Summer 2016 Wrap-Up

Thursday Evening…

Meteorological Summer has ended now as we plunge into September.  It sure went by quickly, or maybe that’s just because I’m getting older…seems like I just did a Summer 2015 wrap!

My initial thoughts:

What an interesting summer.  Blazing hot to start in June, then about 7 weeks of near normal weather and temps…some would say “quite pleasant”.  There were even fears by some that late July and August could shift us into a “green tomato summer”.  Then, just as some were complaining that it was “the worst summer in 20 years” (yes, I saw that in a comment somewhere!), the heat was back for August.  That month ended up being our 6th warmest August on record, finishing nearly 3 degrees above average.  It was highlighted by 3 separate heatwaves throughout the month.  Technically I suppose the only other heatwave was back in the first few days of June.

I liked this summer, maybe because I was out of town for those 10-13 days of cool/showery weather in June and we didn’t have long periods of hot weather like we saw the past two summers.    Here are the stats:






Let me add a few more tidbits:

  1.  There were lots of complaints about the clouds in the latter part of June and most of July.  Yes, I sure did wake up to LOTS of cloudy days in July.  That was somewhat true…but it wasn’t the totally cloudy days, we just didn’t have as many totally sunny days in July as we are used to.  August made up for that…far more sunny days and fewer cloudy days than normal.  Check out the summer total and you can see it was SUNNIER THAN NORMAL this year without as many mostly cloudy days.  That stat even surprised me!

MarkCloudy Clear Days Summer2. Where was the lightning???  Wow, this must be the deadest lightning year I’ve seen in a decade or two.  Both west and east of the Cascades.  I never even saw lightning at night either at home or camping!

3. 60 degree nights were a bit more reasonable this year.  As of September 1st we’ve seen 32 that warm, which is far better than the past 3 summers; better sleeping weather than we’ve seen for awhile.


What are YOUR thoughts about this summer?

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


52 Responses to Summer 2016 Wrap-Up

  1. Benjamin (West Salem) says:

    Yeah, quite a lack of thunderstorms, interesting for sure. A very nice write up. Thanks!!!!

  2. …possible thunderstorms for me developing in NE oregon… 🙂

  3. Scooter says:

    For me I always look forward to our beautiful fall weather that usually extends into the 3rd week or so of October, in recent years I have noticed a shift in November weather although still a rainy month, recent years in this century have had a moderation of temps in November. Much easier to continue to work outside in November than in years past.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Let me clarify Andy, and Mark do a great job it’s the people that cover for them when their off

  5. 49.5F for a low here this morning. That’s my lowest temperature for the official summer season (June 21-Sept.21) so far. I agree with John D; September can be gorgeous. However, we’ll see how this one works out.

  6. JohnD says:

    Some years September

    • JohnD says:

      –sorry fast fingers–
      In some years September weather can be absolutely gorgeous–more sunny than not, dry, fall hues beginning in the fringes; warm days, cool nights. My favorite month of the year when they turn out that way. The only “problem” is that you know what is right around the corner!

  7. Sheryll Houston says:

    I loved the mild summer….not a heat lover. That’s why we left Arizona 25 years ago. Just wish you could give us a possible insight into the coming winter. Preying for at least a few snow days. Love watching you!!

    • Paul D says:

      It would be fun to get another good dump of snow in the Portland area that would bring the area to a standstill for a couple days!

  8. I think a lot of how you see summer 2016 depends on how long a period of previous summers you use to compare it with. For example, when I look at my data for mean temperature in June to August for 1997-2016, summer 2016 ranks 8th out of 20: Not all that impressive. However, make the period of time 42 years (1975-2016), and it still ranks 8th out of 42 summers. In other words, in the top ten for warmest summers. Quite a difference. I haven’t recorded a summer warmer than this one before 1998.

  9. Goducks09 says:

    This fascinated me when I saw it…

    What led to this dust devil being so powerful? What kind of conditions create this phenomenon? Pretty cool in my book!

    • Boring Oregon says:

      Lol you were probably hoping it’d float over to your house. But yeah that is pretty interesting cause southern Oregon is supposed to be great weather for growing and then that happens.

  10. Rumble, rumble… Thunderstorms are forming up this way. Looks like I might see some action from them, though the main activity seems to my north.

    • Well, that was a disappointment. The interesting stuff just missed me by a few miles. Not that I can much complain; sometimes I’ve had very good luck with such things. Can’t win ’em all.

  11. runrain says:

    A heavy rain shower just came through downtown Portland. Been a long time since I’ve seen rain falling at that rate.

  12. High Desert Mat says:

    Decent summer. Not as hot as Summer’s past over here in Redmond. We could’ve used more clouds. I haven’t seen rain in months. There hasn’t been but maybe two t-storms this year, at least what I’ve seen.

    So since we lacked the storms, I give it a solid C.

  13. W7ENK says:

    Chilly morning! Maybe it was because of all the moisture in the air from yesterday’s (and last night’s) rain, but I had to put on a sweatshirt when I left the house, but it definitely felt like Fall.

  14. 0.25″ in yesterday and overnight. Been rainy since I emptied the gauge this morning. Feels like a fall day.

    Painters were supposed to be painting the outside of my home today. Needless to say, that’s not happening. Glad this weather is happening now and not last week when the roofers were at work.

  15. Glen says:

    I know the STATS say it wasn’t bad but the FEELING was. Cool temps and lots of cloudy days in the heart of summer didn’t exactly leave many feeling warm and fuzzy.

    • I disagree; there were plenty of warm days. More than average, in fact. If it feels otherwise, that’s merely in comparison to the past few summers, which were much warmer than normal. Just goes to show how short-term many folks’ standards of comparison are.

