PORTLAND -- Pools are closing and summer weather is quickly ending. Forecast models through the end of September show only a few chances left to hit 80 degrees and likely no more 90-degree heat.
By just about any account, our Northwest summer was a good one. With the first day of fall just 10 days away, here is a look back at the summer of 2013:
Temperatures June through August averaged about one degree above normal. However, higher than normal humidity during the month of August produced the warmest average low temperature on record at PDX.
The average low for the month was nearly three degrees above the normal of 58 degrees. Portland reached 90 degrees or higher just 10 times. The average is 13 days.
The metro never saw more than two - 90 degree days in a row. The highest temperature was 97 degrees, back on June 30th. As you likely know, rainfall was below normal, mainly due to a July that only produced a trace of rain.
Rainfall and temperature patterns are expected to be close to normal through October. However, rainfall next week will put September over the top.
So far, this month has seen 1.42 inches of rain and normal for the entire month is 1.47 inches. Watch for more winter-like forecasts coming next month!
Meteorologist Rod Hill, follow me @