Friday, July 9, 2010

Hot, Hot, Heat

It has been some time since my last post, a variety of things going on. Let's take a quick look at the crazy weather we have been having.

The past two days, we have either set or approached a new record high at the Portland airport. On Wednesday, Portland topped out at 95 degrees, beating out the old record of 93. On Thursday, PDX got to 97, one degree shy of tying the all time record high for July 8th. Hard to imagine that about a month ago to date we set a new June total rain record! Wow! Still...we are below our average for warm days so far this year. Take a look at this graphic that sums up where we stand in regards to the heat. Credit goes to my boss, Mark Nelsen for the graphic.

As of right now, today stands to be the last 90 degree day in this "heat wave". It would definitely be a stretch to say we can match or top the 24 days of 90+ degree weather which was set just this past year. Out of those 24 days in 2009, 3 of them topped 100 degrees at the end of July (27,28,29). Looking at the maps right now, nothing is pointing towards any 100 degree days. In fact we are headed for a cool down beginning this weekend and on into next week. For several of us, that will be a welcome forecast.

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