Much-Needed Rain In Eastern Oregon & Washington

In the drier parts of Oregon and Washington, rain is almost always a welcome sight and last night was no exception.  Take a look at radar estimates of the downpour as the upper-level low passed overhead.


Many areas received more than 1″ of rain and some areas up around 2″.  West of the Cascades this would just be another annoying and wet day.  But in a desert or near-desert environment?  A soaking at the beginning of the growing season is pure gold!  I once had a dryland wheat farmer in Sherman County tell me that he refers to a May soaking as gold falling from the sky.  Or something like that…I forget the exact quote.

Unfortunately north-central Oregon didn’t get in on the action this time around.  Doesn’t look like much fell in Maupin, Sherman County, or Condon.

But there is hope for more because the overall pattern remains about the same for another 7-10 days.  A large upper-level trough lingers along the West Coast and disturbances will rotate through it at times.  That brings a flow of moisture from the south across much of the east side of our states…Idaho too.  We never know exactly where the soaking rains end up until a day or two ahead of time in this pattern but in general it’s a good thing.  Take a look at forecast rainfall the next 8 days from the 00z GFS:


and the 12z ECMWF


Looks good for you folks eastside.  Another inch or two of rain could fall!  Just what you need before June heat sets in.

Westside we have strong onshore flow Friday and Saturday so I see lots of cloud cover but not much rain (if any).  Models this evening are downplaying the thunder threat Thursday afternoon for us now too.  Most of them are keeping us mainly dry tomorrow.  Enjoy the warmer and (mainly) dry day.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

31 Responses to Much-Needed Rain In Eastern Oregon & Washington

  1. Jason Hougak says:

    Very warm temps in Alaska with fire weather watches and rapidly melting snow and flooding into the arctic, while the California Sierras get some mid May snow down to 5-5500 feet. Where’s the westerly flow, these massive troughs and ridges seem to be becoming much more amplified. If this plays into winter again we may have a chance of 1949-50 or I’d hate to say it but another busy for winter.

  2. schmit44 says:

    5/14/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:80 at Celilo, East of( 225 ft)
    Low: 54 at BOARD(290 ft)

    High:36 at Rim(7050 ft)
    Low: 19 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 37 degrees
    EW2055 Prairie C (68/31 ) (3547 ft )
    HEREFORD (66/29) (3599 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.93″ at KE7QYU-13 La Gra(2795ft)
    0.86″ at La Grande/Union(2717ft)
    0.75″ at CW4012 Mitchell(2894ft)
    0.70″ at MT. HOWARD(7910ft)
    0.51″ at SQUAW PEAK(4964ft)

  3. runrain says:

    Should be perfect weather for the Rock n’ Roll half marathon Sunday. Good times! New course this year too.

  4. Boring Oregon says:

    That’s good they’re getting rain over there because when i go hunting i don’t want the meat to be dry. 😉

  5. Brian Leroy says:

    Hate to admit it but our summer might end up cool and wet since May is acting like January this year and no sign of hot weather in long rang models scary. my hope is things turn around soon to hot and dry otherwise we’re screwed.

    • Lee Wilson says:

      You certainly can say that again, I am having to run my furnace at night.
      I am having to grow things in greenhouses.
      My pumpkins out side the green

    • Lee Wilson says:

      I am having to use a green house to grow stuff.
      This weather feels more like fall than summer.

    • Lee Wilson says:

      My pumpkins outside the green house are not doing so well.

    • Lee Wilson says:

      I it is more like winter. I am reinstwlling my heaters in the greenhouses.

    • High Desert Mat says:

      Lee, are you ok?

    • Garron near Washington square says:

      Lee, I wouldn’t worry too much unless this lasts well into the beginning of July. There’s a reason we sometimes call June “Juneuary” around here. We typically see a ULL, or Rose Festival low sit and spin off the coast from the first week of June until the first week of July. We just got really lucky in April/ Beginning of May.