    • W7ENK says:

      with Glen, that is.

    • SortingHat says:

      Rubuslec whatever his name is is definitely correct. Anywhere from Portland north had an average summer but south was still a + departure with plenty of warm days but at least nights were a lot more crisp making better sleeping weather.

      I’d take this summer over last for simply lower night temps but the day time temps had plenty of 88-95F days thrown in but then again nothing exist south of Portland except California.

  16. Dave in SW PDX (235') says:

    Summertime done come and gone, my oh my.

    Over too soon, IMHO.

  17. Robert Brown says:

    Loved it! Even slightly warm with a few cloudy days, this was arguably one of the best summers in years, stretching all the way back to April and the mild sorting we had. Having grown up The heat and humidity of the South, the Pacific northwest is the best!

  18. Ann Merklin says:

    Mark, when we moved up here from Paradise (Don’t let the name fool you as it feels like “the other place” in Summer), CA in Oct ’08, I thought we had left the “heat” behind! Come August of ’09, it was 106 at the house! No AC, till my son, a AC/Heating specialist gave me a Mitsubishi Mini-split heat pump. Oh my, instant relief, and VERY economical too with heating! As you can see, we survived! What’s happening this Winter? Any chance of snow? I don’t mind the rain at all, but snow is always welcome! There are many who disagree, and I wouldn’t want any to get hurt because of it, but I like it! Thanks Mark! Appreciate your site!

  19. Jake-(Gresham) says:


    I wanted another heatwave. Me bones! This summer was pretty great in my eyes as some have pointed out we had cool nights for most of the heatwaves.

    I wanted to spoiled – just a little longer. No more flipflops, dang it. Had to turn on the heat again this morning, briefly.

    I will not concede!

    • Paul D says:

      You must not have enough insulation in your house! No heat here – house has yet to drop below 68.

    • W7ENK says:

      Open a window maybe, Paul?

      Good Lord, man. The heat’s over and you’re still whining…

    • Jake-(Gresham) says:

      Little kiddos in the house. Have to keep it at 71F. But tongue in cheek aside from my comments in the above post I really do want another heatwave.

      This just won’t do, bah! Sun is starting to break through here now.

    • SortingHat says:

      Let’s turn our state into Northern Caligonian and Portland becomes the new Redding with the summer temps included of such.

    • SR says:

      Turned on the heat? I don’t do that until November and even then its never higher than 63. It’s made my kids tough (all seven of them), and saves on the gas bill!

    • Paul D says:

      W7ENK: that was not whining. I was only stating that my house had yet to drop below 68 and thus no need to turn on the heat. Why would I open a window – 68 is a really nice indoor temperature! So back off.

  20. I’d say overall this was a pretty good summer. Like most of you I expected this summer to be cooler than last year’s and it was. I didn’t quite expect the heat we had in August (after the first 9 days) but other than that it was okay. I have harvested plenty of tomatoes- though they seemed smaller than usual.

  21. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    I think it was a great summer! The perception was July was cold because the daytime highs were. The lows were above normal which took the mean above average.

    August was too hot IMO. That being said, I haven’t had a 60+ low yet out here in Battle Ground. Even the 100+ days were in the mid 50s at night.

  22. It was a great summer. The early hot spell in June was very hard on the plants. Otherwise, great. I don’t like heat.

  23. WEATHERDAN says:

    As some of said last Spring 2016 would be a warm one. Just not as hot as the last 3 and voila thus it was. As for the last of Summer it looks like the 80,s may return to Salem and Eugene by the 10th or so but not Portland. No 90,s in sight though. This has been a great Summer.Salem was consistently 2-4 degrees warmer than Portland. Also quite a bit drier especially in June and July. Finally let me say While I like warm weather (85-90). I am not a big fan of really hot weather (93+). Take that JJ. Nor do I want to live in Phoenix. Salem suits me Just fine. Also thanks to Mark for hosting the AMS picnic in August. He makes a mean hamburger. Peace.

  24. SR says:

    I would have been perfectly happy with a Green Tomato Summer. Still, all those 90 degree days make me appreciate the coming cool Autumn days all the more. Bring on Fall!

  25. Brett says:

    I thought it was an excellent summer for weather. Sure, every time I went to the beach it seemed to be cloudier/cooler than the last few summers, all hinges considered quite pleasant!

    My girlfriend on the other hand… Worst summer ever in her eyes!

  26. Paul D says:

    Mark has stuck a fork in it!

  27. Joshua Downtown PDX says:

    I give it a D. Too warm and too dry.

    • Paul D says:

      Sounds about right to me. Worst part was that I missed out on the below normal weather in July while I was out of town.

  28. Scooter says:

    Fantastic summer and I did see lighting both at home and camping, and as far as tomatoes go, I have a kitchen counter full of ripe tomatoes and red peppers, but then maybe that’s just because that’s my business, growing vegetable starts and bedding plants. And there will be plenty of nice warm days yet to come through at least mid-October, this is just a squirt for the dirt!

  29. Lee Wilson says:

    My thoughts…green tomatoes. .
    It sure seemed like we entered fall early though.

  30. W7ENK says:

    Summer 2016 wasn’t anywhere near as nice as recent Summers past.

    • W7ENK says:

      And as for green tomatoes, I’m still waiting on the VAST majority of my tomatoes to ripen still. I’ve picked about a dozen so far, between 6 plants.

      Last Summer, I successfully grew two very large, happy and healthy tabasco pepper plants. This Summer, I tried my hand at 8 different kinds of peppers — all my tabasco starts failed, all my habeñero starts failed, and two other kinds have struggled to grow much at all. The rest are just now flowering, and only the jalapeño bush has produced chilis. At this point, I’m afraid it might be too late for the rest of them.

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