Spring Break!

Just as the weather cools this week, Oregon’s Spring Break begins.  I’m taking the week off (plus a few days).  No posts until at least Sunday the 30th.

Kids, enjoy your time off and behave.  I may occasionally post pics of my travels over to the right on Facebook or Twitter.  Typically I’ve headed to a sunny place, or ski.  But this time family & I are heading WAY east.  Visiting some historical places and good food.


35 Responses to Spring Break!

  1. Joshua Lake Oswego says:

    Pretty much every single rain event for the last few months has under-performed. This/these will be no exception.

  2. W7ENK says:

    So quiet in here…

    I wanted to point out that yesterday’s forecast for rain starting in the morning (according to a handful of Mark’s colleagues) was a total bust. What little rain did eventually show up didn’t start until almost sunset, and was barely enough to wet the grass, so apparently we’re going to play this game again.

    Mark is calling for 2+ inches of rain for Portland metro Thursday thru Sunday, I would assume generally about a half an inch each day over that period.

    We’ll see, but I’m skeptical.

    • Gene says:

      I did notice that, too. Yesterday was dry all day for my area. In fact, many forecasts leading up to Monday were insisting that the rain would start Sunday afternoon or evening, and obviously that didn’t happen either. In fact, Sunday ended up being another warm, sunny day (no complaints, though). I wonder how many people cancelled outdoor plans for Monday based on the forecast of an all-day rain?

      • JERAT416 says:

        Agreed. I think there may be a spot on the coast that gets 2 inches over that time period but here I think .75 will be more realistic. First it was a washout Monday. Then changed to afternoon. Then not much. Now today has been mostly dry out here in Parkrose since 5:30 this morning other than a little drizzle.

  3. Time says:

    People swimming at amanda park in Seattle today, our climate is definitely getting much warmer, wow.

  4. Roland Derksen says:

    This March marks only the 3rd time since 1999, that the month has had less precipitation than the preceeding February for me. From 2000 to 2018, March has averaged 2.20 inches more than February in this period. Maybe this year’s March will be the start of a new trend.

    • boydo3 says:

      I guess we’re taking the hit for you down here on the south coast.
      It’s your turn next winter.

      • Roland Derksen says:

        Yes- it’s truly been an exceptional March here, and the last day of it is going out in style! Just sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60’s. April is going to start nicely too, but I received from Wolf Read a heads-up about a possible windstorm on the 6th. Anyone else know something about that?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Reporting in from Castle Rock, Washington.
    Just had a small storm cell pass through producing lightning.

    It lasted for a whole whopping…5 minutes..so was unable to get a recording..

    Correction, it’s still happening..will stay safe..while trying to get lightning.

  6. Roland Derksen says:

    Looks like we’re done with the rain here for the month(there was a chance of showers this morning, but I got nothing). Quite a dry March… it’ll be my driest since 1992. So far for the first quarter of the year I have 12.23 inches of precipitation. That’s less than what I measured for all of January last year!

  7. Did not get anywhere near freezing last night despite it being mostly clear. Progress…

  8. W7ENK says:

    Elevated CAPE values popping up over the Willamette Valley, next three afternoons.

    5pm Wednsday 3/27

    5pm Thursday 3/28

    5pm Friday 3/29

    This is just one variable, and we probably won’t see anything at all, but it’s nice to see Mother Nature getting the ingredients out of the cupboard and lining them up on the counter, so to speak.

  9. Roland Derksen says:

    A fairly nice amount of showers here through yesterday evening and overnight (0.41 inches). Skies are clearing now, and the next few days will be sunny.

  10. JohnD says:

    Went hiking on Hamilton Mountain in the Gorge the other day. A bit surprised to encounter deep snow still in place in the upper stretches. The summit on Hamilton is right around 2,500′

    Had a heavy hail shower this past Sat. evening here in inner SWPDX. Covered the back deck.

    That’s about it from here weather-wise.
    ‘Hope everyone with the flu recovers well and quickly!

    • Not that big a surprise given how cold February and March were. When I went camping last week, some of the lowland towns that had the heaviest snow accumulations (e.g. Union) still had numerous lingering snow piles. And above about 800 feet elevation in the Olympic foothills it was still quite snowy.

  11. Is Pompeii the city that was destroyed by its neighboring mountain?

  12. 3 fires already..
    It will be an interesting summer .
    also prepare yourself for increasing food prices .
    as our farmlands been decimated by flooding.

  13. Joshua Lake Oswego says:

    So, when do we start getting concerned about the lack of rain? The long-term outlook is not good and we are already in a big hole. Every recent rain event has underperformed.

    • Anonymous says:

      Seriously, every time somebody either an elected official or private citizen utters the word Drought-it will pour for months! If it continues to be dry into April and May, look out! The Rose Festival low will usher in a June that’s socked in, cold and wet!! And then July 5th or so summer will appear.. It will get wet here! It always does!!

  14. Roland Derksen says:

    Last night’s frontal system didn’t amount to much- just a few light showers overnight. This March sure has been dry- it could end up being one of my driest (in the top 5) in over 40 years.

    • Roland Derksen says:

      We’re expecting some showers here (in BC) later on Monday and into Tuesday, but after that it looks dry again.

  15. Ken in Wood Village says:

    Sorry I haven’t posted for awhile. I came down with Type A Flu. I called 911 on Monday morning (1am) because there was no way I was able to drive myself to the ER. I’m getting better but still have a nasty cough. If you are going anywhere, make sure you keep away from people who like to not cover their cough’s (angry face insert here…lol).

    Now, going to the models. This weekend maybe a little interesting with the possibility of thunderstorms. If you look at the 18Z NAM, you can see some good chances in the South Valley but a better chance along the central and south coast on Saturday.

    Just thought I would put that out there. 🙂

  16. Roland Derksen says:

    A little cooler and breezier here today, but still way warmer than average for an afternoon temperature. (about 66F)

  17. Evan -- Cedar Mill says:


  18. W7ENK says:

    Have fun, Mark!

  19. PAUL D says:

    Spring break already?!? It’s only Wednesday.

  20. JERAT416 says:

    Have a great time! Hopefully there will be no catastrophic weather just because you’re gone.

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