We are getting(in Philomath) cloudy mornings and sunny afternoons(the grass pollen is also off the charts!). In Socal we would call this June gloom. Is this normal for the Willamette valley this time of year? It was unusually hot last year, and very wet and cool this spring so not really sure. Eater(the online publication) says its been a tough year for strawberries. The Corvallis farmers market is just bursting with strawberries and they are great (although they were late). I know with climate change "normal" is a loaded word, but peoples experiences are still valuable. Hope everyone is doing well.
June and early July in the Willlamette Valley have an average daily high temperature of 70, increasing to near 80 just after July4th.
Considering the high sun angle, the daily high is held to a modest temperature with morning clouds, a marine air layer 1,000 to 5,000 feet thick.
The sun evaporates this during the morning. The sun-heated dry air then draws in more marine air overnight.
This pattern can go on for several days until interrupted by a "heat low" from California (no morning clouds), or by a weather front from the ocean (possible rain).
Philomath. on any one day, may have more or less marine air than Portland.
This typical weather assumes the jet stream has seasonally migrated to the north. This past spring it did not and we had lots of weather fronts.
This year's local weather would be considered poor for strawberries. I suspect the "market" farmers use techniques to keep the surrounding air warmer and to keep the berries off the ground or otherwise dry.
So, yes, this is normal 😉