Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Pacific NW Summer 2017

This summer of The Eclipse may have started a bit late, with wetter conditions than normal, but then the normal drought kicked in and temps were intense well into September in many locations. Portland saw its usual lofty highs, while Seattle has had more comfortable summers than this.


Portland 2017:

Days in 80's: (April: 0, May: 7, June: 5, July: 19, August: 16, Sept: 8)
Days in 90's: (April: 0, May: 1, June: 2, July: 3, August: 9, Sept: 6)
Days in 100's: (April: 0, May: 0, June: 1, July: 0, August: 2, Sept: 0)

Highest temp the whole season (Aug 3): 105; Runner-up (Aug 2): 103
Precip (inches): (April: 3.35, May: 1.20, June: 1.03; July: 0.00; August: 0.06; Sept: 1.80)


Seattle 2017:

Days in 80's: (April: 0, May: 4, June: 4, July: 12, August: 11, Sept: 7)
Days in 90's: (April: 0, May: 0, June: 1, July: 0, August: 5, Sept: 2)

Highest temp the whole season (Jun 25): 96Runner-up: (Aug 3): 94
Precip (inches): (April: 4.21, May: 2.28; June: 1.52; July: 0.00; August: 0.02; Sept: 0.59)


Vancouver, BC 2017:

Days in 80's: (April: 0, May: 0, June: 0, July: 0, August: 2, Sept: 0)
 

Highest temp the whole season (Aug 29): 85
Precip (inches): (April: 3.68, May: 2.74, June: 1.11; July: 0.06; August: 0.17; Sept: 0.75)



Astoria, OR 2017:

Days in 80's: (April: 0, May: 1, June: 0, July: 0, August: 3, Sept: 3)
Days in 90's: (April: 0, May: 0, June: 1, July: 0, August: 1, Sept: 1)

Highest temp the whole season (Jun 24, Aug 2): 93
Precip (inches): (April: 7.00, May: 4.08, June: 2.03; July: 0.10; August: 0.20; Sept: 2.24)

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Pacific NW Summer 2016

Except for a fairly searing August, this summer could be considered "normal" or even below normal, particularly as compared to the last two years. Vancouver didn't even hit 90 degrees once. Astoria was shocked with a 98 and two days in the lower 90's, all of which is quite unusual.


Portland 2016:

Days in 80's: (April: 6, May: 9, June: 8, July: 11, August: 14, Sept: 9)
Days in 90's: (April: 0, May: 0, June: 2, July: 2, August: 7, Sept: 0)
Days in 100's: (April: 0, May: 0, June: 1, July: 0, August: 2, Sept: 0)

Highest temp the whole season (Jun 5, Aug 19-20): 100; Runner-up (Aug 18): 99
Precip (inches): (April: 1.96, May: 1.72, June: 1.42; July: 0.66; August: 0.09; Sept: 1.69)


Seattle 2016:

Days in 80's: (April: 4, May: 5, June: 6, July: 7, August: 9, Sept: 0)
Days in 90's: (April: 0, May: 0, June: 1, July: 0, August: 6, Sept: 0)

Highest temp the whole season (Aug 19): 95Runner-up: (Aug 26): 92
Precip (inches): (April: 1.19, May: 0.94; June: 1.77; July: 0.72; August: 0.17; Sept: 0.99)


Vancouver, BC 2016:

Days in 80's: (April: 0, May: 0, June: 0, July: 0, August: 0, Sept: 0)
 

Highest temp the whole season (Aug 19): 79
Precip (inches): (April: 0.70, May: 1.70, June: 1.67; July: 1.08; August: 0.45; Sept: 2.29)



Astoria, OR 2016:

Days in 80's: (April: 2, May: 1, June: 1, July: 0, August: 3, Sept: 1)
Days in 90's: (April: 0, May: 0, June: 0, July: 0, August: 3, Sept: 0)

Highest temp the whole season (Aug 19): 98; Runners-up (Aug 25-26): 91
Precip (inches): (April: 1.99, May: 0.86, June: 2.00; July: 1.12; August: 0.50; Sept: 2.13)

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Pacific NW Summer 2015

The news this summer was the record-busting number of 90-degree-plus days in Portland (29) and Seattle (12).

The lack of rain wasn't unusual, but it followed a spring with little rain and a winter with next to no snow in the mountains, so at a certain point fire conditions in OR and WA became extreme and water rationing actually started being discussed.


Portland 2015:

Days in 80's: (April: 2, May: 6, June: 12, July: 13, August: 17, Sept: 6, Oct: 2)
Days in 90's: (April: 0, May: 0, June: 9, July: 10, August: 6, Sept: 2)
Days in 100's: (April: 0, May: 0, June: 0, July: 2, August: 0, Sept: 0)

Highest temp the whole season (Jul 30): 103; Runner-up (Jul 31): 101
Precip (inches): (April: 1.69, May: 0.28, June: 0.40; July: 0.57; August: 0.66; Sept: 1.26)


Seattle 2015:

Days in 80's: (April: 0, May: 2, June: 12, July: 8, August: 15, Sept: 2)
Days in 90's: (April: 0, May: 0, June: 1, July: 10, August: 1, Sept: 0)

Highest temp the whole season (Jul 19): 95Runner-up: (Jul 30/31): 94
Precip (inches): (April: 2.03, May: 0.58; June: 0.23; July: 0.09; August: 3.28; Sept: 0.83)


Vancouver, BC 2015:

Days in 80's: (April: 0, May: 0, June: 1, July: 2, August: 1, Sept: 0)
 

Highest temp the whole season (Jun 29): 82; (Jul 19): 81
Precip (inches): (April: 1.50, May: 0.16, June: 0.37; July: 0.60; August: 1.66; Sept: 1.27)



Astoria, OR 2015:

Days in 80's: (April: 0, May: 0, June: 1, July: 3, August: 3, Sept: 0, Oct: 1)

Highest temp the whole season (Jul 18): 89; Runner-up (Jul 30/Aug 18): 86
Precip (inches): (April: 2.25, May: 1.02, June: 0.65; July: 0.16; August: 1.33; Sept: 2.12)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pacific NW Summer 2014


From all accounts, this was a warm summer, particularly for remarkably "high lows."  That is, the nights just didn't cool off as they normally do, making relief from aggressive highs in July/Aug/Sept difficult to find.

No triple digits in Portland, but they only tend to happen every other year or so. I'm sure the 99-degree days were close enough.

The divide between Seattle and Vancouver this year was about as pronounced as possible. Vancouver was even cooler than coastal Astoria, but Seattle was closer to Portland's temperatures than it has been recently.


Portland 2014:

Days in 80's: (April: 1, May: 4, June: 5, July: 16, August: 17, Sept: 8, Oct: 5)
Days in 90's: (April: 0, May: 1, June: 0, July: 7, August: 9, Sept: 4)

Highest temp the whole season (Jul 1/Aug 11): 99; Runner-up: 95 on Aug 10
Precip (inches): (April: 2.08, May: 2.22, June: 2.33; July: 1.05; August: 0.01; Sept: 0.98)


Seattle 2014:

Days in 80's: (April: 1, May: 4, June: 0, July: 17, August: 13, Sept: 5)
Days in 90's: (April: 0, May: 0, June: 0, July: 2, August: 2, Sept: 1)

Highest temp the whole season (Aug 11): 96; Runner-up: 94 on Jul 1
Precip (inches): (April: 4.18, May: 3.15, June: 0.73; July: 0.77; August: 1.81; Sept: 2.23)


Vancouver, BC 2014:

Days in 80's: (April: 0, May: 0, June: 0, July: 3, August: 1, Sept: 0)
 

Highest temp the whole season (Jul 1/Aug 11): 82; Runner-up: 80 on Jul 13/14
Precip (inches): (April: 1.91, May: 2.36, June: 1.22; July: 0.52; August: 0.53; Sept: 1.62)



Astoria 2014:

Days in 80's: (April: 1, May: 3, June: 0, July: 1, August: 0, Sept: 6)

Highest temp the whole season (Jul 1): 89; Runner-up: 87 on May 14/Sep 5
Precip (inches): (April: 5.57, May: 5.00, June: 1.74; July: 1.06; August: 0.58; Sept: 4.94)

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Pacific NW Summer 2013

This summer didn't stand out for me. Perhaps it was slightly warmer than normal, but there were fewer extremes than normal and no 100's at all. Three of the last 4 years have not seen 100 degrees broken in Portland.

July and August were, as usual, bone-dry, but the closing days of September brought record-breaking rain to the state, largely as a result of a former typhoon in Asia.



Portland 2013:

Days in 80's: (May: 5, June: 7, July: 17, August: 19, Sept: 9)
Days in 90's: (May: 0, June: 2, July: 4, August: 2, Sept: 2)


Highest temp the whole season (Jun 30): 97; Runner-up: 95 on Sep 11
Precip (inches): (May: 3.46, June: 1.17; July: 0.00; August: 0.67; Sept: 4.70)


Seattle 2013:

Days in 80's: (May: 3, June: 4, July: 12, August: 15, Sep: 4)
Days in 90's: (May: 0, June: 1, July: 0, August: 0, Sept: 1)

Highest temp the whole season (Jun 30 and Sep 11): 93
Precip (inches): (May: 2.38, June: 1.30; July: 0.00; August: 1.35; Sept: 6.17)

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Pacific NW Summer 2012

The most notable feature of this summer was the record-breaking streak of dryness that began in July and looks to last until nearly mid-October.

PDX broke the July 1-to-Sep 30 minimal rainfall record, formerly 0.51" in 1952, with a mere 0.25".  Average rainfall in this period is 2.45", the majority of which surely must fall in latter September, as summer's aren't wet here even in good years.

Parts of Western Oregon are now officially listed as "Abnormally Dry" (no kidding), but not technically in "Drought" quite yet.

Temperatures ticked up from last year, and probably overall were typical of summer. Once again, September proved to be a very hot month, though technically the hottest days fell in August (roughly the first half, this year), which is common.


Portland 2012:

Days in 80's: (May: 4, June: 4, July: 17, August: 6, Sept/Oct: 12)
Days in 90's: (May: 0, June: 0, July: 0, August: 6, Sept: 3)
Days in 100's: (May: 0, June: 0, July: 0, August: 2, Sept: 0)

Highest temp the whole season (Aug 4): 102
Precip (inches): (May: 2.02, June: 3.10; July: 0.17; August: 0.00; Sept: 0.04)


Seattle 2012:

Days in 80's: (May: 1, June: 4, July: 4, August: 7, Sep: 4)
Days in 90's: (May: 0, June: 0, July: 0, August: 4, Sept: 1)

Highest temp the whole season (Aug 16): 94
Precip (inches): (May: 2.05, June: 2.96; July: 1.04; August: 0.00; Sept: 0.03)



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pacific NW Summer 2011

This year’s summer makes an interesting comparison with last year’s, as both were influenced by a La Nina that lasted deep into spring if not summer itself, and both taken together were probably the most moderate summers in the 2000’s.
The most notable aspect for Portland had to be tying the record (downtown) for the latest day in the year to hit 90: August 20th. That ended up being the hottest day of the year, too. (Portland airport saw one year where it didn’t hit 90 until deep in September; and there was only one year, in the 1950’s, when Portland didn’t hit 90 at all.)  Once the dam broke, Portland went on to see a spate of quite hot weather fairly consistently from the third week of August through roughly the first 10 days of September, with a brief reprise later in the month. September was surely the most uncomfortable weather of the year.
I probably don’t need to mention that it was a dry, dry, dry summer. Last year’s wet May/June/September was anomalous
Of note in Seattle is that they escaped any 90-degree days all summer, which is quite unusual. .

Portland 2011:

Days in 80's: (May: 0, June: 2, July: 10, August: 15, Sept: 10)

Days in 90's: (May: 0, June: 0, July: 0, August: 2, Sept: 5)

Highest temp the whole season (Aug 20): 96

Precip (inches): (May: 2.82, June: 0.63; July: 0.96; August: 0.04; Sept: 0.51)

Seattle 2011:

Days in 80's: (May: 0, June: 4, July: 7, August: 8, Sep: 10)

Days in 90's: (May: 0, June: 0, July: 0, August: 0, Sept: 0)

Highest temp the whole season (Aug 21): 87

Precip (inches): (May: 3.20, June: 1.42; July: 0.71; August: 0.13; Sept: 1.29)