Last Modified: Thursday, September 12, 2013 3:00 PM
A week ago I woke up to quite the sea of red on one forecast map for this region, and I drove home in a pretty hard rain, comparatively speaking.
It wasn't Southern rain, the kind that leaves bruises, but it reminded me of growing up in and living in south Louisiana for so many years.
Then there was this from AP:
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The National Weather Service says Sept. 11 brought record-breaking heat to parts of western Oregon.
Wednesday's high temperature at Portland International Airport was 95, beating the old record for the date of 94, set in 2009. Climate records have been kept at the airport since 1940.
Meteorologist Scott Weishaar (WAI-sar) says the Portland suburb of Hillsboro hit 97. The old record there was 95, set in 1944.
And Salem in the Willamette Valley tied its Sept. 11 high temperature record of 96, set back in 1922.
In southern Oregon, the Weather Service said Medford's high of 102 came within a degree of the record for the day. That 103-degree mark was also set in 1922.
Forecasters expect temperatures in the 80s the rest of the week, with morning marine clouds pushing through the coastal gaps Thursday and Friday.
I'm just a few miles from Portland, and I could feel it when it soared past 90.
It's not exactly Louisiana weather. For one thing, it's not nearly as humid, and it cools down considerably at night. But it reminded me of the way things used to be for me.
Carl Dubois, a former American Press reporter and assistant sports editor, is a journalist and editor now living and working near Portland, Ore.