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By Dave Salesky

6.14" of rain in October that's over 3" above normal. Now it looks like drier weather is returning for at least the first week of November. Go figure, this is turning into an interesting fall.

A weak ridge will begin to build across the region tonight, keeping us dry. I do expect wide spread areas of fog on Friday morning. Some areas could see visibilites below 1/4 of a mile.

After the fog lifts we should have partly to mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures will remain in the low 60s, about 5 degrees above average.

Through at least the middle of next week we'll have no better than a 40% chance of rain. Freezing levels will remain well above pass levels.

Tonight's low 51
Friday's high 60

Dave

So far today...

High: 93°
Precip: 0.00"
Low: 63°
Normal
Record
80°
100° (1986)
57°
46° (1962)
Sunrise
6:24am
Sunset
7:59pm
Precipitation
 
Normal
Monday
Trace
0.03"
This Month
0.01"
0.49"
Since 1/1
24.15"
20.26"
Since 10/1
29.97"
34.38"

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Tuesday, August 26th 10:15 a.m.

A Couple more 90s...

We are heading rapidly toward the 90s today, with one exception, the coast.

Expect some clouds and fog at the Coast through the late morning, but then it will finally back off to partly sunny skies later this afternoon.

The Valley, Gorge, Mountains and areas East will see nothing but sunshine today with a strong ridge in place. That means daytime highs will easily make it to the 90s again today. One more tomorrow, and we'll have 16 days of 90 or higher this summer. That's a few more than average.

Changes are coming in time for the holiday weekend. Clouds, cooler highs and maybe some showers are all in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

Today - 92

Tonight - 65

 

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Scott's Blog

Weather Blog The science behind the smell of rain The science behind the smell of rain
Ever notice there's a distinct smell right after it starts raining?

It's most noticeable when it's been dry for a long while and the shower is fairly heavy. My wife, who grew up in Arizona, referred to this as the "wet rock" smell and there is some truth to it as it's rock that's among the main culprits for giving off the smell.
Weather Blog Odds of an El Niño this winter drop by 15%
Maybe El Niño isn't such the slam dunk it seemed a few months ago?

Forecasters with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center – the people in charge of watching for El Niño and La Nina, among many other things – have dropped their chances of El Niño developing this fall and winter to 65 percent from 80 percent.

Granted, that's like saying a football team that was a 14 point favorite to win is now just an 11 point favorite – still a pretty good chance it'll happen. Just not as much as before.

But if nothing else, the trend is interesting.

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