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December Is Here! Dry & Brisk Until Further Notice

December Is Here! Dry & Brisk Until Further Notice

It’s been quite a while since I posted last, but not too much of interest has happened since then. The biggest “story” was our record warm Thanksgiving in The Dalles, at 67 degrees F. We’ve actually had 3 of the last 4 Thanksgivings, turn out extremely balmy in the eastern Gorge. Don’t worry, I’m sure the more typical 40s will be back within a year…or two at most. It’s been well-advertised on weather models for over a week now, but…

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“Thermal Winter” Begins With Exceptionally Warm Pattern

“Thermal Winter” Begins With Exceptionally Warm Pattern

It begins on December 20/21 and ends March 19/20, if you follow the conventional calendar. It begins on November 6/7 and ends February 3/4, if you go strictly by sun angle. It begins on December 1 and ends February 28/29, if you’re into weather and climate data. …But if you REALLY ask an expert on seasonal weather in the Pacific Northwest…..they will tell you that when it comes to normal temperatures in the lowlands, winter begins around the 20th of…

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Early November: Winter’s First Little Tease?

Early November: Winter’s First Little Tease?

I hope you all had a happy Halloween these past few days. I enjoyed a weekend stay in Portland, where I attended my first-ever OMSI Winter Weather Conference and got to meet several of my online weather buddies in person! Then by evening of the next day I was back in White Salmon, to celebrate the pagan festival of Samhain, which is a rough ‘ancestor’ of the modern Halloween. It was a very warm end to October, at least for…

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Seasonal Heteroscedasticity: Why 10 Degrees Above Normal Is A Bigger Deal Now Than Ever

Seasonal Heteroscedasticity: Why 10 Degrees Above Normal Is A Bigger Deal Now Than Ever

Some weather geeks were paying close attention to southern California early last week. An unusually hot Santa Ana wind event was underway from late Sunday the 23rd, through Tuesday the 25th. Long Beach hit 105 degrees both Monday and Tuesday, and much of the LA Basin was between 100 and 105! That’s simply unheard of this late in the season, even in SoCal. Normal late October high temps are in the 70s along the immediate coast, and about 80 if…

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End of October: Nice, But Not “Toasty”

End of October: Nice, But Not “Toasty”

That was an exciting weekend! A very long atmospheric river originating in Japan, set itself up over the Pacific Northwest from the middle of last week through Sunday, with the heaviest action on Saturday. The Dalles got 0.90″ of rain in one day while Bonneville Dam got over 5″ during the weekend! That led to landslides near Washougal, flash flooding in the Eagle Creek burn zone, and one traffic fatality on I-84 near Hood River. As of Monday, however, that…

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Beautiful Start To October, But Intrigue Lies Ahead…

Beautiful Start To October, But Intrigue Lies Ahead…

What a lovely start to October! Honestly, you couldn’t ask for much more perfect weather than this. Cold nights with patchy frost in some areas, and mild sunny days in the low/mid 70s in the lowlands. The airport in Dallesport dipped as low as 34 the night/morning before last. I noticed a slight patchy frost on some car tops and maybe a hint on rooftops, this morning around 7:30am. But it was very subtle and there was no sign of…

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Heatmageddon 2017: Concentrated In Willamette Valley

Heatmageddon 2017: Concentrated In Willamette Valley

I REALLY was hoping I wouldn’t have to write this blog, and I’m not going to put a lot of time/effort into this one. Let’s just keep it short: the heatwave for early August has gone from merely “mentionable” to downright historic, in just about 72 hours. Also remarkable for the middle of summer? It could actually get hotter in Portland and Salem, than it does in The Dalles! That sometimes happens in Fall (September and October) as well as…

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From Boring to H-O-T

From Boring to H-O-T

posted nearly 3 weeks ago, saying that it was “vacation time” for me. True to form, basically NOTHING has happened with the weather since then. July has turned into one big snooze-fest: no triple-digit temps, no T-storms, but no cool patterns either. We’ve managed to get two minor ‘heat events’ this month, one on the 5th-6th and another for the 22nd through 25th. Both were in the upper 90s. Of course, when the average high temp in late July is…

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Summer Vacation, Hopefully….

Summer Vacation, Hopefully….

Given how “boringly beautiful” the weather is slated to be for the next couple weeks, I’m probably going to focus less on thinking about it and more on actually enjoying it.  (At least on the days when I’m not working all day!) I probably won’t be back for a few weeks, unless:  We get a BIG heatwave with temps at least up to 105-ish for a couple days A significant monsoon/thunderstorm pattern develops on the models We get some kind…

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July 2017 Looking Like July 2013 For PNW & Gorge

July 2017 Looking Like July 2013 For PNW & Gorge

Well…The Dalles and Eastern Oregon just endured their second hot spell / heatwave of the 2017 summer season. The LATE SPRING HEATWAVE over Memorial Day Weekend doesn’t count in this case. Here in town, or at least at the airport, our high temp yesterday was 98 and today was 99. That’s not quite as hot as we got a couple weeks ago. HOWEVER…and this is the critical part… our nighttime temps this time around are at least 10-15 degrees warmer…

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