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...
Friday, March 7th, 5:50 AM
The weather will be calm and partly sunny by afternoon.
Expect a much drier day ahead around the valley. A few scattered showers were spotted on the east side of the area this morning. However, most of the valley will be partly sunny and dry by afternoon. Daytime highs will be around 60 degrees. Tonight, skies will remain partly cloudy. Overnight lows will land near 42 degrees.
VIPIR computer models show the rain returning in the late afternoon tomorrow. Expect daytime highs to be near 62 degrees. As you set your clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time, it will likely be a wet night. Showers will continue on Sunday. Daytime highs for the weekend: in the upper 50s.
SEATTLE -- Hey everyone, there's a good chance El Nino might be around for next winter!
California: "Yay! The expected heavy rains next winter should help our drought!"
Midwest and East Coast: "Yay! It likely means no more of this 'Polar Vortex' and weeks below freezing!"
Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard: "Yay! It typically means less hurricanes!"
Pacific Northwest: *sigh*
It's not really a tale of two cities, but more like a tale of two halves of a nation -- one basking in their warmest winter on record; the other wondering if they've become the new Antarctica.
With March signaling the end of "meteorological winter" (December 1 through Feb. 28), cities are crunching their data to find some surprising results!
We've been celebrating this week the jump in our mountain snowpack after a fairly wet February -- now up to 58-73 percent across the northern Oregon Cascades-- but new forecast data out by long range climate computer models suggests the rally in snowpack may be even more important than you might think.
Fresh data released a few days ago is now suggesting there are significantly higher chances of a warmer and drier than normal spring and summer across the West, including the Pacific Northwest.
KATU Forecast Team
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