High Snow Levels, Good News for Holiday Travel

By Rod Hill on 25-Nov-14 09:27.

A warm front has brought mild temperatures and high snow levels near 8,000 feet to our region! The news is good for holiday travelers who will find mountain passes with bare pavement and above freezing temperatures even at night through Thanksgiving morning.


Killing Frost on Schedule

By Rod Hill on 15-Nov-14 12:28.

This morning's hard freeze and killing frost is the first of the fall season. Portland did dip to 32 degrees back on November 12th, marking the first light freeze of the season. Unofficial low temperatures this morning include: 28 degrees at PDX, 21 at Hillsboro, Scappoose and Ridgefield.



By Rod Hill on 10-Nov-14 16:16.

The National Weather Service has issued a HIGH WIND WARNING for Tuesday & Wednesday across the Portland metro.  Strong east wind gusts may reach 50-60 mph.  Areas near the Columbia River and the east of I-5 will see the strongest winds.  Power outages and down trees will be possible.


Warmest October on Record!

By Rod Hill on 01-Nov-14 14:32.

With a mean temperature of 60.1 degrees, October 2014 becomes the warmest all time at PDX.  (Records began in 1940)

The average high for the month was 68 degrees, which is third warmest all time.


Rod's Winter Forecast 2014-2015

By Rod Hill on 24-Oct-14 16:24.

Before I begin, let me remind you that our wet weather since October 11th was not projected. In fact, October was forecast to see below normal rainfall. To date, Portland is on track to see more than 4.00" of total rainfall for the month, well above the climate average of 3.00 inches.


Total Lunar Eclipse Wednesday morning

By Rod Hill on 07-Oct-14 06:55.

A forecast for partly to mostly clear skies Tuesday overnight and early Wednesday morning should provide a decent view of this week's total Lunar Eclipse.


September ties record for heat

By Rod Hill on 01-Oct-14 09:49.

September continued Portland's hot summer. Climate numbers from the National Weather Service show September tied the all-time PDX record for mean temperature of 67.6 degrees. The average low last month was 56.5 degrees, which was the 2nd warmest on record.


2014 summer avoids extreme heat, but sets records

By Rod Hill on 23-Sep-14 19:17.

Today's cloudy, wet weather is perfect for the first full day of fall and a reminder that summer has ended. Despite the talk of a long dry summer, the record book will remember Portland's warm season has typically dry with a little bit of rain.


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.


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.