Rose Festival Weather

11pm Wednesday

Whew!  Two parades down and one to go.  FOX12 is the Rose Festival station so we broadcast all three parades.  That means everyone around here is VERY interested in the weather this coming Saturday.  Showers are an easy forecast because we’ll have an upper-level low almost directly overhead.  The airmass will be unstable so we’ll see a classic spring-like mix of showers/sunbreaks/downpours/thunder.

I think “bring umbrella, it could be wet” pretty much covers it.  The past statistics are sure interesting:

This time of year (as you probably know) is the transition between spring and summer, which gives us widely varying conditions from year to year.  This time of year you’ve got a little over a 1/3 chance of getting measurable rain on any one day.  I remember the 93 degree parade day…that was a scorcher about 14 years ago.  I don’t remember the 1/2″ rain in 1982.  And we can’t forget the street sweeping and dust masks needed for the 1980 parade…just days after an eruption of Mt. St. Helens.

We haven’t had a real soaker since 2007, most “wet” years we just tend to get a few light showers.


Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


11 Responses to Rose Festival Weather

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

    I thought since we’re about to exit the last rainy stretch before Summer. That this video was worth sharing as a fair well to what was a very active season:

    Looking forward to the sun. Not the heat. Stay safe this Summer guys. High, fast, and cold water for much of it in the rivers!

  2. 0.32″ yesterday, 0.09″ today, all from showers.

  3. The native Americans in Oregon never held parades in June for a reason.

  4. cgavic says:

    From Sandy…..
    Couldn’t the dryest place for the Grand Floral Parade is to have the upper level low sitting right over Portland? Bands of moisture go spinning off it but what about its core?

  5. Roland Derksen says:

    We’re definetly getting a soaker here today: About 0.70 inches has come down since around 4am. However, after today, it doesn’t look all that wet here for the weekend. That’s good- don’t need or want it.

    • Roland Derksen says:

      The rain finished here yesterday around 4pm with a total amount of 1.08 inches. That should be it for a while except for possibly a few showers tomorrow morning.

  6. JERAT416 says:

    I’m good with some rain, the summer pattern will set in eventually. It’s good to water things before the real heat.

  7. Paul D says:

    Free lawn watering!

  8. Well, just covered the tomatoes and zucchini in clear plastic tarps. Usually helps really well in this type of late spring setup.

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