A Record Warm SuperBowl Sunday

February 4, 2018

In Portland today it was the warmest we’ve seen since Thanksgiving Day!  We tied our record high of 60

Todays Observed Highs OrWa 2017

and also broke an “overnight low” record.  We only dropped to 51 this morning.  Assuming we don’t drop to 48 by midnight, that’ll be a new record for February 4th.  The warmth is widespread across the West.  Take a look at some other records in our area

Record Highs Cities

Today felt like a typical early April day, but of course without the high sun angle.  If it was April you would have noticed a “hot” sun poking through the clouds…that doesn’t happen in early February.    Speaking of February, in our climate WEST OF THE CASCADES this is the month in which winter typically loosens its grip a bit.

Mark February Past Few Years

We haven’t seen measurable snow during this month in the past 3 years, and it typically is similar to March rain-wise.

Mark February Past Few Years

We have a VERY slow weather week ahead, nothing has changed dramatically from my last two “big picture” posts over the past two weeks.  High pressure lingers along the West Coast through next weekend, and although there are model differences the general theme is drier than normal and continued mild/warm.  Check out the very dry ECMWF…showing less than 1/2″ rain between now and early NEXT week.

ECMWF 12z Rain Graph Next 10 Days

To summarize…

WEATHER SHOULDN’T AFFECT YOUR LIFE MUCH THIS WEEK  

We’ll have days of varying cloud cover vs. sunshine.  But I don’t see much rain.  Temperatures remain above normal and little to no snow will fall in the Cascades.  A pretty easy “winter” week don’t you think?

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen