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September Temperature Breaks Record and Water Year Climate Report

By Rod Hill on 2022-10-01

Portland (PDX) September climate report:

Average high 80.9°, 3rd warmest
Average low 58.1, warmest all time
Average mean 69.5, warmest all time and 4.1 degrees above normal.

Remember August mean temperature of 75.1°, set the record for the warmest of any month at PDX all time.

October is starting off with high temps a good +10° above normal . No rain expected this coming week.

Portland Water Year ended September 30th: 41.16", +4.25 above normal (Oct 1 - Sept 30)

Number of summer season 90 degree days or hotter: 29 (record of 31 days in 2018 stands)


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Fire danger lowers, east wind calms

By Rod Hill on 2022-09-11

Lower fire danger today (Sunday), Air Quality Advisory for south Willamette Valley and areas generally south of Salem. Expecting wildfire haze to thin a bit over Salem, Portland and Vancouver. East winds have calmed after seeing 40 mph wind gusts through the gorge and over the Cascades. Metro valley high temperatures will warm into the 80s this afternoon with variable light winds to 15 mph.

Rod Hill

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Red Flag Warning - High Fire Danger

By Rod Hill on 2022-09-10

Red Flag Warning for high fire danger continues until 11:00 pm this evening (Saturday). East winds met the minimum threshold of the forecast in most locations yesterday. has news of a brush fire that sparked near Estacada at Milo McIver State Park, prompting level 3 - go now evacuations. Air Quality is mostly in the moderate range this morning. You can see smoky haze over downtown Portland. Here are a few Friday peak east wind gust reports: Mt. Hood Meadows 43 mph, PDX 41, Salem 29, Hillsboro 36, McMinnville 30. Salem topped out at 93 degrees and Portland reached 89 on Friday.