Thanks to Ray W. who sent in this spectacular shot of the Blue Moon over Portland.
You’ve probably heard that a Blue Moon does not mean the moon’s actually blue (although in rare cases it could happen). In modern times, it means the second full moon in a month. And the way the calendar works, that can really only happen every 2-3 years. Here’s a great article on the folklore of a Blue Moon. Worth the read!
Record Dry August 2012 For Portland, Seattle
We never had more than a trace of rain in Portland during the month–making the month part of an elite group of years with just a trace. The driest years on record.
And in Seattle, really big news: the city had just a trace of rain, which is a new record. It has never had less than .01″ in August until now. And at SEA-TAC, there was no rain. Not even a drop. Another record!
Temperatures were hot during the first half of the month. Seattle had four 90-degree days and hit as hot as 94. 35% of the month saw highs 80 degrees or warmer in Seattle. And in Portland we had eight days of 90 or hotter (about 3 above average) and two of those days were triple digits: 102 on August 4th and 100 on August 16th. After the 17th, the heat fizzled. (See graphic) In Portland, 45% of the days had highs of 80 degrees and warmer.
My colleague on the PinPoint Weather Team, Sally Showman, came up with these facts — a graphic she put together on August 31. Thanks, Sally!