Record Breaking Wednesday & Warm Night Ahead

4:30pm Wednesday

It’s a scorcher out there at this moment.  Tons of smoke has been in the air all day too.  It feels like we’re in some sort of southern California weather hell don’t you think?

The official highs are not in yet, but Salem has hit 107 and PDX 103.  That’s only one degree off your all time high down there in Salem.

PDX Observed High Today

Believe it or not the fire smoke has probably kept us a degree or two COOLER than we could have been.  At 2pm I checked two different solar radiation sensors (Forest Grove & Corbett) and found they were seeing 5-8% less solar energy today compared to yesterday.

I’ll be on the air from 5-7pm with all the latest numbers and we’ll pull out the radar as well on a perfectly cloudless day…why?  Check out the Whitewater fire which appears to have really taken off this afternoon east of Detroit.  The plume is up to 30,000 ft.  If we didn’t have all the smoke from the Canadian fires we’d be able to see that plume from Portland.

KPTV 2017 Default Earth

It also shows up satellite quite well near Mt. Jefferson


The fire smoke will be with us again tomorrow, so I lowered the forecast high down to “only” 105 at PDX.   Between now and tomorrow of course we have to deal with tonight.  I think low temperatures will only get down to around 70 in the city, but 60s in most other areas.  Better than a hot night east of the Rockies, but still the warmest we’ve seen since the big 2015 heat wave.

2017 Forecast Tonight Metro

One last note…for the record it IS possible to fry an egg in your car in this weather.  The before and after pics (45 minutes apart) from Gary Kinney:

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

13 Responses to Record Breaking Wednesday & Warm Night Ahead

  1. Roger says:

    At what altitude is the smoke from the BC fires? Is it possible to get “above” the smoke (Mt. Hood, etc.)?

  2. W7ENK says:

    Topped out at 104°F in Milwaukie today. Curious to see if we even top that tomorrow. If anything, the smoke is going to be thicker tomorrow, so I have a feeling our high temperature will end up being the same as today’s.

    A low in the 70s tonight? Thank God for A/C!

  3. Lee Wilson says:

    Our son just said it will be 106 °F

  4. Ellen Wallace says:

    103* in Kelso.

  5. Lee Wilson says:

    We’re spraying down our panels to prevent a fire from occurring.
    Them things can get really hot.

    Another thing we are doing is running a generator to aid in heavy work loads like our power pressure cooker XL, and a washer with a built in Hot Water unit? And our fridge as the smoke has dimmed the sun.

    However were running a few items off of Solar too
    Like our bread machine and our electronics.

    So in essence, were are creating less of a burden on our utility lines .

    You see, you never know, who with what will be the one to knock out the power..
    In fact we WOULD not even be aware the power went poof ..

  6. BruceInTroutdale says:

    I see that BPA shows Hydro contribution to the grid almost up to 10,000 Megawatts. As a point of Reference, Grand Coulee can produce 7,079 MW (max).

    Notice how total wind contribution to the grid has dropped to almost zero… Good thing prior generations saw fit to build dams and not wind towers!


    • Anonymous says:

      Build dams, kill fish…good thing?

    • Lee Wilson says:

      You fail imnone simple area.
      You fail tobsee the individual consumption of individual mini power stations 5kw and up.

      There are those of us producing our own power, so you don’t have stats on that

    • Lee Wilson says:

      Plus, why are the turbines shut down.
      There has been a great deal of wind today.

    • Lee Wilson says:

      Actually look at the green area again…
      On July 27th it started lick my up again…

      If your going to read the chart read the entire thing.

    • W7ENK says:

      Lee, the wind turbines aren’t “shut down.” They aren’t producing anything because they aren’t turning. They’re not turning because they’re sitting under the middle of a huge dome of high pressure. And just in case you still haven’t put it all together yet… that means there’s no wind out there. 🤦

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