First 80 Degree Day!

6pm Monday…

We hit 81 in Portland today


The first of the season.  Almost all of us in the metro area hit 80.  Quite a warmup over the past week!


This year we hit 80 a bit earlier than average…which has been around May 10th


Remember 2010 & 2011?  Some were worried endless slugs, rotted veggies, and April-June downpours were the new normal.  Apparently not.  As of today, we’ve seen 5 days at/above 70 degrees, the most real warm days in April since 2009.


By the way, we could see the start of the Government Camp condo fire this afternoon from the Mt. Hood Adventure Park camera at Skibowl East.  Note the left side of the timelapse:

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

25 Responses to First 80 Degree Day!

  1. Jason Hougak says:

    I put in the well pump at Golden Pole Chalet. Too bad they didn’t have a fire sprinkler system, the well pump produces 300 gallons per minute, that sure would have helped fire fighters and possibly saved the building. I’m sure they’ll be putting one in the new building.

  2. WEATHERDAN says:

    If Salem has a warm Summer this year and hits 80 at least 70 times (normal is around 62 days ) it will be a record breaking 4th year in a row. The previous record was 3 1950-1952. We will have done this 8 of the last 15 Summers going back to 2003. Between 1959 and 2002 a span of 44 years we only did it 10 Summers. Also since 1990 Salem has only had 5 cooler than normal Summers. That’s 5 out of the last 25. But between 1953 and 1989 18 of 37 Summers were cooler than normal. Changing normal weather patterns or man caused climate change? I’ll leave that up to the climatologists. But interesting statistics none the less. 65 and mostly cloudy in Salem at 2:00 PM. Another nice Spring day. Peace.

    • W7ENK says:

      Go back to the 1920s and 30s and crunch some comparable numbers. Then go back to the 1880s and do the same. Then try the 1840s.

      I think you’ll find that this phenomenon is cyclical on order of about 30 to 40, maybe even 50 years or so.

    • Boring Oregon says:

      I too believe it is cyclical and that somwhere in the near future we will be experiencing cooler than normal temperatures.

  3. W7ENK says:

    Yesterday was perfect! I can’t wait until we string a bunch of those together. 😀

  4. Paul D says:

    Below 70 for the next seven days – yippee!!!!

    • David B. says:

      Really, you should consider moving north. My max/min thermometer said the max was 74, but the sun was hitting it so the actual max was probably more like 69 or 70 at most.

  5. schmit44 says:

    4/20/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:85 at DW3693 Hood Rive( 699 ft) & ILLINOIS VALLEY(1389 ft) & EW1140 Umatilla(364 ft) & Celilo, East of(225 ft)
    Low: 56 at DW4535 Cannon Be(23 ft)

    High:49 at HOWARD Mt Howard(8150 ft)
    Low: 12 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 56 degrees
    EW6078 La Pine (78/22 ) (4259 ft )
    CROW FLAT (68/12) (5172 ft)

  6. halverbk says:

    Mark – typo for you to fix and then delete my post: ” As of today, we’ve seen 5 days at/above 80 degrees…” I think that was supposed to be 70.

    A bit early? Sarcasm at its best. 3 weeks early.

  7. Congratulations to Portland for their first 80 degree day of the year. I haven’t seen it touch 80 in April where I am since 1998. But my 72F (22.4C) was nice. It’s been dry this month though- we could use some rainfall before the real heat comes.

  8. Boring Oregon says:

    Wheeler and Baker county are now under drought emergencies. Those are two of nine counties in Oregon under a drought emergency so far…

  9. runrain says:

    I think we have one more cool spell to go before it’s really safe to start planting the summer vegetables like tomatoes. I’m going to guess maybe early next week, right at the end of April. I’ve got some indoor starts that are getting pretty big however so I want to get them in the ground soon.

  10. Brian Leroy says:

    summer ’09 repeat I bet with triple digits. also an El nino this year like ’09.

  11. Boring Oregon says:


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