Slow Start to Spring

From Mark Albright’s blog:

Remember back when this alarmist news about snow in the Pacific Northwest
was reported by Time Magazine in March 2006:

Lately the early arrival of spring and the unusually blistering
summers have caused the snowpack to melt too early, so that by the time it’s needed, it’s largely gone.

Fast forward five years to 2011 and we have this news reported by NWS Portland:

…HISTORICALLY SLOW START TO SPRING CONTINUES FOR THE REGION…
THE COLD…DAMP AND DREARY WEATHER THE PAST FEW WEEKS HAS LED MANY
IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST TO WONDER IF SPRING WEATHER WILL EVER
ARRIVE THIS YEAR. BY SEVERAL MEASURES…2011 IS GOING INTO THE BOOKS
AS ONE OF THE SLOWEST STARTS TO SPRING IN RECORDED HISTORY FOR
SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON AND NORTHWEST OREGON.

HERE WE ARE ALMOST A MONTH INTO ASTRONOMICAL SPRING…AND HIGH
TEMPERATURES IN THE 60S HAVE BEEN RARE OR NON-EXISTENT ACROSS THE
DISTRICT. PORTLAND AIRPORT AND MCMINNVILLE SET NEW RECORDS ON
MARCH 31 BY HAVING THE LATEST FIRST 60-DEGREE DAY IN A CALENDAR
YEAR. ASTORIA AIRPORT HAS YET TO REACH 60 DEGREES IN 2011.
THE FAILURE OF TRUE SPRING WEATHER TO START ON TIME THIS YEAR CAN BE
MEASURED IN MANY WAYS…

————————————-
… PORTLAND AIRPORT …
FEWEST 60+ DEGREE DAYS BY APRIL 17
====================================
*** 1. 2011 – 3 DAYS ***
2. 1955 – 6 DAYS
3. 1975 – 7 DAYS
3. 1950 – 7 DAYS
5. 1967 – 8 DAYS
AVERAGE…17 DAYS
THE NORMAL HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR PORTLAND ON APRIL 17 IS 61 DEGREES.
RECORDS HAVE BEEN KEPT AT PORTLAND AIRPORT SINCE 1940.
——————————————————————-
… PORTLAND DOWNTOWN …
FEWEST 60+ DEGREE DAYS BY APRIL 17
====================================
1. 1893 – 1 DAY
*** 2. 2011 – 3 DAYS ***
2. 1876 – 3 DAYS
4. 1929 – 4 DAYS
5. 1880 – 5 DAYS
AVERAGE…17 DAYS
RECORDS HAVE BEEN KEPT IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND SINCE 1874.
——————————————————————-
… ASTORIA …

LATEST DATE TO REACH 60+ DEGREES
============================================
1. 19 APRIL 1945
2. 17 APRIL 2011 *** NOT YET REACHED ***
3.  9 APRIL 1894
4.  8 APRIL 1907

AVERAGE FIRST 60+ DEGREE DAY…FEB 20.
AVERAGE 60+ DEGREE DAYS BY APR 17…10 DAYS.
RECORDS HAVE BEEN KEPT IN ASTORIA SINCE 1890.
——————————————————————-
… HILLSBORO …
FEWEST 60+ DEGREE DAYS BY APRIL 17
====================================
*** 1. 2011 – 3 DAYS ***
2. 1950 – 6 DAYS
3. 2009 – 7 DAYS
3. 1955 – 7 DAYS
5. 1975 – 8 DAYS
5. 1945 – 8 DAYS
AVERAGE…18 DAYS
THE NORMAL HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR HILLSBORO ON APRIL 17 IS 62 DEGREES.
RECORDS HAVE BEEN KEPT IN HILLSBORO SINCE 1929.
——————————————————————-
… SALEM …
FEWEST 60+ DEGREE DAYS BY APRIL 17
====================================
1. 1917 – 0 DAYS
2. 1922 – 4 DAYS
*** 3. 2011 – 5 DAYS ***
3. 1893 – 5 DAYS
5. 1955 – 6 DAYS
AVERAGE…18 DAYS
THE NORMAL HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR SALEM ON APRIL 17 IS 61 DEGREES.
RECORDS HAVE BEEN KEPT IN SALEM SINCE 1892.
——————————————————————
THE PROSPECTS FOR A SIGNIFICANT WARMUP REMAIN SLIM THROUGH THE
UPCOMING WEEK…AS THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST REMAINS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A COOL UPPER LEVEL TROUGH FROM THE GULF OF ALASKA. EXPECT MORE HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE 50S WITH OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES APPROACHING THE FREEZING MARK AT TIMES.

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4 Responses to Slow Start to Spring

  1. Mark Spence says:

    While I doubt this is your point, the evidence does lead to a fairly obvious conclusion: climate change, characterized by increasingly wider annual swings in seasonal weather conditions, is surely afoot. I’m curious how you will try to spin it otherwise.

    • Darrel says:

      Now it is climate change and not anthropogenic global warming. I find it amazing that we talk about climate as if it never changes. It has always varied and then we get an average after 100’s and 1000’s of years. And it has never and not now had anything to do with humans. It has everything to do with the sun and the rest of the factors, like oceanic cycles, i.e. La Nina.

      But, nevertheless, I am getting a little sick and tired of this extended winter in Seattle.

    • Hmmm…”increasingly wider annual swings”? Can you quantify this in any way?
      How I will “try to spin it.” Sorry, just the facts…

    • Darrel says:

      And this wide swing in weather from year to year or season to season or week to week has never before happened in Earth history?? It has never happened before the industrial age?? Do climatologists know this for certain? And if there have been wide swings in the past, to what do they attribute the cause?

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