80s Again In October…Whew!

We hit 85 in Portland today, and check out the low 80s on the North Coast!


BMAC October 80 degree days

Very unusual to hit 85 in October.  We’ve only been that warm 3 times in the past 24 years in October.  2 of those were last year.  It’s interesting to note it was one year ago today we hit 85 as well…in fact there were 5 consecutive days 80+ last year in early October.  After that we didn’t get above 75 degrees.  Within 2 weeks we were well into the heating season with high temps in the 50s and a few 60s.  Things can (and usually do) change quickly in mid-late October!  So those of you that are tired of sunshine and crisp fall mornings hang on…those cloudy/damp days aren’t far away now.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

53 Responses to 80s Again In October…Whew!

  1. schmit44 says:

    Portland needs 7 more days of reaching 70 degrees to set the all-time record. We have already set the annual records for 80 and 90 degree days this year. In 1979 we had 148 days that reached 70 which is the current mark to beat.

  2. WEATHERDAN says:

    On Friday October 12th 1962 I was in the 3rd grade and looking forward to Halloween in a couple of weeks. That Friday the weather was warm and humid. The teachers were mentioning that the sky was a weird color. Kind of green and yellow. But at 3:00 PM when school let out all we cared about was the weekend. Walking home across Bush Park we held our jackets open to catch the wind which was gusting to about 40 MPH. It was exciting. But when I got home my mother was worried. The radio was saying wind gusts to maybe 75 MPH that evening and my brother was still at the barbers. By 4:00 PM it was gusting to over 60 MPH when the power went out. Soon my father and brother got home and we watched the disaster happen. By 5:00 PM the winds were over 80 MPH. Roofs were ripping off, transformers were exploding, debris was blowing down the street, animals could be heard howling in the distance. Between 6:00 and 8:00 PM winds gusted in the valley to as high as 120 MPH and 170 MPH along the coast. By 10:00 it was over. School was out for a week and so was the power. Salem lost half of their trees. 43 people were killed and damage was about $5,000,000,000 in today’s dollars. We were hit by the remains of a typhoon. It was no longer tropical but the low came up the Willamette Valley. So when some on this blog hope for an epic wind storm I remember what it was like way back then. I for one could do just fine the rest of my life without another epic wind storm. Yet we know these big storms will hit us again and again. Floods, winds, snow, freezing rain, heat and cold. I have lived through them all and had people I knew had their lives ruined by these epic storms. These days I just hope for nice quiet weather. A little snow or rain or heat, but I can do without any more epic weather. Peace.

    • Well, you seem wish here for more than just “a little” heat rather regularly. And I personally could do fine for the rest of my life without another epic heat wave. But to each his own. Peace.

    • jimbo says:

      I was hiding under my bed!

    • WEATHERDAN says:

      Now I never wished for another epic heat wave. I forecasted more heat this Summer, and I do like a lot of warm weather. Say 85-90. But while that may be too hot for some it is not what I would call epic. Over 100 for 4 days in a row or over 95 for 7 consecutive days would be epic. That I can do without. But 88 degrees is not epic and happens every year. Interesting name by the way, surprised it got past Mark. Peace.

    • … i was a year older, and spent a good part of the remnants of Frieda blowing thru in a car with 8 other kids as one of the kids’ mom was trying to drive us home from a swimming birthday party at a pool in Jennings Lodge…we knew it was time to go when the plate glass windows blew out…not in…truly a night to remember, and one i hope not to go thru again…huddled in the basement hearing trees break and wondering if this is the one thats going to hit the house after i finally got home from that joyride sends shivers up my spine to this day when i think about it…

    • Farmer Ted says:

      Yes, I remember too, living in Gladstone over by the Clackamas river, where half the the trees blew down across the road, and not many folks had chainsaws in those days. Boring Larry was that swim party at Oliver’s Pool?

    • lmh says:

      I also remember that storm. I remember the color of the sky was weird. Then I most remember after the storm not during. The live electrical lines laying in the street. Our car which was parked in the driveway rolling into the neighbors yard. Glass from the window embedding itself in the wall. No power for three days.

  3. Jason Hougak says:

    Not giving up just responding to Jake in Gresham

  4. For all those giving up on anything interesting happening this winter simply because it’s an El Niño winter, let me remind you that overall trends do not mean all days will match that trend.