    • W7ENK says:

      Of course this is going to last “well into the beginning of July.” We all know summer doesn’t truly get started around here until after July 4th, so why expect anything different this year?

      If this cool/wet pattern lasts through Labor Day weekend, then I’d be annoyed. Certainly nothing to indicate that at this point. Sit tight, everything is on track, no need to worry.

    • Lee Wilson says:

      No, I am not ok..Lolipop killed my droid and now I have to wait 3 weeks for it to be repaired I am very angry.

    • Lee Wilson says:

      And our son’s special foods arrived warm…so I am a tad mad at the moment….and when his bread is 15 dollars a loaf….

      He has PKU.or Phenalketenuria .
      His shipment had dry ice in it this time and it evaporated causing a shipment of 90 bucks to be thawed.

      So in combination of this and the freaking weather that can not make its mind up causing our plants some confusion as to when to fruit….I am…not a happy camper..

      I really feel for the weather guys.

      So in essence no, I am not ok…..I am….terrific.

      smiling with red and green spinning eyes

    • Lee Wilson says:

      I am going to make an unofficial prediction.
      Here it goes. Around June 3rd we will have temps in the 80’s

      It will rain on July 4rth.
      OK here it comes.

      In mid July we will have several sever thunderstorms which will cause some forest fires, in August we will have 1 F1 tornado and 1 f2 maybe f3 . We will have a weak hurricane on the east cost but might have a Pacific hurricane come close or have an F1 in mid August.

      We will have hail the size of golf balls in eastern Oregon in mid August.

      Portland will have 2 major power outages due to storm related events and perhaps 1 heat related event.

      In my opinion were in for a wild summer, have your cameras charged and ready, who knows what you will get.

      And remember, the impossible has already happened. When Longview, Vancouver and Eugene had tornados all in the last 3 years. All I might add on the destructive end.

      I am going to predict that because of certain conditions the weather people will have a harder time predicting the weather.

      Remember if you wife’s hair is on the wild side..A storm is coming..Eh er..not the storm of her anger unless you made her angry.

      So go out and build your shelters made of concrete and rebar and make sure you have food, water and pet food toast you until the disasters have passed.

      I predict the smaller rivers will run all but dry in mid September.

      When October comes we will have hurricane force winds and we will go from hot to attic like conditions then thaw and flood the re freeze. Then one day we will awaken to an Arctic mid November and it will.last until February.

      Well there is my prediction.
      I hope to heavens I am wrong.

    • High Desert Mat says:

      @Lee, no.

    • SortingHat says:

      What you’re saying only will happen when the blob goes away that blocks weather systems then all hell will break lost due to (potential energy) being stored.

    • Dave in SW PDX (235') says:

      Pet food toast?

    • Oh my good god. Lee, do you need a ride to St. John’s?

    • W7ENK says:

      @SortingHat – Hi Kyle!

  6. Jake-(Gresham) says:

    Mark I think the correct term farmers use is, “liquid gold” or something along those lines.

  7. schmit44 says:

    5/13/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:69 at Celilo, East of( 225 ft) & ROWEWS(104 ft)
    Low: 57 at ROWEWS(104 ft)

    High:34 at HOWARD Mt Howard(8150 ft) & Rim(7050 ft)
    Low: 20 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 31 degrees
    ILLINOIS VALLEY (64/33 ) (1389 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    1.83″ at DW8846 Adams(1601ft)
    1.80″ at EMIGRANT SPRINGS(3800ft)
    1.76″ at EW6266 Helix(1864ft)
    1.60″ at HIGH RIDGE(4920ft)
    1.52″ at Meacham(3724ft)
    1.52″ at EW2270 Athena(1739ft)
    1.49″ at CW1075 Boardman(322ft)
    1.48″ at HERMISTON(550ft)
    1.37″ at WA7V Pendleton(1411ft)
    1.36″ at Pendleton Agricu(1496ft)

  8. Boring Oregon says:


%d bloggers like this: