I was floored to see the temperature forecasts for the PNW. 110° in Seattle and Portland? We've never even had those temperatures here!If there was only some way you all could shift some of that rain up to the Pacific NW!
Just logged on, BTW, to share a video of some cirrus clouds over Corvallis from two days ago as this high-pressure system was setting up. Wish I'd known then that those clouds and the jet were close enough to interact -- the turbulence twisted up the whole formation -- everything!
Not very well done, but it's fun to film the sky. (As for the heat, it's unusual to see 100+ so early in the year, but I've seen it 104 in the shade in late summer. It's a dry heat, though, which is nice.)
(PS: In case anyone is wondering, I've mentioned this before here somewhere, but B. J. Deming is my pen name.)
Yeah, and there's a real rain forest near Seattle, too.
But aren't heat-index temps 100 and above typical in Alabama summers? Felt like it!
Edit, a couple hours later: Sorry! I misunderstood you and only just now remembered how this region's weather is seen elsewhere. Have never been to Seattle and stopped going up for Portland day trips even before the political troubles began, so I can't speak for their annual weather, but I understand it's similar to what I've experienced a little farther south, in Corvallis and Eugene:
- Winter: 40s to 50s drizzle, mizzle, and rain, bone-penetrating damp from the northern Pacific (~70 miles west of here), mainly from late December to around May or so. This year, it broke early.
- Cold, damp spring.
- Nice start to summer, but no rain. Heat builds. Mediterranean-style dryness and HOT, from around late July through maybe mid-September.
- Lingering fall, with gradually increasing rain.
Portland might get heat worse than us, as they certainly do winter weather, because air flows in from the east through the Columbia Gorge. But we all do get lots of good weather as well as intense summer heat. Maybe that's why many people complain of the winter weather.
This current heat wave, I think, is breaking records for these early months -- maybe also annual ones, but as mentioned, we do get a LOT of dry heat every year.
California and areas east of the mountains are really getting zapped.
Explosive cyclogenesis is
well underway across the NE Pacific this morning as an intense
surface low rivaling the deepest on record in this part of the
Pacific Basin nears peak intensity approximately 500 miles west
of the mouth of the Columbia River. The low continues to track
eastward towards the coast powered by a 150 kt jet streak
rounding the base of an amplified upper level trough digging
over the region. Open ocean buoys ahead of the system are
reporting widespread gale to storm force gusts and seas in the
low to mid 20s to as high as 37 feet, with abundant lighting
activity also being noted. These conditions will continue to
spread into region over the next few hours as an occluded front
arcing well out ahead of the low moves into the coastal waters
and then pushes inland.
Current Portland (OR) FD