the cold air sloshing up and down a bit at that elevation.

What’s happening the next week or so?  Not much, quite a dead weather pattern with upper-level ridging nearby for much of the next week.  For skiers it doesn’t look good since freezing levels go very high Monday-Wednesday next week, although we might stay mainly dry if everything works out just right.

Feel free to put in your 2014 rain totals below…I’ll start.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

126 Responses to 2014: 2nd Warmest Year Since 1941 at PDX

  1. W7ENK says:

    Drove up into the Gorge yesterday to see what was left of the ice around the waterfalls, it was WET! Rainfall in excess of 1 inch, and that’s just during the few hours we were there. 35 degrees almost consistently, had a few splats on the windshield at river level just East of Cascade Locks. I was very surprised to find less than a third of an inch in my rain gauge when I got home.

    45.04″ of rainfall at my location in 2014.
    13.0″ of snowfall, all occurring in February.

  2. MasterNate says:

    This week will definitely feel like spring Warm and dryish with days of sun. Record breaking maybe??

  3. paulbeugene says:

    Looks like Oregon escaped the brunt of heavy rains. Looks ridgy with not very much precip, temps above normal at higher elevation, not good recipe for skiing overall. Looks as if Pacific jet returns to Pacific coast…of California after the coming week, sort of el ninoid looking.

  4. Muxpux (Castle Rock 175') says:

    Dang. 2.55″ here, .24 at PDX.

    • Joshua says:

      Dang is right. Lucky! It feels like May more than January this morning.

    • MasterNate says:

      And only .14 in Molalla, between Portland and Salem. The rainy forecast for Sunday was a Bust, but in a good way.

  5. schmit44 says:

    1/4/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:58 at ILLINOIS VALLEY(1389 ft)
    Low: 49 at EW1135 Yachats1(32 ft) & Port Orford(0 ft)

    High:23 at NYSSA(2172 ft)
    Low: 11 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 26 degrees
    ILLINOIS VALLEY (58/32 ) (1389 ft )
    CW5615 Heppner (51/25) (2041 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    3.30″ at NORTH FORK(3120ft)
    3.20″ at Astoria Regional(10ft)
    2.74″ at AA7OA Astoria(240ft)
    2.59″ at MEARES Cape Mear(1421ft)
    2.57″ at DW4535 Cannon Be(23ft)
    2.24″ at N7HAE Knappa(105ft)
    2.19″ at LOG CREEK(2800ft)
    2.08″ at OCNSID Oceanside(22ft)
    1.94″ at TILLAMOOK(11ft)
    1.92″ at TIDEWATER(2035ft)

  6. Ron says:

    Wet,wet day here in Astoria.

  7. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    1.04″ here in Battle Ground. At my parents 10 miles south, 0.27″

  8. Don’t worry. Winter will resume in March.

  9. JohnD says:

    We are now entering that time of the year when (lack of) winter weather fristrations ensue. When seemingly every place else in the US is having intriguing winter weather events (coverage as propagated by the usual East Coast media bias)–while we have none–and with none in sight. All this even while being cognizant of the fact that in our marine climate, we are generally lucky to even have “one” event! This year that might have already taken place amid the “mixed precipitation”/sleet event of November.

    I am a lifelong Western Oregonian. My wife a native from Massachusetts, thus exasperating the complex of emotions. I truly hope that I am wrong on thinking that this is one of those years that Porrland simply strikes out. Otherwise I, for one, am already climbing the walls for spring!

    • JohnD says:

      *Please forgive various “typos” in the preceding. Rushing here at the moment amid getting ready for the new work week, etc. like a lot of us…

  10. steve says:

    When the hell are we going to see a kickass snow event mark? Or has man made global warming stole the show

  11. WEATHERDAN says:

    is winter over? Maybe yes maybe no. But it sure is beginning to look that way. However it looks very unlikely that we will have as some put it an epic Winter. Let those who want an epic Winter pay the high heating bills. And let’s not forget the inconvenience of having schools and events cancelled. Now I do hope for enough snow in the mountains for agriculture, tourism, and drinking. And hey I wouldn’t even mind it if we had a snowstorm and cold outbreak once each Winter. But no epic Winter. We have the odds stacked against us in the best of times for a lot of snow and cold. And with our changing climate it looks less likely with each passing year for an epic year. But more likely for weather extremes to occur. I myself find it fascinating when we have warm weather records and rainfall records and well any kind of record weather. So I will enjoy the weather we have today and leave tomorrow till tomorrow. Peace.

    • Its a regular weather pattern that is unfortunate keep in mind that 1941 was the warmest year on record.

    • David B. says:

      1941? Link?

