Now temperatures are in the 70's and the forecast for September is for days in the 70's with maybe a handful reaching into the 80's. This is not normal either, for Oregon.
The predicted storm brought only a quarter inch of rain over the weekend. We had so hoped for so much more. Areas in the coast range did receive more. What we got was a lot of wind, which downed some trees and caused power outages. But nothing major. This has all been caused by a strong El Nino, that's been going on for months, the paper article said. El Nino's, those warm Pacific waters paired with westerly winds and other factors down near the equator, can cause excess rainfall and intense storms but the farther north or south you get from the equator, the opposite is often true. Less rainfall, warmer temps (sometimes). That's the theory. As I see it. The armchair annalist here, without an ounce of expertise on the subject.
The Hood to Coast relay run went on, although the tents and canopies set up on the beach at Seaside, for the party after the race, blew apart and there was no after party. Runners described facing extreme winds and downpours. Usually they get sunburned if anything.
I sat here waiting for the rain. There were a few downpours with thunder and lightning Friday night. But after that, mostly nothing but wind. My trees held!
But....the switch got flipped regardless and summer is apparently over. Off and on light showers are predicted for the week and temps in the mid 60's to mid 70's. Some would say "whew!" Back to Oregon normal. But it's Oregon normal late fall weather, not Oregon normal September, when we usually enjoy 80 plus degree days and cool nights.
Here's a video of my middle aged cat crowd playing, lazily. 21 year old Vision wanders through at the 51 second mark.