Friday, July 31, 2015

Hotter Than Salt Lake in the PacNW

The Pacific Northwest west of the Cascade Crest is often a wonderful place to be in the summer with dry cool weather for much of July and August.

They are, however, sweltering at the moment and you are probably better of in Salt Lake than say Portland. Here's a quick comparo.  High temperatures in Portland the last two days of 97ºF and 103ºF, respectively, compared to 86ºF and 93ºF in Salt Lake.  Overnight minimum temperatures in Portland the last two nights of 63ºF and 65ºF (the latter the lowest hourly) compared to  58ºF and 62ºF in Salt Lake.  Plus dewpoints in Portland are running in the low-to-mid 50s, compared to the 20s and 30s in Salt Lake.

Source: MesoWest
With highs expected to be 100–105ºF this afternoon, the NWS has issued an excessive heat warning for the Willamette Valley.  More on this heat wave at the Cliff Mass Blog.

Source: NWS
A friend who escaped Utah for the PacNW and some cool weather should have stayed home!

1 comment:

  1. Just returned from a two week trip to visit family in Spokane-Coeur d'Alene-Sandpoint and couldn't agree more with your last statement. Thermometer on the car hit 109º in downtown Spokane one day and camping just wasn't the same with a complete campfire ban. The only bright spot was that Lake Pend Oreille Lake was warmer than I've ever seen it making it a nice retreat from the heat.