A spectacularly beautiful fall day!

Previously I have written blog posts about how crappy the weather can be in Portland. I may have even ranted about it. When it rains non-stop for a week or two it can get really old. Gray skies, damp and windy days are very common most of the late fall to late spring.

This is about the weather here in Portland but it’s not a complaint. Today it was 68 degrees, blue sky; sunshine and I drove with my sunroof open. The leaves in Oregon change later than a lot of other areas of the country. Some trees have completely changed colors while others are just beginning to. It was just a beautiful fall day!

Overall I really should not complain about the Portland weather.

  • We have very little snow. Usually it only snows every couple of years or so. However, when it does snow it tends to be layered, snow, ice, snow, ice.
  • We don’t have hurricanes or tornados.
  • Summer forest fires are frequent but they are in the rural areas of the state especially southern, central and eastern Oregon.
  • We have an occasional minor earthquake but haven’t had one that caused any damage since 1993.
  • In parts of the state, even in the city sometimes there are creeks and rivers that flood due to a really long spell of rain or a fast snow melt.

So here’s what I saw today. The beautiful blue sky and the wonderful colors of the changing leaves.

What’s with this crazy weather?

Since early last week it has been in the 90s everyday. I suspect that July overall will go down as a record setting month for temps in the high 90s and consecutive days over 100 degrees. When we left to go to Kauai on the 3rd we joked that we were going to Hawaii where it was in the high 80s to cool down. On the 3rd the temperature was forecasted at 96 degrees which was about where the temps were the previous 4 or 5 days.

By this weekend the forecast is calling for a cooling trend. That is if you can call high 80s to low 90 s cooling. I mean after all this is Oregon not Texas for Pete’s sake. Plus I am tired of all of the conversations about how HOT it is. If it were raining everyone would be bitching about the rain.

Driving home from work today I had my AC cranked down to the max at 60 degrees but with the hot sun shining in my west facing passenger window in to my  car with black leather interior I got a bit toasty sitting at the stop lights.

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A simple act of kindness

I forgot this weekend is the annual Milwaukie Daze festival. I headed to downtown Milwaukie for a late breakfast and as soon as I saw the policeman directing traffic at a blocked intersection I knew that the parade was going on. It’s your typical small town, suburban parade with high school kids, Cub Scouts, floats being pulled by pickup trucks, etc.

“Who doesn’t love a parade? The Milwaukie Daze Parade has been a tradition for more that 40 years!”

I had to turn around and head back toward home. On my drive back at a corner on the sidewalk I saw a sawhorse with two jugs of water and a dog bowl sitting on a plank of wood. I thought that was kind of odd until I realized that in a little while the parade would be passing by here. I realized that some kind soul put the water there for the dogs that would be walking in the parade. I thought that was very kind to think of the pets that would be hot, tired and ready for a drink of water to cool them off. Then  across the street under a shady tree sat a card table with jugs of water and sleeves of plastic cups for the humans walking in the parade.

It is a hot humid day and I am sure both the dogs and the people will be thankful  for the simple act of kindness of these Milwaukie residents .

Freakish storm rolls through the Willamette Valley

This afternoon a freakish thunder, lightening, wind and rain storm rolled through the Willamette Valley from Eugene to SW Washington. Funnel clouds were spotted in several places along the I5 corridor. In the Portland area over 35,000 homes lost power. Right now at 7:15 PM  it is only 59 degrees after a high yesterday of about 90 degrees. The Rose Festival Waterfront Village was shut down due to the weather.

More about the storm and some great photos on the KATU website.

This storm ended the area’s about two a week stretch of dry, sunny and hot weather.

Welcome to Portland in June! The big question now is what is the weather going to be like on Saturday for the big Rose Festival Parade and the Great Urban Race?  But then again it is not like there it has never rained on the Rose Festival Parade.



What a glorious day Sunday was

Unusual sightings included:

  • Shorts and flip flops
  • people working in the their yards in tank tops
  • the grocery store packed with people buying steaks and other things to grill
  • the sunshine
  • cars being washed in driveways
  • tops down on convertibles
  • my sunroof open
  • windows in my house open to let in the fresh spring air

The high  temperature yesterday was 70 degrees with 75 degrees the forecast for today.

I walked down to the new neighborhood park to check it out. It is pretty small, just  a block deep and a house sized lot across. There is a small play structure, a picnic table, a couple of benches, bike racks and  trash cans.

The old house had been moved off of the lot many years ago and the work began to clean up the lot and get it ready to become the neighborhood park. Finally last year with bond measure money from Metro, our Neighborhood Grant funds and the City of Milwaukie Homewood Park has been completed and open to the neighborhood to enjoy.