Happy Thanksgiving! Good Travel Weather in PACNW

November 22, 2017

9pm Wednesday

It’s Thanksgiving Eve and all is well on the weather front.  It’s been a record warm day all across the region.  Here at Portland we’ve only hit 56 degrees as of 9pm with a persistent “cool” easterly breeze out of the Gorge.  But we have until midnight and warm southerly wind is quite close.  So it’s quite possible we still break the 59 degree record before the day is finished.

The very warm and moist sub-tropical airmass gave us some river fog in some places.   That humid air gets cooled by the chilly 50 degree water.  When that happens the air can’t hold any more moisture so the water vapor condenses into those little fog droplets…fog hangs low over the river.  Makes for a nice pic!  Thanks to Tim Mulshine for this one.


Records have been tied or broken at Hillsboro, Astoria, McMinnville, Roseburg & Medford.  That’s just in Oregon.  Seattle made it to 68, blowing away the old record by 10 degrees!

Record Highs Cities

Tonight will be one of the warmest November nights you have ever felt in our area, crack open the windows and bring in some fresh air while you sleep!  With an approaching cold front I expect southerly wind to pick up in most areas except IN the Gorge.  That keeps most of us right around 60 degrees right through around noon on Thanksgiving Day.  Cooler air pouring in behind the cold front means dropping temperatures after noon-1pm tomorrow.

Other than lots of showers, mainly the first half of the day, it appears there won’t be any significant weather on Thanksgiving Day.  Same thing for Friday and Saturday.  Friday looks mainly dry, then a warm front with the usual solid gray sky and light rain comes in Saturday.

I have the next two days off (along with Saturday), then coming in on Sunday I’ll take a look at the big picture; by that time the 7 Day forecast will include December already…time is flying!

Mark Thanksgiving Day Fcst