Atlanta Weather

Severe Weather

Current Watches and Warnings

More Maps

Oregon, Ochoco-John Day Highlands

Fire Weather Warning

Statement as of 2:49 PM PDT on July 03, 2015

Expires 11:00 PM EDT on July 04, 2015


... Red flag warning remains in effect until 8 PM PDT Saturday for
winds and low relative humidity...

* affected areas: fire weather zone or610 east slopes of the
central Oregon Cascades... fire weather zone or640 central
mountains of Oregon... and fire weather zone 641 lower Columbia
Basin of Oregon west of Lexington and Umatilla.

* Timing... lowest relative humidity combined with stronger winds
expected to occur between 3 PM and 8 PM today and again on
Saturday.

* Wind... west to northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

* Humidity... 8 to 15 percent

* impacts... any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
Outdoor burning is not recommended. Do not release fireworks
near areas of dry vegetation or flammable material.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now... or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds... low relative humidity... and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.





Record Report

Statement as of 5:20 PM PDT on July 03, 2015


... New daily record high temperatures for July 3rd...

Note: stations marked with * indicate that the station reports once
per day. For consistency... these values are considered to have
occurred on the day the observation was taken but may have actually
occurred (especially for Max temperature) on the previous day.

Station previous new records
                         record/year record began

Meacham, or 91 / 1970 93 1929
Walla Walla, WA 105 / 1985 105 (tied) 1930
Hanford, WA 105 / 1991 108 1945
Yakima, WA 100 / 1991 107 1909


Public Information Statement

Statement as of 7:57 PM EDT on July 03, 2015

500 PM PDT Fri July 3 2015

... Month in review for northeast Oregon and southeast Washington for
the month of June 2015...

... Record to near record hottest June for many locations...

I. Temperature and precipitation overview

June average temperatures were well above normal across the region for
the calendar month ranging from approximately 7 to 11 degrees above
normal. Both maximum and minimum temperatures averaged above normal for
the month, with Max temperatures mainly between 8 to 13 degrees above
average, and minimum temperatures between 4 to 9 degrees above average.
Total precipitation was below normal for most locations, ranging from
less than 5 to about 75 percent of normal. To summarize conditions were
very hot and dry across much of the area during the month of June. Many
daily, monthly and even all-time records were broken throughout the
month.

June 2015 data and departure from normal for selected cities:

                   Max dep min dep Ave dep pcpn dep
                   temp norm temp norm temp norm totl norm

La Grande 84.7 +10.0 53.8 +5.1 69.3 +7.6 0.50 -1.04
Pendleton Airport 89.3 +11.1 56.3 +4.8 72.8 +7.9 0.06 -0.92
Redmond 85.0 +8.9 46.6 +5.6 65.8 +7.3 0.11 -0.53
The Dalles 90.0 +10.9 62.1 +7.3 76.1 +9.1 T -0.52
Walla Walla 90.3 +11.5 62.8 +8.6 76.6 +10.1 0.07 -1.21
Kennewick 91.8 +10.2 63.2 +7.1 77.5 +8.7 0.00 -0.51
Yakima 92.5 +13.0 57.3 +8.9 74.9 +11.0 0.01 -0.61


ii. Selected records

The first five days of June started off rather unsettled with near
average temperatures across the region. The most unsettled weather
occurred on June 1st when several strong to severe thunderstorms move
through the area. June 6th through the 10th saw significant early season
heat develop as an upper level ridge stayed firmly in place over the
inland Pacific northwest. This heatwave peaked on June 8th when
temperatures exceeded 100 degrees in several locations. This allowed
some locations to break daily record high temperatures. Conditions
cooled back down to near average levels for the middle of the month
with the dry weather continuing. For the last week or so of June a
large upper level ridge built in over the region, allowing extreme,
record breaking heat to develop. Many locations topped 105 degrees,
with a few locations even seeing temperatures higher than 110
degrees. Overnight low temperatures also stayed very warm for
several nights during this period, with some areas staying above 75
degrees. These overnight low temperatures also set records for being
the warmest on record. During this period the upper level ridge was
able to shift far enough eastward at times to bring a southerly flow
and scattered thunderstorms to parts of the area. A few of these
storms had frequent lightning, hail and gusty winds. The combination
of these weather patterns resulted in a few top 10 all-time record
high maximum temperatures in southern Washington state and central
to northeast Oregon, especially during the hot and dry end of the
month period. The following table lists the weather station, rank of
the 1-day record warmest maximum temperature, the record temperature
with date of occurrence, the current all-time record temperature for
the any month, or the previous record in cases where 2015 is the new
record.


City rank June 2015 Max highest temperature
                          temperature since records began
Hermiston, or #1 111 on 6/27 110 on 8/4/1998
Ellensburg, WA #1 108 on 6/27 107 on 6/28/2015
Bickleton, WA #1 108 on 6/28 102 on 8/4/1962
Satus Pass, WA #1(t) 103 on 6/28 103 on 7/23/2006
Yakima, WA #3 108 on 6/27& 6/28 110 on 8/10/1971
Walla Walla, WA #3(t) 113 on 6/28 114 on 7/10/1975
Meacham, or #4 101 on 6/28 105 on 8/4/1961
Dayton, WA #3(t) 109 on 6/29 114 on 8/5/1961
Goldendale, WA #7 106 on 6/28 110 on 7/27/1998
Richland, WA #8(t) 108 on 6/28 113 on 8/5/1961
Pendleton, or #9(t) 109 on 6/27 & 6/28 114 on 7/25/1928


Many all-time record high temperatures for the month of June were also
set and are listed below, along with their rank and previous record:

City rank June 2015 Max T previous June Max T record

Hermiston, or #1 111 on 6/27 107 on 6/28/2015
Walla Walla, WA #1 113 on 6/28 107 on 6/23/1992
Meacham, or #1 101 on 6/28 93 on 6/16/1961
The Dalles, or #1 108 on 6/26 108 on 6/22/1992
Ellensburg, WA #1 108 on 6/27 107 on 6/28/2015
Pendleton, or #1 109 on 6/27 & 6/28 108 on 6/17/1961
Yakima, WA #1 108 on 6/27 & 6/28 105 on 6/23/1992
Antelope, or #1 104 on 6/27 103 on 6/16/1961
Bickleton, WA #1 108 on 6/28 102 on 6/29/2015
Dayton, WA #1 109 on 6/29 107 on 6/28/2015
Goldendale, WA #1 106 on 6/28 104 on 6/17/1961
grizzly, or #1 99 on 6/27 98 on 6/23/1992
Moro, or #1 105 on 6/28 102 on 6/27/2015
Pendleton exp sta #1 108 on 6/28 & 6/29 105 on 6/17/1961
Pendleton city #1 109 on 6/28 & 6/29 108 on 6/30/1924
Satus Pass, WA #1 103 on 6/28 99 on 6/09/2015
Whitman mission #1 107 on 6/28 104 on 6/17/1999
Long Creek, or #1 101 on 6/28 98 on 6/27/2015
La Grande, or #1(t) 100 on 6/27 & 6/29 100 on 6/24/1992
Prineville, or #1(t) 102 on 6/28 102 on 6/23/1992
Redmond, or #1(t) 101 on 6/26 101 on 6/26/1968


The mean synoptic pattern for the month of June 2015 was characterized
by an anomalous ridge of high pressure over the Pacific northwest.
There was a stronger ridge up over the Bering Sea with an undercutting
trough out in the Pacific well west of the California coast. This
pattern allowed several periods of record breaking heat and dry weather
to affect the interior Pacific northwest. Below is a list of the
stations that set an all-time record warm daily minimum temperature in
the month of June, also listed is the ranks, June 2015 warm minimum
temperatures and the previous warmest June minimum temperature.

City rank June 2015 min T previous warmest June min T

Hermiston, or #1 75 on 6/29 68 on 6/30/2004
Walla Walla, WA #1 77 on 6/28 75 on 6/25/1992
The Dalles, or #1 75 on 6/28 74 on 6/21/1970
Ellensburg, WA #1 68 on 6/09,28,29,30 67 on 6/23/1958
Pendleton, or #1 74 on 6/29 73 on 6/25/1992
Redmond, or #1* 71 on 6/27 64 on 6/25/1992
Yakima, WA #1 75 on 6/29 73 on 6/20/1992
Moro, or #1 74 on 6/28 73 on 6/21/1970
Sisters, or #1 62 on 6/28 61 on 6/28/2006
Long Creek, or #1 66 on 6/29 65 on 6/25/2004
Pelton dam, or #1 72 on 6/27 69 on 6/08/1983
Kennewick, WA #1(t) 80 on 6/29 80 on 6/30/1904
La Grande, or #1(t) 69 on 6/30 69 on 6/25/1992

*this was also the warmest minimum temperature since records
began at Redmond, or; the previous warmest minimum temperature on record
was 69 degrees on 7/13/2002*

Numerous locations set top 10 warmest average minimum temperatures in
June 2015, therefore only stations who had the warmest or tied for the
warmest average minimum June temperature are listed below. The
following table lists the location, the rank, the average June low
temperature, and the record warmest average June low temperature, or
the previous record when June 2015 is the new record.


City rank June 2015 previous warmest
                             avg min T June avg min T

Walla Walla, WA #1 62.8 59.0 in 1982
Ellensburg, WA #1 57.3 55.1 in 1958
The Dalles, or #1 62.1 59.0 in 1958
Hermiston, or #1 57.5 53.9 in 2009
Yakima, WA #1 57.2 54.8 in 1948
Bickleton, WA #1 54.9 52.7 in 1986
Bend, or #1 49.3 45.5 in 1936
Cle Elum, WA #1 53.2 51.5 in 1992
Condon, or #1 52.0 50.4 in 1970
Heppner, or #1 54.9 53.6 in 1970
Kennewick, WA #1 63.2 60.0 in 1992
La Grande, or #1 53.8 53.3 in 1992
Moro, or #1 54.7 53.2 in 1992
Prineville, or #1 48.9 46.4 in 2013
Richland, WA #1 60.6 60.2 in 1958
Long Creek, or #1 46.4 45.4 in 1982
Pelton dam, or #1 54.6 51.3 in 2003


Through a combination of the mild start to the month and especially the
extreme heat for the last week of June many locations were able to
record their warmest average Max temperature for the month of June.
Listed in The Table below is the location, rank, average Max
temperature for June 2015 and either the record warmest average Max
temperature for the month of June, or the previous record in cases
where June 2015 is the new record.

City rank June 2015 previous warmest
                               avg Max T June avg Max T

Hermiston, or #1 91.9 85.2 in 2003
Walla Walla, WA #1 90.3 87.5 in 1992
Meacham, or #1 78.6 73.6 in 1961
The Dalles, or #1 90.0 86.6 in 1977
Ellensburg, WA #1 88.7 82.5 in 2004
Pendleton, or #1 89.3 87.7 in 1961
Redmond, or #1 85.0 82.8 in 1974
Yakima, WA #1 92.5 85.9 in 1961
Antelope, or #1 86.7 84.0 in 1940
Cle Elum, WA #1 83.0 81.7 in 1958
Goldendale, WA #1 86.2 84.2 in 1918
Heppner, or #1 86.2 84.0 in 1961
Kennewick, WA #1 91.8 91.6 in 1961
La Grande, or #1 84.7 83.5 in 1974
Moro, or #1 84.4 82.5 in 1922
Sisters, or #1 84.5 83.4 in 1986
Satus Pass, WA #1 84.6 80.4 in 1987
Whitman mission, WA #1 89.8 87.3 in 1986
Long Creek, or #1 82.5 81.6 in 1961

Through a combination of the mild start to the month and especially the
extreme heat for the last week of June many locations were also able to
record their warmest average temperatures for the month of June on
record. Listed in The Table below is the location, rank, average
temperature for June 2015 and either the record warmest average
temperature for the month of June, or the previous record in cases
where June 2015 is the new record.

City rank June 2015 previous warmest
                                 avg T June avg T

Walla Walla, WA #1 76.6 73.0 in 1992
The Dalles, or #1 76.1 72.6 in 1977
Yakima, WA #1 74.9 70.1 in 1948
Ellensburg, WA #1 73.0 67.6 in 1958
Kennewick, WA #1 77.5 75.0 in 1961
Hermiston, or #1 74.7 68.7 in 2009
Cle Elum, WA #1 68.1 65.4 in 1958
La Grande, or #1 69.3 67.4 in 1992
Pendleton, or #1 72.8 71.6 in 1961
Redmond, or #1 65.8 63.9 in 1986
Antelope, or #1 67.6 67.2 in 1974
Arlington, or #1 76.7 76.3 in 1986
Bickleton, WA #1 67.2 66.9 in 1992
Bend, or #1 65.8 65.1 in 1918
Condon, or #1 68.0 65.0 in 1926
Goldendale, WA #1 68.5 66.5 in 1918
Heppner, or #1 70.6 68.4 in 1992
Moro, or #1 69.5 67.1 in 1992
Prineville, or #1 67.0 64.0 in 1922
Sisters, or #1 65.2 61.8 in 1986
Satus Pass, WA #1 65.7 62.2 in 1970
Whitman mission, WA #1 71.2 70.0 in 1986
Long Creek, or #1 64.5 62.5 in 1986
Pelton dam, or #1 72.2 71.7 in 1992

Precipitation totals were well below normal in most locations which
lead to several top 5 lowest precipitation records and a few locations
had their driest June on record. Listed below are the locations, rank,
June 2015 precipitation and the lowest recorded precipitation for June.
A (t) means that the record tied with other previous dates/years. The
combination of the hot and dry weather also lead to several days of
fire weather concerns throughout the month.

City rank June 2015 precip lowest June precip

Kennewick, WA #1(t) 0.00 inches 0.00 inches in 1919
Heppner, or #1 0.01 inches 0.02 inches in 2003
Walla Walla, WA #1 0.03 inches 0.03 inches in 2003
Richland, WA #1(t) 0.00 inches 0.00 inches in 2003
Goldendale, WA #1(t) 0.00 inches 0.00 inches in 2009
The Dalles, or #2(t) trace 0.00 inches in 1962
Ellensburg, WA #2 0.04 inches 0.00 inches in 1940
Hermiston, or #2 0.02 inches trace in 2003
Yakima, WA #2 0.01 inches trace in 2003
Condon, or #3 0.05 inches 0.02 inches in 1945
Dayton, WA #3 0.08 inches 0.00 inches in 2003
Madras, or #3(t) trace 0.00 inches in 1973
Moro, or #3(t) 0.02 inches 0.00 inches in 1945
Moxee City, WA #3(t) trace 0.00 inches in 2003
Sisters, or #4 0.03 inches trace in 1987
Pendleton, or #5 0.06 inches trace in 2003


Iii. Significant weather

There were two periods with strong to isolated severe thunderstorms in
the area during the month of June. The first occurred on June 1st, with
much of the severe activity confined to the Blue Mountains in northeast
Oregon. There were several reports of large hail during this event,
mainly in Union and Umatilla counties. This included a report of ping
pong Ball sized hail which caused damage to vehicles on Interstate 84
near Meacham during the afternoon hours. The second strong to isolated
severe weather event took place during the evening hours on June 28th.
This event featured thunderstorms which mainly produced a strong wind
threat. There were several reports of severe, damaging winds throughout
the area. There was a report of winds gusting to 70 mph near Dayville,
or and 65 mph near Milton-Freewater from these thunderstorms. Other
concerns during this time were fire starts due to cloud to ground
lightning strikes, dry conditions and the strong outflow winds. See the
storm reports below from these two reports.


June 1st storm reports June 28th storm reports

1.50 inch hail se Meacham, or 69.9 mph wind near Dayville, or
1.00 inch hail 9w La Grande, or 65.0 mph wind Milton-Freewater, or
1.00 inch hail 3n Elgin, or 61.0 mph wind at Juniper dunes, WA


There were also two significant heatwaves during the month of June, one
was an early season event peaking from June 7th through the 9th. The
other more impressive and extreme heat event occurred across the region
from June 25th through the end of the month. During this period multiple
daily, month and even all-time records were set for both minimum and
maximum temperatures. Through the combination of these two heat events
and the general mild temperatures throughout the month many
locations saw their warmest June on record. Yakima, WA and Pasco, WA
also experienced a prolonged streak of 100 plus degree temperatures
which began on June 26th and is continuing through the present time
(july 3rd)... therefore both have seen 8 consecutive days with 100
degrees of higher for daytime highs. This ties the record at Yakima,
which was also 8 days set in 2013 and breaks the record at Pasco
which was 7 days beginning on July 11, 2014. See above for the
multiple records that were set through the month.


Weather Severe Map
Alabama - Flash Flood Watch , Special Statement
Alaska - Dense Smoke Advisory , Special Statement
Arizona - Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Special Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Arkansas - Flood Warning , Flood Advisory, Flash Flood Watch , Flash Flood Watch , Flood Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
California - Heat Advisory , Fire Weather Watch , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Colorado - Flood Warning , Areal Flood Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Delaware - Public Information Statement
District of Columbia - Coastal Flood Advisory
Florida - Coastal Hazard Statement , Special Statement , Record Report
Georgia - Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch
Hawaii - Record Report
Idaho - Heat Advisory , Record Report
Illinois - Flood Warning
Indiana - Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch
Kansas - Flash Flood Warning , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Kentucky - Areal Flood Warning, Flash Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Flash Flood Warning , Flood Warning, Flash Flood Warning , Flood Warning , Areal Flood Advisory , Areal Flood Advisory, Flash Flood Watch , Flash Flood Watch, Areal Flood Advisory , Flash Flood Watch
Louisiana - Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
Maryland - Coastal Flood Advisory , Public Information Statement
Minnesota - Special Statement
Mississippi - Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning, Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning , Flood Advisory, Flash Flood Watch , Flash Flood Watch , Flood Advisory
Missouri - Flood Warning , Flood Warning , Flash Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Special Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Montana - Fire Weather Warning , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Nebraska - Flood Advisory
Nevada - Flash Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Areal Flood Advisory, Flash Flood Watch , Areal Flood Advisory , Special Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement
New Jersey - Public Information Statement
New Mexico - Areal Flood Advisory
North Carolina - Flash Flood Watch , Special Statement , Record Report
North Dakota - Special Statement
Ohio - Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning
Oklahoma - Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Oregon - Heat Advisory , Fire Weather Warning , Fire Weather Watch , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Pennsylvania - Public Information Statement
Tennessee - Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Flood Advisory , Flood Advisory, Flash Flood Watch , Special Statement , Record Report
Texas - Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Flood Warning , Areal Flood Advisory , Public Information Statement
Utah - Record Report , Public Information Statement
Virginia - Flash Flood Watch , Coastal Flood Advisory , Special Statement , Record Report
Washington - Heat Advisory , Fire Weather Warning , Special Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement
West Virginia - Flash Flood Watch
Wisconsin - Special Statement
Wyoming - Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Special Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement