Vacation Time

I’ll be on vacation through Sunday, the 26th, so likely no postings during that time.  Mainly camping and painting my house.  Lots of family time too!

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

185 Responses to Vacation Time

  1. Paul D says:

    I don’t like that caption on the 7-day forecast: “another long heat wave”. That’s depressing.

  2. umpire says:

    Looks like we’ll soon break the record for 90+ days, in early August with several weeks of potentially hot weather left.
    Last night I was umpiring softball at Delta Park when the deluge hit. Could hear it in the trees before it got to the fields. In ten minutes the infield was completely submerged.

  3. WEATHERDAN says:

    77 at 4:00 PM. Looks like low 90,s tomorrow and then between 96 and 102 for Wednesday through next Monday. Astounding to have a heatwave like this so soon after the one we went through in late June and early July. Peace.

  4. Farmer Ted says:

    Heavy rain, lightning and thunder yesterday evening between 7 and 8 PM, probably a 1/2 inch of rain fell during the storm, then one huge rainbow shaft to the east for a couple of minutes and then a spectacular sunset to the west, nice end to the rainy weekend.

  5. W7ENK says:

    This weekend was refreshing! It was nice to get a little rain, but it also felt kinda like Summer had come to an abrupt end, though this week and next should prove otherwise. I’m looking forward to it!

    Ended up with 0.15″ on Saturday and 0.08″ yesterday — roughly a quarter inch of rain, that should maybe green things up a bit in my neighborhood. It smelled really nice, especially last night, almost minty fresh after the parched earth and dry straw grass got a good soaking, but the air reminded me of late September. Made me think of squash, high school football and Oktoberfest beer. I wasn’t at all surprised to see a bit of fog along the river on my ride in this morning.

    Excited to be spending next week up in Whistler. I’ve never been there before, going up for the biennial Lääneranniku Eesti Päevad (West Coast Estonian Days)</a href> festival. The weather (at this point) looks like it’ll be fantastic! Low/mid 80s, maybe approaching 90 mid week, low chance for showers, hopefully not too smoky. I’ve been looking forward to this trip for a long time. 🙂

    • runrain says:

      The village at Whistler is pretty fancy, probably more so now that they’ve had the Olympics. Be sure to take one of the chairlifts up for a spectacular view. I’ve never been there in the winter for skiing, but it’s spectacular in the summer.

      Yes, felt like fall yesterday. Quite a downpour around 8pm in Happy Valley. By the way, NWS has just issued a fire weather watch for Western Oregon and the Cascades. Whenever they mention that Haines index, you just know it’s going to be hot and dry. This week should put the finishing touches on that dry straw grass.

    • W7ENK says:

      We’re taking the lift up to the top of the mountain for the Rahvapidu, (people party or folk celebration) on Thursday. Fully catered BBQ, folk song and dance performances, etc… It’s been a blast when I’ve gone in years past at other West Coast festivals, this one should be pretty amazing up on top of a mountain.

      That downpour yesterday largely missed Milwaukie. I watched the dark clouds skirt by just to the North and East of us, but we only got about 2 minutes of moderate to heavy rain out of it — and no thunder. 😦 I took video from the car, currently processing a timelapse. I should have that up sometime this evening.

  6. WEATHERDAN says:

    72 and sunny at1:00 PM. We had partly cloudy skies between 9:00 AM and Noon but now it is sunny. Our low this morning was 50. Our coldest morning since June 22 when it was 49. The next several nights will be quite a bit warmer. Near 55 tonight then 58-63 for most of the next week. Should hit about 80 today then reach the low 90,s by Tuesday. Good chance of 100 degrees by Wednesday. We had just .01 this weekend. I thought we wouldn’t have anything this far South. We could have used the rain but oh well. I expect a heat advisory to be issued by tonight starting Wednesday and going through at least Friday. Same for a red flag warning. With hot weather and dry East winds and a Forrest that is explosively dry we are in real danger of some major fires even on the west side of the Cascades. Be interesting to see Mark’s take on this situation tonight. Feels real nice outside today so I hope everyone gets a chance to go outside and enjoy it before it gets really hot. Stay cool. Peace.

  7. runrain says:

    I see the 7 day forecast is blank. I’m guessing that the temperatures for the upcoming heatwave are too large to fit!

  8. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    0.63″ for a two day total here in Battle Ground. Not bad at all.

    I see there was snow above about 9,000′ on Mt. Rainier too which is nice to see.

  9. schmit44 says:

    7/26/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:86 at Ontario Municipa(2188 ft) & Rome(4049 ft)
    Low: 65 at ROWENA(116 ft) & Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft) & CW2049 Imnaha(1978 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:46 at MT HOOD TEST SIT(5370 ft)
    Low: 29 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 40 degrees
    Beatty (76/36 ) (4320 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    1.47″ at LYNHART RANCH(4092ft)
    0.50″ at DW7980 Oregon Ci(463ft)
    0.47″ at CW6318 Welches(1283ft)
    0.44″ at KD7RJ Bethany(279ft)
    0.42″ at EW1914 Portland(151ft)
    0.41″ at EW2024 Portland(312ft)
    0.40″ at SUMMIT LAKE(5610ft)
    0.38″ at EW2298 Portland(180ft)
    0.37″ at WANDERER’S PEAK(4350ft)
    0.36″ at KC7CDD Portland(120ft)
    0.36″ at DW0380 Sandy(1600ft)
    0.34″ at Portland Interna(20ft)

  10. Lurkyloo says:

    We got a real nice shot of rain here near Rocky Butte for about 45 minutes — sure was nice.