    • Smithsky says:

      I agree. I am building a chicken coop over the winter and I like it dry and warm. Next winter can be “Epic”. If I can’t make it to the grocery store, I can have fresh chicken. Oh, Don’t make the mistake of looking to only Oregon or West Coast for Climate change. It is below zero in Idaho and most of the country is below average right now. It is the WHOLE earth and it is cooling. Sea ice is at a record since keeping records. The climate ebbs and flows.

    • JERAT416 says:

      Last winter was boring until February. Then, right after Mark made his “Well, it’s too late in the season for an arctic outbreak or more than a couple inches of snow”, we got blasted! That was the most widespread event since December 2008 in my opinion. I can survive without a big winter in the lowlands, if we can build up the snow pack. I want to see 300 inches on the ground at Timberline again like I did once. I would actually prefer 100 ft depth there, 80 at Meadows, and 70 at SkiBowl by April 1st. I would love it if they can’t even consider opening the Alpline Slide until Labor Day!

  12. David B. says:

    Lowland snow/ice event today, if you’re far enough north and east, that is. Take a look at this highway cam from Sumas, WA:

  13. Joshua says:

    As a testament to the never-ending warmer than average temperatures, I just saw an almost fully flowered cherry tree in NW Portland. I have also noticed that some trees have pretty swollen leaf buds already. Spring in January?

    • That is not the case here at all.

    • Brian Leroy says:

      Today’s cpc outlook looks spring like for the next two weeks which will be a nice break from the cold,.

    • David B. says:

      That would be the winter-flowering cherry, Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’. It often blooms starting in December or January unless there’s enough cold to stop it from doing so until later.

    • Boydo3 N. Albany elev. just under 500' says:

      There are some winter flowering plum tree varieties as well.
      Prunus mume is one I have seen around here.

    • Joshua says:

      Hmmm… perhaps you are right. I didn’t know there was such a thing. Interesting. I thought it seemed implausible for a spring flowering tree to already be flowering regardless of how “warm” it’s been.

    • jimbo says:

      And it was fairly cold last week. Nothing springlike

    • jimbo says:

      Warmer then average? Wasn’t it pretty cold last week?

    • Joshua says:

      Jimbo, I am talking about overall warmth, not any given day or week. See Mark’s post above…

  14. Longview 400 ft says:

    My area is now under a flood watch. The lower Cowlitz River.

  15. 2014 was the warmest year on record at Salem. The average of 56.0 beat out 1926 and its average of 55.9. Records at SLE date back to 1892.

  16. schmit44 says:

    1/3/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:55 at RED MOUND(1753 ft) & DW0460 Sisters(3251 ft) & MT. YONCALLA(1822 ft) & DUNES(120 ft) & VILLAGE CREEK(1565 ft)
    Low: 47 at NERRS METEOROLOG(9 ft)

    High:20 at EW1810 Lostine(3376 ft)
    Low: 0 at RED BUTTE (4460 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 40 degrees
    Horse Ridge (US (42/2 ) (4160 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.52″ at LOG CREEK(2800ft)
    0.40″ at RED BOX(3250ft)
    0.36″ at EW1765 Mount Hoo(1542ft)

  17. With all the boring weather on the horizon, I’m going to try a radical approach to the problem. My plan is to tune out completely of all weather-related information for the next 3-4 days, possibly even 5. Should be back here some time between Tuesday night and Thursday.

    This will be effective at midnight tonight. My hope is that ignoring weather for a few days will make things more interesting when I get back, even if the weather itself is still boring.

    We shall see….

    • JohnD says:

      I have tried this approach myself before. Sometimes it sort of seems to “work”…sort of…hehe…I think that I will be right there with you on this one Karl.

    • I’ve got to the point where i’m praying now.

    • Mike says:

      Do you guys notice how there is lots of rain heading to the Calif. mountains this fall and winter? That’s where it needs its fair share right now real bad. God has his way about things. Keep the faith.

  18. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    Let Your Light Shine Down on Me

  19. JohnD says:

    Just got back from a Hamilton Mountain hike in the Gorge. I have done it many times–each time unique and wonderful. This edition 35′, misty, still some ice around Hardy Falls and the upper trail. Plus a couple inches of snow on top at 2,488′!

    We’ll see what the rest of the winter brings. I always pull for it!

  20. jimbo says:

    At least the new 7 day is not as warm. Maybe ski resorts will be ok

  21. It’s gloomy days like this that make me want to move to John Day Oregon.

    • Boydo3 N. Albany elev. just under 500' says:

      Just got back from 4 lovely, mild days on the south coast. Even saw some bumble bees and humming birds working some still blossoming shrubs down in Gold Beach and in the redwoods. Don’t have to freeze your *** off in John Day to get some glorious sunshine!

    • I just really have a powerful connection to that area it is just special to me. That is where most of my greatest memories with my grandpa come from. And when I’m walking around over there hunting it reminds me of him.

