Rain Last 24 hrs. .00"
March .86” Departure from Normal: -1.63"
Rainfall for water year October 1st 2018 to September 30th 2019: 19.12” Departure from Normal: -6.03”
Rain since January 1st (Annual): 7.75” Departure from Normal: -3.28"
Spring Arrives with a Record High AND the Warmest Day for 2019 (so far) in Portland
A record breaking high of 72 on this first day of Spring, also marked the warmest day of 2019 (so far) for Portland. Other records set today include Salem (75), and Hillsboro (75).
You may have started to feel those Spring allergies with all the dry, warm weather of late. Tree pollen is the biggest culprit right now, and it looks like it will remain the medium-high category for a couple more days.
Clouds are on the increase though, and hid our "Worm, Sugar Supermoon" once it got fairly high in the sky. Windy conditions will continue to die down overnight, as an approaching system starts to shift the pattern back to more typical weather for this time of year.
We're expecting mostly cloudy skies across the region on Thursday, and perhaps some showers to round out the morning commute. The rest of Thursday looks dry. Friday will see mostly cloudy skies, too, and more widespread light rain moving across the region in advance of a cold front by the afternoon and evening.
Expect a few lingering showers behind that front on Saturday morning. Snow levels will be coming down to around pass level, but there just isn't enough moisture to make a significant impact on travel conditions. Expect little to no accumulation even up at the resorts. The lower freezing levels should help to firm up the snow a bit though.
We've seen a lot of melting over the past several days in Central and Eastern Oregon as well as the Cascades.
Heading into the weekend, Saturday looks to be cooler and cloudy around the Metro area, with those few showers possible in the first half of the day. Sunday should be drier with some sun and highs in the low 60s.
Next week, if your kids are on Spring Break, we'll see more typical weather conditions for late March. That means a mix of clouds and showers at times, and highs in the mid to upper 50s.
Tonight - Increasing clouds, decreasing wind, still dry - 47
Thursday - Mostly cloudy, shower early then drier, cooler - 60
Friday - Afternoon/evening rain - 59
Saturday - Few AM Showers, cool - 57
Sunday - Partly Cloudy, dry - 62
Meteorologist Mary Loos
Today's Record Temperatures