    Not looking forward to the heat coming. Argh, I guess I’ll retreat to the basement since we have no AC.

    At least my garden is happy for the day!

  11. WEATHERDAN says:

    74 today. Same as yesterday. .01 this weekend. Mostly cloudy this evening. You can definitely tell our sunsets are coming earlier now. But still not too bad yet. Before all is said and done this heatwave may challenge the one earlier this month. Although I don’t think we quite get there. Although two heatwaves of at least five days in a row over 90 in one month is quite rare. No rain in sight for at least the next two weeks. Peace.

  12. Paul D says:

    What a letdown. Not a drop of rain today in Hillsboro. Very disappointing.

    Not looking forward to another heat wave. It’s been so nice these past few days.

  13. EY (Oak Grove) says:

    Nearly pitch black sky behind a very illuminated fir tree outside of my window. Almost surreal.

    • High Desert Mat says:

      Its just the sky is looking darker earlier now. 730pm? Its pretty low in the sky by then now. So wait one more month, cold nights, spikes in the afternoon instead of prolonged heat from 11-8. We’ve passed the point of no return for the summer, hopefully we get pay dirt this winter for the dreaded heat we’ve endured this past spring winter and summer. Have a food night all;!!!!!

    • High Desert Mat says:

      Good. Hate the phone adjustments. Its fine tho, see u all soon I hope. Waiting for the blog bbq

    • EY (Oak Grove) says:

      Not really. It’s because the storm cloud was just to my east, which is where my bedroom window faces. The sun was out to my west, making the clouds look darker while making the tree look really bright.

    • Lurkyloo says:

      I am hoping for a “food night” soon (not a bbq at the bottom of the cliff, though …) :0

  14. Eugene Dave says:

    Eugene missed out completely on the shower activity this weekend. We got a couple of wimpy sprinkles and that’s it.

    Everything is incredibly dry in the southern valley. With this heat wave coming up (could be our 4th day over 100), I’m a bit worried about wildfires.

  15. David B. says:

    Thunder is rumbling but only a few drops of rain so far.

    • Boring Oregon says:

      WHERE?

    • David B. says:

      Bainbridge Island, WA (directly west of Downtown Seattle). Light rain now. Looks to be your typical PNW wimpy thundershower: a few thunder claps, a bit of rain, done.

    • Boring Oregon says:

      Oh, that’s a good distance away from me.

    • David B. says:

      Still raining. It’s not a very energetic system but it’s slow. It was slow to get here (took hours, I was checking the radar, watching it move, wondering if it would all dissipate before it reached me), and now it’s slow to leave.

  16. vernonia1 says:

    absolute Downpour! Been going on for nearly 5 mins. Glad to see it tho.

  17. WEATHERDAN says:

    69 at Noon. Mostly cloudy but dry. All we got out of this system was .01. skies not looking like rain. Well that’s a shame. The heat is coming back in a big way in about 48 hours. Even with all of this cool air over us the FZ LVL is still around 11K. That should rise to 16K by Wednesday. Heights rise to around 588. About 80 in SLE on Monday and 77 in PDX where you should have more early AM stratus. Then about 90 by Tuesday. Given the pattern we seem to be in this probably won’t be the last heat wave we see this Summer either. It looks to me at least 2 maybe even 3 additional heat waves of at least 3 consecutive 90+ days are likely after this one. Probably one in mid to late August and one in Late August to early September. I base this on our Summer so far and other hot Summers in the past. In 1967 Salem had 19 days above 90 in August. This morning we had a very pleasant 52 degree low. Great for sleeping. NWS is pulling back on it’s chances for convection. Given that, it looks to me like anywhere from nothing to maybe a .10 rainfall. But we were lucky to have gotten any rain at all. The forests and fields are so dry right now. Enjoy your Sunday. Peace.

  18. Garron near Washington square says:

    3-5 day 90 + degree spell warning…According to the NWS morning message.

