At least I’m not alone. Thanks to those of you who said you’re also ‘over it’ on my Facebook Weather Page.
Here’s the problem: our record highs this time of year are mainly in the 80s. Our average highs are in the 60s. And we can’t find either one of them!
The picture here shows why: the Jet Stream (which forms on the border between warm and cool air) has been too far south this spring, for too long. Not unheard of in La Nina springs. But this time, we’re taking ‘cool spring’ to the extreme!
Portland’s April 2011 Headed For The Record Books
- Portland’s average high is just 54.5 degrees this April. That’s the coldest on record.
- Portland’s had just three days hit 60 this year. That’s the fewest on record for this late in April. In fact, in an average year, we’ve already had 19 days at or above 60 degrees!
- Portland’s overall average temperature this April (so this combines the high and low each day) is just 47 degrees. That’s the fourth coldest on record.
Can we break out of this trend and avoid landing in the record books?
If so, we’d better finish April with record breaking heat. But this spring, the odds of that are low. Very low!