September 1, 2010
Coldest Portland Summer In 17 Years
Portland just finished its last full month of summer 2010, and with it comes the distinction of being the coldest "meteorological" summer (June, July & August) in the past 17 years. The last time Portland experienced a summer this chilly was in 1993. This was the exact opposite of last summer, which was the warmest summer on record at the Portland International Airport (1941-2010). This was also the first summer since summer of 1976 (nearly 35 yrs) that all three summer months (June, July and August) recorded back-to-back below normal average monthly temperatures. In fact, Portland has now been below average for five back-to-back months, beginning in April and continuing through August. Either way you slice it, it was a chilly summer by Portland standards. Summer 2010 will also be known as the summer that featured large temperature swings from one extreme to the other, along with morning low clouds that persisted longer than normal.
Here are some additional highlights from the summer of 2010 ---
* 10th coldest June on record at the Portland Airport.
Here are the top 15 coldest summers on record at the Portland Airport (1941-2010) ---