Well, it was about to happen sooner than later, right? Our first 90-degree day of 2011 went into the record books shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday. Easterly winds kicked in, the thermometer really jumped and the humidity dropped like a rock. Skies were clear as a bell with visibilities between 70 and 100 miles. Portland International Airport, in fact, set a new record high — 96 degrees — as of 4 p.m. Vancouver’s record for August 20 was 101 in 1891, higher than the 95 degrees reported at 4 p.m.
So you’d almost forgotten just how warm 90 degrees was? Usually by now we would have had eight or 10 of these days. It doesn’t appear we will enjoy (or bear) another one (depending on your outlook) as some marine air filters in. Still, temperatures will be above normal — well into the 80s.
The upcoming week looks pleasant, with a push or two of marine cloudiness and highs between 78 and 85 degrees. No rain is in sight except maybe in northern Washington or along the ocean beaches as a weather system slides southward.
At least, it doesn’t look like any moisture for us at this point. Seems like I have to mention this every week.
Weather statistics for the first 19 days of August in Vancouver show no measurable rain in the bucket, only a trace on Aug. 2. The average mean temperature is 67.7 degrees, which is 2.1 degrees below average. The coolest temperature was 52 degrees on Aug. 16 and 18. The warmest before Saturday’s 90-plus was 84 degrees on Aug. 4 and 16.
Seattle hadn’t passed 85 degrees this summer and at 3 p.m. Saturday they were at 83 degrees. My deadline is too early to report whether the Emerald City did in fact reach the 85-degree milestone for this year, but chances were looking good.
Things are really drying out as we reach a month since the last measurable rainfall — 0.02 of an inch on July 21.
Seattle has had 25 days without measurable rainfall; this is the 40th streak of 25 days or more since records have been kept at the Sea-Tac airport. Their run of dry days may end early this week, though.
Enjoy the rest of the week as summer begins to wind down just a bit.
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.