    .LONG TERM…TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY…ANOTHER MULTI-DAY HEAT
    WAVE LOOKS TO IMPACT NORTHWEST OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON
    DURING THIS TIME FRAME. MODELS SUGGEST THE THERMAL TROUGH MAY HUG
    THE COAST ON WEDNESDAY AND POSSIBLY EVEN THURSDAY SO HOT
    TEMPERATURES MAY NOT BE LIMITED TO JUST INTERIOR LOCATIONS. AT THIS
    POINT THE RIDGE AXIS APPEARS IT WILL STAY JUST TO OUR SOUTH OR
    OVERHEAD THROUGH FRIDAY OR SATURDAY SO AN ABRUPT COOLING EPISODE
    FOLLOWING THE EXPECTED HOTTEST DAYS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY MAY NOT
    OCCUR. INSTEAD…TEMPERATURES MAY FLIRT OR STAY ABOVE 90F IN THE
    WILLAMETTE VALLEY INTO AT LEAST THE FIRST HALF OF THE WEEKEND. STILL
    A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY GIVEN SUBTLE CHANGES TO THE SYNOPTIC PATTERN
    WILL HAVE A LARGE IMPACT OF A SOUTHWEST MARINE PUSH…BUT THIS MAY
    BE ANOTHER 3 TO 5 DAY HOT STRETCH

  19. Well, if I can’t be first, i’ll try to be last for this post! Anyway, some good heavy showers here in Vancouver BC this morning(I had one that lasted an hour earlier). Could even have some thundershowers with hail(I can’t recall the ast time I saw hail in July). So I hope some more of this moisture makes it down the coast toward Portland today. We’ll all need it. The heat is coming back!

  20. schmit44 says:

    7/25/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:95 at ALKALI FLAT(2495 ft) & Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)
    Low: 71 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft) & ECHO(683 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:47 at Timberline Lodge(7001 ft)
    Low: 32 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 45 degrees
    Lakeview, Lake C (82/37 ) (4734 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.89″ at LYNHART RANCH(4092ft)
    0.80″ at NORTH FORK(3060ft)
    0.70″ at SOUTH FORK BULL(2690ft)
    0.50″ at MT HOOD TEST SIT(5370ft)
    0.49″ at WX5RP Scappoose(65ft)
    0.44″ at CW6930 Portland(236ft)
    0.42″ at N7NKE Forest Gro(200ft)

  21. WEATHERDAN says:

    Just had a light rainshower. Maybe a trace or a little more. Not much but it sure felt good. 65 currently so somewhere between 70 and 72 looks likely unless we get another shower. But skies are clearing with a few sun breaks now. Sunday with a destabilized atmosphere we might see a TRW somewhere in the valley Then comes the heat. Maybe 90 by Tuesday and triple digits by Wednesday. We could have 2 or 3 days at 100 or so. Then a few more days in the 90,s so PDX might break their record of 24 set in 2009. SLE needs to hit 35 to break our record. That may or may not happen in September. Went down to brewfest in riverfront park around noon. Good sized crowds despite a threat of rain. Only 7 more weeks until Labor day. How many more heat waves will we endure before then. I love a good sunny day. My favorite day is 88/58. But 100 is a little warm for me. Still when the Winter rains come around 100 and sunny sounds better to me than 50 and rain. Well maybe we’ll get lucky this Winter and have some snow. I hope everybody has a good weekend and stays cool. Peace.

    • WEATHERDAN says:

      69 and partly sunny at 2:00 PM. We got .01 out of that passing shower. Enough to end our streak at 52 consecutive days. NWS has us at near 100 Wed-Fri. Maybe if we get lucky we can get a big dump of rain on Sunday but I don’t think that it is in the cards. Of course if we get a TRW that would be nice. Baring that I foresee a trace to .05 tomorrow. At least our string of 70+ days should continue. 70-75 both today and tomorrow then another heat wave. All this before the first of August. Mark is coming back at the right time on Monday. Just in time to make a new post on the upcoming heat. And one which I might add, will I hope be troll free. Peace.

    • MasterNate says:

      Your about 10 degrees too warm for me. My perfect summer day, 78 for a high and 48 for a low. Guess I will have to wait until February for that, Ha Ha.

    • WEATHERDAN says:

      You might get your perfect daytime high on Monday Nate PDX should be in the 78-81 range. After that well it’s going to be hot as biscuits. Enjoy your Monday. Peace.

    • High Desert Mat says:

      Now who’s talking and trying to get trolls going? Its been calm for a few days but YOU keep talking about it. Back to weather, highs look like ten degrees below normal today and tomorrow before they get to about average Monday. Then a warm up occurs, it could be nice in the low 90’s from Tuesday and beyond. Looks to me like it wont be near as long as the last one. Maybe four or five according to euro. Then back to temps in 80’s and near or slightly above average. What happens is what happens, another month and we wont even be talking about it anymore. Nights will be cooler and the highs will be more of a spike in the afternoon than a prolonged heat all day. September and October are really great months to get outside and fish if u ask me. Have a good day all

  22. Boring Oregon says:

    It’s raining here pretty good in Boring now. The temp has fallen from 66-62 so i think it’ll be a struggle to even make it to 70 today. Unless, of course, it gets sunny but i doubt thats really going to happen.

  23. Rash of accidents in Clark County this am due to driver’s stupidity. First rain in a long time people…..Duh…roads are slippery….

    0.23″ rain. Cool 62° currently

  24. lmh says:

    Its so great to see the rain. We really need it and I’m tired of watering.

  25. phil in beaverton says:

    What a lovely drizzle. I’ll take this over 85+ degree weather any day.

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