Warm Spell Ends Tonight

7pm Monday

Now THAT was a nice early spring warm spell wasn’t it?  Check out the high temperatures today; several stations are likely to tie or exceed records for the day (Salem and some coastal stations)

Todays Observed Highs OrWa 2017

Portland didn’t quite make it to 70, most likely due to a little TOO much easterly wind.  Notice the coolest spot in the metro area was Troutdale; well exposed to the gusty east wind all day long.

PDX Observed High Today

I now owe Brian MacMillan an iced coffee tomorrow afternoon…I was going for 70.

Even if today is the warmest day of March (a possibility), it’ll be higher than last year.  In March 2017 we didn’t even get above 61 degrees!

March Warmest Temp

Notice when we get above 70 it is typically in the latter half of the month.

We’re headed back to “reality” the next 5-7 days, which means highs in the 50s and occasional showers.  An upper-level low will linger along the West Coast with most energy headed into California.  In fact rain will be significantly heavier in California than the Pacific Northwest.  The result should be a mix of clouds, sun, and occasional light showers Wednesday through the weekend.  But I don’t see an unusually wet weather pattern.

So far this March I’ve been surprised we haven’t seen a pattern that would bring snow down into relatively low elevations; typical in late February/March in La Nina winters.  The pattern for the next week does not look especially cool either, with a snow level between 2,000′ & 4,000′ most of the time.  There is no sign of snow sticking down around 1,500′ or lower…I’m taking my snow tires off after a trip to the mountains Thursday.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

36 Responses to Warm Spell Ends Tonight

  1. alohabb says:

    My phone needs to stop showing snowflakes for next week. Enough already

  2. Mountain Man says:

    Late next week is looking decent with every run for convective showers, hail, cold core thunderstorms, and low morning snow levels. Gotta love spring. My favorite season for sure!

  3. Jake in Gresham says:

    Thunderstorm rolling along Eastward over the Columbia river. Can see it clearly going North toward I-84. Thought the storm last afternoon was going to do this too but it looks like today had more convection going for it!

  4. Ken in Wood Village says:

    So, am I missing something? I’m watching “Why Planes Crash” on The Weather Channel and the local forecast came on. It said that tonight we could get strong to severe Thunderstorm’s. Does anyone see that?

    • Diana F. says:

      Um Ken it is thunderstorming like crazy in east Vancouver!! The whole sky lighting up, super loud crackling sounds and even grape size ice pellets!!!!

      • Ken in Wood Village says:

        I actually drove up to East Vancouver. When I was going over the Glenn Jackson Bridge it started to hail really good. It started covering the lanes and people (including myself) started slowing down. I recorded a little of the storm. I’m back home now.

        • Jake in Gresham says:

          My folks place has a pretty good view of Mt. Hood. Cannot even see its base. Seriously pretty impressed for this time of year!

    • Jake in Gresham says:

      Oh I am tired from work. This.

      • Ken in Wood Village says:

        I think it could be active this year for Thunderstorms if any indication what happened today….lol

  5. Roland Derksen says:

    This appears to be a fairly average March. Maybe a bit on the dry side, but temperature-wise. I could see a 70F or higher late in the month perhaps.

  6. boydo3 says:

    Great skiing today!

  7. W7ENK says:

    That was one helluva deformation band that rolled through last evening. I’m really surprised it didn’t spit out some lightning!

  8. Roland Derksen says:

    I’m happy we’re not seeing the pattern of last March. That one was my second wettest on record and the cloudiest. This year we’re getting some good breaks of sun.

    • Same here. Between last year’s endless winter and brutal triple digits/smoke combos in summer, I’m cautiously looking forward to a normal spring and summer this year.

  9. W7ENK says:

    A few showers popping up, one right North of Downtown.

    It looks worse IRL.

  10. longviewer says:

    Time for the Sierra Nevada to live up to their name, and about time! A pathetic snowpack down there is about to turn.. merely sub-par, I guess.

  11. Roland Derksen says:

    It got up to 69F at my place yesterday. Not a record for the month(that was a 76 back in 2004) but for the date. Some other locations in Southern BC made it over 70F.

  12. Nahtalkin says:

    78 degrees here yesterday and now a low of 53. No rain yet.

  13. Tami Foster says:

    On Monday, March 12 you had a graphic on the 8 o’clock news comparing the solar angle in September to that in March. Is it possible to get that graphic? My Middle School science students have been studying solar angle and what a great reinforcement!


  14. W7ENK says:

    This headline is incredibly misleading. I shouldn’t have worn a long sleeved shirt today, I wasn’t expecting it to be damn near 60 degrees when I left the house this morning… I’m burning up!

  15. Joshua Downtown PDX says:

    61 degrees at 6:00 am on March 13th. 5 degrees above the normal high for the day. One word: gross.

  16. Made it up to 71˚F at my place today. No gorge wind here.

  17. Mark bergal says:

    What causes patterns where the thrust of the energy sinks into Calif? I know this is common in split flow scenarios, but what about this time? We don’t have a ridge over us or do we?

  18. Boring Rain says:

    Come on guys, we had a pretty impressive run of snow in late February.

  19. Paul D says:

    I’ll be enjoying the “reality”.

  20. I was thinking this might be the year that I could wait until mid-March to “stick the fork.” But the weather gods had another plan…

  21. JERAT416 says:

    It’s been nice, but reality has to set in eventually.

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