By Rod Hill on 03-May-13 14:41.
The only way to describe our dry spring weather so far is "surprising!" Going back to March 1st, today will become the 38th dry day with no more than a trace of rain. Compare the number to recent years.
Dry days March - April (a trace or less at PDX):
2012 - 21 days
2011 - 14 days
By Rod Hill on 28-Apr-13 16:23.
A number of grass fires this past week may be a signal of an early fire season to come. As of April 27th, total rainfall at PDX since January 1st is 8.33 inches. The total is only 57 percent of what is considered normal. When compared to a year ago when more than 20 inches of rain had fallen, this sp
By Rod Hill on 19-Apr-13 20:00.
Peak viewing of the Lyrid Meteor Shower occurs this weekend and the weather is expected to deliver partly cloudy to clear skies! Astronomers predict peak viewing April 21 and 22nd. The shower is the result of the earth entering a stream of debris from ancient Comet Thatcher. A typical viewing w
By Rod Hill on 16-Apr-13 03:06.
Wednesday morning's chance of near freezing temperatures in the metro may be for much of the area, the end of freezing temperatures until next fall. I will remind those of you that live in out-lying areas, such as Battle Ground or Hillsboro, the average final freeze for your area is roughly May 1st. The av
By Rod Hill on 07-Apr-13 21:18.
A low pressure center pushed inland near and north of the Portland metro area Saturday night and early Sunday morning. The center of low pressure produced gusty winds between 40 and 52 mph across the inland metro valley. Strongest winds occurred between 4:00 a.m.
By Rod Hill on 01-Apr-13 16:23.
March ends as the third driest on record at PDX with 1.46 inches of total rainfall. Precipitation since January 1st is 6.21 inches, which is only 51 percent of normal. Average precipitation for the first quarter is 12.22 inches.
By Rod Hill on 26-Mar-13 15:51.
For weeks, I have been talking about what has turned into an amazing dry streak since January first. Following a wet October - December, Portland has only seen 54 percent of normal rainfall this calendar year. With a 2013 rain total to date of 6.21 inches, this is the 3rd driest January - March three month
By Rod Hill on 20-Mar-13 14:34.
As promised a morning cold front is starting our spring season with a raindrop splat! Here are the totals as of 5:00 this morning:
Astoria .96" / Newport .59" / Portland .61" / Vancouver .71" / Kelso .56" / Hillsboro .71" / McMinnville .63" / Salem .76" / Hood River .46" / The Dalles .18"
By Rod Hill on 04-Mar-13 17:33.
The chill you felt this morning was the coldest air since January! Here are a few of the coldest unofficial low temperatures: Brush Prairie, (Clark County), 26 degrees, Hillsboro & Scappoose 27, Salem 28 and Portland 29 degrees. For Portland, today's chill was the coldest since January 22nd when th
By Rod Hill on 01-Mar-13 19:13.
Meteorological spring begins!
The scientific community considers March 1st through May as the spring season. The National Weather Service is calling for cool -- meaning below normal temperatures -- and gives little confidence of projected precipitation for the Northwest.
The national map would sugg