Final Numbers: A Scorcher For Early April

PDX hit 85 today, setting several records:


As you can see it was quite a weather event for early April.  Just about every weather station in our area set a record high.  Here are a few more from the Portland NWS:


The only official airport locations close to us that hit 90 were Kelso and Roseburg.

That coastal forecast is always extremely tricky…a 50 degree body of water is within a mile or two of most of those locations.  As soon as the east wind dies and/or wind switches to a westerly direction the temperature takes a nosedive.  It didn’t happen today until after the noon hour thus the real warm temperatures.

Here in the valley temperatures spiked dramatically compared to yesterday.  The highs were somewhere between the very warm WRF-GFS and coolish MOS and model surface temps.  Good to remember in early April 10 years from now when it happens again…

Tomorrow will still be fantastic, but significantly cooler.  We lose the easterly wind, see a gusty northwest wind kick in during the afternoon (onshore flow) and the atmosphere overhead cools a bit as well.  That should keep high temperatures in the 70s for just about all of us west of the Cascades.

33 Responses to Final Numbers: A Scorcher For Early April

  1. MaryDee says:

    If it’s 85 in early April, what’s it going to be in July and August? Will I have to spend my summer on the WA coast again to avoid heat stroke, as I did last year?

    • Bob Bales says:

      In 1983, I believe, it hit 100 on Memorial Day Weekend in Portland. So what were July and August like? Quite wet.

    • Paul D says:

      You never know what to expect. It’s like a roller coaster that changes every time you ride it.

    • Yes, I recall summer 1983 as well: End of May there was record heat, and I figured the next months would be unbelievably warm. But not so. Nevertheless, you can’t rely on past records to forecast the future.

  2. WEATHERDAN says:

    65 and sunny at 3:45 PM. Cooler but still warmer than normal So far this Spring is running warmer than 2015 which was warmer than 2014 which yada yada yada. Great weather for planting flowers. Peace.

  3. Farmer Ted says:

    90 degrees here on Thursday and 85 on Friday.

  4. buffedman says:

    “Omega Block’ smothers Midwest/Northeast in Arctic Air

    • Paul D says:

      Crazy, isn’t it? My daughter has been posting pictures of snow the last couple days – she’s in Indiana.

  5. Late last evening we experienced a pretty brisk inflow of winds from the ocean- gusts of up to or over 30 mph. That resulted in a lower minimum this morning(43F) and we should see a cooler day.

  6. Garron 1/3 of a mile from Hillsboro Airport says:

    Looks like a mostly dry run through the middle of the month. The ridgy/splitty flow not letting too much moisture through. Maybe up to 1/4″ through the 17th. Very El nino ish.

    • Paul D says:

      Isn’t April a typical time to toss out some grass seed in the bare spots? Then is gets rained on and grows….. wait, no rain…. oh well….

  7. Jason Hougak says:

    Nice evening out on back patio with friends and a campfire. Awesome spring evening👍🏼👍🏼

  8. Paul D says:

    Was 83 at my place in Hillsboro yesterday. 82 right now. That is cooler, but not as much as the forecast said. Gotta call this one a bust, Mark!

  9. Joshua Downtown PDX says:

    82 at 3:00 at PDX. Ugh. I think I’m going to hibernate until November.

    • Paul D says:

      Got a spot for me? I sure hope that 70 tomorrow really happens (or lower).

    • Gene says:

      I’ll offer up a different perspective on today’s weather: 82 at PDX. Beautiful. I think I’m going to stay outdoors until November!

  10. GTS1K' says:

    Dare we speak its name?

  11. Garron 1/3 of a mile from Hillsboro Airport says:

    Portland has officially broken the old record of 74, it is currently 77….Might make 80 one more time!

  12. muxpux (Longview) says:

    From the local paper, they use the water treatment plant location.

    Temperatures hovered near 90 degrees in the Kelso-Longview area Thursday, tying the record for the warmest April day ever recorded in the area.

    Longview’s official high at the Longview water plant was 88 degrees, tying the record high for the date set in 1996. The official high here has never exceeded 88 in April, though it’s been that warm on at least 21 occasions since 1925, according to Weather Service records.

  13. Garron 1/3 of a mile from Hillsboro Airport says:

    Funny, we are already warmer than at this time yesterday by a few degrees as of the 10:53am reading. 72 at HIO, and 69 at PDX. I’d call a forecast bust, and say we end up in the low 80’s today, but Mark is (ALWAYS) right! The winds have just switched West/NW this last hour, so I suspect we’ll end up at 75 or below…Mark, doesn’t being right all the time ever get boring? I hope we can at least exceed today’s record so that we’ll have a mini 3 day heatwave for the record books!

    • Garron 1/3 of a mile from Hillsboro Airport says:

      …On a side note, our hi temps are averaging 71 degrees for the first 7 + days of April must be a record also?

  14. muxpux (Longview) says:

    Well, Kelso got its first 90 of the year. Not usually the hotspot. Any insight as to why that happened? the airport was reporting south winds at the time as well. Odd

  15. Joshua Downtown PDX says:

    My overnight low last night was 59 degrees. I know the official temperature is measured at PDX, but I have to imagine downtown broke a record warm low temp for the day. Are you able to check, Mark?

  16. oldwxwatcher says:

    It “only” hit 83.1° here in East Portland, thanks to the gusty east winds. But it got down to a delightful 47.5° overnight, which is much more comfortable that those above-60° lows we’ll get during the summer.

  17. 85F is definetly a warm day- be it April or any other month, My temperature maximum of 72.5F may be repeated today or slightly improved , but that’s about as high as it’ll probably get for a while. In comparison, our city’s ‘official temperature’ was a cool 59F.

  18. Paul D says:

    Glad it was a one-hit wonder. Go back to August, 80’s, you’re not wanted in April.

  19. Aleta-West Gresham says:

    Thank you Mark! It was gorgeous today! Loved the early taste of summer.

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