    2009 was an El Niño year, and that featured an arctic blast and (for Portland) a surprise lowland snow event.

  5. Jason Hougak says:

    Dec. 2008 put Gresham into a State of Emergency and called on the National Guard to help deal with all the snow. Winter 08-09 was the King of snow winters here as well. We had a season total pushing 100 inches here in the Cascade foothills. Detroit lake was hammered with close to 10 feet. A winter I will always remember. I had a 2 month old baby.

    • One intresting thing to remember about the winter of 2008-09 is that it was preceeded by a mild November. In fact, I recall looking at a raspberry cane in my back yard in early December(just before it got cold) and seeing a fruit starting to ripen on it! Believe it or not!! So let’s not judge the winter ahead just yet.

    • Indeed, Roland, I remember there was a fair bit of griping in November and even earliest December that year about the disappointingly mild (up to that point) weather. Then the models started showing an epic arctic blast on the horizon, and they kept agreeing with each other on that and sticking with that solution as the date approached. And the rest, as they say, is history.

      I was in Portland that year and I don’t believe I recorded a sub-freezing temperature that season until the arctic blast came in. November was IIRC frost-free that year.

  6. Weedeater says:


  7. leer` Geddy says:

    El nino sucks I can’t believe were in for another boring Oregon and Washington winter, zzzzzzz.

  8. schmit44 says:

    10/6/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:88 at CW6811 Grants Pa( 947 ft) & MERLIN SEED ORCH(1144 ft)
    Low: 60 at La Grande(1978 ft) & CW8242 Ashland(3451 ft) & SQUAW PEAK(4964 ft) & SIGNAL TREE(3294 ft)

    High:56 at Port Orford(0 ft)
    Low: 18 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 56 degrees
    CROW FLAT (74/18 ) (5172 ft )

  9. Boring Oregon says:

    I’d rather not commit suicide…

  10. Joshua says:

    Looks like we’re going to hit 80 again today. Unbelievable! This really is getting old. How long until the ”dark, depressing, suicide-inducing crap days”, Marc?!

  11. Jake-(Gresham) says:

    Oho Oreo!

    We gonna get creamed! ^_^

    Sorry… I just couldn’t help myself. Cheekiness was in order for that one.

  12. Hadn’t heard or read of “Oho” until now. Let’s see how it compares to the big rainfall we had back in mid- October 2003.

  13. WEATHERDAN says:

    Hey (insert sarcasm here) inaccuweather has a cold wave with a high of 44 and a low of 31 only 44 days away. Wonder what the chances of that are. As for Oho ho ho I think the Puget Sound and Vancouver island are really going to be hammered and we get some mainly dry humid and very mild conditions for this weekend. Hey let’s pray for a white Christmas. Christmas is only 80 days away Seasons Greetings anyone. Go Dodgers. Peace.

  14. Jason Hougak says:

    Oh no here comes Oho!

  15. Josh "the snowman" Gladstone says:

    I’m thinking oho takes the most northerly track. Just don’t see it coming in south. Maybe a few showers overnight tonight into tomorrow then warm and humid I’m banking on.

  16. schmit44 says:

    Last 3 runs of the GFS really loading us up with rains coming from remnants of Oho.

  17. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Oh no, where’s Oho gonna go!?

  18. Jesse-Stevenson says:

    So for you strange, oddball, socially inept freaks who are tired of nice, beautiful, gorgeous, Phoenix-lite, wildfire-and-drought-friendly weather, hang on; some dark, depressing, suicide-inducing crap days are on the way to please you vile slugs.

    Hmmm….I wonder what kind of weather Mark likes more? 🙂

  19. We reached to 73F up here yesterday, but it looks like starting early Wednesday morning we’ll see plenty of rain for the rest of the week.

  20. () says:

    Don’t jinx us Mark!

  21. schmit44 says:

    10/5/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:93 at CW5302 Roseburg( 410 ft) & CW3932 Central P(1290 ft) & MERLIN SEED ORCH(1144 ft)
    Low: 64 at EW2235 Troutdale(1381 ft)

    High:54 at MT. HOWARD(7910 ft)
    Low: 16 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 57 degrees
    CROW FLAT (73/16 ) (5172 ft )

  22. Boydo3 N. Albany says:

    Endless summer…now if I only could surf!

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