Warm Start To June

I notice we’ve seen more 90 degree days in June (4 so far) than any year since 2006

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The June record is 6 days, which is easily beatable if we get another hot spell in the 2nd half of the month.  There is a reasonable chance that could occur since models are showing above average temperatures continuing.

This evening was real interesting with a strong marine push providing a huge temperature contrast across the northern Willamette Valley.  Check out the 6pm temps…

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At the same time mid-upper 80s were widespread, areas west of the Willamette River south of Chehalem Mountain were dropping into the 60s!  That was a surge of cool marine air moving in through the low gap in the Coast Range west of Sheridan.  The same thing happened at Corvallis, gusts there reached 30 mph.

I noticed how dry it is outside today…feels like early-mid July in my yard.  We’ve only had 1.00″ of rain in the past 6 weeks and no rain is on the way.  Check out the 10 day rain forecast from the GFS

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and ECMWF

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No sign of any significant weather to give us a soaking.  This is the driest late spring/early summer so far in my entire career here in Portland.  You have to go back to 1992 to find a similar start to summer.  That’s assuming we get little or no rain in the next 2 weeks.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

9 Responses to Warm Start To June

  1. A couple of easy questions, Mark: What was Portland’s official rainfall amount for June 1992 and how many days with 90F (or higher) were there in June 2009?

  2. Hal In Aims says:

    Was 1992 the year of the falls fire…..maybe 1991 ……?

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      October 1991. That was the month I started my first job out of college in downtown Portland. I remember seeing the smoke when I came down for an interview

  3. Lee Wilson says:

    This morning’s temps…it felt like fall.

  4. Lee Wilson says:

    Well we about froze our buts off when Shane has his graduation party for kyle last week.

    But at least our plants are liking it. Save for the cold nights.

    It seems to have produced corn a little to early.

    We now have miniature ears of corn lol.

    Cool weather on the solar panels make for power production.

    Hot weather though reduces that production.

    We dropped our PUD bill from 1162 to 1152 killowats
    By using solar.

    Its not how many ways so much that hurts..its how long it runs for.

    Combine your fabled,computer,and laptop along with all your cellphones you have and youwill find out just how much power you really are burning through.

    At any rate, I am losing this weather!
    It means free power!

    • W7ENK says:

      You used more than an entire Megawatt of power all unto yourself?? I hope that’s over the course of the year, and not just in one month. I used 112kw last month, granted that may be a little lower than my average since I’ve had my heat off since March…

      Man, I bet your PUD loves you!
      What, are you growing weed? 😆

    • Garron near Washington square says:

      Manufacturing plutonium uses lots of jigawatts! Hopefully the Delorian can make it up to 88 mph…

  5. Reached 88 here. Cool, refreshing 61 at 11:00.

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