    • Boydo3 N. Albany elev. just under 500' says:

      I love the area as well. Have done a couple river trips right past Burnt Ranch where on of my ancestors, Billy Shaw, lived a hundred years ago.

    • Ever been through Bates? It is impossible to notice though because the logging mill was shut down in 1976 so the only thing left is the Austin House at the Austin JCT.

    • ive spent a lot…a lot of time…years… around bates, austin, and every other nook and cranny in that area from work i used to do….im willing to bet that ive covered more ground on foot around there than just about any human ever….

    • ..and having lived in john day, it’s harsh…socially, economically, and weather…the sun shining aint everything….

    • I used to love the idea of living out in John Day or Baker City. Beautiful country, more interesting weather, more sunshine, etc…

      But the economic realities over there are pretty harsh. Maybe if I had some kind of job which allowed me to work from home 90% of the time and then travel for meetings, etc…Then it would be realistic, but good luck finding a job to support 3 kids out there.

    • It is very tough life over there. The only jobs you could have is to be a rancher or work at a lumber mill. But now the mills are all shutting down so it’s even more difficult to find employment over there. Boringlarry have you ever done A hike on Vinegar Hill? Do you hunt over there?

    • vinegar hill, chicken hill, dixie creek, ironside mt.,cheatum hollar, …hundreds of names and places…no, i dont hunt, i grass seeded skid trails and other logging disturbed areas for many years, working timber sales from Hines and Burns up to Lewiston…..lived in Baker Haines and North Powder for 20 years, lived in john day for a spell (i was “the voice of Grant County” on KJDY for awhile…)

    • I listen to that radio all the time over there. I may have heard you depending on how long ago that was. Good old Grand County!

    • …the radio gig was 1990, it was something like 26 below that winter…ice jams, floods…it was entertaining…i started reading weather forecasts on the air from southern texas…
      …and Bates is now a state park…

    • I know Bates is a state Park. Ive been hunting over there since i was a baby. I was 9 in 1990 so I probably heard you.

    • …Boydo, is Billy Shaw the one who built some crazy little building for a horse or something thats along hiway 26?…my swiss cheese brain knows that name somehow…

    • Since you were on all those mountains you have probably been on Green Horn?

    • been on and in greenhorn, been on ireland, been on probably every one you can think of…

    • Isn’t it just beautiful when you’re at the top of Vinegar Hill and you’re looking into the bowl where springs come out of the mountain and start Vinegar Creek, that place right there is amazing.

    • Boydo3 N. Albany elev. just under 500' says:

      Billy Shaw was a relative on my Dad’s side. He married an Indian gal from the John Day area. He was a hand at the ranch there around the turn of the century. It’s now known as Burnt Ranch (Indians burned down the place in a raid). Some cool history I’d like to know more about. The place is still there but I think the existing house is a third rendition. It’s between Service creek and Clarno.

  22. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Looks like we’re gonna get wet, with the high freezing levels.

  23. PurpleHaze says:

    So how come just a few days ago models were (locked) as some people on here put it about a major artic event on January 8-9?

    In fact people kept hyping it up even though models were stuck on it always being day 10.

    I have come to notice that without fail whenever models are always on day 10 of an event that means it is not going to happen so I knew not to put any hopes into a cold January.

    We are in a warmer regime after all.

    • MasterNate says:

      Its like that Discount Double Check commercial where that fisherman insurance agent dangles that dollar out in front of the customer. The bloggers are a herd of cattle and Mother Nature keeps dangling the carrot just 10 steps away. We just follow aimlessly around, drooling and slobbering.

    • Sapo says:

      A few days ago, 2 or 3 days, I don’t really think anyone was talking about a major arctic event. However, last week, maybe 5 or 6 days ago, myself and a couple others were mentioning it as a possibility because the GFS showed it, the GEM was sort of in agreement, and the ECMWF kept flip-flopping. But yes, it was from hr 216-240, and the models are almost never right that far out as you said. Plus, the Januaries the last couple of years have been lame. But people were mentioning it about a week ago because the weather was boring and it was something to speculate about.

    • Sapo says:

      I can also add that day 10 forecasts are not always completely wrong. On the cold-ish weather we just had this week, the GFS showed it at day 10 sometime before, so day 10 forecasts are not always completely wrong since one has verified this winter and they have in the past as well.

