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
So far today...
Monday, November 24 5:10 AM
Thanksgiving week will be mainly wet.
Today's weather starts out dry, cloudy and foggy in spots. However, steady rain returns by evening. Daytime highs will be in the low 50s. Tonight, rain continues. Lows will be in the mild upper 40s. Tomorrow, expect rain to continue. Projected rainfall amounts: .25" to .50" of rain.
Thanksgiving week travel over the Cascades is looking mild and mainly wet. After a few inches of snow near the passes tonight, mainly rain will fall each day. Snow levels rise to above six thousand feet.
Looking ahead, VIPIR computer models show the likelyhood of a wet Thanksgiving Day forecast. Highs will be in the mid 50s.
Nicolaus Wegner is at it again, with a sequel to his amazing "StormScapes" time lapse video using new footage he shot over this past summer.
"High plains storms are some of the most beautiful and wild in the world," Wegner wrote on his Vimeo page.
With all the hype over the big storm off Alaska's (far) west coast and the talk of the impending arctic doom and gloom heading toward the Midwest this week being blamed on this storm, you might think the photo above is current -- or a forecast of how much snow is about to fall out there.
Well, no. Not quite.
El Nino may be flaking out on its winter date with us again, but for skiers and snowboarders it'd be akin to having better plans lined up anyway.
The latest word from NOAA is that the odds of El Nino forming this winter are down to 58 percent -- a far cry from the 80 percent chances we had in the early summer.
Forecasts are still indeed for El Nino conditions to develop this winter (better hurry up!) but now we're leaning toward a borderline event that may just barely qualify.
KATU Forecast Team
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