Vacation Time

9am Friday

Well it’s not exactly summer, but I’ll be off on vacation the next week…so likely no blog posts during that time.  First part of next week looks dry and then cooler/showery the 2nd half of the work week.  I might post a pic or two on FB or Twitter.  Those feeds are on the right >>>


Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

88 Responses to Vacation Time

  1. Rebecca McCullough says:

    Can the ash from the volcano reach us?

  2. Ken in Wood Village says:

    Hmmm, just keep seeing a very high CAPE on Monday evening from the EURO. Wondering why no mention about thunderstorms but I guess it’s not worth mentioning…lol

  3. WEATHERDAN says:

    81 and clear today. May is looking very sunny and warm. Another hot Summer seems to be on it’s way. We shall see, Peace.

    • Paul D says:

      Wednesday thru Saturday are looking nice!

      Would like some rain at least once a week to get free watering for the grass, but that looks like just wishful thinking for now.

      • Joshua Downtown PDX says:

        We have had .25” of rain in the last 26 days. May is running almost 6 degrees above normal. Brown grass cometh very shortly.

      • Ken in Wood Village says:

        What I have seen on the GFS is we could probably see maybe a thunderstorm or two during the week. The 00Z EURO has almost 900 j/kg over Portland on Monday afternoon/evening. Let’s see what the 12Z EURO has to say about Monday 🙂

    • Roland Derksen says:

      80F here, the last time I checked(about 12:30pm). This summer seems to be starting even earlier than last year’s. But sometimes an early start can also be followed by an early finish.

  4. Ken in Wood Village says:

    I was looking at the EURO model and around May 20th it builds a Low NE of Japan and South of Russia with a pressure of 974mb. Thing looks like a hurricane…lol. I know it’s way out there and probably won’t happen but it just looks very interesting on the model 🙂

  5. sixty five sols done
    seen lots of major events
    when is the next one

  6. Roland Derksen says:

    A cool and partly cloudy start to the heat wave here- I got up to a maximum of 68F , which I find a bit hard to believe. The next few days however, will see the temperatures in southern BC really climb. Folks in the Interior valleys may have to get around by boat next week.

  7. W7ENK says:

    Funnel cloud, Brownsville.

    SPS issued for Willamette Valley, including Portland Metro and Vancouver.

  8. Lee Wilson says:

    We are getting the best of both sides to day, sun and rain.
    Sun for solar and rain is filling our rain barrel.

    Right now its more sun than rain lol

  9. Sprayandpay says:

    BTW I’m proud of the 2nd amendment and will use it fully if I have to!

  10. Sprayandpay says:

    As for the storms magically vanishing.

    Hey Mark! instead of resorting to censorship which makes you and others who practice it spineless cowards why not get off your smart phone,look up and actively monitor chemtrail activity. you will find many of the flights have no ID’s and fly in awkward patterns and times. the metals disperse precipitation making waterbon molecules from collecting properly.

    perhaps your puppeteers threatened your life/family.etc like every other corrupt politician except Trump as he never took campaign funds and only 1$ of presidential as a joke. one whole f’ing dollar! lol

    spraying traps heat in and makers us stuck in the warm pattern.’

    studies show barium in water supplies. look it up it’s all over but you types that refuse to get your heads from your butts.

    we will take back America and drain it one swamp at a time!

  11. K says:

    “Heat wave” on it’s way for this weekend?

  12. Roland Derksen says:

    Well, it didn’t amount to much here: 0.11 inches to be exact, over a 12 hour period. Some more showers coming here tonight/overnight. Going to need the rain- after that it heats up!

    • Roland Derksen says:

      We had even less last night (a trace amount). It’s too early yet in the month, but I wonder if this May will be comparable to that of May 2015, in terms of low precipitation by the end?

  13. Donn Tickles says:

    Why is it raining this morning?

  14. Ken in Wood Village says:

    Someone is having fun in Eastern Oregon

    Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
    Eastern Umatilla County in northeastern Oregon…
    Walla Walla County in southeastern Washington…

  15. Ken in Wood Village says:

    I was looking at the EURO model and just wanted to see the CAPE for next week. It looks like the Mid-West to the Southeast Coast could become very active with thunderstorms. There are some very high CAPE levels (over 3000 j/kg). I think I’ll be watching The Weather Channel to see if there are tornadoes. The Weather Channel normally connects to Storm Chasers and they show their feed live on T.V. Just wish I could storm chase…lol

  16. K says:

    Sky is scary, it is humid, and gusty.

  17. W7ENK says:

    The sky over Downtown is kinda creepy…

  18. runrain says:

    Heading out for my PDX volunteer duty shortly. Maybe a good view from the top floor of the parking lot.

  19. WEATHERDAN says:

    76 with incrsg clds at 2 PM. It just feels like a trw in the air. Could use some light rain for my garden. Peace.