    • Garron near Washington square says:

      I’m confused, I don’t remember anyone saying that it is a “lock”? Maybe you heard a signal of what’s to come, but I read this blog like some read the bible, I never heard anything close to lock? Maybe a few were “kidding” about day ten,” 2 feet of snow…it’s a lock!”, but I’m quite sure they were just kidding, and not basing the insane forecasts for 1/7-1/10 on fact. A couple of models were forecasting a MAJOR snow storm for that time frame, so I’m pretty sure they were just having fun…

    • …welcome to the model riding rodeo…

  24. schmit44 says:

    1/2/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:56 at Gold Beach (US 1( 60 ft)
    Low: 42 at RED MOUND(1753 ft)

    High:11 at DW9628 Richland(4046 ft)
    Low: -11 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 50 degrees
    COLGATE (54/4 ) (3231 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.43″ at RED BOX(3250ft)
    0.35″ at OCNSID Oceanside(22ft)

  25. JohnD says:

    Interesting to see the weather that is currently forecasted to decend over the upper Mid-West around January 4–which earlier had hinted in the models to move over the PNW. Not surprising though that it all is moving east of the Rockies–which is virtually always the case, driven by our incessant marine influence.

    • Jake-(Gresham) says:

      Yeah we really can’t get away from marine influence. A lot of family from the South always gets confused when I tell them it’s hard getting snow here. Then I try to explain. And then I get strange looks as I try to show them while making hand gestures on how the gorge, the Cascade range, the marine air, the arctic air and how a low pressure system has to come in at just the right spot lol!

    • PurpleHaze says:

      I find it funny that certain people on here who I won’t name any names over hype models even if they are stuck on the event being on day 10.

      Remember in Portland an Artic Air event is always 10 days away!

    • steve says:

      Too much marine air has always ruined our winters

  26. I don’t have the rain totals but the temperature at DLS for 2014 is looking very close to 55.5 degrees F. Pretty warm, but nowhere close to a record-warm year. If February and November hadn’t had those arctic blasts and ended up with more typical monthly temps. Then I think we’d have ended up very close to 56 degrees – still not a record, but considerably more impressive.

    Of course compared to us, PDX had bigger warm departures than DLS in months like May and September, because at times the warm air was centered right along the West Coast and not the interior. Remember how epically warm the spring was this year? I don’t.

    The moral of the story is that if you want really warm temps for the year, you need a whole bunch of really warm months (let’s say 3-5 degrees above average for 6 or 7 months total), with most of the remaining months close to average. A hot summer alone never seals the deal. In 1967, it wasn’t just June through September that were extremely warm: January-February saw huge positive departures too and the only cold month that year was April.

  27. Sapo says:

    Yup, weather looking very boring the next 10 days. In fact, models have little to no mountain snow accumulations in the next 10 days and are looking weak long-term, so this month might be a very boring weather month for everyone. For tonight, looking like some weak and light precip makes its way down and might fall apart before it ever reaches Portland, as the GFS shows, but we could see some light precip if the WRF-GFS and GEM verify. The GEM also poses a slight threat for trace spotty accumulations of freezing rain…Highly unlikely.

    • Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

      At least the mountains received a decent base so it’s not so easy to lose.

  28. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    Saving the Best for Latest…

    Today’s sunrise was the latest of the entire year. Complete with the shadow of Mt. Hood, this one was amazing.

    While it’s easier to get up later, they are often much colder obviously than summer sunrises.

    Typically winter sunrises are more colorful with an abundance of high clouds.

  29. chiefWright (Marquam) says:

    CoCoRahs station OR-CC-25, Jan 1 2014 – Jan 1 2015:


    Pretty normal year.

    Manual rainbucket. Not one of those fancy tipping cup gadgets, which are not accurate in all conditions, IMHO. Some multi-day accumulations, but no missing days.

  30. David B. says:

    Look on the positive side: your forecast is better than ours. Seems we will be saying “Aloha” to a mild rain event on Sunday and Monday, whether we like it or not (trust me, it’s definitely “not” in my case). Looks like that system will mostly avoid you and leave your snowpack more intact.

    34 this morning after an overnight low of 28 (the temperature when I went to bed). Mid/high clouds came in and ended the radiational cooling.

  31. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    42.59″ at my Minnehaha station, 50.58″ here in Battle Ground.

  32. schmit44 says:

    1/1/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:62 at RED MOUND(1753 ft)
    Low: 46 at NERRS METEOROLOG(9 ft)

    High:11 at CW9245 Cove(2874 ft) & KB7DZR Joseph(3984 ft) & IMBLER(2749 ft)
    Low: -18 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 46 degrees
    Crescent (43/-3 ) (4462 ft )

  33. Mike says:

    Boring Oregon, I do not understand your comment because the Gorge and Hood River areas could never be a reasonable comparison with Portland, Oregon. All 3 areas are entirely different so just trying to get your meaning here?

  34. I could see that from my house i have a great view of the mountain. The lower trees still had snow but the higher trees didn’t.

  35. Mark Nelsen says:

    66.31″, a few miles east of Corbett. Too much moss…

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