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...
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Near perfect temperatures and maybe even some drizzle!
A weak trough of low pressure will keep temperatures at or even a bit below normal for the next few days. Bye bye 90s and low 100s and good riddance. Tonight the cooler air will spread some clouds into the Willamette Valley after midnight.
Early Wednesday morning parts of the coast might even see some light drizzle or rain showers. Inland expect just morning clouds. By the afternoon we should see some sun breaks and highs in the lower 80s.
The cooler air west of the Cascases will force winds to develop in the Columbia River Gorge. Gusts in the afternoon could reach 30mph. That's not good for wildfires burning in the area.
Tonights low 58
Wednesdays hgih 76
They're sometimes mistaken for aliens, but really, it's just a sign rain might be on the way.
Luke Meyers just recently published this time lapse video of a rather strange-looking lenticular cloud over Mt. Rainier last March. It's a good illustration of how they form -- the clouds look stationary but there's quite a bit of movement in them as air rises just enough to saturate, then dries enough as it sinks to "go invisible" again.
As sunshine and 70s become more common this time of year, so do the spontaneous trips out to enjoy the warmth out on the water. And with that comes the busiest time of the year for water rescuers.
Sadly, May is the month with the highest amount of water-related fatalities in the Northwest and this year is no different.
When one (or two) rainbows just won't do, head to Orcas Island during a rain storm.
At least that was the case Monday evening when Donna Means snapped this photo showing three rainbows!
Three rainbows? Aren't those super, super rare?
KATU Forecast Team
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