  20. W7ENK says:


    • Ken in Wood Village says:

      Do you know if there is any lightning with that band coming in? I drove to Damascus. It’s very windy and I see some rolling clouds I think that’s what it’s called. I’m going to try and record that band coming through.

      • W7ENK says:

        I can’t seem to find out, none of Mark’s lightning products seem to be working… or the answer is no. 😦

        • Ken in Wood Village says:

          I saw it petering out so came home. Just a little frustrating 😒

  21. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Bring on the Strays!

    National Weather Service Portland OR
    855 AM PDT Tue May 8 2018

    SHORT TERM…Today through Thursday…The weather may become quite interesting this afternoon and evening as diffluence associated with strong negatively-tilted upper trough and a dynamic surface front impacts NW Oregon and SW Washington. There is already quite a bit of lightning along the southern edge of the front offshore of northern CA this morning furthering the forecast confidence in the possibility for thunderstorms over the Portland forecast area later today. The best chance for thunderstorms still looks to be over the Cascades, but would not be surprised if some drift or develop just west of the Cascades in SW WA late this afternoon. ~TJ

  22. K says:

    Weather’s kinda nasty after Friday. Possibly reaching into the high 80’s on Sunday. Whoa.

    • Paul D says:

      Ugh. Not August again 😦

      • K says:

        Faux-gust has returned!

        • Ken in Wood Village says:

          I really hope it’s not a trend. Sorry about not being online for awhile. My mom was having issues and I had to call an ambulance to take her to the hospital last night. She was admitted last night and when I left, she was doing better. I’ll be visiting her today and know more.

          I was looking at the models and there could be a chance of thunderstorms when this system comes in. With the warm temps it should give some good left which would give us thunderstorms.

          Like you said, it looks nasty after that. I just want people to know, I don’t mind nice and warmer weather but when it starts pushing 90 degrees…well….it’s a little much. If I wanted that type of weather, I would be living in Las Vegas. Oh, for the people who think I’m complaining it’s to warm and they think it’s awesome and wish it would stay hot all the time, you can move to Las Vegas 😀

        • W7ENK says:

          Or, we could stay right here, where this kind of weather falls within the realm of climatological norms, and you could move to Alaska and enjoy your 55 degree drizzle all summer long in a place where that would be climatologically normal.

          Please don’t whine about a normal warm spell happening at a normal time of year in a place where it’s… normal. If we start pushing 90 degrees sometime late October through the end of March, then you’d have legitimate reason to whine. But 6 weeks off-axis from Midsummer? As respectfully as can be said, you’re being absolutely ridiculous. Please buy an air conditioner, or go hang out in the freezer section at Fred Meyer.

          As someone who grew up — born and raised — right here in the Portland metro area (also South Puget Sound in the Summers), I really don’t appreciate hearing people whine about warm sunshine during the season when we’re supposed to be getting warm sunshine. This is why I survive our cold, wet, grey, dreary, drab, depressing, mostly non-snowy and completely shiddy Winters that last entirely too long most years… for the precious few and all too fleeting glimpses we get of the Sun. And I mostly keep quiet about it, at least until the 7th or 8th consecutive month of it when it finally wears too thin and my serotonin levels have dropped into the negatives.

          So again, if you want that crap year round, move to Alaska.

        • W7ENK says:

          I do hope you Mom is alright. Sounds like a terrifying ordeal.

        • Ken in Wood Village says:

          Don’t take this the wrong way W7ENK but back off about the temps. I have lived here all my life and this type of warmth shouldn’t be happening this soon in the season. In my experience, when we start having this type of warm weather, it means the whole summer and early fall will be HOT. I’m tired of people like you how say people like me are whining. I never said anything about wanting cold, wet, grey, dreary, drab, depressing weather. I like sunny and warm weather, just not the 90’s. Ideally I like the temps between 75 and 80 degrees.

          I don’t need your sympathy about my mom. Normally when you reply back to someone, you talk about the first thing the person talked about. You didn’t even do that, you went right into bashing me about the weather first. Then you had to make another comment about my mother, like it was a second thought. That tells me you have no sympathy about anyone but yourself.

          So again, back off.

        • W7ENK says:

          Alright man, cool your jets, you don’t need to bristle… Nothing I said was meant as a personal attack, nor was any of it even pointed at you directly. All I said was, 90 degrees in Portland in May is not out of the question by any means. You said folks who like the warm sunshine should move, I reciprocated with “It’s normal here, so maybe the folks who like cool and cloudy Summers should be the ones who move somewhere with cool and cloudy Summers.” It was a fair counterpoint, not a challenge to the death.

          General question directed at all: Do we all need to start walking on eggshells again? I thought those days on the blog were over. If we can’t have adult conversation and debate over our differing opinions without bruising someone’s ego (Dude, it’s just weather!), then what good is this place anyway? Sheesh!!

          Fingers crossed for thunderstorms this evening…

          P.S: It’s nigh impossible to get good thunderstorms around here in the warm season without some actual, warm weather. That considered, I think it’s fair to assume that even you, Ken, based on your recent enthusiasm for such, can appreciate some of the benefits of having a little warm sunshine now and again. No disrespect.

        • Ken in Wood Village says:

          W7ENK, I want to thank you for saying what you said. I want to apologize for my outburst. With what is going on with my mom has really taken a toll on me. I’m having issues with my family. It just seems like I’m the only one who is concerned on how she’s doing. It has put a lot of stress on me and I took it out on you and I’m sorry.

          I agree, without warm weather we wouldn’t have a good chance with getting thunderstorms. I just wish it wasn’t so warm out though…hehe.

          Again, I’m sorry for everything I said. I hope you have a good day and let’s hope we get a good thunderstorm tonight 🙂

        • W7ENK says:

          Understood, and thank you for your apology. Stress is no fun at all.

          I’ll be the first to admit — and others here can attest — I can be a little prickly myself sometimes, though I don’t actually ever mean to offend. Sometimes my snark and sarcasm leak out a little thicker than I realize, so I’m sorry if it seemed like a personal jab.

          I sincerely do hope everything concerning your mother (and family) comes out well. That’s not an afterthought, I just wanted to end with my sympathies.

          Hang in there, man. You’re all good.

    • JohnD says:

      Amen to all gracious comments for sure!

  23. W7ENK says:

    Here’s some of the lightning we saw out over Sandy from the top of Mt. Scott last evening.

    Pretty impressive little show.


  24. WEATHERDAN says:

    TRW at 5:00 AM. Had .09 precip. Now partly sunny and 67. Rather warm and dry the next two weeks. Summer looks to be arriving early. Peace.

  25. Roland Derksen says:

    A few brief showers early today, but now it’s sunny and quite warm.

  26. Ken in Wood Village says:

    After Tuesday night and Wednesday’s rain, it looks kind of boring 😦

  27. K says:

    nws calls for more thunderstorms today.

  28. Andy says:

    Had a good thunderstorm at 4 am this morning. Loudest thunder of the season here in Albany.

    • Ken in Wood Village says:

      I had a thunderstorm around 8am. It was kind of out of the blue. When I went outside I really couldn’t see a good looking thunderstorm. I want to say they are kind of high base thunderstorms. We are having sunny sky’s right now. This could make having a thunderstorm better later today 🙂

  29. Ken in Wood Village says:

    Just heard a big clap of thunder in my area…it shook the house 😲🤗

  30. W7ENK says:

    Just got home from storm watching on the top of Mt. Scott. What a show!! Captured quite a few good lightning strikes on my dash cam, I’ll work on getting something uploaded tomorrow. For now, busy day and I’m exhausted.

    Looks like the activity has mostly subsided, but the last frame on the radar shows something big blowing up down around Silver Falls again.

  31. 5k says:

    Getting some good lightning from the east here in Happy Valley.

  32. Ken in Wood Village says:

    I’m surprised no one is talking about the thunderstorms going on?? I just heard some good thunder now 🙂

    • K says:

      Think it’s over now. Or not?

      • Ken in Wood Village says:

        I think it’s over for now. I haven’t seen any flashes for awhile now. There still could still be some coming either later tonight or in the morning. At least that what the NWS said in there forecast. 🙂

  33. Ken in Wood Village says:

    I’m outside again and saw a good flash of lightning 😉

  34. W7ENK says:

    This evening’s updated AFD added the chance for thunderstorms over the Valley overnight. Seeing a bunch of prickly ACCAS forming to my South, and I’m seeing some cells on radar starting to fire in the “sweet spot” near Silver Falls State Park. Add to this the fact that Mark is on vacation, and I’d say it’s pretty much a sure bet the Portland area is going to get hit pretty good overnight.

  35. Ken in Wood Village says:

    So I’m outside to have a smoke when I look up and see some interesting cloud formations. I wish I knew how to post pictures on here. I don’t see any precipitation on the radar yet. The NWS has put thunderstorms in the forecast for tonight into tomorrow. Maybe we’ll get lucky 🤗😉

  36. Tanis Leach says:

    Have fun! Glad you’re getting out before the crowds come!

  37. Paul D says:

    Rained at bit this morning! Didn’t see that on the forecast!

  38. Maybe a t-storm or two early Sun…??

    • Ken in Wood Village says:

      I’ve been seeing that too. I was watching another channel and their future forecast looked really good for early morning t-storms on Sunday. Let’s up it stays that way for the next 36 hours.

  39. Ken in Wood Village says:

    Have fun Mark, first 🙂

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