Fall begins Monday, Sept. 22nd

By Rod Hill on 17-Sep-14 19:49.

Colors are changing and fall is near! Summer ends and autumn begins this coming Monday, September 22, at 7:29 p.m. local time with the Autumnal Equinox. On that day, the north and south pole will be equal distances towards the sun at 93.2 million miles away.

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Wildfire smoke blowing over Portland

By Rod Hill on 14-Sep-14 14:00.

 

The Visible Satellite photo clearly shows the smoke plume from the fire east of Estacada, blowing over the Willamette valley. If you look closely, you can see brown colors in the haze.

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August 2014 sets all-time temperature record!

By Rod Hill on 01-Sep-14 09:48.

August 2014 goes into the record book as the warmest ever at PDX!  The overall mean temperature of 73.1 degrees breaks the old record of 72.9 degrees, set back in 1967.

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HOT SUMMER FORECAST ON TRACK, WARM FALL EXPECTED

By Rod Hill on 26-Aug-14 16:07.

Today's Portland high of 90 degrees or better becomes the 16th day this year, which matches my summer forecast of being the hottest since the record summer of 2009.

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Summer on pace to be the hottest since 2009

By Rod Hill on 04-Aug-14 20:32.

Monday's high temperature of 93 degrees at PDX becomes the 10th, 90-degree day of 2014.  With 90 degree temperatures likely into the first 2-weeks of September, Portland is on pace to see 16 or more 90 degree days this summer, which would be the most since the record summer of 2009, when PDX sizzled, warming to 9

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Record July Rainfall

By Default admin account on 23-Jul-14 13:40.

Tuesday rainfall through 4:00 pm has reached .41" at PDX, which is a record amount for the calendar date.

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Portland Dry Season Has Begun

By Rod Hill on 05-Jul-14 19:21.

With no rain in sight on the forecast models through July 22nd, it appears Portland's summer dry season kicked-off back on June 30th, after seeing more than 1.25 inches of rain over a 10 day stretch.  Natives to our area have long said that summer begins July 5th and the record book backs up the folklore.  H

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Hottest day since August of 2012

By Rod Hill on 02-Jul-14 07:46.

Tuesday turned out to be a "dog day" of summer, meaning just one hot day.  Yesterday's quick hitting   hot spell was the warmest temperature in Portland since PDX hit 100 degrees back on August 16th of 2012.  The airport's official high temperature Tuesday was 99 degrees at 4:14 p.m.  The reco

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Lightning Safety

By Rod Hill on 25-Jun-14 12:46.

Lightning safety rules should be refreshed in your mind each summer.  Lightning strike counting between 1990 - 2012 shows a dramatic increase across Oregon.  Data, mostly collected from eastern Oregon, shows an increase in yearly strikes, rising from 29,000 strikes to nearly 50,000 on average over the past t

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Summer begins Saturday morning!

By Rod Hill on 17-Jun-14 11:02.

Our cool & stormy weather feels like early spring, but summer is days away.  The summer solstice will occur this Saturday at 3:51 a.m. PDT.  At this time, the earth is tilted so that the north pole is at its closest point to the sun.

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