The Rain Is Back


It’s the start of another work week for me (I work Sunday through Thursday afternoons/evening) and I see the rain is back.  A line of showers with a few embedded thunderstorms is moving north through the Willamette Valley so we might see a flash or hear a rumble in the next few hours.  This is an upper-level low that is “kicking out” over the Pacific Northwest.  By that I mean it was sitting offshore and now it’s getting caught up into the (weak) jet stream.  Plenty of lifting so some of the showers the next 3-4 hours could be heavy.

Beyond that we are in a showery pattern for the next week.  Temperatures will remain near or just a notch below normal.  At this point it appears Wednesday and Friday have the best chance at remaining dry.  Of course on the days we get showers there is the possibility of thunder since it’s spring.  Right now Tuesday holds the highest hope for a rumble.

Check out the warm temps today…for some of us in the metro area it was the warmest so far this spring…pretty nice for Easter Sunday don’t you think?


We only hit 63 degrees today in Portland, which means we still haven’t hit 64, or for that matter 65 yet this season.  That’s very unusual.


So has it been the “Coldest April in XXXX Years?“.  No, in fact even through just April 17th, we’re running warmer than the ENTIRE months of April 2011 or April 2008.  It appears we won’t be in the top ten cold Aprils either.  That’s assuming no real cold pattern suddenly appears in the last week of the month.  What’s been happening this spring is a slightly below normal pattern temperature-wise, but no extremely cold periods.  And, more noticeable, no (even brief) periods of warm weather.  Sure, a day or two here and there where the high gets 1-3 degrees above normal.   But typically in the spring we have a cool and showery week (or two) followed by 3-4 days of sunshine and 60s/70s.  We can even hit 80 in April although that is quite rare….except for last year.  More on that in tomorrow’s post.  Here’s a nice tidbit from a posting last year that this time…


This tells me that we have been overdue for a cool spring after 3 warm ones…it’s payback time!

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

19 Responses to The Rain Is Back

  1. beavertontim says:

    Is this the latest we have gone without hitting 65 degrees?

  2. SortingHat says:

    HA HA HA! Looks like the NWS was wrong again at least this time in a positive wrong!

    Just approached 70F two hours ago and briefly made itto 71F but it dropped back.

    And they thought no 70F would happen and even said that they were considering taking away Friday’s forecast of 70F.

    Whenever they say that theopposite usually happens!

  3. JERAT416 says:

    Been nice here in Parkrose so far today but dark sky is about to take over. Just rain maybe downpours and hail or possibly some stray albino donkeys? Hmmmm

  4. Anonymous says:

    Lightening, thunder, and pea-sized hail in Bethany.

  5. W7ENK says:

    Just as the sun was breaking the horizon this morning, I could see it lighting up the puffy tops of all the popcorn Cb floating around. Doesn’t look like it’ll take much solar energy to get the convection started and make all those cells start popping!

    Gonna be an interesting day…

    Hold onto your butts!!

  6. Jason Hougak says:

    Raining like cats and dogs tonight!

  7. Jake-(Gresham near Nadaka Nature Park) says:

    Sigh, I want sun and 70 degrees but one cannot deny this is great weather for holding onto snow pack well into June. A friend of mine went snowboarding this weekend and snapchatted me while on Mt. Hood saying it was the best snowboarding he’s ever done. While I was at work of course (I don’t “board” anything – but still!).

    So for some this is great. For a tennis loving left handed individual such as myself? Not so great.

    I require a ticket somewhere South now that the possibility of snow in the valley is completely gone. Bored out of my mind. Bahumbug!

    • Jason Hougak says:

      Why don’t ya go fakeNbake, it might make things better in your depressed condition🤔

    • Jake-(Gresham near Nadaka Nature Park) says:

      Hahaha! Nah, went for a run. Raining buckets as you said now… (_)

  8. Paul D says:

    Fewer 65 degree days than 2011…. Hmmmm….. What do you think that means for summer…..

    • JJ78259 says:

      Could be a damp one. In 2011 I remember going to Rose Festival acitivities and needing an umbrella and warm Clothes to survive the heavy downpours. In San Antonio we are kicking off our version of Rose Festival the 3 weeks of Fiesta this Wednesday looks to be 85 and sunny most of the next 10 days!

    • Roland Derksen says:

      Intresting to compare April 2011 with this year’s April; I’ll probably get more rain this year(we already have more rain for the spring season as a whole since March 21 for 2017) but not as cool. April 2011 was my coldest on record. This April , we’re running about a degree below average. Anyone remember this date last year?? I had 85F in the sun. Certainly won’t get anywhere near that this time…

    • WEATHERDAN says:

      Not a damn thing Paul, Lots of hot Summers have cool Springs and vice versa. We won’t know until October what Summer was like. After this past Winter however I want a very hot Summer. May not get it but I want it. Peace.

  9. Lee Wilson says:

    Just in case you thought I was in error about the Ice we had on Easter Morning.

  10. WEATHERDAN says:

    65 in Salem today. Next few days don’t look too bad either. Next Friday we may hit 70. High so far this Spring is 66. So 70 would be very nice indeed. Peace.

  11. Lee Wilson says:

    Oh it is 53 out side this evening.
    This weekend was real nice. As we only used 17 kwhrs in the last 2 days.

    Much of our power cake from that strange white orb in the sky.

  12. Lee Wilson says:

    We hit 71 here.
    No joking.
    My knee is hurting really bad..see if we get a Lightning Storm.

    Oh, we had ice on the car this morning.
    And as usual I have

    Hope to see some lightning. That would make a very nice video on Fire and ice.

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