Vacation Time

I’m on vacation for the first week of July.  Traveling through British Columbia with my son mountain biking.  Back at work Sunday the  7th.  Until then, enjoy this nice view of Osoyoos, BC as a thunderstorm was developing overhead Friday the 28th.   E704650E-3866-4699-A46F-FD580943ED7E.jpeg

38 Responses to Vacation Time

  1. Roland Derksen says:

    Overcast with occasional drizzle or light rain here- this is the kind of weather I often experienced in early July in years past. Even 10 years ago in that hot dry July of 2009, we had light rain and cool temperatures (58F maximum) on this date(July 7th).

  2. PNWSummerfail says:

    Man, summer bummer. Here’s to hoping next summer is actually a real summer.

    • Tim says:

      Are u new to the area ?, we just had 6 strait hot summers back to back and it’s only july 7th it will be another hot summer again so chill man.

      • PNWSummerfail says:

        Not new to the area, 22 years here. This summers cloudy days suck, nothing new, the weather always sucks here. God forbid it actually be sunny and nice for a few days in a row.

  3. Tanis Leach says:

    Anyone else seeing a possible chance on Wednesday for thunderstorms? Or am I just crazy?

  4. Tanis Leach says:

    Anyone else seeing a possible chance on Wednesday for thunderstorms? Or am I just crazy?

  5. Kyle says:

    Right now it is 10:00 kind of dark even though it’s a half hour early.. Everything is a bit off this year. Now it’s going to be pitch black when the fireworks start at most places unlike last year there was quite a bit of light left.

    Last year it was only halfway dark when the fireworks ended for the grand finale about where it is right now and then it was nearly dark.

  6. Roland Derksen says:

    It’s definetly not muggy here- cloudy skies with a temperature of 64F and some breezes. Appears that the heat is coming next week. For now we could get some showers over the next couple of days.

    • Kyle says:

      You must be up towards Portland. Down here it’s muggier but at the same time there is a breeze (probably the same ones your mentioning) mixing things up.

      • Roland Derksen says:

        Kyle, I’m well north of Portland- try looking north of Seattle, and across the border. Anyway, yesterday’s maximum of 63.7F (or 17.6C as I recorded it) was my coolest daily maximum for a day in July since 2012.


    PS, could you send a few thunderstorms this way please…would love to see a natural fire work show 🙂


    The depth of the Cowlitz River is low and decreasing every day.
    Send a news reporter to the river and you will notice 0 boats on the river this year, lots of sandbars and maybe a person or 2 walking across the width in areas.

    As for today warm muggy weather…
    Makes me wonder what kind of storm is brewing.

    On those of with solar power , up until today we been making a killing.

    We had to get a new washer and dryer so we went with a 110 instead of 220. We can now dry our clothes on a cloudy day.

    Today we cooked a pizza using all solar power.
    Then later I cooked a burger.

    Off grid life isn’t much different than having power connected to the grid.

    You just have to keep an eye on your battery bank. And let it charge up..and yes even on these cloudy days we still get a good charge..might be slower..but..a charge is a charge.

    I see Portland had a Tornado.
    I would never wish that on anyone.glad it was a tree and not a human that got uprooted.

  9. Roland Derksen says:

    Overcast here this morning, but we’re not expecting showers like yesterday. Looking back on this date (July 3) in my records, I see we had 2 occasions when we had over an inch of rain here: In 1974 (1.16 in.) and 1982 (1.32 inches).

  10. MasterNate says:

    Perfect summer weather so far this year! I will take 2 more months of this!

    • boydo3 says:

      Might just be a bit like last summer, and the summer before, and the summer before…..

      • Kyle says:

        When you have sick global people pushing buttons they shouldn’t be…………..

  11. Evan -- Cedar Mill says:

    Looks fun. That’s a very beautiful part of the world.

    Heat wave looks possible in 8-10 days.

  12. J. Patrick Moore says:

    I hope that Mark is enjoying his vacation and doesn’t regret missing a tornado while he’s gone.

  13. W7ENK says:


  14. Jakeos7 says:

    Tornado touched down in Northeast Portland!

  15. Pat says:

    Thunderstorm right over my house. Constant thunder, if it was dark out would have been constant flashing. Two in one week, not bad.

    • PAUL D says:

      Getting crazy in Hillsboro!! Got inside right before the rain started dumping!

  16. Pat says:

    It’s right over my house now. Two thunderstorms within one week, not bad.

  17. Pat says:

    Thunderstorm moving into North Plains at this time.

  18. W7ENK says:

    More thunderstorms today, as I understand.

    And I’m back in Tallinn.

    Again, enjoy and you’re welcome.

  19. Kyle says:

    It seems nobody comments here anymore. Long time with just the same hit counter. I wonder if Mark is mass deleting comments or freezes the hit counter or something?

    Anyways I am looking forward to the trough that is more and more showing up. Glad summer is over! Woo hoo! Onto fall! What did you guys think of our summer we had in the past two months?

    • Larry says:

      Our ”summer” was fairly mild and dry. We didn’t experience a whole lot of extreme hot temperatures (except the second week of June). It was also quite dry, which is occasional during summertime. I also noticed how we had a lot more thunderstorms (especially everywhere from the Cascades to Eastern Oregon) compared to previous years. Glad that hasn’t strengthened our wildfire season so far! Hahah. Overall, it’s been a pleasant few months, and I’m hopeful that July and August won’t bring us too many heatwaves.
      As for the comment section here on this blog, it is likely that people are waiting until the winter months to start posting again (Mark can agree with this). Summertime in the Pacific Northwest just isn’t our thing, we aren’t very open to summer like people in Flordia are. But every winter, when the snow starts falling, people pack up their winter gear and head up to the Cascades. I guess we like winter a lot more than summer, huh? 😀

    • JERAT416 says:

      There isn’t much to discuss I guess. Summer is great but often boring weather wise

    • Ken in Wood Village says:

      Plus, it’s easier to post stuff on the other Facebook weather page. I have to admit, it’s easier to post there than here. You can also post pictures easier.

      Sorry Mark, but maybe you could see about updating the blog so it’s easier to post stuff??

    • JohnD says:

      The old joke that “summer doesn’t start here until after the 4th of July” is maybe true this year–notwithstanding a couple of short warm/hot spells earlier on. And–overall more dry than not.
      I think many bloggers mainly hibernate in the summer.
      I know that I do. Checking now and then.
      A LONG way to go until fall!

    • Roland Derksen says:

      I wouldn’t count out summer yet- the showers I saw this morning are pretty typical of what we can expect in early July in the PNW. For you guys south of the 49th latitude,” summer” begins after the 4th – for us up here it can delay a week longer . So I’m going to wait a while before making a judgement on the summer.

  20. Pat says:

    Tomorrow Monday, looks good for widespread thunderstorms, maybe? I wonder what the CAPE values are for the Portland area are.

    • Kyle says:

      All I know is when Mark leaves that’s when things have a high percent of going ‘wild’.

  21. Roland Derksen says:

    Have a great time in Osoyoos- the “desert capitol” (well, sort of) of Canada!

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